Throwing a Fun Office Party on a Budget

Office Christmas Party

Whether you’re approaching the festive Christmas season, or simply in need of a good motivator for employees, an office party is always a welcome option. Many large companies throw massive parties each year, spending thousands upon thousands of dollars. While that would be nice, the majority of business owners simply don’t have that large of a budget to splurge with.

An extravagant, expensive party may have all the glitz and glamour you could want, but that can sometimes work against you by drawing focus away from what is truly important—your business, your employees, your brand!

With that being said, a smaller budget might actually be favorable from a larger perspective. Instead of blowing money on eye candy and irrelevant extravagance, you can go about planning the festivities in a more frugal way. Not only will you attract more attention to your business as a whole, but you will have thrown a significantly cheaper party that is still just as fun.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Location Isn’t Everything

If you’re like most people when you think of an office- or company-party, the first image that comes to mind is a fancy convention hall, right? True, these are great venues for parties, but they’re not the only options available. A budget-friendly office party can be extraordinarily successful simply by utilizing what might be considered as an “abnormal location.”

Examples of unique party venues include local parks, rental houses, bars & restaurants, and more. The cheap – or sometimes free – venues can host incredible parties without breaking the bank.

Swag Bags

Regardless of what type of party we’re talking about, one aspect remains constant—people like free stuff! In most cases, it doesn’t even matter what the item is; the absent price tag is enough of an incentive. You can add a lot of flair to a simple office party just by incorporating a free gift, party favor, or goodie bag.

It is easy to stay within budget, promote your brand, and incorporate a bit of irony into a party by handing out free swag bags full of branded trinkets, office toys, and company apparel. Some popular items that have been successful in the past include calculators, puzzle games, LED lights, stress balls, hats, and t-shirts.

Parties are supposed to be Fun

Unfortunately, many office parties miss the mark when it comes to being fun. Just because you’re operating on a smaller budget doesn’t mean there can’t be any fun. Try looking around your local area for interesting places and ideas. Bowling alleys, small-scale carnivals, and karaoke bars can all take a dull party and push it to the next level.

You can likely find more ideas just by going online. You would be amazed at what may be available in your area. Even places that seem “anti-party” can surprise you. By calling local museums, theaters, or maybe even a go-karting track, you can probably find information about hosting a party. Just remember, you don’t have to be a kid to have fun!