Posted on December 1, 2010 by Blake Finchen — Comments Off
It’s time to get creative. In this economic climate, many companies are scaling back office events and looking for creative ways to spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank. This year, you don’t need to spend lots to plan a fun office holiday event. Sometimes an intimate and relaxed setting can be more enjoyable than a large scale, blow-out event of the past.
Here are a few ideas for planning your holiday party on a budget:
Think beyond the expensive party gifts. Save money this year by purchasing a few great gift items and raffling them off at the holiday party (i.e. Amex gift cards, airline tickets for two, Amazon Kindles and beyond). It is relatively inexpensive, entertaining for all and gives guests a chance to win something big. If you have a smaller office, perhaps give each guest a holiday treat to take home, like this DIY individually wrapped cookie.
Instead of sending out invitations and posting flyers around the office, send an electronic invitation with the event details… designed by you! Try this site to create your own festive holiday party design or create a more formal invitation here.
Counting Down the Days:
Consider hosting the holiday party on a Monday or Tuesday. During the holiday season, the most popular days to hold events at venues are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Those dates get booked quickly and often will cost more than earlier in the week since there is a high demand.
Serving Up Holiday Cheer:
Instead of an open bar, offer guests beer, wine and a festive signature drink. Venues typically offer a reduced cost per person if you opt for a beer and wine bar. You can have fun with a signature drink and make signs with holiday names including: Naughty or Nice (spiked hot chocolate), Snowball-tini (key lime martini with coconut shavings) or a [Insert company name here]-tini — for example, my company could serve a WE-tini! While the bar offerings are limited, guests will enjoy the holiday beverages and you will enjoy the savings. Check out this NYTimes.com feature: “For Every Holiday Party, the Right Drink.”
Now go out there and plan a great office holiday party!