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5 party planning tips for office events

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Whether you’re planning your department’s monthly birthday celebration, a retirement bash or your company’s big anniversary party, you want to make sure the event is a success. Deanna Arnold, of Employers Advantage, offers five tips to help you out.

1.  Take company culture and circumstances into account. The first step is to make it appropriate. At some companies, a lunch or dinner event might be the best fit, while at others, a family day at an amusement park might be a better choice. Also consider the company’s current events to be sure you’re setting the right tone. For example, if there have been cost-cutting measures recently, throwing a huge bash could leave a negative impression.

2.  Be smart about serving alcohol. If you’ll be serving alcohol, also be sure to serve nonalcoholic drinks and plenty of food. You should have a car service or taxis lined up to offer safe rides to everyone. And you might want to consider using a drink ticket system to make sure guests don’t overindulge.

3.  Remember company policies. Remind attendees they need to remain professional and follow the rules while enjoying themselves with their colleagues.

4.  Use the celebration to recognize success. This is an ideal time to recognize employees or teams that have done a great job that month, quarter or year.

5.  Make it fun. The point of a party—even a work party—is to celebrate and have a great time!

— Adapted from “Tips for Planning the Company Holiday Party and End of Year Celebrations,” Deanna Arnold, Tire Review.

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