Plan a Good Office Christmas Party

Edited by Maria Sharon Ubando, Lynn, Eng, Jonathan

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It's holiday season once again and Christmas is in the air. Houses and offices are filled with Christmas decor and you can hear Christmas carols almost everywhere. Speaking of Christmas, what else keeps people busy during this time of the year? Yes, Christmas parties. If you are given the task to organize a Christmas party in your office, here are some guides to help you.

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Organizing a Good Office Christmas Party

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    Get Everyone's Opinion
    It pays to know what everyone in the office wants for this year's Christmas party. There might be some things they did not enjoy during the previous party, and that can't happen again this year. Everyone's opinion counts, so eliminate what could bore your office-mates and introduce fresh ideas. Besides it is a party and a time for you and your office-mates to socialize and relax.
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    Make a List of Possible Venues
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    While having the party in the office, would it be more fun if you conducted it outside your workplace? Research nice yet affordable places for the party. Again you can ask your office-mates or check out the web for better suggestions. Visiting the places before the party can help you ensure that everything will be working well during the party. You don't want to ruin the gathering with a malfunctioning light or a bathroom that does not work.
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    Decide on the Budget
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    It will be hard to plan a party if you do not have an idea how much budget is allotted. The budget you had last year may not be applicable this year. Knowing the budget ahead of time will help you determine where the party will be conducted and what other activities can be added. Avail of discounts and company promos if possible.
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    Decide on party activities
    It should be a fun party that will be memorable for everyone. Choose what games to play during the party. Shouldn't it be a dance party with piped in music or should you hire a music band? Select a great funny host who can tickle anyone pink to the phone. Does your workplace or office have CCTV cameras? If you have, edit some video bloopers on funny happenings inside the workplace and show the edited bloopers video show while everyone is eating. It will blow their brains out laughing. Will there be gift giving or exchange of gifts. Or will there be special guests like special people from the orphanage or other foundations which house the needy? The party will be a good time to celebrate with them due to the warmth of the Holiday season.
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    Set up a Theme for This Year's Party
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    To add some fun to the party, set up a theme for this year. If you went Hawaiian last year, then you may want to go retro this year. Changing the theme will give each year a new and different flavor.
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    Division of Labor
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    Even if you were given the task to plan the party, you just can't have all the responsibilities on your shoulders. You may want to create different kinds of committees that can help you make the task easier. Assign a group that will be responsible for the decorations, games, refreshments, etc.
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    Ensure Everyone's Safety After the Party
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    When you party, expect that some will be getting drunk, so it would be nice if you can arrange a transportation service that can drop your drunk employees/workmates off at home. Be sure that everyone is safe during and after the party. You may also want to arrange a night's stay in an affordable hotel or inn near the party place for employees who can't make it home after the party due to drunkenness or some other reason.
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Planning a party can be very stress-free if everyone is willing to work with you.

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