The holidays are when everyone feels festive, at home or even at the office. It’s the time of year for parties and celebrations while cookie swaps and gift exchanges are the norms. How do you spark life into a stale office holiday party or the usual family soiree? Holiday cheer is not just reserved for those with a big budget. Companies with a small staff and tighter budgets can still host memorable holiday parties, too!
Here are four-holiday party ideas for the home or office for any budget.
Try a nontraditional tree contest instead of decorating the same plastic pre-lit tree every year. Give family members or employees a week in advance to create their best nontraditional tree. Then host a star-studded night of voting and gifts to award the winners. Encourage everyone to get creative with their nontraditional tree ideas by using things like books, wine bottles, sticky notes, purses, and themes from classic holiday movies. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures and post them to your company’s blog.
While there is no such thing as too much holiday cheer, you can absolutely have too much holiday food. Take a break from the cakes, cookies, and goodies you encounter at every other seasonal gathering. Instead, turn your holiday party into a celebration of fitness and fun! Have everyone prepare their favorite healthy-based treat or dish and pick a fitness class, or get a yoga instructor to entertain employees and/or family members for a mindful and meaningful hour of fun!
Host a bake-off and turn a traditional holiday fruitcake into a playful tradition of fun! Much like an ugly-sweater party, embrace the fact that the fruitcake, no matter how weird it seems, is here to stay, and should be celebrated! Have employees or family members bake their best (or worst) fruit cake, and get a panel of judges to do the taste-testing. You can even incorporate something cheesy, like a Clap-O-Meter, or order some prize ribbons that look like they wandered out of the local fair’s pie-baking contest.
With this holiday party idea, you can do two things at once by hosting a gift wrapping party! Turn an event that often produces holiday stress (like wrapping presents) into one that produces holiday fun while surrounded by co-workers, family, and friends. Clear out a room and invite everyone to bring some gifts over for a night or afternoon of wrapping. Ask everyone to bring a roll or two of their favorite wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift tags to swap, or supply the materials if you have the budget. Bring plenty of scissors and tape, and provide snacks, beverages, and holiday music to make the gift wrapping as festive as possible.