Planning a corporate party can be stressful. When people hear "corporate" next to the word “party," they usually think of one thing: boring. Corporate means work and listening to boring people talk while faking a smile and pretending to be nice. The Dundies from The Office, anyone? In order to change this, many companies are putting a twist on how they approach corporate parties. They realize that these parties need to be enjoyable. Their employees work hard for their company, and they need a place to have fun, relax, and get away from work. So how have they done this? Thankfully, we've had the opportunity to see a lot of these ideas in action, as well as concocted a few on our own.
1. Photo Booth
Book a photo booth so that guests can take fun, goofy, and memorable pictures, together or solo. They will have a blast, and I promise they will love their take-home prints.
2. Live (GOOD) Music
Music is important. People love to dance! So find a band or DJ that they can move their feet to and enjoy. Bands are more low key, while DJs will keep the party going all night long!
3. Good MC (NOT your office manager)
Hire Steve Carrel to play Michael Scott as your MC. But do NOT use your real office manager as an announcer. If you hire an entertainer to do your announcing, they can make the crowd laugh and stay entertained all through the night, maybe even while cracking jokes about your boss! Just make sure the jokes aren't too mean--you don't want to get fired.
What's cooler than an artist drawing a picture of you? That's celebrity status! Plus, it'll be hilarious when they accentuate your stand-out features.
5. Hire a Performer
Whether this is a reality TV star, a ventriloquist, or a snake charmer, find someone interesting to entertain the guests. It will add excitement to your party, and your guests will remember it for a long time.
6. Crafts or Games
What about a craft table where guest can make personalized coffee mugs? Or a game room with a poker table and an X-Box competition! This will help your employees see another side of each other and create bonds. Shared experiences can break down barriers! If coworkers like each other, they are more likely to enjoy work!
The point of all of these ideas is that a corporate party doesn't have to be - and shouldn't be - boring. Have fun, let loose, create bonds, and make people smile! This is not work. So make the most of it!