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10 Ideas for Your Office Holiday Party

November 9, 2022

In just this year alone, the number of businesses and organizations planning virtual events has doubled. With the huge spike remote work, most people report that virtual event planning helps keep teams connected and engaged.

However, one study found that many event organizers are struggling with the fact that many people are getting bored with the same types of standard events and virtual calls.  Keeping team building activities for work fun, engaging, and focused on team building is the key to finding virtual event ideas that are enjoyable and valuable for everyone. One way to mix things up is by offering seasonal events so you’re not repeating any evergreen ones any time soon.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 holiday team building activities & events to celebrate the season with your team.

1. Evergreen Wreath Decorating

Create a lush and vibrant evergreen wreath with your team. Add premium natural decoratitive elements while learning floral techniques to create an experience that is unique and memorable.

2. Classic Gingerbread Chateau

This isn’t your typical gingerbread house! Create a delicious gingerbread masterpiece complete with candy decor. Our expert tips and tricks ensure a fun and successful experience. 

3. Holiday Trivia

Celebrate the season with a fun, interactive trivia event. Done virtually or in person, we can customize trivia games to add fun  trivia about your team or end of year stats! 

4. Birch Box Centerpiece

Build an evergreen centerpiece that will be the talk of every holiday party. These boxes smell as good as they look!

5. Holiday Cupcake Decorating

This delicious event is the perfect way to start your year end celebration. Decorate your cake and eat it too. Our expert pastry chef will teach you techniques to make your colorful cupcakes look as good as they taste! Ship your remote team their own seperate kits or decorate together in person!

6. Glass Ornament Painting

Paint your own ornaments. This event allows for plenty of socialization among team members while you let your creativity flow.

7. Charcuterie Board Tasting

Snack on a premium pre-cut charcuterie board while we discuss the basics of curating and creating your own board. From flavor pairing ideas to prep and planning and serving presentation, you’ll be a pro party planner in no time!

8. Holiday Cookie Decorating

Decorate cookies together from the comfort of your home or all together in a cookie extravaganza! Our expert will lead you through unique and easy designs that will wow your guests- and taste great too!

9. Chunky Knit Blanket

It’s cozy season! Take a break to learn to create your own Chunky Knit Blanket! Pick your yarn color and learn to knit by hand- no needles or experience required!

10. Grapevine Wreath Making

Decorate a grapevine wreath that you can use year after year for a memorable team building event that doubles as a holiday gift for your team!

 

Whether in person or virtual, the time to plan your holiday party is now! So don’t wait- contact us to get started with your booking today! 

 

FAQ

What are the four main types of team-building activities?

Team building activities generally fall into the following four main categories:

  • Team Social – these are activities that usually center around food & bev where the structure is quite loose and casual.  Think of your typical Happy Hour and this is it.  Planning socials are generally quite straightforward.
  • Team Outing – these usually include an activity that involves specialized equipment, location or setting.  For example, bowling, baseball games, movie screening, Go-Kart racing or ski trips.  Organizing these events vary in complexity depending on how far you have to travel and the amount of prep needed by each individual to participate.
  • Skill Building – these activities generally involve problem solving or working together to achieve a common goal.  Examples include communication workshops, escape rooms, bridge or tower building competitions.
  • Interest-based Experiences – these activities are based on interest expressed by the employee base and can range from personal interests like making succulent terrariums, to seasonal interests like wreath-making during the holiday season.  Organizing successful interest-based experiences takes thoughtful planning, employee surveys and finding subject matter experts to facilitate the experience.  Garden Streets specializes in interest-based activities and offers 5-star experiences in categories such as food & bev, arts & crafts, seasonal & holiday and more.  Booking is easy.  Just give us a shout via our Contact Us form and we’ll be in touch shortly.
What are good team bonding ideas?

Team bonding is all about sharing common experiences.  There are so many things teams can do together, but the best types for bonding are ones that are inclusive, meaningful, fun and ideally have something that’s physical, via physical activities or making something with hands. 

All Garden Streets events are designed with these characteristics in mind.  Many teams report that their employees continue to talk about and share what they made during the event, long after the event date!

Here are some of our top recommendations:

  • Succulent terrarium building
  • Watercolor painting 
  • Modular origami (or Dollar Bill Origami)
  • Make-your-own wreath
  • Gingerbread house decorating
  • Birdhouse making
  • Collaborative mural painting
  • Bonsai tree 101
  • Houseplants 101
  • Laughter yoga with a drag queen

Talk to our team for personalized recommendations for your team!

What are 7 team building strategies?

We have been working with hundreds of companies on team building and would summarize our recommended strategy to the following 7 steps:

  • Discovery.  This step is all about understanding where the team needs.  Is it a cohort of new employees who need to meet others?  Is it a team that has recently faced some challenges and needs to regroup?
  • Ideation.  This step is to ideate ways to address the needs of the team.  This may take the form of surveys and / or brainstorming sessions.  The goal here is to involve everyone in the acknowledgement that team building is needed and to get their thoughts on how they’d like to do it.  
  • Exploration.  This step is about taking the ideas and exploring the solutions.  For example, if the team is looking to get to know each other better (discovery) and is interested in doing some fun activities together (ideation), this step of exploration is all about finding potential activities and vendors.
  • Commitment.  This step is to commit to doing something, let it be a single event, or “we will do monthly events for a year”.  Taking such a step also involves commitment in resources (budget and time).
  • Planning.  Now it’s down to planning the schedule for events and teams, talking to vendors to get availability and pricing, etc.  Depending on the level of commitment, this may mean multiple events, multiple vendors and requires dedicated personnel to manage. 
  • Implementation.  This step is for booking events, coordinating calendar invites, venues, shipping (for remote team members to get materials) and actually putting the ‘show’ on!
  • Evaluation.  This step is about doing post-event surveys so you know how it went and what can be done differently.  The data from this step becomes input during the next discovery phase and completes the loop for building amazing teams.

Garden Streets can help with all of the above!  Contact us!

 

What is an example of team building?

Team building is when people get together, do something and get to know each other better.  The goal is for everyone to enjoy each other’s company in a non-work setting so the good will will translate into the workplace.  There is a saying that “To know someone is to love someone”.  In the professional setting, it translates to “people work better together when they know and trust each other”.  

Some of our favorite team building events include:

  • Icebreakers – Two Truths and a Lie
  • Potluck – great way to try out each other’s favorite foods and culinary traditions
  • Garden together – getting your hands dirty together and back to the roots is a great way to create and build something (a garden) that’s fulfilling.  Garden Streets specializes in gardening and nature events with kits for herb gardens, wreath making, succulent terrariums and more.
  • Laugh together – Do a Laughter Yoga and enjoy each other’s laughter.  It is indeed the best medicine and can boost moods for multiple days!
  • Paint together – Be collaborative and make a piece of art together that can be displayed in the lobby or other white walls around the office.  This is not only a great team-building event, but also a great way to celebrate team achievements and activate the company brand.
  • Walk together – Doing walking challenges is a great way to build healthy habits while spending time together in small groups.  Walking relaxes the mind and is easily accessible to employees, wherever they are. 
  • Celebrate together – Holiday or seasonal themed events are excellent for getting people together around a common topic.  Ask each other their favorite Halloween costumes, favorite candy, or New Year’s traditions. 
How do I make Friday fun at work?

The end of the week is a special time.  People are generally in a good mood looking forward to a weekend of relaxation.  Perhaps they feel proud of all that they’ve accomplished during the week.  It’s a great time to bring the team together.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Share “Rose, Thorn and Bud” with each other.  Rose is something that went well during the week.  Thorn is something that didn’t go as well.  Bud is something that you’re looking forward to.
  • Catered lunch or go out for a team lunch at a local restaurant.  Free food is always welcome!  Take it up a notch and add some treats and fun activities like Cookie Decorating.
  • Send a surprise gift.  This could be something as small as a pack of cookies or cash to spend on a movie during the weekend, or something more substantial like a surprise kit to make something together as a team. 
  • Do a fun activity together with a wellness and hands-on aspect.  Activities like watercolor painting, laughter yoga or making a succulent terrarium are very enjoyable to do together and provides fond memories going into the weekend and beyond!
  • Run a raffle based on things that people do during the week, such as recycling or turning lights off in the office to save energy.  
  • Do a fun office-themed trivia game.
  • Have a board game ‘night’ where groups get together to play board games.
  • Have a ping pong tournament.  Ping pong is a fast sport and can be played during the week, with the finalists getting together for a ‘showdown’ on Friday.
  • Team outing such as baseball game or movie screening. 
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