‘Tis the season! Hosting your holiday office party at the office? Make the occasion feel festive with these holiday office party planning tips, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Moe’s Southwest Grill.

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Holiday Office Party Invitations: Set Your Style

With a bit of extra effort put into planning, office holiday parties can be a sleigh full of fun. First, decide what kind of celebration you want: Elegant and classy? Wacky and fun? Hip and retro? Find an invitation style that best suits your celebration style and the rest of your party will fall into place. 

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Pro tip: Mix it up by setting an unexpected theme for your party. Ugly sweater is a classic, but you can always start your own office holiday tradition: ugly hat, karaoke, holiday fiesta. Go with a theme that best fits your crowd.

Holiday Office Party Food: Festive Food, Festive Mood

The centerpiece of an office holiday party is often the menu, so research your catering options to find the right fit for your team and budget. Moe’s Southwest Grill offers a make-your-own fajita bar with options to satisfy all palates and food preferences — plus, it’s easy to calculate the per-person cost.

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Invest in some serving dishes that match your theme to spruce up your table presentation and make your guests feel more at home during a work function.

A salsa bar and Mexican hot chocolate station add special touches that create more spaces to mix and mingle.

Evite Holiday Office Party

Evite Holiday Office Party

Holiday Office Party Decorations: Make It Magical

Simple string lights dress up conference rooms and tables, while decorations hanging from ceiling tiles can instantly transform even the most boring everyday space. Collecting simple holiday-inspired items from around the house can lend a warm, cozy feeling to the office — think plaid blankets, antique lanterns, pine cones or branches.

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Don’t have a big budget or much time? Even a simple red tablecloth and paper snowflakes cut from printer paper add to a holiday mood.

Pro tip: Use the office projector to screen a classic holiday movie or slideshow of company photos from throughout the year. Both can act as conversation starters and entertainment while people eat.

Holiday Office Party Activities: The Gift of Giving

A gift exchange provides a fun focus to your party.  Whether you’re planning a secret Santa, white elephant or gift exchange related to your party’s theme, encourage involvement from all your guests. Be sure to set a reasonable price limit on gifts (and have a few extra on hand for those who might forget).

Food pantry donations and toy drives offer an additional (or alternative) party activity that also gives back to your community. Have guests bring toys for a local charity along with a roll of wrapping paper or ribbon and turn your event into a gift-wrapping party.

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Holiday Office Party Playlist: Not Your Accountant’s Holiday Party

Consider finding a volunteer DJ for the party who can play requests from an online streaming service or simply play your own playlist from a laptop. You can also collect favorite holiday tunes from co-workers in advance of the party and create a custom playlist to share with the team after the party ends.

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Pro tip: A modestly priced external speaker with built-in, rechargeable batteries can pump up your tunes without breaking the bank (or cluttering your party space with cables). Consider investing in a wireless model to use at all your office parties throughout the year. 

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