6 Ways to Throw a Holiday Office Party on a Budget

Every fall, businesses take a long, hard look at their ledger sheets and wonder whether this is finally the year they cut the corporate holiday office party. Bah, humbug, we say.

Whether people in your office celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday, they all have one thing in common: They love a good party. So reward them for a great 12 months and look forward to a successful year ahead with a special seasonal soirée.

We're here to help you enhance your holiday party with some affordable ideas to create your best event yet. And, remember, just because you planned your party on a budget, doesn't mean it should look like it — you can have your holiday fruitcake and eat it, too. Here are six ideas to help you celebrate the season while keeping costs down:

1. Be Your Own Event Planner

You should aim to cut costs without cutting corners. Sure, a lot of work and logistics go into party planning, but it'll really help stretch your budget. And if you do things right, no one will know you didn't have a team of professionals helping out.

If you feel like sharing the holiday spirit and lightening the workload, form a party planning committee. Employees will jump at the chance to help plan their own holiday office party.

2. Send Out Custom Invitations

Sometimes the occasion calls for something more than just an email blast to the entire company. This is one of those special occasions.

For just a few bucks, get your employees pumped for the party with dashing custom invitations. Choose an invitation style to match your holiday theme, from simple to elegant to glitzy. And watch those RSVPs roll in.

3. Put the "Office" Back into Your Office Party

If you have enough space, your office might just be the perfect place to host your party. So consider converting that corporate conference room into a culmination of holiday cheer. Compared to a restaurant or hotel, hosting it yourself is more convenient and more cost-effective, and you'll have higher employee attendance.

4. Whet Their Appetites With Custom Menus

Want another guaranteed way to boost your holiday party attendance? A few days before the event, put festive custom menus up around the office.

This sneak peek will create a buzz and get everyone talking. Don't forget to bring the menus to your party and place them at the food stations and dining tables. Also look for other ways to use custom-print materials at your party for an upscale look without the upscale price.

5. Turn It Into an Awards Dinner

If you're still having trouble rationalizing the cost of a seasonal shindig, turn the event into a combination holiday office party/awards dinner. It's a great way to mix in a little bit of business, recognize your employees with special awards and still raise a toast to the holidays.

6. Spread Some Cheer With Holiday Gifts

Don't feel like you have to spend a ton to show your employees how much you care. From festive ornaments to custom mugs to gift bags, you can say "thanks" without breaking the bank. And don't forget to add in a personalized note — with the right gift, they'll have the perfect memento for a memorable evening.

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