After sharing the 9 most unique company holiday party themes to a very interested audience, we put our event designers’ minds to the test to create even more unique themes for your corporate holiday party this year.
Unique Holiday Party Themes and Celebrations at the Office
Unique Holiday Party Theme: Old Hollywood Movies
Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Babes in Toyland, Scrooge…the black and white holiday movie era is a beautiful way to celebrate the holiday season. These classic old Hollywood cinematic wonders will put even the biggest Grinch in the holiday spirit.
- Menu: Classic dishes, such as anything poultry, are great features for your Old Hollywood themed holiday menu. Pair your dishes with a roasted potato, plenty of vegetable-based sides and some kind of grand dessert, like over-the-top pumpkin pie, delicious apple tarts or individual mousse cups.
- Entertaining Décor: You can really do something with a black and white theme. Keep many of the walls white so that you can project your favorite Old Hollywood holiday movies onto the walls—no sound is needed. In fact, guests might just have a ball watching their favorite scenes as they roam around the venue.
- Colors: As previously mentioned…black and white is the best nod toward the old classics.
- Drinks: Classic cocktails will only enhance the classic dishes served at your holiday party. Stick with traditional: gin and tonic, Bellini and martini.
- Music: Music from the 20s, 30s and 40s are all fair game.
Unique Holiday Party Theme: Holidays with Dickens
Perhaps there is no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the father of Christmas tales himself, Charles Dickens, whose famous works go back to the 1800s.
- Menu: It seems as though many of his tales feature goose or duck, but roasted pig has also been featured in his tales. Consider a rice pilaf and vegetable medley to accompany your entrée. Dishes with figs and cherries were also a hit back then, so consider those as well.
- Décor: Pine trees, wreaths, candles and lanterns, these tales all took place in the “olden” days before electricity and Christmas lights. Consider decorating with natural elements, like pinecone table décor and covered lanterns as centerpieces.
- Entertainment: Entertainment included live performers, such as a quartet, a cappella choir or jester (perhaps in today’s age, it would be more appropriate to call him/her a comedian or a magician).
- Colors: Traditional red and green with some gold will certainly do the trick.
- Drinks: Charles Dickens actually recorded some of the drinks that he enjoyed on trips to America. Here are some of his noted cocktails:
- Cock-tail (rye whisky, simple syrup, water, bitters nutmeg)
- Mint Julep (brandy, peach liquor, simple syrup, pineapple, ice)
- Gin Sling (gin, simple syrup, water, nutmeg, ice)
Unique Holiday Party Theme: Holidays at the Lodge
Start the holiday season off by transporting everyone to a rustic lodge.
- Menu: The lodge will likely have a variety of foods to offer, namely gamey meats and hearty sides. If venison, veal or turkey isn’t your style, then consider a variety of warming soups and stews. Desserts are also a favorite at the lodge. Roasted marshmallows on s’mores are a classic treat, and you cannot forget the hot chocolate bar. Maybe even provide some Bailey’s for the adults.
- Décor: Think elements of the forest, like pine trees and pinecones.
- Colors: White and green, perhaps with some hints of navy blue, can really transport guests to the lodge.
- Activities: Guests would enjoy having games and activities for the evening entertainment. If you have an emcee, ask him or her to wrangle the crowd for a group game.
- Drinks: Having hot chocolate in a cozy lodge sounds about right. Don’t forget to include options like Bailey’s, Kahlua, rum and of course toppings like marshmallows, chocolate stir sticks and candy canes.
Lights have become synonymous with Christmas and holiday décor. From lanterns and candles to string lights and lit up stars, the brighter the light show at this holiday party, the more fun it will be.
- Menu: Most holiday dishes would work for this event. Perhaps the best would those remind you of your childhood, when you went the craziest for holiday lights. Think macaroni and cheese, pecan-crusted chicken fingers and mini sandwiches.
- Décor: Obviously you will want to hang as many lights as possible in order to truly call this event a holiday lights-themed party.
- Entertainment: Channel your inner engineer and sync up a light show with your favorite holiday song. Use different colored strands of lights for an even more impressive display.
- Activities: Host a tree decorating contest. You could also hold a contest that requires teams to cover a teammate from head to toe in lights. Another game idea is to have individuals race to untangle really, really tangled strands of lights. The first one to untangle them wins.
- Music: Most music would work for a holiday party like this one; however, consider playing music that features really great instrumental solos. If you do decide to create a light show, the more instrumentals you have, the more you can do with the light patterns.
Unique Holiday Party Theme: Blue Christmas
While Elvis’ famous song “Blue Christmas” is not the most uplifting of holiday songs, it sure offers us a great holiday party theme: Blue Christmas.
- Menu: Blue food is not exactly easy to come by, which is why we suggest you go with your favorite holiday food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres or buffets. The blue can come in the dessert—all blue cookies, blue frosted cakes, blue cake pops, blue doughnuts, blue candies and more. Display all the blue treats at a sweets table to double as décor.
- Décor: Anything blue will go with this event—balloons, centerpieces, tablecloths, china, tableware and more.
- Entertainment: It is not unheard of to hire an Elvis impersonator to entertain at a holiday party. Just ask him to sing some holiday songs in addition to the Elvis classics.
- Colors: This one should be pretty obvious…
- Drinks: Blue lemonade—made blue with the addition of UV Blue vodka. Mai Tais are also a nice blue cocktail.
Unique Holiday Party Theme: Gingerbread Houses
What is a holiday without a little ginger? Gingerbread houses and cookies have been a part of the holiday season for as long as we can remember. Use this holiday theme for a sweet, good time.
- Menu: Entrees that incorporate a ginger flavor into the dish, such as ginger-glazed ham or beef, would make a fine entrée for this holiday party theme. Additionally, ginger carrots and ginger sweet potatoes would be great side dishes.
- Décor: Utilize the typical gingerbread house scheme to decorate your venue. Walls can easily turn into the walls inside a gingerbread house. Cut out gingerbread people to decorate the corners of the room. And of course, incorporate actual gingerbread houses into the table décor.
- Activities: Have guests build their own gingerbread houses or decorate their own gingerbread cookies.
- Drinks: Serve up gingerbread martini—ginger liquor, vanilla-citrus liquor, coffee-flavored rum, honey, whipped cream and crushed ginger snaps.
- Favors/items: Have guests decorate their own gingerbread cookies then provide baggies or boxes for each guest to take home his/her creations as a favor and dessert.