It is the end of another great year. For everyone involved, this is usually the most exciting time of the year. It is during this time that many employees look forward to spending a few days relaxing and bonding with their family members. As an employer, what better way to show your appreciation and dedication to your staff's hard work than to organize a party for them?
If you’re looking to throw a great party for your staff this Christmas, here are some tips to help you out.
Identifying your budget
Before you decide to throw a fancy party, you should seek out the budget that you will require. By doing so, you can have a better idea of the party's venue, the kind of food served, and the entertainment and games in which your party will have. If you are unsure, spend some time and consider your budget so that you can spend it well.
Organize a committee
It's difficult to plan a Christmas party, much less do everything alone. If you're looking to throw an awesome party, you should start getting a few people to help you out with your planning. Organizing your committee is crucial as it may make or break the party. The best way to organize is to assign your committee a duty or role. For example, one person could be in charge of the venue, another to deal with caterers. In the case of a shortfall, it will be easier to manage before it is too late.
Establish a theme
Establishing a theme for your party can make it fun and exciting to your staff. It will help to set the stage, even if it is only for a short while. For example, your theme for the party could be fruit related. This way, your staff could bring in different fruit-related packaging, such as plates of fruit salads, boxes of fruitcakes or pineapple tart containers. If you aren't sure where and how to proceed, prepare a suggestion box. This way, your staff can drop in their ideas and allow you to start planning for ideas in the box. Having a high budget can also allow you to have two prevalent themes, and even have your staff choose which theme they would like to dress up as.
Invite the family
Since most businesses usually throw a party once a year, it is essential to include family members when planning your party, especially spouses. This will make employees know that you have their best interest at heart. Having their loved ones be a part of the party can also help make your staff behave and offer them the choice to dance the night away with their loved ones.
Provide good food and entertainment
Food is crucial to the planning of any party. You need to ensure that the caterer meets your expectations with enough food for everyone at a good quality. You can prepare alcohol for the select few staff that likes to drink, but not too much before the party gets chaotic. It is also best to prepare some small take out food boxes. That way, if the food is too much for your staff to eat, they can choose to use take out food boxes to put into and take their unfinished treats home.
Selection of venue
The venue is another essential element when it comes to throwing a memorable party. Choosing the right location and setting the pace and ambience will allow your staff to gauge how much fun they would have. If they're going to be staying for a short while, a suitable venue will possibly extend their staying time.
If you’d like, you can throw in a small gift or voucher to express your gratitude for their hard work of the current year. All in all, don't forget to tell them the two special words: thank you.