I recently attended our company holiday party and have to say that I am impressed with the new format and level of team cohesiveness and participation.

Each year we try a new tactic:

  • Boat rental to look at holiday lights
  • Comedy club
  • Dinner at the Melting Pot

This year we hosted the party within our office with a catered lunch, photo booth and white elephant exchange.  To make the day even more fun, we had an ‘ugly sweater’ contest.

I don’t think companies need to go big to celebrate with their employees.  In fact, most employees are just looking for a little fun and recognition.  While it’s nice to have dinner out, it also creates added responsibility when employees are ordering alcoholic beverages and then driving home.

Here are some easy to follow tips for your next party whether you’re an employer or an employee:


  • Keep the party in house with a local caterer
  • Add an element of fun with a gift exchange or contest
  • Acknowledge good behavior by announcing annual or quarterly awards employees have earned
  • Give back by letting your teams go early for the day to beat traffic and get home to their families
  • Offer non-traditional gifts like a day off, holiday treat basket or personalized “thank you” cards


  • Dress appropriately for the occasion
  • Limit your alcohol to one or two drinks
  • Mingle with people outside your normal circle
  • Thank your executive team for putting on the event

Above all else, remember to have some fun and enjoy the event.