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Setting the Scene
Minimize party expenses by hosting holiday gatherings in an open conference room or the employee break room rather than a costly banquet hall or event venue. Transform the space into a festive winter wonderland with budget-friendly holiday decorations that can be used year after year.
Table coverings are a cost-efficient way to create a festive atmosphere. Outfit serving tables with skirts for an elegant appearance, and cover guest tables with durable plastic tablecloths that match your color scheme. Consider paper table covers for casual gatherings. Supply crayons so guests can show off their creativity.
The best decorations are often handmade. An after-hours craft session is a great way to escape holiday stress, and it usually results in unique and affordable party decor. Create ornaments from paper or modeling clay, and decorate white bags with festive glitter to hold gifts and take-home favors.
Party Activities With Holiday Cheer
Celebrate the season as a team with fun and creative activities. Make paper garland together to decorate the office tree, try a holiday-inspired group origami project, or use craft paper and markers to jot down collective New Year's resolutions for the office.
Holiday Communication Essentials
Sign and address your holiday cards and invitations as early as possible to lighten your to-do list as the hectic season approaches. Hand them out or drop them in the mailbox as the holiday gets closer. Invitations should include the time and location of the event, along with RSVP information.
Satisfy everyone's sweet tooth with an assortment of mints, chocolates and candies. Add individually wrapped chocolate bars, gum and candies to gift bags. Empty bulk packages of mints, caramels and chocolate-covered nuts into attractive candy dishes to add to the dessert table.
If you're on a tight food budget, serve nuts, chips and other crunchy finger foods instead of ordering appetizers. Include traditional snack foods, such as cheese balls and cocktail peanuts, as well as adventurous flavor combinations. Include individually packaged snacks and fruit-and-nut bars in employee gift bags.
Not everyone looks forward to cleaning up the aftermath of their holiday festivities, but the right cleaning supplies make the job easier. Stock up on cleaning wipes with bleach to eliminate stains on counters and tables, and choose a holiday-inspired air freshener to eliminate lingering odors.