How to Make Your Corporate Holiday Parties Engaging and Fun


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The holiday season is a time for celebration and spreading joy. Corporate holiday parties are a great way to boost morale, foster team spirit, and reward employees for a job well done. However, planning an engaging and fun party can be challenging. You want to ensure that your guests have a great time and reflect positively on the company. Luckily, at Wintrust Sports Complex in Chicago, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that can help make your corporate holiday parties unforgettable.

Plan a Theme for Your Party

Choosing a theme will help you create a cohesive look and feel for your event. It also makes it more exciting and gives employees a chance to get creative with their outfits. Consider a winter wonderland theme complete with snowflakes and icicles, a masquerade ball theme, or a traditional ugly sweater theme. Your event’s theme will guide everything from the decorations to the food, so make sure to choose something fun and fitting for your company’s culture.

Choose a Venue That Offers Fun Activities

Adding fun, interactive activities to your party can help break the ice and get everyone talking and having fun. At the Wintrust Sports Complex, we offer an array of entertaining activities suitable for all ages. Our family entertainment center is perfect for friendly competitions in the arcade or a game of laser tag between different departments in your company. We also have plenty of court space that provides a unique space for cheering on friendly company competitions and also conducting team-building activities.

Incorporate Fun Food and Drinks

Food is often the highlight of any event. Ensure that your menu is packed with delicious dishes and festive drinks that your guests will love. Offer creative holiday-themed beverages such as candy cane martinis, spiked cinnamon apple cider, and cranberry mimosas. When catering, provide a range of food options, including vegan and gluten-free dishes. Have dessert and sweets stations available to fully satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth.

Encourage Outgoing Behavior

As the host of the party, you’ll want to make sure your guests have fun and enjoy themselves. Encouraging outgoing behavior from your employees will help them feel more comfortable around each other, making the party livelier. You can do this by sharing your intentions and psyching them up for the event. When formalities are done away with, be sure to walk around and chat with your guests. Set up a photo booth, karaoke machines, and other activities that will encourage a relaxed atmosphere and more social interactions.

Show Your Appreciation

Your holiday party is an opportunity to express gratitude to your employees for all the hard work they have done for the year. Show your appreciation through kind words during speeches or thank-you notes given to everyone throughout the party. Give them small gifts such as gift cards, personalized mugs, or company-branded items they can use at home. In essence, make them feel valued and happy.

Holiday parties should be a fun and engaging occasion. With these tips and tricks, your corporate holiday party, hosted at the Wintrust Sports Complex in Chicago, is guaranteed to be a success. Remember that being present, having a positive attitude, and making sure your guests feel appreciated is the backbone of hosting a magnificent event. By creating a relaxed atmosphere with fun activities, food, and drinks, we ensure that your guests have a memorable time and experience.

Book yours today, and happy holidays from all of us at the Wintrust Sports Complex!