Whether you’re planning a large office holiday party or a small company outing, take fun seriously. The further in advance that you plan, the more relaxed you will be and the more fun you’ll have with your team. It can be stressful to plan an office holiday party when you are down to the wire, so we have tools to help you plan your holiday party early, and keep you ahead of the game. Check out the tips below to get started.

BONUS: don’t miss out on the downloadable save the date and invitation templates you can customize for your own event below!

Be sure to listen to our podcast episode on the dos and don’ts of holiday events and planning, funny memories, and how to plan holiday events for the upcoming season.

Tips on Planning Your Holiday Party

Talk to your team about what they feel comfortable with in terms of location. Putting their health and well-being first is of the utmost importance. In person events are a blast, but with many employees still working remotely, an in-person event may not be the most viable option. Have no fear, virtual holiday parties are just as fun too!

Mark your calendar! Let your team know that you’re planning an office holiday party. Surprise holiday activities are generally a bad idea since the end of the year is a busy time for everyone. A good way to give them a heads up is by sending a holiday save the date. Provide basic details about what you are planning, even if you can only pin down the date. Providing them with this information and a date early on will help ensure as many people as possible can make it. This also gives you time to make adjustments, if necessary.

Now that you have the date, start by reviewing past company holiday parties to see what worked, and what didn’t. Here are some questions you should ask yourself:

  • Who were the key decision-makers?
  • Where was it held?
  • What was the turnout?
  • Did the timing work?
  • Were than any issues around food? Alcohol?
  • Did people like the activities? If not, why?
  • Are there elements that you can improve or expand on?

After settling on the more specific details such as the location, time, and what activities you are planning to do, send out an invitation. The invitation will get your team excited, remind them again of the celebration, and communicate all the details. We’ve even included holiday save the date and invitation templates that you can customize for your own event!

Click here to download our editable Save the Date template.

Sample Save the Date Holiday Template


Click here to download our editable Holiday Invitation template.

Sample Holiday Invitation Template


As always, TeamBonding is here to help with all of your party planner endeavors. Contact us and we can take care of it for you!

Check out our holiday team building activities for a memorable experience with your team!

 

Anna Webber

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