The Company Holiday Party Checklist!

Use our company holiday party planning checklist to mix and match different party elements to design a sparkling holiday party that best suits your team. View it below.



#1 Set A Date

  • Send a survey to employees with date options

  • Choose the date with the majority vote

  • Send a “save the date”

#2 Budget!

  • Determine the maximum budget

    • Rank party elements by priority (entertainment, food, etc.)

    • Allocate budget based on priority (25% for food, 40% for entertainment, etc.)

    • Set aside some extra—just in case!

#3 Choose A Type of Party

  • After-hours party

    • At-work celebration

    • Formal event

    • Casual affair

    • Themed party

    • Activity included (ice skating, lake cruise, game, craft, etc.)

    • Packaged party (organized by venue or party planner)

Tip: Consider the following: price, space, proximity to work, what is provided and what you will need to provide (furniture, staff, entertainment, equipment, cleanup service, etc.)


#4 Transportation

  • Ride-share credit (Lyft, Uber, etc.)

  • Hire a bus

  • Have a sign-up sheet for a carpool


#5 Food

  • Venue-provided food

  • Sit-down dinner with servers

  • Buffet

  • Floating appetizers (with wait staff or placed on a table?)

  • Potluck

Tip: Watch for allergies!


#6 Drinks
  • Open bar

  • Drink tickets

  • Just beer and wine

  • Holiday-themed cocktails

#7 Entertainment

  • High-energy beats for dancing

    • Low-key tunes

    • DJ

    • Live entertainment

    • A coworker’s awesome Spotify playlist

#8 Extras?

  • Photographer

    • Photobooth

    • Raffle

    • Time and space for “thank you” speeches

    • Holiday goody bags

    • Bounce house for kids

Do you have any tips for holiday parties? Comment below!


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