Land that big account? New employee join the team? Just want to motivate the crew? Celebrate with an office party!
Depending on whether your idea of an office party is hosting your company’s version of Michael Scott’s Dundies, a company BBQ Picnic, or simply relaxing with a can of beer and a slice of pizza, here are the Twist team’s tips to throw the perfect office party.
Get your guest list together. Deciding whether you will be inviting just employees or including spouses or entire families is an important factor in planning your event.
Pick A Theme
Adding a theme will make your party more memorable while boasting the excitement and adding a fun TWIST. Focus your theme on the food, activities, decorations, and invitations. Luau, Fiesta, Patriotic – 4th of July, or Sports themes are all very popular.
Location, Location, Location
Is this an office lunch, a company picnic or an awards dinner? Depending on the occasion and the budget, you will need to pick a location for your party. At the office or an outside venue, location plays an important part in setting the stage for your get together. In the summer, it is easy to throw an office BBQ - just pull a grill out to the parking lot and set up some tables. Lorell ultra-light portable banquet tables work perfect inside or out, and don’t forget to have enough seating with Lorell folding chairs.
Create a Festive Atmosphere
And we don’t mean "confetti" from the paper shredder. Even if you're limited to the conference room, decorate until it feels like a new space, one you'd actually want to hang out in. Don't be afraid of using a theme for inspiration. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to set the mood. Pick up some inexpensive decorations from your local Dollar Store or OreintalTrading.com. Twist has all of the essentials from plastic table covers, napkins and of course red solo cups! We even have balloons!
Don’t just assume that the entire office knows about the upcoming party. An announcement at your weekly meeting may be helpful, but you want to excite people, and when were you last jazzed about a meeting? Right? Use invites either electric or paper and mention food, door prizes -- whatever sets the mood, says Party Planning Secrets author Charlie Scola. Astrobrights color cardstock make it easy, quick, and inexpensive to have paper invitations or posters getting the word out about your get together.
Serve Fabulous Food
The two most essential factors for having a great work place party is the right type of food and entertainment. Without those two, your get together will fall short of being fun Office eating is synonymous with brownbag lunches, so turning up the culinary volume is key. If you have a theme, serve eats that suit it. For a potluck, organize who’s bringing what. And nix messy foods -- no one wants to shake the boss’ hand while eating ribs!
Here are a few of the TWIST team’s favorite easy recipes:
Quench Their Thirst
Beer and wine? Frozen drinks? Water and soda? It is all up to you. Just keep in mind that alcohol can bring its own set of troubles – but we’ll leave that for another post!
Twist offers a variety of beverages from bottled water to sodas and more. Our favorite summertime party beverage is the Nestle’ Exotics Sparkling Water. With 4 tropical flavors; Mango Peach Pineapple, Strawberry Dragonfuit, Key Lime, and Tangerine you can bring the taste of the tropics which would be perfect for a Luau Themed party.
Whether it is an impromptu company lunch or a fancy awards dinner, don’t turn your office party into a boring, awkward obligation; with the right supplies and, more importantly, an optimistic attitude, you’ll have no problem throwing an exciting celebration that will be talked about until the next one!
Entertainment or Activities
When selecting entertainment, take in consideration whether or not there will be kids at the party. If kids are present, you will need the usual set up; a face painter and balloon artist. Both entertainers will keep children occupied and bring color to the party. Other forms of entertainment include magic shows, jugglers, DJ’s Bands. For theme parties you can bring in entertainment to support the theme – Fiesta – Mariachis Band, or if you are having a luau, hula dancers are always a hit. Chip says he would add fire dancers for even a greater impact! Make sure to Plan activities that everyone can participate in without feeling embarrassed, like company- or holiday-themed trivia. What fun is a game if it doesn’t feature a prize for the winner? Your prize could range from something simple, like food, to a special privilege, like an extra day off. If your budget can handle it, feel free to offer something more extensive, such as a gift card or even a weekend getaway. (Note: Pens stamped with the company logo are not prizes but something from our My Pretty Office Collection is always appreciated!)
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By Susan Ringer
VP My Pretty Office Division of TwistOP
What is more inspiring? A gold and white polka dot file folder or a vanilla manila one? Roses on your notepads, or the plain white perforated kind? Putty colored letter trays or seafoam green modern ones? While we seek inspiration throughout our day – from what we wear to what we read and everything in between, we sometimes overlook the most important avenue for it. The workplace! At work, inspiration is not only important – it is one of the keys to success. It is the place from where all great ideas flow. When we think about what inspires us, it all starts with our surroundings. It is widely known that our environment has a profound impact on our psychology, our feelings and our results.
So what can we do to create the best environment for our work life? We can start by making the space visually pleasing and reflective of our unique, personal style. If revamping your cubicle with wallpaper and fancy furnishings is not in the cards for you (and unless you work in a creative field, it generally isn’t going to be), start with your desk accessories, office supplies or a pretty art print. Have some fun with it! Bring in color, pattern and visual appeal to brighten up your space and give you a lift. Keep it within the bounds of what is allowed, but express yourself visually in your workspace to showcase a bit of who you are.
If you work in an environment that has customer traffic, by all means you want that space to be reflective of your brand, to speak of success and be visually appealing.
If you are among the fortunate ones who work from home, try to make that workspace coordinate with the rest of your home for visual continuity. You can really have fun with this and in future blog posts we will go more in depth on the subject of decorating a home office.
Of course, a simple everyday black stapler has its place and certainly does the job (we’re Twist Office Products, after all – we love that stuff too!), but there are those of us who want more and so we should have it. We want fashion, color and a sense of style in our regular life, so why not have it in our work lives too? Just as some people can’t wait to buy a cool new kitchen gadget, there are those of us who salivate over the thrill of a cute office supply, a decorative desk accessory or a great new office organization system. It is for all these reasons (and more) that we are so excited to launch the My Pretty Office™ Division of Twist Office Products! This is where beauty means business, when it comes to your surroundings, that is!
So, while your office mate might be chewing on his plastic blue pen cap (and that’s ok, really it is!), feel free to jot down your brightest ideas with your Kate Spade Gold Pen. We understand. Our full range (and still growing) of artwork by Susan Ringer, pretty office products and decorative desk accessories by top designers can be purchased through our page at www.myprettyoffice.com. Feel free to browse our collections through the site or ask our reps about these great new products today! Through our unique product mix, our mission is to bring joy to your day, inspiring you to say “work never looked so good!™