December marks the official month for office holiday parties. This year, turn your standard annual company outing into a lively, fun-filled soiree. From outside venues to mood music and seasonal food stations, lift your spirits with these tips to make your bash merry and bright.
1. Throw Your Holiday Party Outside of the Office
Go ahead and turn on that out-of-office email! Taking your party out of the usual four walls is the best way to build camaraderie and max out your mixing and mingling. With a bevy of diverse venues, hotel spaces let you opt for full or partial buyouts. From a large, formal event to a casual affair, we love the variety of spaces from suites to ballrooms to swanky rooftops and everything in between.
2. Ask for Party Ideas
This season, make your party planning a collaborative event by tapping groups to handle different aspects of your office holiday party. Start by crowdsourcing your coworkers to land on a convenient date, location and theme. Pssst: this makes the party feel less mandatory and more like fun! From music to drinks to decorations, everyone can weigh in with their ideas for the perfect office holiday party. Don’t forget to add an online survey for dietary restrictions too for a thoughtful touch.
3. Get Creative with Food and Drinks
Seasonal, interactive food stations add an unexpected twist to traditional sit-down meals. Looking for inspiration? Kimpton’s custom menu program creates a celebratory punch. Hotel Monaco Philadelphia’s “Poppin’ Bottles & Shells” includes a sprawl of champagne and oysters. Austin’s Hotel Van Zandt hosts a “Sugar Rush” with boozy cupcakes, truffles and bonbons, and Miami’s Epic Hotel offers a “Gnocchi Station” known to include ricotta and brown butter sage sauce. For sips, whip up custom holiday drinks from yuletide mocktails to spiked coffee station and holiday punch bowls.
4. Don’t Forget the Photo Booth
Photo booths are now holiday party law. For a rollicking highlight reel of the night’s festivities, simply rent a photo booth and add a creative backdrop (twinkly lights) with some fun DIY-props (Santa hats and tinsel anyone?) and viola. For a fresh twist on those Instagrammable moments, opt for the latest in zany, digital caricatures and 3D GIF technology.
5. Set Your Mood Music
Fa-la-la-la. Tunes are a must-have for any party. Once you determine your vibe, have a co-worker curate the ultimate playlist or hire a local band or DJ for some live entertainment. Not sure what direction to go? Check out our Winter Vibes playlist or nab some insights from Kimpton’s Director of Music Lauren Bucherie, who helps groups spice up their gatherings with both classic tunes and emerging artists.