The holidays are right around the corner, and if you haven’t started planning for your office holiday party, then you might be a bit behind schedule. However, you don’t have to worry because we have some helpful tips for throwing an inclusive office holiday party.
This year, why not try to celebrate multiple holidays? As the old saying goes, the more the merrier. So here are a few tips for helping you throw a memorable event.
Pick an Inclusive Theme
One of the easiest ways to host an inclusive holiday party is to pick a theme anyone can enjoy. Some examples include decorating your office to be a winter wonderland, hosting an ugly sweater party, or choosing a vacation theme like Hawaii or Paris.
These themes are not specific to one holiday, so people from any cultural background can get in on the fun. Picking the right theme can make your party memorable and fun while being inclusive.
Choose a Date That Works for Everyone
Since numerous holidays happen in December, it’s imperative to choose a date that works for everyone. If you pick a date that seems preferential to a particular holiday, some people might perceive bias in choosing that date.
Prevent this from happening by sending out an office-wide email with a survey on which dates work to host a company party. This will also help you get a rough idea of how many people will be in attendance, so you can start budgeting for refreshments, decorations, and other party supplies.
Make Room To Serve Cuisine for Each Holiday
Half the fun of Christmas parties is including delicious snacks, but you probably don’t want to have something predictable like chips and dip. You can have regular refreshments at other parties. If you really want to wow your guests at your Christmas gathering, host a multicultural holiday extravaganza with refreshments from each holiday.
You can arrange the food buffet style or have different tables dedicated to each of the holidays. When it comes time to make a toast, be sure to use plastic flute glasses so that nobody will accidentally drop a glass and break it. (Using plastic materials will also make it easier to clean up!)
Overall, hosting an office holiday party is the perfect opportunity for your company to showcase its values. Now that you know a few tips for throwing an inclusive office holiday party, your company can celebrate diversity in the most fun way possible.