With Halloween over, the holiday season has officially begun. And that means more office parties! Office parties inject some life into what may be a drab work environment and provide a well-needed break in a world when most employees work longer days or work through the holidays. Thanksgiving office parties may not be as festive as Christmas office parties, but that does not mean they can’t be awesome in their own right. Plus, they do make a short work week even shorter, which is sure to boost office morale. All you need is some creativity and some ideas. That’s where we come in.
Since everyone is probably knee-deep in their own families Thanksgiving food preparation, it might be best to skip the potluck and order in. Or keep it casual by hosting the office party at lunch. That way you just need to provide light snacks.
Or you can host the party after Thanksgiving and call it the Day After Potluck. That way the food will be taken care of and people will be glad to have the extra space in their fridge.
Pinecones turkeys are a definite must. And a great activity/decoration would be a Gratitude Board. You know, it’s like a vision board, but instead of putting up a picture of that car or house you want, you have your fellow employees write down what they are thankful for. That is what Thanksgiving is all about after all. Even though it sounds like a corny activity/decoration, a little positivity around the holidays can’t hurt. And it will allow everyone to start the holiday on the right note.
Since there is no sanctioned official “Thanksgiving Office Party” game, you can play really anything. If you really want to get into the spirit of things, arrange for a trip to the park and have a friendly game of flag football. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end up like this episode of Friends. And if games are not your style, set up a craft table. People can make centerpieces for the dinner table, or even start making some holiday decorations. The only thing that matters is that everyone is having fun. So tailor the games and crafts to the kinds of people in your office. If a lot of people are lego fans, bring a bunch of legos. Or fire up the XBOX or PS3 and have a Guitar Hero competition.
If you think we missed any tips for hosting an awesome Thanksgiving Office Party, let us know in the comments.
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