Office Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Office event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

It’s not often that one gets to play music at work; that’s why the fun-loving, conscientious office party host must plan a festivity filled with festive music. For this evening only, let the music play.

The ultimate office party will feature songs that bring a spring to the step of hardworking employees. They are sure to dance and sing along. They could include:

9 to 5 by Dolly Parton. This is truly the working person's anthem, especially for women.
It’s a 5 O’Clock World by The Vogues
Workin’ for the Weekend by Loverboy
She Works Hard for the Money by Donna Summer
16 Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford. This is the song our dads and granddads taught us.
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere by Alan Jackson. This one is particularly perfect for the party social hour.
Workin’ Day and Night by Michael Jackson
Money Don’t Matter Tonight by Prince
Hard Working Man by Brooks and Dunn
Hard working people deserve to relax and have fun at an office party, complete with some primo party supplies. These could include paper mache briefcases and plastic hard hats hanging from the ceiling, a scene setter that resembles a construction site or office setting, tableware in solid and practical colors, as well as a host of take home party supplies that are both useful and fun. These could include fancy pencils and writing pens emblazoned with the company name, T-shirts and hats imprinted with the corporate logo, miniature pencil sharpeners and novelty paper clips. Inspirational idea: Have the appetizers ready to go when the majority of the guests have arrived, in the meantime a few various game options should be ready to play. Use unscented candles at a dinner, because the fragrance from the candle may not mix well with the aroma of the food. Get creative by using poster board and LED lights to make your own light up banner or message.

An Office party is the ideal time for homemade banners, handmade signs, balloon bouquets and various handmade party supplies. These little extra touches make all the difference. Many people enjoy celebrating special occasions with Co-workers and having handmade party supplies on hand for this Office party makes it special. Homemade balloon bouquets, handmade party signs and homemade party streamers are perfect for this occasion, as well as homemade banners and homemade signs. These items make preparing for an Office party quite enjoyable. You will have just as much fun preparing as you do celebrating.

Researching the company logo and adding it to a variety of homemade party supplies will add a lot to the Office party. It will make it seem a lot less like a work party. Having a unique handmade banner or handmade sign for an office party can add a lot to the party. These handmade banners should be designed in good taste and appropriate for the celebration. Just remember that your boss will see this. An Office party can be a very special event and homemade party supplies and party goods will make it event better. For the most part, a handmade banner or homemade sign is always a great touch. Guests are sure to be both amazed and impressed.

Most people find that homemade office banners can often compare to other homemade party supplies. Whether the handmade sign or banner is saying, “Congratulations,” or “Nice Job,” a handmade banner or sign will make this celebration complete.

Make any office party more memorable with an office party cake; ‘get to work’ now to create the ultimate confection that will please bosses and co-workers alike. It just would not be a party without a festive cake!

The type of office party cake that a host prepares will depend on the type of office—and, for that matter—the theme of the occasion that the cake will befit. This will be the definite determining factor.

For a conservative, more formalized office party, the host could present a basic but elegant cake that bears an icing with a striking but subtle color like ivory and a restrained design. This cake could bear the company name and/or logo in equally subtle hues, perhaps lavender, ebony or dark blue. The boss in particular will embrace this choice.

Novelty office party cakes should be served with care. Be sure that the cake is not too novelty and is tasteful. In this instance tasty means just as much as tasteful. At a construction company, for example, it might be a clever idea to present a chocolate cake that resembles a construction site, complete with party supplies like plastic construction equipment and miniature worker dolls on top. A newspaper party might feature a sheet cake that resembles the front page of the paper, with headlines and photos carved out in icing. Just make sure that any novelty cake served at an office party is subtle, respectful of the company’s mission and values, and in good taste—in more ways than one!

Christmas is the time of year when everyone seems to be planning a holiday office party. If you’re on the entertainment committee, you probably know how difficult it can be to please everyone. You want to make the party a success and draw in more of the employees to socialize, but you aren’t sure just how to do that. It becomes even more challenging when you have that one person that insists they have no desire to spend time with co-workers outside of the office.

Planning an office party can be very tedious, but you can make it fun by involving everyone else in the planning process. Most companies have an entertainment committee, and if that is the case with your company, be sure to enlist the services of other committee members. If your company doesn’t have an actual committee, you may want to take it upon yourself to set up a committee or to request assistance from other employees for the planning.

When planning a holiday office party, the first thing you want to decide is if you’re going to have something simple in the office or if you plan to have something more elaborate off-site. If you want to have it off-site, you will more than likely need to reserve the location at the beginning of the year as locations book quickly for Christmas, and if you wait even until the summer, you may not find what you want. Where you choose for your party will also depend upon the budget allowance for the event and whether the company is paying for the event, the employees paying for their own, or if they are sharing the cost. The typical arrangement is for the company to pay for the employee, and the employee pays for any guests he brings. The venue usually does the decorating for off-site parties as part of the cost of the event.

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Office History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Office theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Who says that one can’t have fun at work? The Office Party is a fun festivity where people work hard at having a good time. And for once they will be able to have fun in the workplace.

In its rawest form, the original version of the Office Party probably was celebrated on farms during the 18th and 19th centuries, when day laborers and other farm workers were invited to the manor house for Christmas dinners or Sunday socials. These easy and festive times were beloved by many. At these festivities, bosses and employees sat down together to break bread and have a few laughs; employees might even get cash bonuses or gifts and trinkets at this event. Everyone got to know each other much better.

In 20th century America employers began to host office parties—as the name implies—in an office setting, usually in a conference room or meeting hall sizable enough to fit all supervisors and employees. This is a truly elegant and first class affair. The food is catered, the music is piped in, the wine flows, and the dress is festive, as members of the company gather to enjoy laughter and conversation in honor of a special occasion, like a company anniversary or milestone or a major holiday. There usually has to be a reason to celebrate.

From the 1980s through today, employers may also choose to host an Office Party at a location outside the company, such as a rented recreation facility, a country club, a restaurant, or a night club. Here co-workers stand a better chance of letting their hair down, maybe even dancing, playing party games, or taking a fun turn at the karaoke machine. One just has to be careful how much they drink and just how much fun they have, because (forget about Santa Claus!) the boss is watching!

Who says work can’t be fun! Plan the ultimate Office Party today! Pick durable items that will last longer and laminate paper ones to reuse at future gatherings. Use fragrance to set a mood by burning scented candles and even incense. Pick durable items that will last longer and laminate paper ones to reuse at future gatherings. The history of Office has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Office to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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