5 Tips for Organizing Holiday Parties on a Budget

The holidays are just around the corner, so for those of you who are in charge of planning your office holiday parties, it's never too early to get started! Some companies may not be hosting holiday celebrations due to budget reasons, but it's important to keep in mind that these parties don’t have to break the bank to get everyone in the spirit.

For many workers, these gatherings are a chance to get to know managers and colleagues on a personal level in a more relaxed environment.

Businesses that aren’t able to organize formal year-end celebrations can plan cheerful, casual get-togethers to celebrate recent successes and keep staff motivated. 

Here are 5 cost-effective tips for fun and festive holiday parties:

1. Make merry over breakfast or lunch. Offer an in-house catered meal or get together for lunch at an informal restaurant rather than holding an evening event at a fancy location.

2. Get jolly in January. Hosting holiday parties during an off-peak month like January may be less expensive, and it’s a great way to kick off the year. Venue costs also may be negotiable for midweek or during the day.

3. Spread good cheer. Schedule a potluck and include activities such as a white elephant gift exchange or office holiday decorating contest.

4. Take your cue from Santa. He’s not the only one who can travel. Organize a group activity like bowling or miniature golf to provide employees with an opportunity to mingle outside of work.

5. Embrace the spirit of giving. Hold a holiday donation drive as part of your festivities or gather a team to volunteer at a local nonprofit organization.

So as you start planning your holiday parties, remember the key to throwing a holiday party on a budget is to keep it simple, have fun and enjoy the festivities with your colleagues.

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