Are you looking to add some excitement to your holiday office party this year? We’ve got some great ideas for activities that will make your party one to remember.
Have a Gingerbread Office Making Contest
You can put a workplace spin on this traditional favorite by having your staff make gingerbread offices, or gingerbread cubicles. Be creative and adapt the theme to something that matches your work environment. If you have a large staff, you can divide into teams of two to four people.
- Graham crackers (while not traditional, they require no advance preparation)
- Mini marshmallows
- Gum drops
- Life Savers
- Mini candy canes
- M & M’s
- Assorted candies
Pass out the graham crackers and icing and allow a half hour to assemble the structure of the office. After the half hour, take a break to allow the icing to harden. During this time, you can serve snacks and socialize. After the break, it is time to decorate the office. Have the various candies on a table so people can choose which candies they want to use. Allow a half hour for decorating.
Choosing a Winner
Come up with a few different categories so there can be more than one winner. Some ideas for categories are most realistic, funniest and most delicious-looking. Allow the participants to vote for a winner in each category. Award prizes to the winners of each category. The prizes can be simple things like gift cards, ornaments and holiday CDs. And don’t forget to take pictures of your staff with their creations.
Play the Plastic Wrap Ball Game
The Plastic Wrap Ball Game is an exciting adventure that involves unwrapping prizes from a large ball of layered plastic wrap. The ball can be filled with all types of goodies including candy, party favors and gift cards. The grand prize is in the middle of the ball.
- Plastic wrap
- A pair of dice
Making the Ball
Wrap the best prize in plastic wrap and add additional goodies in separate layers of wrap until the ball is as large as you want to make it. Wrap the layers in different directions to make the game more challenging. You can also use colored plastic wrap to make the ball more festive.
How to Play
Have your group sit in a large circle. Roll the dice to see who gets to start unwrapping (highest roll). The person to the right of the unwrapper rolls the pair of dice until he or she gets doubles. Then the ball is passed to the next player. Players continue rolling and unwrapping until the center prize is reached. During play, the person with the ball does not stop unwrapping until the person to their right rolls doubles. And that player gets to keep any of the goodies that he or she unwraps.
Add to the Fun
- Use two large balls starting at opposite sides of the circle for large groups of people.
- Have players wear oven mitts to make the game more challenging.
- Allow players to trade goodies once the ball is completely unwrapped.
Host a Hot Chocolate Bar and Cookie Exchange
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate on a cold winter day. Throw in some cookies and have a tasty holiday party.
Give each of your employees $20 to purchase holiday cookie making supplies. Those who love to bake will be thrilled to show off their baking skills, and those who don’t can purchase cookies at a local store. Either way, everyone will get to enjoy some sweet treats with their hot chocolate.
The Hot Chocolate Bar
Here’s a warm twist on a holiday punch bowl – fill a crockpot with hot chocolate and set out a ladle for serving it up. Be sure to include lots of options to top off the hot chocolate. Here are some ideas:
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate chips
- Toffee chips
- Peppermint sticks
- Chocolate and caramel syrup
Any of these ideas are great for gatherings with family and friends too.