Your Company Christmas Party is right around the corner!
Can you believe it’s October already? That means before you know it you are going to start getting questions about the company Holiday Party. If you are the one planning it you better put on your thinking cap and come up with an idea. I mean a really great one this year. Not the same old thing that you have done for as long as you can remember.
I have an idea for you, model it after the Golden Globe Awards.
Think about it.
You have awards and shout-outs to give, you are going to serve dinner. You want everyone to cut loose a little and have a good time while they mingle with the folks from the C-Suites.
It is a well-known fact that the Golden Globe Award Show is not the most prestigious award show Hollywood throws, but it is the most entertaining. Here is how you turn your (once) humble Company Christmas party into the event of the year.
- Set the tone for the night right from the start with beautiful invitations. Black tie optional.
- Start out with a red carpet and hire a photographer to play paparazzi.
- Don’t have cocktail hour in a separate room, have the bars in the main room so people will mingle as they find their seats.
- Set the table. Instead of passed hor d’oeuvers or stations, pre-set the tables with the appetizer course. Have filled champagne buckets within reach.
- Hire a comedian or DJ with a humorous flair to MC the event. Have them or someone in the company do a brief, funny monologue and introduce the “presenters” while everyone enjoys a five-star dinner.
- Set up a photo backdrop with your logo, just like the awards shows, and have the evening’s recipients pose with their awards. Those photos will look great in next months newsletter.
- Now you go to a separate room for the “after party’’. Dance floor, music, dessert bar, lounge seating, swag bags, the whole nine yards. Everyone is relaxed, in a great mood and ready to have fun.
By setting the tone and flipping the cocktail hour to an after party you have changed everything up. Definitely stepped it up a notch.