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Company Holiday Party Planning Guide

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By Stan Patterson

Corporate Holiday Party Planning


The holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about your company’s annual holiday party! A well-planned event can boost morale, build team spirit, and set the stage for a prosperous new year. In this guide, we’ll walk you through essential planning steps and offer creative ideas for activities and gift exchanges.

Pre-Planning Steps:

  1. Budget: Establish a budget early on to guide your choices.

  2. Venue: Choose a location that is convenient and can accommodate all guests comfortably.

  3. Date: Try to select a date that doesn’t conflict with other holiday activities.

  4. Invitations: Digital invites work well for corporate settings, but physical invites add a personal touch.


  1. Trivia Game: Divide employees into teams and have a festive holiday-themed trivia session.

  2. Photo Booth: Set up a holiday-themed photo booth with props for hilarious and memorable photos.

  3. Karaoke: Give employees the chance to show off their vocal talents with some holiday classics.

  4. Cook-Off: Have a cookie or gingerbread house decorating competition.

  5. Craft Corner: A station where employees can make their holiday ornaments can be surprisingly fun!

Gift Exchange Ideas:

  1. White Elephant: Employees can bring in funny, quirky, or useful gifts to exchange.

  2. Secret Santa: Participants draw names and buy gifts for one specific person, revealing their identity at the party.

  3. Charity Exchange: Rather than giving each other gifts, employees can make a donation to a chosen charity on behalf of their colleague.

  4. Themed Gifts: Pick a theme (like “local products” or “self-care”) and have everyone bring a gift that fits.

  5. Gift Cards: When in doubt, a gift card to a popular retailer or restaurant is always a welcome gift.

Food and Drink:

  1. Potluck: Encourage employees to bring in a dish to share.

  2. Catering: Hire a caterer if your budget allows for a hassle-free evening.

  3. Open Bar vs Cash Bar: Consider your budget and corporate culture when deciding on the bar setup.

  4. Mocktails: Offer alcohol-free alternatives for those who prefer them.


Planning a company holiday party can be a big task, but with careful planning and a bit of creativity, you can create an event that your employees will be talking about well into the new year. Incorporate a range of activities and gift exchange options to ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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So here’s to a festive, fun-filled, and fabulous holiday party!

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