Although this year has been filled with uncertainty, we are fast approaching the festive season, and we think that you will all agree when we say that its time for some well-deserved fun! Whether you have been working from home or continuing to operate business as usual, there has been tonnes of new rules that we have quickly had to adapt to. And it is because of these rules that our Christmas celebrations will now be completely different from anything we would have experienced in the past. But not to worry, this most definitely doesn’t mean that we cannot get into the festive spirit with our workmates – our office Christmas party ideas will fill you with tonnes of inspiration on where to start!
Get In The Festive Spirit With Our Office Christmas Party Ideas
As specialists in event services, whether this may be entertainment or our photo booth hire in London, we have seen more than anyone how the pandemic has impacted many industries. Having to adapt to a whole new world without any warning has made 2020 incredibly stressful, which means that this year more than ever, we are all looking forward to a memorable Christmas. Although at first, it may seem as if our festivities must be cancelled until we return to normality, this needn’t be the case. There are a number of wonderful ways to celebrate while following government guidelines, including the following:
With almost a quarter of us still working from home, it will be essential to keep your festive celebrations virtual to prevent those who have been primarily isolating from being exposed to the virus. Luckily, as we have all become accustomed to catching up over video call, you most definitely will not be short for ideas on how to get your team into the festive spirit. Here are some of our favourite ideas:
1. Christmas Quiz Night
Having spent months cooped up at home, quizzes over Zoom have become our favourite Saturday evening pastime, so if you’re stuck for ideas, you know that you will not be able to go wrong with planning a Christmas themed quiz. Depending on how creative you’re feeling, you could choose a host to put together a quiz or use a pre-made alternative from the internet. If you know that everyone will be eager to get involved, then the best route will be to choose the second choice as it means that no one will miss out on the competitiveness from being the host. Pub Quiz Questions HQ has a whole host of fantastic quizzes if you’re hoping to get one from online.
2. Virtual Murder Mystery Party
For those looking for something a little more unique, why not consider putting together a virtual murder mystery party? There are tonnes of excellent companies that are now specialising in putting together virtual events; you can find a list of ideas over on Stylist. Once you have chosen the company that you will go ahead with, you will then need to decide whether you want to invite your participants to dress up as their characters or whether you will keep it simple. You could even consider delivering themed snacks to the doors of your team members to set the atmosphere.
3. Musical Bingo
If you have a team of music enthusiasts, then we can be sure that they will love the idea of musical bingo. Putting a modern twist on the much-loved game, traditional bingo cards are still used, but instead of having numbers, these will be replaced with song names. The game host will then play only ten seconds of each song, and if a team member has the song on their card, they will mark off the spot. This will keep going until one lucky participant strikes off all of their songs and wins an extra special prize. This could be anything from a Christmas treat box to a gift voucher!
4. Virtual Escape Room
By far, one of the most popular challenges is the escape room, and you will be pleased to know that you’re now able to complete this activity virtually from the comfort of your home. Much like if you were to visit an escape room, the virtual activity will include a thorough briefing before you are let loose to use your problem-solving skills to the test. In teams of 3-4, you will be asked a host of questions and set challenges to crack the code before the time runs out. You can find more information on virtual escape rooms and book for Christmas over on Go To Events.
5. Gingerbread House Competition
Everyone loves a challenge, and what’s better than a challenge where you have a tasty treat to enjoy afterwards? Planning a gingerbread house competition a few days before you finish for Christmas is the perfect way to get everyone in the festive spirit. All you will need to do is drop off a gingerbread house decorating kit to each of your team members homes and give them a set amount of time to bring their creation to life from their kitchen. They will then jump onto a video call to present their masterpiece, which will be carefully studied by your team of judges. You could even encourage team members to get their family involved – this is guaranteed to go down a storm amongst those with little ones!
6. Virtual Awards Ceremony
Having worked from home in our comfy clothes for almost all of 2020, we are all looking for an excuse to get dressed up and feel ourselves again – hosting a virtual awards ceremony is perfect for just that! Set a date in December for your team members to get together one evening to celebrate the positives in what has been an incredibly stressful year. This is also a fantastic way to make sure that everyone finishes the year feeling accomplished, boosting morale in time for the new year.
Before your awards ceremony, be sure to put together a host of awards in different categories then send out virtual voting cards to each attendee. If you are stuck for inspiration on types of awards, take a look at Vantage Circle.
If you have returned to the workplace and or are in an industry that has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, then you may be looking for ways to celebrate while sticking to government guidelines. Although it will be vital to remain at a social distance, there are a whole host of super fun, interactive ways that you can celebrate, including the following:
7. Digital Graffiti Wall Hire
By far, one of the most sought-after choices out of all of our event services is our digital graffiti hire in London. Designed with interactivity in mind, the digital graffiti wall allows every team member to become a graffiti artist for the day, using stencils, animated images and virtual spray paint cans to bring their creation to life. This is then accompanied by live printing, meaning all artwork can be instantly printed onto a keepsake of your choice, whether this may be a keyring, mug or even phone case.
Our digital graffiti wall hire is available as a 4-hour hire package, making it a fantastic choice for those looking for something unique to enjoy on their last day before finishing for Christmas. Two uniform attendees will also be on hand for the duration of your hire, ensuring that everyone can make the most out of the graffiti wall. As one person uses it at a time, it also couldn’t be easier to comply with social distancing guidelines.
8. Wreath Making Workshop
After what has been a very stressful year for many, taking time out for an activity that will help to relax your team members and get stuck into something other than work will be a fantastic idea. A wreath making workshop is a perfect solution, ideal for getting everyone in the festive spirit while giving them a memorable keepsake to take home with them. Much like our other activity ideas, there are a number of online workshops, allowing you to set up craft stations in your office and watch tutorials from a screen. Most of which also provide you with a kit with everything you need to make your very own wreath, making it a super easy event to put together. For a full list of online wreath making workshops starting from only £10 per person, take a look at Eventbrite.
9. Office Olympics
There is nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, so if you have a team that loves a challenge, then why not put together an office olympics? This is a great activity if you have lots of space in your building where you can move tables and equipment to create an area to set up all of your games, allowing teams to play while still sticking to social distancing rules. It is entirely your choice how you organise the tournaments, whether you have small groups who play against each other or have everyone participate individually. You can also choose to hire sports equipment or get creative with the supplies you have lying around, such as using rubber bands for archery or paper planes as a javelin. The key is to think outside of the box – the more unique, the better!
10. Retro Games Day
No one can turn down the nostalgia of the games that they loved as a kid, which means that a retro games day is guaranteed to go down a storm. You can combine digital games with traditional board games for a day filled with fun and a little competitiveness, of course! Be sure to choose games where it is easy for staff to remain distanced from one another, such as who’s who and trivial pursuit. You could even complete your day with games table hire, clearing a space in the office to make way for a snooker or table tennis table.
For those who like the idea of a day filled with games, but are less keen on the retro theme, our virtual reality hire in London is the perfect solution. Each team member sits in the pod, and their surroundings transform into a futuristic world, whether it may be a rollercoaster or racing track. Feel free to get in touch for more information on our tailored hire packages.
Celebrating Christmas, The COVID-Friendly Way!
Every industry has been impacted by the pandemic, some more than others, but one thing we can be sure of is that everyone has been working harder than ever. This makes planning festive celebrations ever so important in ending the year on a high, making sure that your team members can enter 2021 feeling optimistic of the year to come. Whether you choose to celebrate from the comfort of your home or put together activities in the office, we can guarantee that every effort will be hugely appreciated!