Avoiding Christmas Party Clichés: A new way to celebrate

It’s time to plan the office Christmas party, and while once upon a time a few baubles and a sprig of mistletoe may have done the job, these days Christmas parties need to offer something less cliché and more hooray!

So, if you want to attract your employees to your Christmas party, you may need to start thinking outside of the box! After all, the annual office Christmas party may just be a bit of fun, but it’s also the time to thank your staff for an amazing year of successes and accomplishments and to end the year on a high.

You might be wondering then, how do you avoid Christmas clichés and turn your work Christmas party into a can’t-miss event, that will leave your team buzzing with excitement? Well, put away the tired old bunting and the mini sausage rolls and give these ideas a try!

Christmas toast selfie

Deck the halls with…photo booths!


Girls photo booth props

To get the party started, you need a venue that will wow your partygoers. Once you’ve ticked that off the list, get creative and see if you can think of some fun ways to deck out your venue that will leave your employees truly impressed.

Consider giving your party a theme so you have an idea of how to decorate the venue. Think murder mystery, wild west, winter wonderland, Chicago jazz…whatever you choose, you can inspire your employees to join in by offering a prize for the best costume.

Don’t worry if you think that a theme might be too stressful to execute, the venues hired should be able to help you along with these by providing packages.

Here are a few other ideas to get you started:

  • Capture the night with a photo-booth with plenty of silly props (or leave disposable cameras lying around and let your staff capture their own memories!)
  • Break the ice with a few table games
  • Get your hands on some retro games like Frogger or Space Invaders and set up an area with cushions where people can chill and reminisce
  • Choose a venue with a large dancefloor and let your staff have team dance-offs with a prize for the winners!

Shake up your food choices!

This year, celebrate your team’s diversity by offering a varied menu of goodies from different countries that will delight your staff’s taste buds and introduce them to some new flavours. To accommodate various dietary needs and beliefs, don’t forget to offer a vegetarian or vegan option.

 world spices

As well as offering different dishes, another way to diversify your party and make it more inclusive is to talk to your employees from cultures or countries that celebrate different traditions, then subtly include them into the party. This could be as easy as some Swedish candy on the table or some special Spanish traditional cocktails!  This way, you ensure employees from different cultural backgrounds feel more involved in the celebrations. 

Get entertaining! 

Your employees are going to need more than a conga line to be wowed this year. Getting the entertainment right will go a long way to making this year’s Christmas party a real success.

Here are some fresh entertainment ideas to get you started:

  • Add a touch of enchantment to the proceedings by hiring a magician
  • Upgrade your photo booth to a karaoke photo booth—that way, guests can croon and snap pics at the same time!
  • Organise group games—think mini ping-pong, a snowman-building contest, or go retro with a game of pass-the-parcel
  • Give employees a glimpse into the future by hiring a fortune teller

Christmas celebrations with props

Also, consider having a raffle with all the ticket proceeds going to a local charity. Not only will your team find this entertaining, you’ll be doing some good for the community.

Be sure to offer prizes that your employees will really appreciate, such as a paid day off, a free lunch at a local restaurant, or other employment perks that ensure your staff buy plenty of tickets!

Make January the new December

Increasingly, employers are choosing to hold their Christmas parties in January, mostly to avoid trying to squeeze it into the merry-go-round that is December madness in the office. And what better way to kick-start the new year than with a party?  When the January blues have set in, give your staff the lift they need with one last hurrah! 

Group of friends celebrating

But how do you hold a Christmas party in January and still have it feel festive? Well, don’t feel like you need to give it a Christmas theme. By January, everyone is probably sick of Santa hats and mince pies anyway. Instead, see it as a chance for your team to get together and celebrate the new year.

Decorate your venue with neutral symbols like balloons, flowers, glitter and sparkles etc. You can still include all of the fun of a Christmas party, but it’s a good idea to have a chilled area where colleagues can catch up and share their favourite festive stories together! 

Now you know how to throw a Christmas party that will have your employees cheering your thoughtfulness and ingenuity, make sure that you pick the right venue to make the night a real success.

Better Venues is a UK-wide venue provider with a host of beautiful, unique locations, all of which would be the perfect location for a work Christmas party. They have experts on hand to help you create the magical Christmas party of your dreams, one completely free of tired clichés!








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