Office Holiday Party Ideas to Encourage Everyone’s Participation

By: Nazima Golamaully | Posted: 15th September 2010

It’s Christmas and parties are being held left and right! Christmas parties are fun, and this is why several companies host parties during the holidays to give employees a break. Games are one of the best things in parties. If you have been assigned to think and host games for the parties, do not fret – here is a list of office holiday party ideas to keep everyone entertained and involved, resulting in a fun and memorable day.

1. Celebrity Couples Guessing Game – This is a game that can be played right at the start of your office party. Prepare a list of celebrity couples like Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, Victoria Beckham and David Beckham, and Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake. You can even get pairs from famous movies like Jack and Rose (Titanic). Write the names of the celebrity in post-it notes, and all the guests should have one post-it note stuck on their back. Everyone has to find their celebrity pairing partner without asking for names. All that they are allowed to say are descriptions about the celebrity. Give a prize to the first few persons who can find their match. Continue giving small prizes for the others until everyone has found their pair. This is one of the best office holiday party ideas to make your guests talk to each other. It encourages shy people to mingle with everyone, and party butterflies to get to know even more people. At the end of the game, have them sit beside their partners, giving them more time to chat and get to know each other.

2. ‘First to Give Me’ Game – This game is best done when you sense that the party is starting to get dull. Games always catch people’s attention, and this will bring back the liveliness of your party. To play the game, just stand in front and give a prize to whoever can bring the item that you mention in front. Think of items that are not so common but would probably be present in your party. Some examples are pictures of pets, the oldest phone, discount coupons, shoelace, etc. This will make your guests search through their bags in order to win a prize! Tip: It’s better to have a prepared list of 10-15 items before the party starts. You can do sets of 3 or 4 whenever the party becomes slow.

3. Banned Hearts Game – If you are thinking of a game that can be played all throughout the party, this is a good one that you should definitely try. Prepare small hearts cut out. Stick it onto guests’ chests when they arrive. Post a list of banned words in a place that everyone can see. Whenever someone says a banned word, a guest can take that person’s heart. Whoever has the most heart by the end of the party wins the game and gets a prize. Some good examples of banned words are sexy, delicious, tired, but, call, no, best, and home.

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