Try thinking of your Christmas party as an event, rather than a get together. Instead of the traditional sit-around-somewhere-and-eat party, you could host a party based around a location or activity. Here are some options to help your party be the stand out event on the calendar...
Mystery events. Just do any of the ideas below, but don't tell your team until the day. Book a bus!
Book a tour. Visit an island for a day. Go back in history. Try deep sea fishing.
A night away for your team. Great as a thank you, some groups combine this with some professional development then finish with a fun night or day. This is more popular if it is located in a gorgeous, popular destination.
Mix up your guest list. Instead of hosting a company Christmas party that's just for staff, you could widen your guest list to include business associates and turn it into an annual beach cricket day or touch footy competition, bushwalk to a lake or 4WD trek. Attendees as they'll get a chance to meet new people and have less chance to get trapped into endless shop talk conversations.
Wine trails. Follow a trail to your destination via cellar doors.... arrange a chaffeur!
Go Extreme for your Party. Skydive, Paragliding, Hang gliding. You may have a few spectators! Bring the video....
Progressive Dinners. Choose your eating out options within easy walking distance. Your first destination for starters, walk on for the next course and another for dessert. Fun for all , - itis great to grab some exercise and you can also schedule in some diversions. Remember to organise with the restaurants and cafes before hand.
Turn it into a family affair. People's expectations and behaviors will change if you broaden your guest list to include staff and their families to your staff Christmas party. For one thing, you can aim for a healthy event. Better particpation is likely since your workmates don't need babysitters. Activity based parties are especially good for this. People of all ages can play cricket, for instance. You can even ask Santa to make an arrival.
Pamper Days Massages, facials, manicures, makeovers what staff member would want to miss this party (can be tailored to the blokes as well).
Activity Activity Activity. Get active with a bushwalk and swim. Book a trainer for the day - learn how to surf, along with all your team. Go fishing, barefoot bowls, tennis, golf..
Go for a Theme! You choose what it is and if it is merely decorations, costumes or the whole food and drink thing. Try a trivia competition, games night, or scavenger hunt are great forthe whole family.....
Book a tour. Visit an island for a day. Go back in history. Deep sea fishing.
Cellar doors Follow a wine trail to your destination.... it makes for an interesting arrival (arrange a chaffeur)!
Pamper Days Massages, facials, manicures, makeovers what staff member would want to miss this party (you can cater to the males as well).
Progressive Dinners. Target eating out options within walking distance. Your first destination for starters, move on for the next course and another for dessert. Great to grab some exercise and fun for all. You can also schedule in some diversions. Be sure to call and work this out with the restaurants and cafes before hand.
If it is not funded by your work, building a kitty through the year just may help everyone's budget. Remember, though, when choosing a company Christmas party idea based on an activity, generally pick something that everyone can do. The trick to successfully hosting any party is to blend just the right amounts of excitement and comfort. You want the organisers have some fun as well. Plus, have plenty of other things for people to drink- especially for the drivers. Besides juices, teas, coffees and alcohol-free punches, mocktails can be a fun alternative.
All these Christmas party ideas are available right here at Rainbow Beach. You can host a work Christmas do, that rather than coming up with excuses for avoiding, your team will look forward to attending every year. Enjoy your celebration!