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Small Office Holiday Party Ideas that Make a Big Impact

small office holiday party with man and woman laughing in front of Christmas treeIt’s holiday office party season in Chicago, and not every holiday party has to have a huge guest list to make a big impact. Mix up your company holiday party this year and avoid the same boring pot luck event; instead use these holiday party ideas for small companies that can make a festive impression and create an atmosphere of (fun) office good will.

Comedian

If you want to make your office holiday party a jolly occasion, hire a comedian that can customize their act for your crowd. Don’t just settle for the office clown; select a high-quality comedian (or contact a professional that can connect you) that gives your office staff the “inside jokes” that float around the office until next year.

Game Show

Bring out the holiday and competitive spirit of your staff for a true holiday bonding experience. Add a game show to the office holiday party program for an experience your employees’ll talk about well after the holiday season.

Holiday Show

The holiday season is a hectic time for companies; it’s hard to find time for a company holiday party, but a break from the holidays can be just the ticket you and your employees need (together). Purchase tickets for a local show, or bring the holiday show to your workplace.

Father Christmas

If you need a larger-than-life character for passing out gifts, either to staff or for employees and their families (add elves for an unforgettable family holiday gathering), bring in nothing other than the fantastic Father Christmas. Choose your Father Christmas carefully; nothing but the highest-quality holiday characters can play the part.

Holiday Treat Fun

Holiday treats are a mainstay of the season, and can be a fun and interactive holiday party activity for a small office party. Decorate cookies together, swap recipe cards (for treats or healthy recipes), or bake a fruit cake perfect for a competition (or as a fun fruit cake launching competition).

Piano Duelers

For the perfect main stage holiday show, hire piano duelers that can add to the festive atmosphere. Treat your employees and their guests to this enjoyable holiday party entertainment—with all the fantastic elements of a holiday outing (such as a delicious meal!).

Tasting

An interactive holiday party is more than a one-time event; it’s an anticipated and appreciated experience. Take your office mates out for a cheese or wine tasting (if you choose the latter, be conscientious of their transportation needs after) at their favorite restaurant or destination.

Carolers

Nothing can add a touch of the holiday spirit to an office holiday gathering like carolers. Don’t subject your co-workers to just any group of bad singers; sub-par singers may give everyone a laugh back at the office, but it doesn’t add the intended festive atmosphere you’re trying to achieve.

Jazz Lounge

An office holiday party with a creative theme is a memorable date that’ll make employees look back on their calendars fondly. No office holiday party theme is more Chicago than a jazz-themed holiday; go all out with a wonderful venue and fantastic jazz singer belting out wonderful holiday tunes.

Holiday Party Entertainment Ideas for Every Crowd

Just like the holiday count down (you know two turtle doves, three French hens…), the days are counting down to your holiday company party—and the chance to book one of these awesome holiday party entertainers. The next question is “which entertainer is right for your holiday party?”

Carolers

Entertainment is what gives your party atmosphere. Carolers are the source of the holiday spirit. Perfect for a holiday party with a vintage or traditional atmosphere, carolers give your party background music or a main act that’ll get your guests in the holiday mood.

Interactive Entertainment

For a more active holiday party, consider adding interactive entertainment to your company holiday party. Think cookie decorating, a comedian who includes the crowd in a personalized act—the possibilities for holiday party interactive entertainment are endless (just ask an experienced entertainment agent who can explain your options).

Subtle Entertainers

A diverse company holiday party calls for a subtle holiday theme—and corresponding entertainment. Contact an entertainment agent who can select the right entertainer, such as the Spirit of Winter, holiday soldier, Scrooge, or Grinch, that fits with your party atmosphere.

Artists

An artist may not be the first holiday entertainer that comes to mind, but an artist can add a fun touch to any holiday party. Think of your artist as a fun photo booth. If you’re including kids in your company holiday party, hire a professional face painter that the kids’ll flock to.

Show

If your company holiday party is geared more toward a relaxing afternoon (or evening) away from the workplace, give your guests a memorable classic show, musical entertainer, or a dueling piano act. Talk to the pros to decide what show is right for your holiday party.

10 FUN Office Holiday Party Planning Tips

office holiday party entertainersThere are more than just three letters that separate a fun office holiday party from another boring company holiday event that your guests feel compelled to attend.  We’ve been part of many, many company holiday party planning processes over the years—everything from selecting a holiday party venue and event planning to booking holiday party entertainment—and here’s what we’ve seen that sets the enjoyable holiday parties apart.

  1. Hold your office holiday party at a unique event venue that makes your guests WANT to come and entertains them (i.e. museum, aquarium, etc.)
  2. Utilize these tips in your holiday party planning to select an ideal venue for your party. If your party is for a location in another city, contact a local event planner to select the best venue for your event.
  3. Use a holiday party theme to create a cohesive event.
  4. Establish a theme with invitations (electronic or paper) designed with the same colors and elements of your theme.
  5. Create holiday party atmosphere through your menu, décor, and entertainment.
  6. Don’t overlook one detail that ties your details together into one cohesive event.
  7. If your company holiday party is an event for families, don’t forget to book children’s entertainers (i.e. Father Christmas giving out presents, elves, face painters, etc.)
  8. Use entertainers to serve food and mingle with guests to create an atmosphere.
  9. Don’t feel you have to manage your office holiday party planning all alone; use an event planner or contact experienced professionals (i.e. caterers, entertainment agents, etc.) and ask for recommendations that tie everything together.
  10. Be careful when hiring entertainers; look for experienced, reliable professionals that come highly recommended (or ask an entertainment agent for dependable, quality entertainers).