If you just got a job organizing a corporate party, the first thing you need to tick off your planning list is the party theme. Your party should be relevant and fun, but most importantly, appropriate for your company culture, setting and occasion. So if you’re all out of ideas, here are a few that are suitable for all seasons and offices.
In the summer, everyone is itching to go out and spend some time in the sun and fresh air, so why not organize a corporate BBQ. This is an outdoorsy theme, so encourage less formal attire for that summer chic look. This will create a chill atmosphere where employees can mingle, network across the departments and let their guard down. And you don’t need an expensive venue—a park setting by a lake is perfect for summer BBQs, and it’s usually free. When it comes to food, don’t overthink it and go with classics like burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and corn on the cob. Since it’s the summer, you want to offer plenty of cold refreshments like beer and lemonade. If you want to go a little bit more glam, add a cold cocktail to your menu like mint juleps.
Carnival theme party
Do you want to throw a party that everyone will talk about for months? Opt for a carnival theme! If you invite performers, organize various activities and come up with some colorful décor, this corporate party will be something special. With food, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Go traditional with hot dogs, chili cheese fries and funnel cake. For something more extravagant, pick turkey corn dogs and specialty fries with four kinds of dips. And don’t forget the entertainment! Hire a balloon artist or a magician to roam around the crowd, and set up various game stations like ring toss. A photo booth with many photo props is also a must.
Old Hollywood glamour party
You can’t go back in time to the 1920s, but if you want something truly unique, why not celebrate your corporate successes in the style of the 1920s. This celebration requires a more elaborate venue, but professionals living in Australia don’t have to worry. Just hire a venue in Western Sydney and enjoy top-notch lighting production, audio and video systems and a variety of catering options. When you have an exclusive venue, your guests also have to match, so men must come in suits, Great Gatsby inspired hats and bowties and ladies must sport flapper dresses and elaborate hats suitable for the time. And don’t forget to have the time of your life!
Office scavenger hunt
If you want your corporate event to bring the team closer together, nothing can beat a scavenger hunt—it’s fun, interactive, good for the brain and provides a ton of friendly competition. It’s also great for those low-budget parties when you can’t go all-out with venues and entertainment. And it’s very easy to organize, especially if you have a scavenger hunt app that gives you tasks like snapping photos, taking videos, answering questions and scanning QR codes.
Here’s another in-office corporate party—Office Olympics. If you and your team are overtaken by the spirit of the Olympics, organize an event right at your company. Have everyone dress up in their team colors or country colors and let them compete in office chair race, snack gymnastics, sharpie archery, office supply toss and coffee mug obstacle course. Provide healthy refreshments for your sporty athletes and come up with fun rewards for the winners. Expect a lot of laughs, a heated atmosphere and proud winners at the end of your corporate party!
There you have it, five perfect corporate party themes suitable for all offices, occasions and company cultures. Your employees will certainly remember your effort and wait to see what you come up with next year.