How to Throw the Best Office Holiday Party

Can you believe it’s already July? The holidays will be here before you know it, and that means holiday parties will be here even sooner. Get ahead and start planning your office holiday party now. Your employees work hard all year, so reward them with a good time.

Keep them talking about your holiday party until next year’s party with these five tips:

Plan Activities

Kick your party up a notch with an interactive activity! You don’t have to have anything expensive or over the top, but karaoke or bingo or even an ugly sweater contest can provide something extra to your office holiday party. Games and activities are also great icebreakers to get employees to mingle.

Give Back

Instead of a gift exchange, ask your employees to bring items to donate, like canned goods or clothing. Set up a raffle with gift cards or paid time off, and donate the money from ticket sales to a charity of your choice. Helping others will make you and your employees feel good, especially during the holidays.

Choose a Theme

Party themes are great because they inspire your decor, food and invitations. Don’t want to stick with a traditional holiday theme? Get creative and have a carnival with cotton candy, hot dogs and carnival games or replicate your favorite holiday movie, like A Christmas Story.

Provide More Than Appetizers

Most office parties serve hors d’oeuvres, but if you want your party to shine, offer more than light snacks. Your employees and guests will appreciate something hearty to eat with their cocktails. Check in with Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint for some unique food offerings to liven up your party at the Ironworks Hotel. 

Don’t Drink and Drive

If you’re serving alcohol, throw your office holiday party where guests can stay on the premises to avoid drinking and driving. At Ironworks Hotel, we offer banquet space and room blocks to accommodate out-of-towners and guests at office holiday parties.

During the month of July, we’re offering discounts on holiday banquet space rental fees and room blocks. Contact Darla at or Carly at for more information. Book your office holiday party today to receive our Christmas in July special offer!