Partying with co-workers can be fun, as well as a great opportunity to network with people in your business you may not get a chance to talk to on a regular basis. You can throw your company party onsite, at a restaurant or pub, convention center or as a company picnic at a local park. But no matter what the venue, you can use the following tips to get the planning started.
Recruit a Committee: Get help from co-workers to help brainstorm creative ideas, and split the responsibilities. You can choose a small group, or a larger one with sub-committees depending on the size and scale, but it is always good to have a team to get things done!
Move It: If your office is a place of business… full of computers, paperwork, desks and distractions, consider moving the party out to a more festive site. Think about something unusual, such as an art gallery, cruise-ship, or city tour bus.
Bring in the Music: Hire a DJ, to “get that party started.” Music can set the tone, and keep things moving.
Don’t go Overboard: We all want to have a good time, but there is always “that guy” (or girl) who has just a bit too much to drink and regrets it back at the office on Monday. So take it easy on the alcohol, and as the party planner or host, make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic options and a coffee-bar towards the end, and have a plan to help guests who shouldn’t drive home find rides or a taxi.
Remember, company parties can be a great time, but they still need to be planned, executed, and enjoyed in a responsible way—after all, you still need to work with these people when the party is over!
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