As soon as fall hits, we know it's only a matter of time before the holiday season starts, and among all that fun (and chaos) is the office holiday party.

We know what you're thinking, didn't we only just have the last one? We hear you. So take this as a sign: If you haven't started planning your corporate holiday party this year, do it now.

Planning a corporate party can be full of pressure. Firstly, there are so many expectations and things to organize. And then, to add to that, you have to hope people want to come!

But, fear not, with these holiday planning tips and tricks up your sleeve, your team will be begging for another. All it takes is a little preparation and an expert who knows what they're doing (*cough, cough* we have them here).

With that being said, you might be wondering why bother throwing an office holiday party in the first place. We'll tell you...

  • To show gratitude
  • Break barriers
  • Build camaraderie
  • Boost company morale
  • Improve your company culture

So now that we've persuaded you (if you weren't already), here it is. How to plan a work party 101.

When to Start Planning Your Holiday Party

Ideally, you'll begin thinking of ideas in the summer. That way, you can start making moves in the fall.

Remember: The more time you allow, the less stressful your event planning will be, and the more likely you will secure all the details you want.

Write a Holiday Party Checklist

Creating a holiday party itinerary is always wise. With so many things to take into consideration, you want to ensure that nothing is missed.

An example would look something like this:

  1. Set a budget
  2. Find a suitable date
  3. Decide what type of event it will be
  4. Find a venue
  5. Send invites
  6. Prepare food & drink options
  7. Buy decorations
  8. Plan superlatives/awards

Where to Host Your Event

Toasting drinks at company holiday party

Choosing a venue for your event is one of the most challenging parts. You could use the office breakout room, a bar down the street, or even your living room if you're throwing a virtual holiday party.

The truth is, all of these options are great. It simply comes down to two things: what everybody feels comfortable with (especially in times like these) and cost. This leads us to our next point…

Set a Budget for Your Celebrations

When setting a budget, make sure you take everything into account:

  • Venue
  • Décor
  • Entertainment
  • Catering
  • Party favors
  • Transportation

We understand you want to throw a killer party, but it's not worth going out of business over!

Deciding On Your Entertainment

Festive Paint Nite for Work Holiday Party

Have you decided on a holiday party theme? We highly recommend you do—even if it's just black-tie (or red carpet if you want to sound more creative). You also need to decide whether it will be in-person or virtual. From here, picking entertainment is easy.

Sticking with the black-tie example, we love the idea of mixing it with a casino night or murder mystery party. Or, if you want something a little more casual, how about a paint and sip party, virtual escape room, or wine tasting experience?

Special Touches

It's true what they say—it's all in the details. And Christmas parties are no exception to the rule. There are many ways you can take your celebration to the next level, including fun awards, party favors, thank you notes, food trucks, and photo booths.

Why Choose Yaymaker?

Holding up final project at Yaymaker wreath event

When you plan a corporate event with Yaymaker, your party planning checklist is cut in half. Not only do we have experienced event planners on hand, but also holiday party packages and everything you need in one place.

We offer:

  • 100+ experiences, ranging from creative projects to virtual game nights
  • Food & drinks packages
  • Unique enhancement, e.g., celebrity engagements
  • Gift cards
  • Partnerships with local venues
  • Support from our experts
  • And more!

For more holiday party planning tips, holiday party ideas, and to book your event, contact Yaymaker's Private Events Team today!