How to Throw a Family-Friendly Holiday Party?

Planning a corporate family-friendly holiday party

‘Tis the season to show your employees how much you appreciate them.  The best way to do this is to throw a family-friendly party at the end of the year (or even at the beginning of the new year if you have a busy December).  While it is an annual tradition for some companies, it is still a struggle to come up with great, new party ideas.

At Picnic People, fun-filled interactive events are our specialty, and you can bet your employees will appreciate a private company holiday party to finish off the year. To make a meaningful impact that will last the entire year, we’ve found that inviting families to your San Diego company holiday party is the way to go! Here’s why….

Why Plan a Family-Friendly Holiday Party?

Owners and managers almost always ask the question “Why should we plan an office holiday party?” There are two great reasons to host a holiday party for your employees.  

First, most of your employees are running on empty at this stage of the year, with some potentially feeling overworked and under-appreciated. With the holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect time to show them how much you appreciate their hard work by throwing them a fun party to blow off steam and relieve stress before vacation.  

Second, the company holiday party is the best time to communicate your company culture in a very meaningful and memorable way. And the best way to do this is by inviting families and significant others to the festivities.

As a business, employee appreciation events present the perfect opportunity to remind and reinforce company values. Including families is the perfect way to communicate these values and the best part is that the families will also gain a deeper appreciation for the company.

Location, Location, Location!

How much fun would it be to transform your office into a winter wonderland full of fun and engaging activities, entertainment and delicious holiday food and beverages? If you have space inside your company building or in your parking lot, then hosting your employee holiday party onsite is always a great idea. 

Create a very strong message of unity by inviting families to see their loved ones workplace. Hosting events onsite also helps to create a closer tie and emotional connection with the company as the memories of the parties will live long in the minds of all the attendees. 

The Event Coordinators at Picnic People have an extensive list of themes, activities, entertainment, and other options that will transform your everyday office into an inviting place for fun events. 

Does your company have enough space for an onsite holiday party?  If not there are so many great venues or parks with covered space throughout San Diego.  We can help you choose the perfect location to fit your group size and activities.

Refreshments For the Whole Family 

Fun themed food and beverage options are perfect for any holiday party! And with the right selections, you will get everyone excited before the event even starts. At Picnic People, we excel at making every detail of your event perfectly customized to your company and event theme. Here are some great options to consider for your holiday party!

  • Beverages 

Consider adding our gourmet hot cocoa bar to your event complete with mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and mini candy cane stir sticks. Other beverages options perfect for adults and kids are our hot cider station and gourmet coffee bar. As a fully licensed special events company, we also offer bar service complete with themed holiday beverages like Hot Toddies, Holiday Sangria, and other great options!

  • Food Stations

Bring holiday dinner to your event with holiday-themed food stations like our build-your-own mac and cheese station. Watch as your guests dive in and make the ultimate mac and cheese creation with a variety of toppings including bacon pieces, chives, breadcrumbs, and a variety of cheeses, making it perfect for both kids and adults.

We also suggest tantalizing your holiday taste buds with have our famous holiday dinner sliders! Built for your guests and ready to grab-and-go, these sliders have tender slow-roasted turkey, holiday stuffing, cranberry sauce, and garlic aioli stacked high on a dinner roll. 

These are just a few suggestions, and we always suggest working with our experienced Picnic People Event Coordinators to craft your unique party menu from our wide range of offerings. To learn more about our themed menus and menu additions visit our website.

Fun and Engaging Activities and Entertainment

When planning your company holiday party, your priority should be to ensure the event is filled with fun and memorable activities and entertainment for kids and adults alike. The best way to make this happen is by choosing the right activities and entertainment for your group.  How do you do that you ask? Well, that’s another one of our specialties. Here a few to get you started!  

  • Holiday Crafts 

Stocking, ornament and wreath decorating stations are great selections when planning holiday events that include families. These craft activity stations should always be supervised, and our fun, friendly event staff is experienced in working with kids. Your employees will also appreciate activities that occupy the kids’ time so parents can mingle.

  • Capture the Event with Photo Sessions

As a way to relive your event throughout the year, we suggest capturing both posed and candid images of your event. Event photographers are great and a photo booth allows your guests to get dressed up and be silly. 

Pictures with Santa are the perfect way to create a memorable holiday scene. Your employees will appreciate family photos with Santa set up and ready to snap. Also, in our experience, employees without children enjoy getting pictures with co-workers and Santa to post at their desks for memories that last all year!  

  • Big Time Fun! 

Are you looking for ways to really impress your employees? Here at Picnic People, we have awesome holiday-themed entertainment options including faux ice skating rinks and real snow sledding hills that we bring directly to you.  Don’t forget the music! We have bands and DJs that will get all your guests dancing or singing along to their favorite holiday songs. Ask your Picnic People Event Coordinator what’s possible and don’t be surprised when the answer is “anything and everything!” 

Now you are ready to plan the perfect holiday party!  Keep in mind that a successful employee event won’t only boost morale but also create tremendous positive word-of-mouth about the company by providing lasting memories.

At Picnic People, we love the motto ‘Work Hard, Play Harder,’ and that’s precisely why we are motivated to provide the best family-friendly company events in San Diego! If you plan on making your company’s family-friendly holiday party a smashing success, contact Picnic People now.

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