One of the most beloved holidays of all is Christmas. In fact, for most people, it is their favorite time of the year. This is, of course, quite understandable. There's just nothing quite like the joyful and warm spirit that the Christmas season brings, not to mention that it celebrates and commemorates the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
During the first week of December, offices worldwide are abuzz with party-planning activities to celebrate what a song calls as 'the most wonderful time of the year.' If your office is planning to get into that holiday spirit, here are helpful tips on how to put together an awesome office Christmas party:
Set a budget - This is quite basic in any party-planning. There has to be a set party for the event. Depending on the company, there are those that plan first and consider the expenses later. These are companies that are prepared to splurge on an extravagant bash. However, if your office has an allotted budget for it, make sure you work with that budget.
Set up committees - It's always fair and even enjoyable when tasks and responsibilities are shared. No one person has to be assigned to do the planning alone. You can assign an overall chairman for it then set up different committees to handle specific assignments. There also has to be a timeline and deadlines to ensure that everything will come together during the day of the event.
Make the party a time for good tidings - You can hold off those announcements on promotions and salary increases until the party comes (that is if it's near the party date). It would also be a perfect time to hand out Christmas bonuses. You can also give rewards to those who have performed beyond expectations.
Deck the halls - Whether you're holding the event right at your workplace or at a posh venue, get the holiday spirit going by putting up Christmas decorations. And even if you assign a specific committee to handle the decorations, you can have everyone involved in it. This can help foster better camaraderie among the employees.
Think twice on serving booze - We've all heard about parties that have gone awry or have turned into a disaster just because of one employee having a drink too many. If you decide to serve alcohol, get a professional bartender to serve drinks and have a rule on the maximum drinks for everyone. Or you can have a rule that whoever wants to drink has to pay for it. The idea is to have the alcohol consumption under control.