Top 10 End of Year Company Party Ideas
The end of the year is the perfect opportunity to get together as a company and reward everyone for all the hard work they put in throughout the year. It's the best time of the year to recognize achievements of individuals on your team and and company-wide achievements. Here are ten awesome end of year company party ideas that your team will love.
You probably didn't need help coming up with this idea, but it still deserves the top spot on this list. The office holiday party is an end-of-year tradition that everyone loves. There are endless options for how to structure your holiday party too. Popular holiday party formats include formal galas, catered dinners, award shows, and team outings. The best holiday parties include food, drinks, a theme, and some form of entertainment like performers, dancing, or karaoke. Don't forget to send your team home with a custom logo gift too!
Most people don't think of this as an option since it's cold outside this time of the year, but winter outdoor parties can be a great time and a unique experience. Think skating, skiing, sledding, curling, or a Christmas light tour! Just make sure to provide some custom jackets and have a place to warm up indoors. If you live in a warm part of the country, a company golf trip is always a great idea too!
Try this for a more sophisticated spin on a traditional work happy hour. Take off work a few hours early on a Friday afternoon and head down to a local brewery or winery to unwind in style. Make sure to have your tasting scheduled in advance, especially if you have a large group. You'll also want to make sure that everyone has a safe right home after the event. Providing a shuttle service or Uber/ Lyft credits to your team is always a good idea. If you have a remote team, there are plenty of options for virtual tastings too! Just plan ahead so the host can send out beer or wine to everyone in time for the event.
4. Take the Office to a Local Sporting Event
There are plenty of opportunities to attend a sporting event with your co-workers towards the end of the year. Professional sports leagues like the NFL, NBA, and NHL are all in full swing this time of year and college basketball and football are also taking place at this time, so you have plenty of options! Make sure to contact a representative from your favorite team in advance for group pricing options. Also make sure to arrange transportation in advance too!
5. Company Potluck
The company potluck is a fun and cost-saving end of year party idea that allows you to sample everyone's cooking! Since everyone brings something to contribute, this can be a super affordable option for a company party. It's a good idea for the company to provide beverages for the event though. Also, create a shared document for planning purposes so you don't end up with a disproportional amount of appetizers, main entrees, sides, and desserts.
6. Art Class (In-Person or Virtual)
Group art classes are the perfect way for your team to show off their creativity and learn something new. Usually the company you book your lesson through will provide canvases, brushes, paint, and an instructor. If you're doing a virtual art class for your remote team then the company will usually ship the necessary supplies to each participant. When your team is done you can display everyone's works of art around the office too!
7. Murder Mystery Party or Escape Room
If your team enjoys problem solving then a murder mystery party or escape room is perfect for you. An escape room involves much less planning and there are likely escape room companies in your area that can accommodate smaller groups. If you have a larger group or want to create a more unique experience then murder mystery parties are always fun. Think a real-life version of Clue! You can order murder mystery party kits complete with game formats and supplies. Pick a theme ahead of time and have everyone dress up to make this experience even more authentic.
8. Trivia Night with Your Co-workers
Trivia is an fun and easy event that anyone can enjoy. You can either attend a local trivia event or host your own event if you have a larger team. Trivia nights are often hosted locally at bars, restaurants, breweries, and community centers, so check online to see what your options are. Bonus idea - make custom shirts for everyone to use as a team uniform!
9. End of Year Company Award Show
This is the perfect way to get together and recognize everyone for all the hard work they put in this year. If you're a smaller company, you can give out an award to each person for something unique that they bring to the team. If you're a larger organization, recognize your top performers with prizes and gifts!
We had to try extra hard to find creative ways to spend time with each other lately, resulting in tons of awesome virtual event ideas. There are hundreds of online games you can play with your coworkers like bingo, darts, golf, and video games. Plus, there are tons of classes and lessons you can take as a group including cooking, mixology, painting, wine tasting, and much more. Just because you can't get together in person this year doesn't mean you shouldn't celebrate together!