Your office party has to be awesome. Mediocre parties are a thing of the past and this year your colleagues are going to be talking about the office party for months. Your boss is going to love you! Insta-raise anyone?
But getting your super-amazing party ideas through HR can be tough. After all, they just want to keep everyone safe and protected (with no litigation down the line) and sometimes it can feel like they just want the same-old party every year just to keep sane.
But perhaps, these 10 totally fun party ideas will pass their criteria of being corporate enough, all the while being awesome enough to inspire your colleagues to cannonize you for being the most spectacular party thrower of the decade!
1. Great Gatsby: Roaring 20s office party
Ideal for: Keeping things sparkly
Work it like this: With all guests dressed in their best vintage glamor you can go as extravagant as the 1920s themselves.
Since the release of the award winning film Gatsby last year, companies are enjoying flapper girls, finery and extravagance. Recently, Moët & Chandon hosted a corporate party in New York that enjoyed a festive procession with costumed performers making their way through the crowd holding champagne bottles from 1921 and sparklers.
Serve up a plated dinner and enjoy some old-fashioned glitz and glamor or keep it light with roaming finger foods to keep people out of their chairs and on the dance floor. Keep the music fun and current by including hits from the film (like those from Jay Z and will.i.am) alongside the classics from Scott Joplin.
With that endless flow of champagne this is one evening that will keep your colleagues asking, “who was that mysterious man looking out the window all night” in all the right ways.
2. Murder Mystery – office party idea
Ideal for: A killer corporate party
Work it like this: Hired professional actors roam around your sophisticated soiree, when SUDDENLY… someone falls down dead!
Find whodunnit by investigating clues, interacting with the actors and bribing shady characters for more information. Decipher red herrings from true clues all while getting to know your colleagues and clients better.
This event is chock full of mystery, intrigue and will thrill every guest as they work to solve the murder.
Pro tip: Hire professional actors through companies that specifically offer murder mystery entertainment for the most thrilling (and stress free) experience. Hired actors keep the plot moving to keep the evening from being a bore.
3. Casino Theme
Ideal for: A night of grown-up fun
Work it like this: This casino theme party really is a favorite among corporates- after all who doesn’t like gambling?
Excitement and fun is the name of this game- and hiring blackjack dealers, slot machines or roulette tables are all you need to hit the jackpot! It’s a high impact evening with a real Vegas feel.
Play with fun money or for raffle depending on your crowd and you’ll keep your guests entertained all night long.
What happens in Vegas… can be at your next corporate function!
4. Holiday Tradition Station
Ideal for: Interactive mingling
Work it like this: Capture the festive spirit by combining all the best traditions of the season in one interactive event.
Set up stations featuring activities that families enjoy as traditions throughout the year. Rent an ice skating rink and feature game-show style games in one corner and cookie decorating in another. A hot chocolate bar with all the fixings can keep your guests loose for a game of Twister and ice carving. Hire a psychic for those end of the year fortunes.
Anything goes as long as it gets your guests talking and enjoying the season’s festivities!