How to Host a Last-Minute Office Christmas Party
So Christmas is almost here and so is your office Christmas party. The only problem is that the office has been so busy during the month of December that you and your party committee haven’t had a chance to plan the Christmas party.
Don’t worry, it’s not too late! Here’s our guide for planning your last-minute Christmas party. Follow this advice and you’ll have everyone convinced that you’ve been planning for months.
Keep it Simple.
The first step is not to panic. The good news is that you don’t need anything fancy or elaborate to have a Christmas party. All you really need is:
- A space
- A Christmas tree
- A theme
Find a Space.
You may already be planning on simply using your office space for your party. If you are planning your party last-minute, it will likely be hard to find a space available for rental this close to Christmas. But no worries. Your office will be perfectly adequate for your Christmas party. Think of it this way: during such a busy time of the year, people will be relieved not to have another big event in their social calendars to fight through traffic to arrive at on time. Remember, just keep it simple!
Arrange for Food.
If you have a minimal budget for your Christmas party, we recommend using whatever budget you do have for the food. Let’s face it: you don’t have time to get together a menu and decide who is going to bring what. Worse yet, you don’t have time to cook.
The best arrangement for food for your last-minute Christmas party is to hire a catering company to prepare finger foods or dinner. Then, send an email to your party attendees to bring a drink or dessert. We find this arrangement to work well because during such a busy season, people may not have the time prepare food. Instead, let those who are able to contribute do so by bringing a dessert or drink to share with the group.
Choose a Theme.
A theme is a great way to generate buzz for your Christmas party and let everyone get involved. While it’s not an absolutely critical part of your party, it’s easy to implement and makes the party more fun for everyone involved. Check out our recent post with 4 great ideas for your Christmas party theme for a little inspiration.
Gift Exchange or Not?
There are two kinds of Christmas parties: ones with gifts exchanges and ones without. Okay, sure, there are a number of different kinds of Christmas parties, but gift exchanges are so ubiquitous that it’s worth considering whether or not you want to include it for your party.
The main factor in gift exchanges is participation. If you don’t have enough participation, there will be just a few people doing the gift exchange and others will be left out. If they aren’t involved in what’s happening at the party, they may even be tempted to leave early.
If it’s very short notice (just a few days), do not opt to do a gift exchange. It doesn’t give people enough time to get a gift. But if you have several days and you think that your office would enjoy participating, go ahead and do a gift exchange!
All in all, hosting an office Christmas party at the last-minute is easy if you keep it simple and make a few strategic decisions as soon as you can.
Merry Christmas to you and yours from Garden of Eating Catering!