The Beginners Guide to Holiday Parties

While holiday parties are meant to allow employees to mingle and let loose in ways they can’t do in the office, they can be challenging to plan and ensure that everyone has a wonderful time. A holiday party should be inclusive, entertaining, and rewarding for everyone involved. The onus often falls on the HR team or small business owners to make the magic happen.

Are you preparing to host a company holiday party? This guide offers tips and tools to keep it fun and light-hearted while keeping employees safe and happy.

What is a Holiday Party?

A holiday party is a celebration for the company’s staff. It has the power to build a strong sense of community among team members. An end-of-year party is also the perfect time to recognize each person’s hard work and dedication to the company. Most holiday parties feature refreshments, games or activities, and some form of entertainment, like music.

The Basics of a Holiday Party

Holiday parties have a few necessary components. Follow these steps to capture the basics:

#1. Determine a Budget

Before any planning begins, you should have a budget in mind for your party. Start with a base budget that your company feels comfortable spending. This budget might be adjustable later if you decide to ask employees to contribute to refreshments, ticket costs, or anything else. When creating your budget, be sure to include the cost of:

  • Food and drinks
  • The venue
  • Entertainment
  • Decorations
  • Recognition awards
  • Caterers, entertainers,…

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