Booking the DJ is just one step of many in throwing a fantastic office party or corporate event.
I've heard enough people talk of not mixing business with pleasure, but my mother has always
said it is good to try new things, and mother knows best. Once in a while it is okay to loosen
that tie, kick off the high, executive heels and put on your boogey shoes. There is a great deal
of ways to have fun while still flying within the 'tasteful zone.' Nevertheless, you want your
business party to be a success and there are a few things to think about..
Tips for Throwing an Office Party
Be Sure to Have the Attendees 'Save the Date'
It is of paramount importance to give people more than enough time to mark the date of a
big bash on their calendars. Think about what day of the week it will fall upon. Think about
things such as if children will be in attendance (is it a school night?), other holidays or
events surrounding the date (superbowl, St. Patrick's Day), will having it on the weekend be
preferable in attracting attendants, will there be work tomorrow, and so on. These are just
some things that may go overlooked, but could have a major impact on the turn out.
Location, Location, Location
You want to show the people that work for you that you appreciate them via the
extravaganza, so throwing it at a scenic, fun, and grand locale should be in mind. There are
outside sources to consult on making your decision, if this is something you find of
difficulty in deciding. You want the party to be held somewhere of elegance, but you do not
want to make it too far as to create an inconvenience for the attendants. Make sure
directions are clear and conspicuously available for in print, online, office intranet, so as
everyone will not have a problem getting there.
Décor to Impress
Ask any lady and they will tell you to be attentive to detail. This goes for many facets of life
(isn't that right ladies), but corporate parties are not an exception. Invest the time, money,
and creativity into the decorations, if you cannot do it yourself; hire someone to do it for
you. Flowers can add a vibrant touch to the décor and add to the ambience. This event may
only happen once a year for smaller businesses, so pull out all the stunts; you want your
employees to do the same for you five days a week.
If this happens to fall around the holidays, do not label it a 'Christmas Party,' because not
all of your employees may celebrate the holiday. Be very general about the theme of the
party. It is to celebrate the business and the appreciation of the employees, so make sure
this is the motif, not a fat guy in a red suit.
Oh, Are You a Vegetarian?
Just as being open to all religions, also be open to all diets. More people now are
experimenting with different diets, so be sure to have an eclectic smorgasbord of delicacies
to choose from. It would be very considerate to have a line at the bottom of the invitation
encouraging suggestions or details of dietary limitations. This could also be implemented
into the company intranet, so people would not feel as reluctant if they saw others that had
the same dietary interests.
Casual Shelly or Dapper Dan?
Be sure to indicate what the locale of the party's dress attire will be like. It would be
devastating for anyone to under or overdress. This is all about the employees and you
want them to have a great time. If the locale calls for dressy attire so be it, if it is a bit more
casual; then let it be known to all. Unless it is a real gala affair, most people feel a bit more
comfortable being casual.
When Fun Goes Awry
Yes you want everyone to have a great time at the party, but the word fun can be a tricky
and relative word to define in an objective way. Alcohol is usually incorporated into these
events, but it could spell trouble if abused. It may be a good idea to somehow very artfully
implementing something about the use of alcohol into the invitations without seeming to be
too judgemental. Perhaps wording as to sound concerned for everyone's wellbeing to
ensure a safe and happy event. This will be respected by everyone and will be in the
forefront of the attendants' minds as the event is taking place. It would not be good for
someone to besmirch the good name of the business by misbehaving.
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