Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Party...
Universally embraced holiday or obscure reason for celebration, one thing’s for sure. People love a party. It’s good for morale, a good method for teambuilding, and a whole lot of fun.
To find a motive to pause work and do something else, preferably something relaxing or entertaining, is the easiest thing to do. While you can teach yourself how to avoid distractions in the workplace, sometimes it’s better if you just “confront” them head-on. And if you’re going to indulge in a moment of relaxation, at least do it in style.
Easter Egg Hunt
Why you should do it? Because it’s so much fun! An egg hunt is the perfect combination of teamwork, puzzles, the thrill of discovery, fun presents, and sharing. Whether you ask for help from a few colleagues to organize the egg hunt circuit, or watch everyone come together to put the puzzle pieces together and find the little treasures, this activity is all about working together for a common goal. Win for employees, win for the company!
Who should you invite? Everyone! Even though it’s centered on a Christian holiday, being a Christian is definitely not a participation prerequisite. Whoever wants to take part in the activities is welcome to do so. If it’s not a stretch for the office atmosphere, you can even make it a “bring your kid to work day” and make it a family project. This way, you’ll also get to strengthen work and personal relationships.
What presents should you use? The possibilities are endless and depend only on your budget and imagination. Starting with the classic chocolates, jelly beans, gummy bears, and going through gift cards, plushies, stress balls, egg-shaped bath bombs, finger puppets, and so on, there’s a great assortment of inexpensive gifts that can be used as prizes.
Bonus: You get to catch a glimpse of how your employees work. Depending on the role they take on, you can assume their inclination towards a certain work style. Some tend to be leaders, others followers, some prefer to strategise, some to run around doing guesswork. In any case, at the end of the day, you have to make sure your team is as varied as possible. So why not use an Easter egg hunt to pinpoint the structure of your team?
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “party”? Is it loud music? Alcohol? Dancing? What about Christmas? Does it make you dream of good food? Non-alcoholic punch? Candy canes? Well, Christmas and parties don’t necessarily exclude one another, even if at first they might seem to be situated at opposite poles.
A Christmas party is a theme party in itself. So we got finding a theme out of the way. Sure, you can still sprinkle it with additional motifs, such as “ugly Christmas sweaters”, or “the reindeer gathering”, but the central theme is already taken care of. What’s left is to decide on what a bunch of people can do together on a peaceful December evening.
To begin with, we have the classics. Baking workshops, decorating cookies, building gingerbread houses etc. Everything that spells Christmas cheer, a soundtrack made out of carols, the smell of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and the rest of the seasonal spices. You can opt for a DIY ornament making workshop. And what would Christmas be without Secret Santa in the office? You cannot go wrong with classics.
However, if you want to try something else for a change, you can go for a Christmas themed mystery game, like this one, for example. It engages everyone, and it gives your party that adventure buzz that we also mentioned in the Easter egg hunt. Another thing you could do is host a movie night where the movie is, you guessed it, something Christmas related. Or, if watching a movie sounds dull, you can host a Christmas movie trivia game, where all the questions are about… Christmas movies, obviously!
Other thematic parties
Like we said, finding a reason to throw a party is the easy part. Throwing the actual party is a bit trickier. However, as long as you make a good plan using basic guidelines, there’s nothing to worry about.
So what should you celebrate? If your goal is to give recognition to your employees, or consolidate relationships, you might be better off with organizing a company retreat. If you’re just trying to encourage everyone to simply have a good time, you can make use of literally every date in the calendar.
You can get up to speed on random history facts – maybe honour the day when Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II? You can hop on the high life bandwagon and celebrate Barbra Streisand’s birthday. You can even invent your own team’s day, marking the achievement of an important milestone. You can start a tradition that no one else thought of, that bears special significance for the team.
All in all, if there’s a reason to party, people will party. If there’s no reason to party, people will find one.