A great company Christmas party becomes a comfort for employees during stressful days and motivates them to work harder. It glows in the memory as the deadlines pile up and evokes warm feelings in their hearts. It’s the proof that their work is appreciated and eventually rewarded. In other words, it’s an effective motivator. But only if your employees remember.
Then how do you make your Christmas party memorable?
Memorable parties aren’t your typical after-work gathering. These usually become indistinct over time, merging with other similar bland office gatherings, leaving no impression. But that Christmas when everybody came in 70s clothing did.
And that’s because the 70s party had a theme.
Themes make any event stand out. They provide a hook for the memory and also help in fleshing out its structure, programme, and decorations. Because of their importance, choosing a theme is crucial.
Fortunately, there are endless possibilities to choose from.
You can settle on a theme based on:
Decades: 60s, 70s, 80s
Countries: USA, France, Japan
Entertainment: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Game of Thrones
But whatever theme is chosen, it needs to:
- Achieve your company’s goal and
- Catch the interest of the employees
After choosing a theme, make a list of anything that can be associated with it and investigate the possibility of incorporating them as much as possible.
But, the theme is just half of what makes a party memorable.
The other half is the programme.
The events that occur during the party also help to make stand out. An occasion where nothing happened is obviously easily forgotten compared to one packed with songs, dances, and games. After all, it’s not a 70s Christmas Party without disco. That’s why the next step is to write the programme.
Your programme is basically a schedule of your event’s activities. After fixing the party’s goal and theme, making one is easy. There are three steps to create a working programme.
Step One: Set Time and Date
Time is money so don’t inadvertently schedule the party on a time and date that will lose your company money. Find a period that won’t be interrupted by meetings or deadlines. After the work hours and during the weekend are always good times for a party. Once you know when it starts, you’ll also be able to tell when it ends.
Step Two: Fill in the Blanks
Between the beginning and the end, add the activities that are necessary for your goal and theme such as games for team building and a speech from the President to rally the troops. And don’t forget to set time for the meals.
Step Three: Prepare to be Flexible
The initial programme needs to be flexible and may lack details. That’s okay. Things can change on the fly and initial plans can turn out to be unworkable. The requested band may have a gig on your party date or your company President might not have enough time to write a speech. Be ready with alternatives
With a fun theme and a thought-out programme, your company Christmas party will be talked about and remembered fondly by your employees. And as they work, they will look forward and hope to be present during the next one.
Watch out for the next installment of M2Live’s Christmas Party Organizing series! And look back at our blog if you have missed the previous one about Choosing a Goal.