Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or nada, it’s a great time to toast the end-of-the-year with your team. A holiday party is a seasonal staple for most companies.
But if a big bash is off the table or you’ve simply run out of time, we have put together some tips on how to host a successful event that’s simple and quick to pull together.
5 Tips for Planning a Last-Minute Holiday Event:
1. Set aside party money 💰
- Put funds to the side for social events. A last-minute event will likely require a supply and snack purchase.
- With allocated funds, you won’t stress about going over budget.
2. Ask for help 🧑🏿🤝🧑🏽
- Delegate tasks to people on your team who have time and interest.
- Set guidelines like budget, schedule, and theme. Then give your volunteers autonomy to take care of the rest.
3. Set a simple party atmosphere 🎵
- Set the mood with music. Put together a holiday playlist with Spotify.
- Offer refreshments and snacks, like soft drinks, wine, chips, spiced nuts, and holiday cookies.
4. Keep it cold, flu, and COVID-19 safe 🌡️
- Have a temperature check-in station. Use a contactless thermometer to measure how hot people are running. A healthy adult temperature is between 97 F (36.1 C) and 99 F (37.2 C).
- Offer hand sanitizer and masks upon arrival.
- Abide by COVID-19 rules and regulations. Consider a sign-in sheet, vaccine records, and party capacity.
5. Stay calm 😌
- It’s an event, not life-or-death brain surgery. Keep it simple.
- Don’t burn yourself out. Rather than making an array of cookies and appetizers, buy them!
- Breathe. And enjoy the festivities.
Don’t be afraid to keep it simple. Your staff will be grateful that you’re making an effort to bring them together in celebration.