Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How to throw a great NYE office party

Throwing a New Year's Eve party at the office is a great way to finish the year. It allows all your employees to gather together and celebrate, creates a sense of community and builds inter-department relationships that will continue into the new year. Planning an end-of-the-year office party might seem like a challenge, but following these tips can help you.

Food - Having some finger foods available is great for a New Year's Eve get-together. To prepare, call a few hours ahead to local restaurants and see if they can deliver a good mix of light snacks. Alternatively, you can ask if employees would like to bring food of their own to the party in a pot-luck format. Refrain from serving full meal-type dishes. People will most likely be having dinner after the party with other friends and family.

Music - Entertaining a group in your office is easier when you have some fun music playing in the background. Prepare a few mixed CDs with popular songs from the radio that have a party-type energy. If you don't feel comfortable picking out music, ask a friend who has a good ear for music create a playlist that's appropriate for the occasion. Make sure that each genre is represented until you get a sense of what the crowd likes most. Alternatively, and if it's in the budget, you can hire a DJ to play entertaining music for a few hours.

Games - There are a many different types of office-appropriate NYE games that can serve as icebreakers and overall entertainment throughout the night. You might have to move your office furniture and ergonomic chairs to the walls to make enough room.

  • Cotton ball blitz -  You will need a bag of cotton balls, two bowls for each player and a tub of Vaseline. Start by putting two bowls in front of each player on the ground. One should be filled with cotton balls and the other empty. Ask players to put a small amount of Vaseline on the tips of their noses. Set a timer for one minute and begin to play. The person who transfers the most cotton balls from one bowl to the other using only their nose wins.
  • Ribbon dance - You will need 3-foot-long ribbon for this activity. First, there has to be one ribbon for every two players. In your hand, hold a bundle of ribbons with the ends dangling loose. Have each participant grab an end and the two people holding the same ribbon will be dance partners for one song. 

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