An office party provides a fun occasion for employees to let their hair down and celebrate, plus it encourages team bonding. Planning and organizing an office party can take a lot of time and effort, and you will need to organize every little detail to make sure that it all runs smoothly. This article reveals 5 essential tips that will help you to pull off a successful and memorable office party.

Create a Committee

One simple way to reduce the time that it will take to plan the party is to select a party committee. You can then hold a few meetings to organize all of the party essentials, such as food, drink, venue, entertainment and theme. This will make it easier to delegate tasks, and it will also help you to come up with some fun and original ideas for the party.

Choose the Venue Wisely

While many offices choose to have the party actually in the office, it is a much better idea to hire a venue away from the office. Not only will this prevent office equipment from becoming damaged, but it will also let employees relax and enjoy themselves away from their place of work. There are a huge number of venues to choose from including halls, restaurants, bars, clubs and outdoor venues where you can set up tents and marquees. Choose a venue which is able to accommodate all of your guests, and that is located near to the office so that guests can get there easily.

Set a Budget

Most offices will have a budget set for parties. Find out the budget early on and try to stick to it as much as possible. If you are finding that the budget is a little low then you may want to think about charging a small fee for tickets so that you can raise some additional cash. You can also try some fun fundraising ideas in the office to raise some extra money.

Let me Entertain You!

Entertainment is key to hosting a successful office party. Music will help to get the party started and continue it on into the night. For small gatherings you may be able to do with a mini rig and a playlist created on a mp3 player but for most parties you will want to hire a DJ to come and play some tunes for you. Other forms of entertainment can include guest speakers, magicians, dancers and performers. There are entertainment agencies that specials in hiring out entertainers for events, so contact them to see what they can do for you.

Start in Advance

Finally, it is always a good idea to start the planning process as soon as possible. This will give you a chance to book everything, plus it will allow your guests time to RSVP.

If it all seems like too much hard work then you can always hire an event planner to help organize the party for you. Good luck!