While winter holidays are typically thought of as the happiest time of year, quite often, it is the most stressful as well. In case you find yourself in charge of organizing the office party, your stress levels can go through the roof. Well, to help you out, we came up with a list of things you should do to have an unforgettable NYE party and not lose your mind.
Decide on the type of NYE party
The first thing that you have to decide on is what kind of party this is going to be. Will you have a sit-down dinner at a fancy restaurant? Is it going to be a casual party in the office? If you celebrate NYE in summer, will you make BBQ for lunch? This decision is going to influence everything you have to do after.
Find a venue
Now that you know what kind of event you are throwing, you need to find the right venue. Look for restaurants or pubs that can accommodate the number of people you have in mind. Check if they allow private booking, so that you can have the space for yourselves. On the other hand, if you are thinking of holding the NYE party at the office, try to make it as functional as possible.
Choose a theme
If your co-workers are a fun bunch, maybe they’ll appreciate a fun party theme. That means that you should think of all kinds of decorations, foods and drinks that will match the theme. Tell people to dress appropriately. On the other hand, if you do not want a themed night, just specify the dress code on the invitations.
Make the invitations
Once you have found the right venue and the right time to hold the event, you should send out the invites (or evites). Put all the important information there. If you’ve decided to allow plus ones, make sure everyone RSVPs so that you can work out how many guests you will have. Moreover, ask them to list any food allergies or dietary restrictions they might have. As already mentioned, specify the dress code as well.
If you’re not having dinner at a restaurant, you need to figure out the food situation. Let’s face it, you are not making the food on your own. You can maybe try the potluck option, but no one wants to be bothered. Thankfully, there are companies that offer corporate catering in Sydney and whose services you can make the most of. All sorts of delicious and healthy food are available and you can usually tailor the order to your specific needs. There are also vegan and vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free as well as halal options, so that everyone can enjoy themselves.
With food taken care of, you should now focus on the drinks. If the NYE party is not held in a bar, you can hire a mixologist who will make unique cocktails for all your guests. You can also set up drink stations where people can make their own drinks. Do not forget about non-alcoholic drinks as well.
Thankfully, there are many ways to make a party fun and memorable. You can hire various entertainers, such as magicians and tarot card readers. Maybe you can even get a Santa to give everyone gifts. Moreover, music is always a great way to elevate the holiday spirit. You can get a karaoke machine and organize a singing contest. The winner can even get a trophy or a symbolic prize. However, don’t make the entertainment too loud and overwhelming, as people will still want to socialize.
Take a lot of pics
Make sure to always have memories of these precious moments by taking plenty of photos. Hire a professional photographer to capture the candid moments or rent a photo booth where you can dress up and take all kinds of pics with your co-workers. You can even post these photos on your company’s social media pages to show everyone how festive and friendly your staff is.
If you’ve been to dozens of NYE parties during your career and want to do something unique and memorable, it’s important to give it your own touch. Follow your intuition and incorporate that into the party as well, and it’s bound to be a hit. Have fun!