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Holiday Party Planning Ideas

The simplest way to come up with a fun holiday party is to select a theme. A party theme will elevate the involvement level for participants and make the event more memorable.

First, establish a budget for the party to include food, decorations, game prizes and other items.

Ask for volunteers to assist with the planning details and be sure to recognize their efforts at the event.

For a daytime office event, you might consider inviting spouses to attend. For an evening event, you should definitely include spouses. Send out invitations early!

With many offices having a diversified workforce, an “Around the World” theme is a fun idea that can make everyone feel included. Have people volunteer to bring some buffet decorations from their native country and have the caterer work up a menu that includes a variety of items and stations representing different countries. How about different stations for Mexican, Italian, Asian and Indian food items?

Fun Menu Packages for $10 or Less!!

You don’t need a big budget to throw a fun office event or personal celebration. In fact for $10 or less per person, you can have a memorable party.

Here are some entertaining and budget-friendly menu ideas:

Appetizers — Everyone loves chicken wings, cocktail meatballs and dips; and these items are all inexpensive.

Just Desserts — A selection of pies, cakes, tarts and even a chocolate dipping station is a culinary and visual treat.

 
 

Holiday Beverages — Coffee service with flavored syrups, hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows and holiday apple cider with cinnamon sticks are wonderful and cost very little.

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

If you want to get into the real spirit of the Holidays, consider organizing a fundraiser for charities that appeal to all your attendees. Here is a useful site: charitynavigator.org.

Once you decided on the organization(s) you want to support, the next step is to decide how you are going to collect for them.

Most organizations prefer monetary donations. An organization can usually stretch a dollar farther, and use it to help more people. You can charge a cover at the door of the party, which can then be donated. Or you can have guests bring something the organization needs, like a gift or canned food.

No matter how you are collecting, make sure to mention the preference on the invitation to the event; "Donation of $10 at the door", "Please bring a new, unwrapped gift". You may also want to include tax-deduction information, and a description of the organization.

Besides asking for a donation at the door, here are a few more effective fundraising activities:

Put on a Silent Auction — If you have a lot of people in a room, you should definitely have a silent auction. Put together a committee to approach local merchants as well as board members and others to donate products and services.

Have a Raffle — Get a great prize donated and sell raffle tickets during the party.

Photo Opportunities — Have someone take holiday photos and request a small donation for an instant photo.

 
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