The company holiday party is back—and while it may be less lavish than before, companies are still seeking creative ways to show their staff/team that they are appreciated. Providing a much more economical approach then hosting an off-site event, corporations are now utilizing their office space to host their holiday celebration. Here are the top ten in-office themes shaping corporate end-of-year celebrations.
1. The Great Gatsby
Get into the spirit by throwing an unforgettable party the way only Jay Gatsby would have. Lively music, decadent food, lavish dress, and more champagne than your guests know what to do with! This season go back in time to the roaring 20’s for your company’s holiday party. When planning a Great Gatsby party, it’s quintessential to incorporate the finest in flapper attire for dancers to shake and jive across the dance floor. For the accompanying male dancers, this means black tailcoats with white waistcoats, bow ties, and gloves. If all this isn’t enough, you can help bring the theme to life with stunning art deco props, luxurious food and abundance of hugely talented 1920’s themed entertainers and show stopping numbers. The Gatsby Party tops the list for in-house corporate holiday parties for this holiday season!
2. Ugly Sweater Parties
This sort of soirée has cultivated quite a following over the past few years. The dress code is simple: Raid mom or grandma’s closet, or head to a local thrift store, and don the ugliest holiday sweater you can find. Don’t be afraid to get really ugly with the rest of your outfit too—stirrup-pants and ’80s-style Keds are encouraged. Deliciously retro stockings and lights that hearken the ugly sweater spirit of Christmas to all and their ugly sweaters.
3. Casino Royale
Casino nights are a fun way to reward your team! They are an inexpensive alternative to the typical holiday party or company meeting. Incorporating real casino tables such as Black Jack, Roulette, and Craps into your event is sure to add excitement to the holiday celebration. Creating a signature drink for the event is a great way to bring the theme to life. Old fashioned drinks such as “Manhattans” and classic Martinis are always welcomed.
4. Christmas Circus
This fun and classic theme can even make the toughest of all CEO’s embrace their inner child again. A circus-themed office party can provide a fun atmosphere allowing for several different entertainment options to help illuminate the theme. First, you can let employees come dressed as different circus characters and get into the fun. Hosting a circus costume contest and award top prizes for the winners is sure to inspire your employee’s creativity. Next, you can set up carnival-style games such as ring toss and ping pong toss to add interactive gaming to the themed event. A huge hit is always a dunk tank where people can sign up for a chance to dunk their boss. Finally, have a caricaturist present to draw cartoon portraits of employees in a circus-themed settings makes for the perfect keep sake for guest to take home. Serving fun traditional circus foods such as popcorn, cotton candy and hot dogs to complement, your holiday event is sure to be a hit with the crowd.
5. Charlie The Chocolate Factory
If you’d like to incorporate whimsical fantasies into your company’s holiday party, try hosting a Willy Wonka-themed holiday soirée. A veritable “Candy Land” adorn with props and characters from the movie allowing you to revisit that mystical magical wonderful place you’ve read about and seen as kid. “The Chocolate Factory” or your office will be unique with quirky designs and an even bigger imagination for your very own unique variation of Willy Wonka interpretation.
6. Masquerade Ball
This theme incorporates decorative masks to adorn the faces of all guests. This fun option allows you to keep your budget in mind while creating a themed event that is sure to excite your employees. Hosting a Masquerade event is fairly easy. You can require guests to come with their own masks to the event or you can supply a variety of masks to choose from.
7. Hollywood Christmas Theme
Turn your office into a red carpet star studded event. Allow your employees to feel as if they are partying amongst the stars by allowing your theme to come to life with incorporating a variety of Hollywood props and themes. Having your guest enter on a red carpet provides the perfect selfie opportunity for your employees. Once inside, the event guests can enjoy an assortment of fun that is fashioned to fit your theme. From your favorite impersonators, to custom Hollywood backdrops and giant Oscar statues, the theme is sure to create a ton of excitement for your VIP guest list.
8. 80’s style
Break out the hairspray and leg warmers and party like it’s 1985! Make sure you have a variety of styles to inspire your party guests to dance the night away. Choose from popular hits from artists like Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Don’t forget to include those classic one-hit wonders that your guests are sure to sing along to. Extra fun can be added to the themed event by bringing in retro video gaming arcades such as Pacman and pinball machines.
9. Holiday Hootenanny
Grab your straw hats, slide on those overalls and throw your employees and their families, a good old-fashioned hoedown. Just be sure you’re chewing on that straw blade and throw out a few yee-haws when your employees start the party country style in the office! A hoedown calls for one main attraction: the square dance. Hone your caller skills and put on the music, because this holiday season is heading to the Wild West over yonder.
10. Aloha Holiday
Planning a luau holiday party is a breeze! Break out your Hawaiian shirt and leave the fur coat home. It’s time for a Mai Tai and tiki torches! Hosting a holiday party with your employees can be all kinds of fun. Who wouldn’t love a paradise themed office party with the colorful decorations, high-energy party games and delicious food! Get your guests ready and excited for your tropical extravaganza, and keep calm and hula on.