Truly memorable holiday parties

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It’s party time!  If you want to make your company’s holiday party stand out in memory, consider borrowing a page from one of my previous employers featured below.  I promise your employees will be talking about it for years to come.

Do a harbor cruise and neglect to note the time the cruise will leave

One year my CEO decided to party on a harbor cruise.  Nice and classy.  We had drinks and snacks while docked at the pier.  We then waved a fond goodbye at probably a third of our coworkers, including my own boss, who arrived only to see the cruise ship pull away.  We aren’t sure what all the shouting and yelling and jumping up and down and gesticulating was all about, but I am sure it was in good holiday cheer.

Have a children’s party late at night

Another year my CEO decided to make the holiday party celebrate children.  So we went to the Children’s Museum for a 7-9pm party.  We had 4 kids show up in total.  Every last one was screaming their heads off because they were overtired.  Note to CEO: if you want to have a children’s party, have it over lunch!

Do a Partisentation

My company made significant progress during the year, so we were thankful for all the things we have accomplished. So much so that the management team used the occasion of our lunch party to do a 2-hour presentation to show our success.  That was my first holiday party that involved no talking by employees.  A new word was coined: “partisentation”.

Celebrate the holidays next door to a wake

The same company that did the partisentation took our feedback to heart, and planned hard for a fun party with a DJ the following year.  Well… on party day, we were greeted with two welcome signs: one for us, and one for the folks attending a wake in the next room.   Enough said.

In my book, the best holiday parties are the ones that are low key, relaxed and not overplanned.  This only works if the folks in the company get along well and want to hang out with each other though  (hmm, maybe this explains the four wacky parties above.)

Do you have any unique holiday party memories to share?

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