Top 10 Holiday Party Ideas for Work (Infographic)

As one of the most anticipated events of the year, many employees look forward to and try to anticipate the theme for this year’s holiday party.

Everyone simply want to relax and have fun during the party and would truly appreciate that this year is totally different but definitely not less fun than what they had last year.

So, show your appreciation to your employees and co-workers and prepare the best holiday work party they’d have so far – and choose from any of these top 10 holiday work party ideas.

1. Winter Wonderland

Take everyone into a wonderful white wintery extravaganza and turn your company holiday party into a magical winter wonderland. Decorate your venue in wonderful white, silver and light blue winter colors complete with all the magical snowy splendor befitting a winter wonderland party. Make the place glow with acrylic party garlands, crystal prisms and beaded curtains that could serve as dazzling centerpieces during your celebrations. Throw in other wintery fun stuff like no-melt Styrofoam snowballs layered with liberal amounts of white or silver glitter. Decorate the place with stuffed reindeers and penguins and if possible set an ice sculpture centerpiece that will truly add some elegance and class to your celebrations.

2. Masquerade Ball

If you want some elegance and class in your company holiday party, a masquerade ball would be the perfect venue that would delight all your employees, staff and guests. What would a masquerade be without masks? You can either provide a uniform set of masks for all or have your guests bring their choice. Make the room sparkle even more by decorating the place with silver diamond cut beaded garlands, hanging crystals and glass orbs, or hanging teardrop glass orbs, then top it all up with a hanging crystal ball chandelier.

Finger foods, fancy appetizers and yummy hors d’oeuvres are perfect for your company holiday party. Place your food on elegant diamond cut crystal glass stands then decorate your table with crystal bowl candle holders, crystal square candle holders, and crystal cylinder votive candle holders. Complement the food and décor with cocktails served by elegantly dressed servers.

3. Ugly Sweater Party

If you and your company buddies feel like traditional parties is not “in” for you this year, then you can lighten up the holiday mood a little bit and go for something wacky like an ugly sweater party. Each one probably received a truly awful and wacky sweater during one holiday season or another, with you enduring all the guffaws from friends and loved ones with a mischievous grin on your face.

While your employees, staff and guests dig through their wardrobe for their “favorite” ugly sweater or start running off to the nearest thrift shop to get one, start decorating the place with vintage painted mason jars decorated with silver jingle bells, diamond mesh rolls and glittery curly ting ting branches.  

4. Holiday Movie Themes

Dozens of Christmas-themed box-office hits were showcased throughout the years, making each one a perfect choice for a holiday movie themed company party. You can go for the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story, or go for more modern pieces like the Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf.

Whatever movie theme you select, choose a menu and corresponding décor that would fit well with the period depicted in your movie theme. You can choose traditional holiday fare like duck, turkey, potatoes and cranberries then serve fancy drinks that complement the food like root beer float, milkshakes and eggnogs. Enliven the place with appropriate décor like silver sparkle table runners, bay green or boxwood stems, white LED garland lights and set the mood with flameless and smokeless LED wax pillar candle lights.

5. Tropical Holiday

Tired of the cold, snowy and wintery Christmas setting? Why not go for a more tropical-themed holiday party, a Caribbean Christmas, or a Hawaiian holiday luau. Prepare red and green floral leis for everyone to wear and decorate the place with equally appropriate elements. This include knitted jute wired ribbon or jute knitted mesh wraps with wired burlap cords that would make them appear to look like fishnets and glass vase filled with assorted beach shell base fillers or small decorative river stones. Serve food from a Hawaiian or Caribbean menu complemented with appropriate cocktails and drinks complete with fancy straws, little umbrellas and floral décor.

6. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

Bring out the child in everyone by hosting a Chocolate Factory themed company holiday party. Start off with invites to employees and guests using cards that appear like golden tickets. Of course, there should be as much chocolate, oversized candies, desserts and other tasty treats as possible served on crystal cake stands, crystal cupcake stands, and clear glass dessert stand centerpieces. Decorate tables with polka dot grosgrain ribbons then strew in some sparkle and glitter butterflies on floral arrangements to make the place even more magical.

7. Christmas Around the World

The holidays are celebrated in various forms and configurations all across the globe, each with their own sets of traditions, drinks, cuisine, and other unique attributes that make each international celebration special. Foremost among these unique traditions is the wide variety of delicious foods and beverages that are favorite Christmas fare in your countries of choice. Set-up international stations during your holiday party according to the countries from where your employees or staff may originally come from or have ethnic ties with.

Aside from appropriate food and drinks, decorate each station with appropriate colors and elements that are popular or practiced in a particular country during the holidays. Multi-colored paper lanterns are traditional holiday décor used in many countries so simply choose the most appropriate colors for your stations. Label your stations so your guests will know what country they are in using Styrofoam alphabet letters and balls decorated with appropriate ribbons, linen and other décor.

8. Celebrity Surprise

Wouldn’t it be great to have celebrities come down and celebrate the holidays with you this year? Well, that would really be a great idea and everyone in your company will definitely have a blast if all these celebrities come down and perform special numbers for everyone. While it may really not be possible to have real celebrities joining you for your holiday party, you can get the next big thing by having entertainers… or someone from your own company…. impersonate the performance of these celebrities.

It would be great if you could keep the performances under wraps before the big day – so it could really be a big celebrity surprise that would surely bring out squeals of delight from your employees and guests. Have them prepare short numbers playing alone or as a group. While they’re at it, decorate the place with a bit of glitzy glamor using gold checkered diamond mesh rolls or diamond mesh rolls, then add silver flower diamond or rhinestone ribbons for good measure.

9. Summer-Themed Christmas

Wouldn’t summer be great at Christmas? So, why not have a summer-themed holiday party for a change? While it may not be possible at this time to bring everyone to the beach for a party, you can bring the warmth of summer or even the joys of the beach right into your company doorsteps. Decorate the place with a beach or summer theme using seashell vase fillers, natural wood slices vase fillers, natural wood ball vase fillers, and natural raw cork vase fillers that would bring the look and feel to your party.

10. Santa’s Workshop

At one time of another during their childhood, each one may have dreamed of visiting Santa’s workshop and help out in making and preparing the toys for deserving children. Bring the delight and glee to each and everyone in the party by bringing the workshop right into your party. Decorate the place with hanging terrariums, silver and gold fruit decorations placed on multi-colored charger plates, jingle bells and LED candle lights.

There are other party themes that you can use for this year’s company holiday party and each one can be as memorable to you, your employees and your guests this year and the years to come – so go ahead, plan out the festivities, and enjoy the holidays!

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