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Question: Tell us about the best holiday season party you ever planned for your office. What food, games or decorations made it memorable?

We’ll publish the best ideas in an upcoming issue of Personal Report for the Administrative Professional.

Thank you!  -- Alice Bumgarner, Editor


We have an annual Christmas Party away from work with 10 manager and spouses/significant others. Last year we made a poster of baby pictures and you had to guess who was who. I also got secret info on each and you had to put the info with the correct person. Examples, I was a clown, my first job was cleaning horse stalls, etc. We also had one line of a Christmas Carol and you had to guess the song so we ended up singing the songs. Everyone loved it.

I collected baby photos from the spouses of our board of directors. Purchased some Christmas material and covered a posterboard in the shape of a Christmas Tree and taped the back of the photos onto the board and sat this display on a reserved table along with 3 gifts to be given to the winners who scored the most points. There were points for each photo as some were so obvious. This was something that went on during the meal, dance and the blackjack games. I had two tables set up for blackjack and the restaurant agreed to have two of its employees be dealers. They provided the chips and blackjact table covers. No money was involved. Just chips good toward a gift certificate to the two highest money winners. Then an hour prior to the events' end, I asked everyone to check under their chairs for a number. That number corresponded with the number of the centerpieces we purchased for each table. It was hilarious to see the adults scrambling to check their seats. Other events used by other planners in past years of the Holiday Party was to gather funny gifts that fit an individual such as in the case where one of our employees moved around so quickly on his feet that most people would tell him to slow down. His gag gift that year was a hard hat with red and blue twirling lights and a bicyle horn. He was known to knock down someone coming around a corner and today, he still has not slowed down. The planner picked about 6 people to pick on. That was really hilarious. For other ideas on this type of game, please contact me via my email.

I'm in the process of planning an awesome non-holiday party (trying to be politically correct here) in early November. We're bringing two sister companies together for one big bash. The theme is "Topaz Masquerade" ... Topaz is the birthstone for November and Masquerade is the theme.

It will be held on a Friday evening at a local well-known museum, which will keep their gallery open an extra hour for our employees to tour. Then in their private event area, we'll have casino tables, open bar, buffet dinner, and a live auction (from the chips they win at the tables). We also hired an entertainment firm for the fun and games portion. Games like "Let's Make a Deal" to musical chairs to being single or being married will earn the guests action dollars; then they trade in their action money for raffle tickets for awesome prizes.

After we posted the "save the date" announcements, the employees are already RSVP'ing to attend with their spouses!!

Our employees have worked so hard to make our company successful, that we decided that we're going all out for them.

One of the best Christmas parties was for a large company with 7 vice presidents. The president asked each VP dress in a Santa outfit; then they all sang to the rest of the company with great fanfare through the karoake set-up available. The karoake was the best thing for that large company. Entire departments got up and sang. The catering company provided funny hats and props for the singers to wear and carry (like banjos, guitars, etc.). The employees really got into it.

One funny part was having the numbers of about 20 items we raffled off put inside of helium balloons attached to a wooden Christmas tree. When someone's name was called, they threw a dart at the tree and got the prize in whichever balloon they hit. It seemed like a good idea in theory, but the numbers in the balloons were small and light. When the balloon popped, the number went flying - some of them went behind the stage or disappeared into the decorations. The H.R. Vice President, in his Santa suit, made a great show of searching for the numbers. It kept the whole room laughing.

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