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Deck the Lawns
Decorations set a festive mood and show staff where to gather. Stage the perfect party spot in an area with moderate sunlight and even terrain, and then tie streamers to signs or trees to create a sense of space. Balloons, flags and honeycomb balls add big color on small budgets.
Instant Table Makeovers
Transform a standard event table with a simple tablecloth. Choose a bright shade that you can use for other holidays, such as red, or opt for white linens and a colorful runner. Table skirts give a more polished look for upscale events.
Activities help build rapport among colleagues. Host games that require different skills. This strategy fosters an inclusive atmosphere and reveals the office cornhole toss champion or horseshoe master. Include mental games such as memory or puzzle races. Ask people to pick one to two activities to generate a sense of involvement.
Sugarcoat Your Theme
Use bright candy colors to sweeten the refreshment table. Celebrate carnival themes with classics such as ribbon candy and candy lips, or showcase tropical themes with fruity colored Skittles and Starbust. On patriotic holidays, mix fun-sized bars in red, white, and blue, such as Kit Kat, Nestle Crunch and PayDay.
Snacks for All
Nibble-friendly foods get diverse groups to gather, so fill bowls with pretzels, popcorn and chips. Nuts offer a healthy and filling snack option, especially for those watching carbs. If you have colleagues who eat organic, look for natural versions of favorite snacks, such as Pirate’s Booty in place of cheese curls.
Include prepackaged items at large events so that your guests can grab and go. Packaged crackers and cookies speed up the food line and help hold over hungry kids, making them a perfect addition to the office's family day event.
Keep paper towels on hand to clean up spills, and offer disinfecting wipes for messy hands. And it's a good idea to keep stain-lifting towelettes handy to get a jump on clothing spills before they set. Ask a few colleagues to help you keep the party tidy by collecting empty plates and other trash every hour or so.