It’s easy for any workplace to get caught in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Somehow there’s still so much to do before the new year. This is the perfect time of year to treat your hard-working team to an office party. Fun mixed with delicious eats and perhaps a little team-building or gift-giving to good causes is a holiday recipe for success.
Don’t overthink it! You’d be surprised how easy and affordable planning an office holiday event really is. Remember that it’s everyone’s holiday shindig; keep that in mind when making decisions. What themes, games, food and decorations will everyone enjoy? This allows everyone to have a hand in the fun and builds anticipation for the day of the actual party.
Here are some holiday party ideas your employees will absolutely love and talk about for weeks:
You don’t have to go crazy with your holiday themes, but imagine the mood booster a room full of twinkling lights or paper snowflakes will create for your staff. It’s those small hints of décor that can go a long way. Go with the tried and true themes or the unorthodox. Give your workplace a winter makeover.
Happy Holidays Around the World
It’s important to remember that everyone celebrates the holidays differently. Ask your team members about their favorite ones and arrange your office party accordingly!
Celebrate Christmas with some important traditions from around the world! Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition that spans across nine days in December. It’s filled with gift-giving, prayer, music, piñatas and more celebratory traditions.
Bring a piñata to the office and watch your coworkers’ faces fill with delight as they take turns whacking a multicolored papier-mâché star filled with candy or fruit.
The Philippines knows how to Christmas. Every year, many Filipinos take part in the ultimate celebration of lights. The Giant Lantern Festival attracts spectators near and far to witness 11 different villages compete in building the most elaborate lantern.
Introduce this fun tradition to your team and let them put their Christmas craft skills to work.
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is one of the most cherished times of year for many people around the world. Potato pancakes, spinning dreidels and the lighting of the menorah are important Hanukkah traditions.
Who doesn’t love to dress in a festive onesie? This is your chance to wear pajamas to the office, so don’t miss out! Write that proposal in a reindeer onesie. Deliver your presentation dressed as the abominable snowman.
Doodle n’ Designs can help you if you’re looking for a particular pattern to sport on your pajama wear. Peppermint, evergreens, ornaments—what’s your favorite print?
This is a great way for your team to showcase their festive gear and a perfect group photo opportunity.
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Is your workplace run by elves? If so, they might enjoy participating in some gift activities that involve giving back. Invite your team to bring children’s books, clothes and other gifts that may make a needy family happy. Have fun with it. Bring in a sled and turn it into St. Nick’s new ride.
Toys for Tots is one organization that continues to bring joy to less fortunate children across the country. Use their campaign locator online to see where and how you and your team can contribute this year!
Your team can help fight hunger this season! Programs like That’s Caring allow you to choose from delicious holiday treats to give to your friends and make an impact at the same time. Every gift you purchase helps provide food for hungry children.
There are an endless number of delicious ways you and your team can get a taste of the holiday season. Tasty Catering has been creating delicious meals for businesses throughout Chicagoland for 29 years. Every year, we provide menu options that bring people together.
Hot chocolate station
We recommend this holiday option often because it’s a huge hit in the workplace. Cozy up to your team members and clink mugs filled with steaming hot chocolate. Don’t forget your toppings! Choose from crushed Oreos, sprinkles, chocolate curls, candy canes and mini marshmallows. Get your stir sticks ready!
Create your own holiday feast
Treat your employees to a hearty spread. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Here are a few combinations from our holiday menu that you can use for inspiration or to feature in your break room or conference area:
- Roasted Natural Turkey with gravy and cornbread stuffing with dried cranberry and sage (includes cranberry sauce)
- Winter Salad — Torn romaine lettuce, feta cheese, white beans, roasted red peppers and pepperoncini topped with arugula and served with red wine vinaigrette
- Bacon and Asiago Mashed Potatoes topped with green onions and sweet butter
- Herbed Mixed Vegetables — Broccoli cauliflower, yellow and green zucchini and carrots in an herb butter sauce
- Baked North Atlantic Haddock Fillet with parsley citrus sauce
- Endive and Pear Salad—Belgian endive, spinach, pear, red onion and almonds served with a champagne vinaigrette
- Green Bean Casserole baked in a mushroom cream sauce and topped with crispy onions
- Dried Fruit Brown Rice Pilaf finished with fresh rosemary and sage
Cookies make the sweetest gifts. It’s always an extra special way to pass on recipes that people hold close. Some offices look at an office cookie swap as a way to introduce concoctions that only their families know how to make.
We have many flavors to add to your cookie haul. Butter, pistachio cranberry, eggnog and even adorable gingerbread cookies are some of our most popular sweet table options.
With an experienced Chicago catering company by your side, you can create a holiday party your employees will love and tell all their close friends about. If you would like our friendly staff to bring the highest-quality food and service to your holiday party, contact us online or give us a call at (847) 593-2000.
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