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Work Holiday Party Checklist

Planning a company holiday party involves taking care of a lot of details. You’ll be making a list and checking it twice to ensure nothing gets left until the last moment. While that may sound daunting, our holiday party checklist ensures you don’t leave any details to chance. Here are five things you need to do.

1. Find a Venue

You could have the party at work, but it’s more exciting and festive to get outside the office — where you already spend all of your time — and go to a place where you can try team-building exercises and have fun. The Carlisle Sports Emporium frequently hosts corporate events where you can enjoy everything from go-karts to classic arcade games. Getting a party package makes planning even easier. Reserve your venue as far in advance as possible to ensure you get the dates you desire.

2. Send the Invitations

For a work party, you can send invitations digitally and also put up posters around the workplace advertising the party. Make sure to ask people to RSVP, so you can give your venue a final headcount. Send the invites several weeks in advance to get the best turnout.

3. Plan for Food and Drink

Do you want to get the party catered? Or, will members of the staff contribute to your spread? Decide these details at least three weeks ahead of the party and make sure to stay within your budget if you do go the catering route. Your venue may offer catering, which makes planning much easier. You can also ask Carlisle Sports Emporium to recommend local catering partners. Don’t forget to account for drinks and dessert, too.

4. Buy Decorations and Line up the Music

Every party needs decorations. Enlist the assistance of others at work to come up with a fitting party theme, or just go with holiday decor. A few items you will need to purchase include:

  • Balloons
  • Tablecloths
  • Centerpieces

You may want to encourage your staff to wear fun holiday décor, such as festive hats, or you may want to have an Ugly Christmas Sweater competition and offer a prize at the end. Be sure to take the interests and culture of your team into consideration when planning games, location, food & other similar details.

The music selection should be fairly conservative for an office holiday party — stick to classic songs. You can make a playlist beforehand or even choose a radio station that specializes in this type of music.

5. Determine Party Activities

You need something to do during your office party, which is one reason going to a venue like Carlisle Sports Emporium is such a good option. You will have lots of different activity choices, and you also get to see your coworkers in a new light — you may see an entirely different side to Judy from accounting when she gets behind the wheel of a go-kart!

Your coworkers will sing your praises after you plan the company’s best office holiday party to date. Carlisle Sports Emporium offers a unique venue for a holiday party, with plenty of room and venue options to fit your budgetary needs. Get in touch with us today to book your party.

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