How to Throw an Office Holiday Party that People will Remember

Some Tips for throwing a Memorable Office Party

The holiday season can be a stressful time at work. But, the good news is, you may be able to de-stress a bit if there’s a fun office party to look forward to. It’s a great way to show staff how much their hard work is appreciated and to celebrate this year’s achievements. A well-done office party can forge stronger relationships between co-workers and boost morale. And it encourages everyone to take some time to slow down and have fun together. Here are some tips on how to make this year’s office party affordable, enjoyable and successful!

Planning a Successful Office Holiday Party

  • If possible, designate a committee to be in charge of planning the event so the extra work doesn’t fall to just one person (and so a variety of ideas can be explored).
  • Rather than just sending a boring memo, send a funny e-vite to set the mood for celebrating.

A Good Space

  • Renting a space is a nice way for everyone to get away from the office, but choose a location that is convenient — make it as easy as possible for everyone to get to the party.
  • Using space in your office is a good way to save money, but be sure to decorate your office to set a festive tone for the party. Try to clear the paperwork off of your desk; make it a place where everyone can forget about work for awhile.

Food And Drinks

  • Whether catered or pot-lock, make sure there is plenty to go around — and a good variety to meet special dietary restrictions (consider adding a line at the bottom of the party invite where staff can note any dietary preferences).
  • Other fun food options that may save some money include hiring a food truck or two to park outside the party venue; or planning the party to be a lunch or breakfast event.
  • If the event will have alcohol available, you don’t need to offer too many options — party planners suggest one signature cocktail, a red and a white wine, a beer option or two, plus sodas and water.


  • Keep the decorations festive, but nondenominational so that everyone feels included.
  • Options for music include hiring a DJ, putting together a party playlist, or hiring local talent.

Office Party Activities

  • If you want to include an activity or two, ask your colleagues beforehand and see what they would like to do — gift exchange, party games, or just hang out and have fun.
  • Plan activities that are inclusive and not embarrassing to anyone. Let people opt out, if they so choose. Award prizes to the winners to enhance competition.

DOs and DON’Ts (for attendees)

  • DO thank the boss for hosting the party (and also whoever did the planning).
  • DO branch out and talk with coworkers that you don’t know so well.
  • DON’T overimbibe.
  • DO remember, this is a work function and you will have to show your face at the office the next day. Make sure you act in an appropriate, professional manner.

The Holidays are a great time to show your workers some appreciation; so above all, have fun! From all of us at Workspace Solutions in Fort Wayne, we would like to wish you a very happy holiday.