5 Ideas to Turn Office Holiday Lunch into Your Team’s Favourite End-of-Year Tradition
OFFICE HOLIDAY LUNCH – WHY YOUR TEAM WILL LOVE IT
Holiday lunch is a relaxed alternative to traditional evening receptions. As sited by Entrepreneur Magazine, lunch is a great way to bring an office team closer, break down silos between departments and help managers stay connected with their staff. It’s a time where team members can trade personal stories and ideas instead of strictly talking shop. Why not start an office lunch tradition this holiday season? For teams already doing lunch on a regular basis, make it extra special for an end of year celebration. Our event coordinators have come up with 5 ideas to make your holiday lunch a success.
1. Add a Cocktail Mix and Mingle After Lunch
Cocktail hour works best after the meal at an office holiday lunch. It gives your team more time to relax and connect. Make it extra special with a signature drink or holiday themed beverage station such as an egg nog, hot chocolate or cider bar. Opt for two drink tickets for alcoholic drinks per guest and full access to non-alcoholic beverages.
2. Add Wow Factor with a Special Dessert Station or Buffet
Not only are sweets always a welcome treat after a meal, they add wow factor and a fun interactive element to your party. Our favourites of the season include:
- Baked Alaska Station where individual domes of meringue covered ice cream are flambéed to order with orange liqueur
- Crèpe Bar where guests fill their own crèpes with a choice of toppings from chocolate sauce and fresh fruits to ice cream
- S’mores Station where guests gather around to create their own roasted marshmallow sandwich
3. Try A New Office Holiday Gift Exchange Idea
Getting bored with Secret Santa or White Elephant? Here are two suggestions to help change things up:
- Re-gift Exchange – Make re-gifting official and fun. Instead of a new gift, bring strange presents received in the past year. Everyone will have a good laugh from all the back stories!
- Charity Exchange – Have everyone write down their name and favorite charity on a piece of paper, put it in a hat and then let each employee take turns selecting names. Then, employees will make a small donation to that charity in the selected person’s name.
4. Add Entertainment
Professional entertainers (caricaturists, magician, photo booth) always add a memorable touch to office holiday parties. Other low-key options for holiday party games include giant jenga and retro video games projected on a giant screen (both available at The Fifth). They are great ways for your team to have fun while indulging in a little friendly competition.
5. Add an After Party
After following our first four tips on how to create a fun office holiday lunch party, your guests may not want to leave… which brings us to the after party. Research nearby bars before booking your holiday event venue and have a ready suggestion for your group should they want to extend the social into the night. (Pictured here is The Fifth Pubhouse with craft beers on tap, board games and video games on a giant 14ft screen)
Ready to Plan Your Holiday Lunch Event?
Contact our event coordinators to book you holiday lunch party. We have many more ways to help you create a successful event this holiday season.