You know the saying “An office that plays together, stays together.” Well, here to keep the fun rolling in your workplace are 12 carefully selected office party themes for every month of the year.
Allowing staff to have fun together can promote teamwork and serve as a bonding experience. Group activities improve communication between employees and even between executives and employees. Not to mention, fun breeds creativity and when your company is known as a fun one, it can help recruit new hires. The list of benefits goes on and on. So grab your calendar and start plotting some serious office fun!
January: Centering in the New Year
January can be a tricky time to host a party. Most people have indulged over the holiday season and may simply be tired of the festivities. However, it would be welcomed if employees were able to start the new year on a different note, with their employer catering to them. Bring in a caterer to set up a smoothie bar and Starbucks in the morning. Surprise them with a mid-morning guided meditation break. Announce that everyone must leave 2 hours early after a particularly stressful meeting. Catering to your employees will not only give folks a healthy start to the new year, but show your appreciation in advance of a great year ahead.
February: Winter Olympics
We can't believe it's been 4 years since we wrote about hosting an Olympics office party for Sochi. Don’t let the Olympians have all the winter fun! Go for the gold at the office with an Olympic office party theme this month. Have different departments choose a country and begin setting up an Office olympics extravaganza. Your tournament bracket could include everything from desktop bean bag toss to trash can basketball. Don't forget the gold, silver and bronze medals: something your employees will treasure as bragging rights for years to come.
March: Naughty Leprechaun
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th in 2018, but hold the green beer. This can be a wonderfully fun holiday with games, food and tricks. Queue the fiddle music and set up the greatest scavenger hunt your company's campus has ever seen. A scavenger hunt is great to get office workers around the nooks and crannies of your workplace, and allow them to see how the other half lives (or works). Just be sure to include a pot of gold at the end!
April: Spring Into Gardening
Does your office have spring fever? Let them get their hand
May: Calling All Cooks
Take your team to the kitchen with a cooking party. A team building culinary experience can be customized for any group. Challenge the staff to the latest fad diet like the Whole 30 and kick it off with a cooking lesson. Or just hire a culinary specialist to teach them something they don't already know in the kitchen. Besides, you get to eat what you make! The best part of this delicious party is that nobody has to clean up.
June: Take it to the Trails
The first Saturday in June is National Trails Day. While your staff might not want to participate in an elective activity on a non-work day, you could still contribute to trails this month. Connect with your local trails organization in advance and agree on a trail that your company can dedicate some time to. The trails organization will typically provide the tools you need to get out and do some trail maintenance. Hiking is part of the fun!
July: Casino Night
A casino night is best done by bringing in the professionals. Sure, you can buy all the cards, the chips, tablecloths and set up on your own, but we suggest taking it to the next level. It’s much more fun with casino party tables and professional casino dealers. Fundraise for your favorite charity or play for the fun and office cred the winners will get.
August: Ball Game
Take your office out to the ball game! Having fun together out of the office can be a refreshing change of pace. Most stadiums will offer group pricing, so if it’s family office fun you are after, this is a good option. Box seating may be available, but be sure to at least group a block of stadium seats together. Be sure to ask about specialty catering options when booking your day at the park.
September: Team Spirit Day
Have a spirit day at the office and invite everyone to wear a jersey of their favorite team. From college to professional, basketball to football, sports fandom can bring out the best in people. It can be a great ice breaker and "get to know you" to learn about people’s favorite teams and why they like them. Serve sports-fare like wings and potato skins, and keep ESPN on in the break room.
October: Day of the Dead
Not because of, but fueled by, the popularity of Disney's Coco, Mexican culture and heritage has gone mainstream in the U.S.. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a traditional Mexican celebration complete with vibrant colors and skeleton imagery. It is a fun celebration with delicious foods, marigold salads, tortillas, margaritas and desserts. Skip the traditional costumes and sugary sweets and try this for your October office theme party.
November: Do Good
Leading up to the holidays which can be a stressful time for many, take the Thanksgiving month do an activity that people will thank you for. This is the season that many food banks, shelters and other community organizations become overwhelmed with donations. Choose one and organize a half-day of community service with a nice luncheon afterward. Create a competition around fundraising or gathering of non-perishable food items to donate.
December: Celebrate the Holidays
This one is obvious, but if your workplace is especially diverse, not everyone will be comfortable with the traditional Holiday focus. Why not celebrate all of the holidays with a new focus every day or week. Move through Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year's and even the Chinese New Year.
These 12 office party themes are so great that your office colleagues will bust out of their cubicle walls to attend. For help organizing your next office party, contact us at Strategic Event Design.