It’s the one time of year where you get to see Tracy from accounting show off her dance moves or Bill from HR play bartender for everyone. We’re talking about the yearly office Christmas party, of course! And if you’re in charge of planning it, you want to make sure it’s memorable. Whether you’re wondering what to wear or what kind of music to play, we have some great ideas for a fun company Christmas party!
I think classic Christmas party decor makes the most sense for a company party. By this, I mean to stick to red, green, gold, or silver. You can make it more of a glamorous look with some glittery pieces. If you need help picking a theme, we can help with that too! Check out our 6 Festive Christmas Party Themes.
For simple centerpieces, try filling a bowl or clear vase with Christmas ornaments. Or tucking a strand of Christmas lights into glass vases is also a pretty idea!
Is your office more mod than traditional? I love the simplicity of these crisp “trees” made out of colorful scrapbook paper! Just cut and tape together for a quick and easy craft. Hint: Use double-sided tape on the inside of the seam to keep it clean.
Need another idea for all those extra ornaments? String them together on a ribbon and lay them down the middle of the table! This is great because it can be tailored to the size of your table. Big table? Keep stringin’!
If you’d rather have a rustic vibe, these crafty luminaries only take 5 minutes to make. Line up a few on each table for a warm centerpiece for your company Christmas party.
Do you have some big walls to fill? I love this “Holly Wall” craft! Big, festive, and easy. It works perfectly for decor behind the food table, too.
Don’t forget the tableware! We are huge fans of dollar store shopping around here. You can get solid colored cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery… all for $1 apiece.
Surely you’ll be raising a glass or two at your company Christmas party, so hit the dollar store for that too! These sturdy flutes are actually 2 for $1. Score!
Hopefully, this is the one time of year that your boss will spring for a caterer or waitstaff. Hiring services like these is quick and easy with GigSalad, and every booking is covered by our Worry-Free Guarantee! But if you’re responsible for the food on your own, here are some great crowd-pleasing recipes.
I feel like you can’t go wrong with finger foods at most parties, and a company Christmas party is no different. With a few store-bought hacks, you can serve these tasty Sundried Tomato Pesto Bites.
Nothing pleases a crowd more than pizza! And who would’ve guessed that little guilty pleasure was hiding inside this adorable Christmas tree? Try these Pull-Apart Christmas Tree Pizza Bites!
I don’t care who you are, you can’t go wrong with Little Smokies. And wrapping them in bacon? I dare anyone in your office to complain! These Bacon-Wrapped Smokies with a Brown Sugar Glaze are sure to please.
Don’t forget the sweets! I’ve never seen a cuter dessert in my life, and I’m definitely making these this year! Add some flurries to your company Christmas party with these Snowball Cookies. (They’re basically a sugar cookie that looks like a snowball. Adorable.)
Confession: I’ve always wanted to throw a party with a Hot Chocolate Bar. I’ll just live vicariously through our readers and hope someone does it! I think it’s so festive and fun. If you’re like me, set up one of these at your office holiday party!
Every company Christmas party needs some spirit, right? Help everyone cut loose with some adult cocktails! Add some excitement to the mixing with a flair bartender, or keep things low-key with a bartender who can just provide great service. Whether your party is self-serve or you hire a pro, be sure to include this Winter Seabreeze drink on the menu!
Christmas Party Games
This is where it gets really fun! Turn your office holiday party into a bonding experience by adding a few fun games to the mix. While the TV show ended years ago, I’m still a huge fan of “Minute to Win It” games! They’re super silly and encourage people to let loose a little. These games and more can be found here!
Jingle Bell Rock & Roll
Supplies: Ball ornaments and jingle bells
How to play: Place five ball ornaments lined up on the end of a table and give the player 10 jingle bells. Then have them stand on the opposite end of the rectangle table. To play, players must roll their jingle bells from one end of the table and attempt to knock off all five ornaments from the opposite end of the table. Think of it as Christmas shuffleboard!
Supplies: Red poms, spoons, Vaseline, and Rudolph poster
How to play: Give each player a red pom and a spoonful of Vaseline. Players have to race to be the first person to put a red pom on Rudolph’s nose on the other side of the room! To play, players must dip their nose into the spoonful of Vaseline and get the red pom to stick. Once the red pom is on their nose, they must move across the room and stick it to Rudolph’s nose. (Be sure to put a little Vaseline on his nose as well). The catch? They can’t use their hands at any time!
Supplies: White ping-pong balls or ball ornaments, tissue boxes, duct tape, and pantyhose
How to play: Decorate white ping-pong balls to look like snowmen. Fill an empty tissue box with the snowmen ping-pong balls and tape the tissue box to someone’s backside. You can also use a velcro belt glued to the box. To play, the player has to shake all of the snowmen out of the tissue box before the time runs out! If you’d rather not decorate like snowmen, use ornaments instead.
Christmas Party Entertainment
Even though Santa Claus loves to make an appearance for the kiddos, he enjoys visiting office Christmas parties too! He can pass out gifts, pose for pictures, and even announce who made the “Naughty or Nice” list! You can find local Santas and even Mrs. Claus to add some Christmas magic to your party!
You can also take a page out of a Dickens’ novel and hire traditional Christmas carolers! They will come dressed in traditional Victorian garb and sing all your favorite Christmas songs. Or, to fill a big space with sound, a choir can provide some amazing vocals for your party.
For the sophisticated crowd, a holiday jazz band or classical ensemble can provide some festive ambiance to the party. As background music or the main event, live musicians can make a company Christmas party feel super classy.
Is your crowd more fun-loving than low-key? A singing pianist can help lead your group in some rousing rounds of Christmas songs! Or a karaoke DJ can help your group show off their pipes with traditional holiday tunes.
Stay organized with your party planning! We created this handy Christmas party planning checklist. Print it out, check it twice!