Haven’t started making plans or adding the final touches to your holiday party yet? No need to worry, we have several options as well as cost saving twists on the traditional holiday party that are budget friendly and can be organized today!
Save Costs – Alternative Holiday Parties
- Consider using a private space at a restaurant to host an evening of cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Most restaurants have a food & beverage minimum that you need to meet, but this takes place of a rental fee. By utilizing a restaurant, you’ll save on the cost of a full venue rental, any rental fees you may incur for tables, linens and centerpieces as well as eliminating the need for live entertainment and a full buffet or plated dinner.
- Host a company luncheon to thank employees for their hard work throughout the year instead of an evening function. Traditionally, food & beverage minimums are even less for luncheon functions and employees feel rewarded by spending some time away from their desks and the office.
Take ‘Em Out of the Office
Do you sometimes just sit and stare out the window of your office wishing you were anywhere but there? So do it! Stray from the same ‘ol holiday party and hold a day out of the office doing something that brings employees together.
- Consider renting out bowling lanes or an entire bowling alley for several hours. Wacky bowling challenges can be thrown in for a little fun, but also make sure to have a round or two of traditional bowling to see who boasts the most strikes, highest score and most gutter balls.
- Take advantage of the close proximity to the mountains and declare a day on the slopes where guests can choose to ski, snowboard, sled, snowshoe, snowmobile or enjoy the spa or fireside lounge. Transportation can be arranged to/from the mountains or colleagues can carpool.
- Do you suspect you may have a few budding artists among your group? Host “Canvas and Cocktails” where your group will be instructed through the process of painting a picture while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Extend the activity by including a pre- or post-event cocktail hour, dinner or lunch. This activity can be done at their place, yours or a private venue!
- December is usually a mega month for blockbusters at the box office. Take your office to the movies or even rent out the theatre. This can be paired with a buffet lunch or reception to allow colleagues ample time to mix and mingle.
Give in the Spirit of the Holidays
Nothing feels as good as giving back. This year, give back to the community or an organization in need.
- Support a gift drive at the office where colleagues donate theme/age/organization appropriate items. Have a representative from the organization address the group and explain more about its mission and clientele that you just donated to. Gifts can also be used as admission to the holiday party, luncheon or other event.
- Put together a teambuilding that focuses on building or making items that go towards a local organization. Teambuilding programs can involve making and donating items such as trikes, bikes, wheelchairs, USO care packages, school supply kits or backpacks filled with food supplies for after school programs.