3 Budget-Friendly Ways to Ensure Your Company Valentine's Day Party Is One to Love
January 22, 2017
Delicious chocolate and cute paper hearts aside, Valentine's Day is a tricky celebration to tackle in the workplace. Some employees may have mixed feelings about the holiday, so careful planning is needed to create a fun office party where everyone feels the love. Use these tried and true Valentine's Day ideas to plan a budget-friendly office party that employees are sure to smile about for weeks to come.
Get Creative With Valentine's Day Decorations
Pink streamers and pre-cut hearts are cute, but think of how fun it will be to incorporate Valentine's Day decorations that your employees create and arrange themselves. Gather decorating materials such as pink and red craft paper, scissors, glue and colored markers to the break area several days before the office party, and ask employees to make a few Valentine's Day decorations each. The day before the office party, assign pairs of workers to decorate different areas of the office. Want to help employees get creative? Provide some unexpected materials, such as magazines or even pages of fine print for making collages.
If your team members love showing off their creative sides, don't stop at the common areas. Let your employees use the same craft materials to decorate their cubicles or personal office areas, or let them bring in their own Valentine's Day decorations. Once all of the decorations are up, hold a decorating contest. On the day of the office party, have employees vote on the best cubicle, and give away small prizes such as heart-shaped sticky notes to the winners.
Wrap up Some Gifts of Appreciation
A busy daily work schedule can leave some employees feeling invisible, so use Valentine's Day as a chance to show team members how much you appreciate them. Consider holding an office awards ceremony on the day of the Valentine's Day party. Commend each employee on an achievement they've made in the past year, giving a handwritten thank you card to each one. Instead of individual prizes, consider investing in a thank you gift that the whole office can enjoy, such as a single-serve coffee maker for the break room.
A Valentine's Day celebration is also a great time to let co-workers show appreciation for each other. Consider organizing a Valentine’s Day grab bag event in which employees draw items from a bag filled small, inexpensive gifts. These small gestures are a great way to help build connections between co-workers.
Sweeten up the Office
No office party is complete without some great food, and Valentine's Day calls for plenty of sweets. Have each employee bring a dessert or appetizer, and consider a red-color theme with foods such as red velvet cake or strawberry shortcake. Don't forget to stock up on red paper plates, napkins and plastic cups, and purchase plenty of candy to fill bowls throughout the office or use as prizes for games and team-building activities.
Another way to satisfy your employees' sweet tooth without digging too deep into the company wallet is to hold a cupcake contest. Bring in unfrosted cupcakes of different flavors along with several types of frosting and Valentine's-themed sprinkles or cake decorations. Have employees work as a team to create the best cupcake, and consider having additional categories such as "Prettiest" and "Most Creative." For prizes, give out some fun office supplies such as colorful staplers, notebooks or colored pens.
Holding a successful Valentine's Day office party means thinking of all your employees. Incorporate games and decor that emphasize the theme of friendship and camaraderie. Make the day about having fun and saying "thank you" to employees for their hard work year-round.
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