Ten Creative Ideas to Bring Your Company Holiday Party to Life

The theme you choose for your company holiday party sets the tone for what’s to come. If you go with something unexpected – think along the lines of togas and 80’s dance parties – your team will know to be ready for anything!

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1. Pick an unexpected theme

The theme you choose for your company holiday party sets the tone for what’s to come. If you go with something unexpected – think along the lines of togas and 80’s dance parties – your team will know to be ready for anything!

2. Crowdsource the DJ playlist

Everyone has their own taste in music, and it can be a challenge to come up with the right playlist for the night. If you get each member of your team to pick out one song, you can arrange all of them into one epic soundtrack for your company holiday party. For extra fun, challenge party-goers to guess who picked which song.

3. Hold a holiday contest

Once the party gets going, a holiday contest is a fun way to make the party interactive. Loosen everyone up early in the night with a simple contest, like seeing who can build the best mini-igloo out of sugar cubes. Later in the night you can set up something more outrageous, like a lip-sync battle.

4. Incorporate a charitable cause

To help get into the spirit of the season, you can use your holiday party as an opportunity to give back to the community. Donate toys to a children's charity, bring in food for the local shelter, or incorporate a philanthropic activity.

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5. Rent a party booth

One popular idea is to rent a photo booth, because your team can get creative with props and poses. If you're looking for something different, you can also rent a slow-mo video booth to help your attendees create a special time capsule video of the event.

6. Bring out the entertainment

You can stage the evening around an exciting piece of entertainment for your team to enjoy. Comedians, musicians, hypnotists, and acrobats can all help bring the party to the next level.

7. Exchange gifts

The gift exchange is a staple of holiday parties, but it can also be stressful for employees. One idea to keep things light and fun is to theme the gift exchange. For example, you could challenge everyone to buy or make an ugly holiday sweater for the exchange. This can be a lot harder than it sounds, and usually results in a lot of creative thinking and hilarious moments!

8. Feature a team building activity

Whether you're looking for a quick and fun activity to fill an hour at your party, or something that can keep up your team's energy throughout the night – all of our team building activities can be adapted to fit your party's schedule and themes. Run your teams through the city on a themed scavenger hunt, compete to decorate holiday cakes, or bring up the party's liveliness with a series of 60-second challenges.

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9. Organize a holiday tasting

Keep things classy with a tasting of different holiday foods and beverages with your team. You can make things interesting with a few blindfolds, or get your team out of their comfort zones and eat an entire meal in the dark. Egg nog will never taste better!

10. Keep a few surprises

The best holiday party moments are the ones that you don’t see coming. Keep most of the details under tight wraps until the big day, and your party will have a better chance of blowing everyone away.

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