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Taking the Stress Out of Holiday Parties

You were minding your own business, nose stuck in a pile of work on your desk, when your boss walked into your office. This year, you have the “honor” of planning the corporate holiday party.

After muttering a few choice words as he leaves your office, you’re now stuck wondering how you’re supposed to plan a party while maintaining your current workload and not missing deadlines. Not to mention, you don’t want to let your fellow employees down. You all work really hard and you deserve at least one night to kick back and celebrate your accomplishments.

You need to take the stress out of holiday party planning. Thankfully, by following these simple steps, you can make party planning process painless.

Plan Early

Waiting until crunch time may work for certain aspects of your job. And, if you’ve ever spouted the following line: “I work better under pressure,” you need to listen up. It is never too early to start planning a successful event. When you start early, you’ll have a better chance of getting the location, date, and vendors you want, snagging any early-booking discounts the venue may have, and having people actually attend your event.

Check the Schedule and Make Sure Key Employees are in Town

In our current international climate, higher ups often have to travel to meet with clients, explore potential partnerships, scope out new locations, and more. You do not want to go through all of the trouble of planning a party for the entire organization, only to find out that some of the key people are out of town or unable to attend. Identify the people that “have” to be there and then check their calendars for any blackout dates before you start securing locations.

Focus on Fun (Instead of Food and Alcohol)

You’ve got Paleo employees, gluten-free, vegan, Kosher, you name it. Then you’ve got employees who don’t drink (or drink too much). While you should do your best to cater to everyone, sometimes that’s impossible. By making the event more about fun than about food or drinks, everyone can participate and you don’t have to worry about alienating anyone. You can still have snacks and libations, but don’t make it the central focus of the event. Plus, by actually doing something together, employees can bond more than if they were just standing around balancing hors d’oeuvres and a plastic glass on a tiny plate.

Recognize Team Members with Funny Awards

While you want to make the planning process as easy on yourself as possible, you also want your party to be remembered. You want the festivities to stick in your coworker’s minds for years to come (for good reasons, of course!). Doing something extra special like adding a quick awards ceremony to the celebration, can make employees feel special and look back on the event favorably. Consider humorous awards like, “Most Likely to Replace the Copy Paper” or ” Most Amount of Pet Fur Dragged into the Office.” You can also create awards for the activities you do at the party like, “World’s Best Mini Golfer” or “Last Person Standing in Laser Tag.”

Have it All Done For You

Your goal here is to create the best possible party with the least possible stress and work on your end, correct? Instead of trying to coordinate decorations, setup, a caterer and servers, a bartender, music, entertainment or activities, a cleaning crew, and all of the supplies necessary to put a party on, not to mention having to focus on running things the day of… why not just have someone else do it for you? Here at Glowzone, we can have all types of corporate parties, from corporate parties, holiday parties, you name it. Check this post for the 20 Types of Corporate Events that you can celebrate.

If your company is in Las Vegas, consider GlowZone Indoor Amusement Park for your corporate holiday party. With one quick phone call to a GlowZone event planner, you can set the date, sign off on the menu, get a party host who will help you with the day-of logistics, and give your employees access to fun attractions like Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Scale the City Climbing, Skyscraper Ropes Course, Lazer Maze, an arcade, and more. Your corporate holiday party will be a success, and you will be the hero of the event. You might even get an award for “Best Holiday Party Planner Ever.”

How to Plan a Corporate Party
How to Plan a Corporate Holiday Party 1000 585 Amy Forrester

How to Plan a Corporate Holiday Party

‘Tis  the season! There’s a chill in the air and the holiday buzz can be felt around the office. Your employees have been nothing short of amazing this year. They’ve crushed their goals, served your customers, and are helping to move your company forward. You appreciate all of their hard work, and you want to do something special for them for the holidays.

You’ve held the typical “office holiday parties” in the past. Sure, people had fun, but you want to do something different this year. Plus, you want to get everyone out of the office to really relax and have an amazing time. They deserve it.

Read on for some tips to plan a successful corporate holiday party.

Consider an After-Holiday Party

December is a busy month. People are still trying to come down from the Thanksgiving high and are now focused on shopping and preparing their own holiday celebrations for family and friends. While the traditional holiday party is held the first two weeks of December, this may not be the best option for your team.

Why not keep the holiday season going by hosting your company holiday party in January? Your employees will be passed the stress of holiday season and will be ready to kick off the new year the right way. Plus, if you haven’t started planning earlier in the season, your ideal venue may already be booked. Hosting your party in January may be the perfect solution.

Think Outside the Cubicle

Picking your venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when event planning. After all, the location sets the tone for the entire event. You want to do something fun, not stuffy. A classy restaurant or grand ballroom may impress your employees and their significant others, but will it really speak to your team’s  personality?

You’ve considered hosting it in the office again, but that doesn’t represent the festive environment you’d like to create. And, don’t forget the cleanup. If you host a party at the business, you’ll either have to do the cleanup yourself or hire a crew to come in and set the area back to work-appropriate as quickly as possible.

Instead of the same old boring party, why not throw one that your employees will remember for years to come? A party that will leave no doubt in their minds that you appreciate all they do. If you live in the Las Vegas area, consider Glowzone indoor amusement park for your next corporate holiday party. Here, your employees will be able to kick back and play. Now, how often do they get to do that at the office?

Your team can enjoy the Skyscraper Ropes Course, 70-foot zipline, 28-foot climbing walls, Glow Mini Golf, Bazooka Ball, the arcade, and much more. They can laugh, let their inner-children out for the evening, and bond with their coworkers.

Focus on Fun, Not Logistics

If you host a party at your business, you will need to consider: food and drinks, table and chair rentals, setup crew, cleanup crew, entertainment, and if you’d like to enjoy the party yourself, you’ll probably need an event planner to orchestrate the actual event.

However, if you host your event at Glowzone, you’ll have an Event Specialist guiding you through all of the difficult decisions. You won’t have to worry about food, drinks, entertainment, equipment rentals, or cleanup. This will all be taken care of for you. Your job for the event? Have fun, enjoy the time with your team, and make them feel special. Doesn’t that sound better?

If done right, your company holiday party can be a wonderful experience for everyone. When you plan your party at Glowzone, you’ll be the hero of the office and ensure that your employees have a happy holiday season and a productive new year.