One of the best office parties is one where you can see many of your co-workers and your boss’s family. Unfortunately, throwing a successful office party requires a lot of skills. From planning the guest list right down to the way you prepare the venue, there are certain things about the office party to keep in mind.
Start with planning
When you are planning the food for a party like this, keeping it simple is generally the best policy. A party with all the decorations and set up equipment can become quite a mess, so unless you have enough people working for you, you should pick a time when your colleagues are home for the weekend or the next day. The last thing you want to do is to have to start preparing the food right after your office party ends because they have decided to take a few days off from work. If you can do a late-night party, this should be truly appreciated and taken into consideration, but unless it’s an overnight event, don’t make it more than one day.
Next, you need to think about the way you want the party venue to look at. If you want to do something unique with the party venue, be sure to choose something different. If you can afford to splash out, do so, but if your budget is tight, people will understand. The setting should be easy to manage. If you want to be creative and add your touch, that can be included too. If, on the other hand, you’re not comfortable adding things into the venue, you can go with your basic decor of the venue. This party should run smoothly, so you don’t need to worry too much about the decorations.
Finally, you shouldn’t care too much about what is included in your party package. This includes whether or not you included the photo tableware and plastic forks and spoons, but it should be relatively unknown that you should worry so much about this. Sometimes, certain products are only available as a complete set, which will mean that you will have to do something else to present the meal after everyone is gone. By all means, get everything included, but that’s about it. You should also consider whether or not you will include any games, depending on the way you plan the party. Games are important, because they keep people young, and allow everyone to have something to do. You should plan a party like this to last to the end.
Once you have thought about this party, all that’s left is to plan the food. The food can be simple or extravagant, so you will need to make some decisions. Remember that casual dining is a good option if you are worried about the clean-up afterward, and since you’ll want to keep things informal, you don’t need to include any fine dining items.
At the end of the party
The end of the party is, however, the perfect time to thank all of the participants. If you are having a group of non- coworkers, you may want to use a company card. This is very simple to do, all you have to do is compile all your email addresses and print out your cards right in the comforts of your home. If you do this, you should keep in mind that some of your co-workers may not have an email address and can’t respond to your invitation, especially when it’s a last-minute surprise. It is always a smart thing to include a business card in the invitation, so everyone will know that you have contacted everyone regarding their attendance.
Remember, office parties are about everyone, and you want a big, fun bash that everyone will enjoy and remember for a long time. As long as you keep these simple factors in mind, you’ll be on your way to throwing a party that everyone will enjoy, and that will be the start of a long-lasting, fun friendship and relation with everyone in your office.
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