How to plan the ultimate staff holiday party in 2020

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By Rosana Beechum

If the idea of throwing a holiday party for your staff this year sounds very difficult, then you aren’t the only person who feels this way. Holiday parties are usually one of the most fun events of the year as this is where the team and various departments can come together and have some fun. However, with most of the country on lockdown, holiday parties aren’t going to be what they usually are this year.

However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great time to round off 2020. Below, we are going to offer some tips to help you plan the ultimate holiday party in 2020. Read on to find out more.

Start planning now

While many companies start planning their holiday parties months in advance to secure the right venue, this year has been a bit different. Most places are closed and so bookings are not being taken at the best venues. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start planning in advance. You need to give your staff enough notice for the event and make sure that they can attend. Start planning now so that you can send out the invitations as soon as possible.

Set a budget

The budget for this year’s holiday party might be a bit lower than in previous years for obvious reasons. However, you will still need to make sure that you have a budget in mind before you book anything. Virtual parties and some of the other ideas that we’ll cover below don’t come free so you need to make sure that you can afford to treat your team without leaving anyone out. Figure out the budget and use this to make the right calls.

Go virtual

Virtual parties have already proven extremely popular this year and so this is something that we are expecting to see at many office holiday parties. When you are looking for ideas for this year’s office Christmas party, you’ll find that most of them involve a video call of some sort. The good news is that you don’t have to do a quiz, there are a few more options. Why not consider a murder mystery party or even a virtual escape room?

Send hampers

If you are hoping to plan the ultimate holiday party in 2020 for your team, you need to think about sending some hampers. Usually, office holiday parties will involve lots of alcohol and a meal. However, this isn’t something that is always possible when the party is virtual. For this reason, we recommend that you send some hampers to your team filled with goodies. You can also send some food delivery vouchers so that you can treat them to a takeaway meal on the night.

Dress up

Finally, when planning your holiday party, don’t forget to remind your team to dress up for the occasion. If everyone is at home in their pyjamas, you could find that the party doesn’t have quite the atmosphere that you had hoped. Try to get your team to dress up in festive costumes or even go for fancier attire. This will add to the festive spirit and it will feel much more like a holiday party!

Get planning

If you haven’t yet started planning your office holiday party, you should use the tips that we have given you in this article. Think about how you can turn a virtual party into something really special that your team remember for ever.


Rosana Beechum is a business and marketing undergraduate from Nottingham Trent University from the UK, who is attempting to share her knowledge through writing articles for small business owners.

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