Holiday parties are staple corporate events that employees look forward to every year, and they’re a great time to show team members how much they’re appreciated. But your company’s holiday party may look quite different this year. And, as we have all figured out, video call happy hours can get old pretty quickly.
However, the challenges of social distancing don’t mean that your company holiday party won’t be fun. Without the cost of a venue, you can put more toward great food, activities, and gift ideas. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for making your team’s holiday party awesome.
Don’t Skip Sharing a Treat or Meal (Remotely)
Whether it’s a three course meal or icing-covered cookies dancing around in your head, there’s no denying food is an essential ingredient in any holiday celebration. That becomes a challenge if you’ve moved your holiday party online. You may not realize it, but even virtual events can have great food. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been catering corporate events by providing our clients with creative catering solutions for their remote teams. With individually packaged portions and pick-up points around Austin, we can help your team share a meal or delicious treat from the comfort of their own homes.
Host a Drive-In Holiday Movie
This is a great idea for teams that want a safe, but in-person, holiday party. A parking lot that’s lately been a ghost town during the work week could become an awesome, socially-distanced venue. You can easily rent or buy a large screen and projector for a drive-in viewing of a crowd-favorite holiday movie. Everyone can watch from their cars and partake in a COVID-19 friendly catered food service. You bring the movie, and we can bring the hot chocolate bar, rosemary caramel popcorn, and other treats to make your holiday party complete.
Have Your Holiday Party During Business Hours
If you have gone online, it’s going to be difficult to make your holiday party feel special this year, since you won’t have the ambiance of a decorated venue. However, planning to hold your company party during business hours can make it special for a slightly different reason — your team will essentially get a little extra time off. A couple of extra hours off might be just the ticket to get your team excited for the party.
Arrange Holiday Party Pods
If your team is eager to have some in-person interaction, but you want to be sure that your holiday party adheres to social distancing guidelines, arrange for them to meet in smaller groups at multiple locations or homes around Austin. We’ve been working with corporate events like this over the last few months, and they’ve been a nice change of pace. We deliver meals to group locations and each group joins the larger event virtually, while still getting some face-to-face bonding.
Hire Someone to Teach a Unique Virtual Class
Another virtual option is to give your team members the opportunity to learn a fun, new skill by hiring someone to teach a virtual class on anything from making a great drink to painting a picture. There may be some prep work to ensure that everyone has the right supplies, but a virtual demonstration or class will allow everyone to easily participate. Team members can have fun without the challenges of mingling during a video conference call.
Keep the White Elephant Gift Exchange, Even Online
Although you won’t be sitting in the traditional circle for your gift exchange, it can still be a great source of laughter and fun for your team. An easy way to track who’s claimed which gift is to have one person share a gift list on their screen. They can easily track gifts as they’re opened and names as gifts are passed around on a spreadsheet. If you have a bigger team, be sure to choose a video conferencing platform that allows you to break people into smaller groups.
Let Your Team Compete
Sugar cookie decorating or gingerbread house building contests are a fun activity if your team thrives on competition. If team members will be participating from home, you can either give them a list of items to purchase or have the supplies sent directly to them. Then they can complete their decorations in a set amount of time during the party, so that others can watch and cheer them on. Be sure to have a few non-participants ready to judge and pick a winner.
Spend the Extra Cash on Gifts and Bonuses
No matter what you do for this year’s holiday party, various restrictions on gatherings mean that you may have quite a bit of money left in your holiday party budget. Yes, that’s money you could put back into your coffers … but 2020 has been one crazy year for your team, so consider offering a holiday bonus or purchasing a nice gift for each employee with the money. We have recently worked with corporate catering clients to provide take-and-heat meals for virtual team-building events, and we think a warm, family meal could make a wonderful gift to employees as well. We can team up to make arrangements for meal pick-ups, or you can simply purchase a Royal Fig gift card! Then your team can choose from our offerings to find the perfect fit for their holiday plans.
We’ve been working hard to help our corporate catering clients come up with creative ideas for team building events and holiday parties. Be sure to contact us with your event needs and challenges so we can help you find solutions.