Sick of the same old Christmas lunches with your colleagues? Want to spice things up a little this year? If you're organising a Christmas party, check out the ideas below for inexpensive and quirky celebrations.
Non-alcohol fuelled Most office Christmas parties end up full of regret and leave at least one staff member considering resigning the next day. The alcohol-fuelled Christmas party maybe fun for some, but it's not the most desirable or inclusive manner of celebration. Alternate suggestions include:
Breakfast long-table event
Get in touch with a local catering company such as Bright Young Things or Damn Fine Food to ask them to cater a breakfast. Serve virgin juice-mocktails and elegant yet light food. These catering companies can assist you with the table settings you will need also. My suggestion would be to book a place in a park or garden close to your office or a rooftop bar that does not open until later in the day – so you have the place to yourself! Start the breakfast at 8.30am and let people leave and head to the office as they wish.
Sunday Funday Encourage your employees to bring their families to a set local park. Ensure that there is ample play-space for children and you can organise family-style activities. These may include an egg and spoon race, sack race and other wholesome and fun activities. Be sure to include an 'adults space' for employees who do not have children and whom would prefer to maybe recline on some lounge chairs and have grown up conversations. Possibly think about hiring a portable DJ to keep the adults entertained. Catering can be as simple as a BBQ lunch, which you can either run or bring in caterers if you want a no-hassle experience!
For the More Adventurous Paintball and lunch Melbourne Indoor Paintball is set up for these sorts of corporate bonding activities and is close to the CBD. If you're game to venture out further, you can find any number of outdoor paintball experiences within 45 minutes of Melbourne. Most will be able to provide basic catering however you may wish to supplement this.
Stand Up Paddle Board lesson and picnic Stand Up Paddle Boarding is ohh so very cool right now. Easier and less humiliating than surfing, it's a great way to get your team outdoors, bonding and having fun. Maybe think of a lesson in St Kilda, followed by a picnic lunch in Catani Gardens.
A great way to cement friendships is to experience something together. Like the joy of learning! Try these quirky courses to help your group bond and have a giggle.
Mobile phone photography Hosted by a friendly professional, Photoh classes will take you to a range of different sites to learn the tricks of the trade. Great for young companies whose staff maybe instgram-obsessed or interested in self-development. A great idea is to host the class in early December then at a breakfast or small celebration on the final day before the Christmas break, project all the photos taken to showcase your talented employees.
Group Yoga Class Christmas is a particular stressful time of the year, not only at work but also for people's personal and family relationships. Tensions run high and morale can be down. Yoga is great for stretching out those tensions. It's also a great way for you as the boss to show your staff your vulnerable side, and accept that some of the staff maybe a lot better at this that you are. It's not meant to be a competition, it's meant to be relaxing and fun. You can follow this with a raw food and smoothie lunch in the park for complete the tranquil event.
Spirit of Christmas Create a group volunteer day, where employees work in teams or in one group if your company is small, to help those less fortunate this Christmas.
Suggestions include The Smith Family, Sacred heart Mission or volunteering in a soup kitchen. If this all sounds a little too serious, you can couple the volunteering activity with a small celebration keeping with the theme of appreciating what we have and celebrating each others company. Maybe you can all take a craft lesson and create gifts for children in hospital at Christmas. There is no end to the amount of groups who need support of the holiday period, just give your selected group a call, know how many people you have and ask how you can all help.