Throwing a Great Office Party
When it comes to office parties, one size definitely does not fit all. Depending on Company age, lifecycle stage, culture, age of employees, etc., a great office party can mean very different things. In addition, a great office party may mean different things as a Company evolves. For example, a small, relatively young company may love beer pong and Karaoke while a more mature family business may like an outdoor barbecue with food and games for the whole family. Whether its outdoor games and cotton candy or pizza, beer, and singing office parties can play an important part in a Company’s culture, creating social networks, and ultimately retaining their employees – after all, employees who have a personal connection to their co-workers are less likely to go somewhere else!
Throughout my career, I have been responsible for and involved in office party planning and I have seen great parties where people come, stay, and talk about them the next day, and I have seen horrible parties with low attendance and zero posts to Social Media. The key to this is know the Company, the employees and the best time to throw the party – the middle of a big deadline is never a good time!
Here are a few ideas for Office Parties which may help get your party brainstorming juices flowing:
The Start Up – usually filled with young, energetic people who don’t mind spending their evenings hanging out in the office with work colleagues (after all, they are there working until early morning hours anyway). Loanables.com has a great Ultimate Office Party bundle for start up companies in Austin. It includes everything you need for:
- Giant Connect Four
- Giant Jenga
- 8 Foot Table and Supplies for Beer Pong
- Speaker System with Microphone and Karaoke Machine
- Margarita/Granita Machine
You can even add a bounce house, dunk tank, other giant games, tug of war, or whatever else you can dream up…and, for $100 they will deliver it straight to your office. Add some pizza and drinks and the party is basically done!
Small Sized Family Owned Business – These business tend to have close
personal relationships among employees (often related to each other in some way). Why not treat this as a backyard family barbecue – large or small? You can order some Barbecue, sodas, and beer and organize a few games/activities like:
- Tug of War
- Foosball or ping pong tournament
- Sack races
Loanables.com even has a Backyard BBQ Party Bundle which includes
- White 12×12 Pop Up Canopy/Tent
- 2 6-ft Folding Tables
- Giant Jenga
- Giant Checker Board
- Tug of War Rope
They can also supply all the tables, chairs, and linens you need…and, they have a delivery option!
Young – Mature Medium to Large Sized Family Oriented Companies – Employees often want to spend their time outside of work with their families and friends so why not throw a daytime family oriented party – think “Office Carnival”. You can rent:
- Dunk Tank
- Bounce House
- Euro Bungee
Or any other big carnival things you can dream up – remember if Loanables doesn’t have something, they will find it for you – just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For food and drink, you can hire some good food trucks Pizza, Sno-cones, Corn Dogs on a Stick, etc – they drive up and do all of the food service for you! Then, you can set up a bar and hire a bar tender, rent some tables and chairs from Loanables and you are done!
Other – what kind of Company do you work for? Let the team at loanables.com help plan your next office party and find everything you need to rent to make it a huge success.