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Gino Spano

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and you’re trying to plan the perfect party for your organization. One of the best things you can do to ease the planning process is to pick a theme. A theme can guide all of your choices, from venue to decorations to food.

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Because it’s a corporate event, however, you want to keep things both simple and elegant. You know some themes require a lot of work to pull off, while others can feel quite kitschy or even childish. These five themes are not only elegant but they’re also easy to pull off.

1. A Simple Colour Scheme Is One of the Classic Corporate Holiday Party Themes

A colour scheme may not sound like much of a “theme,” per se, but it can be the guide to tie all elements of the holiday party together.

This is also probably the simplest of corporate holiday party themes, and it usually requires minimal effort to pull off. A black-and-white theme is quite elegant, and you can even work it into the menu options. Think dark chocolate bites and a white frosted cake.

Everything from decorations to attire to food can tie back into a colour scheme.

2. Host a Winter Wonderland as Your Theme

You don’t need piles of fake snow or an inflatable snow globe to make the party venue feel like a winter wonderland. A few tasteful decorations and a predominately white-and-blue colour scheme can loan the indoors a delightfully wintry air.

Think about snowflake motifs for table centrepieces or ceiling decorations. You might also choose simple crepe streamers in white, blue, or silver. Silver bells and frosted glass or faux branches can add some additional winter flavour to the scene, without any extra clean-up.

3. Try a Cozy Alpine Retreat

If you’d prefer to leave the frightful weather outside, think about cozying up indoors with an après ski or alpine retreat as a simple and elegant corporate theme for this year’s holiday party.

To create this option, think about candles, an indoor fireplace, and a rustic look with logs and exposed wood. The right venue might make this theme even easier to pull off.

Your menu could focus on classic Alpine cuisine, such as fondue and hearty soups. Serve up hot chocolate, warm cider, or mulled wine alongside other fireside favourites.

4. Think about International Traditions

Some of the most elegant corporate holiday party themes come from holiday traditions around the world. Consider introducing an international flavour in your theme. Encourage employees to share their favourite traditions, or research some yourself.

The easiest way to incorporate this theme is through food. Take a look at your holiday party menu, and see what traditional holiday dishes make the cut. There may be a unique Mexican dish or appetizers from the Philippines you can bring to the table.

Other traditions can include decorations and even games.

5. Plan a Tropical Escape

Maybe you and your employees would rather think about summery weather and sunny destinations than the wintry weather outside. Many people would, which is why a tropical island getaway is one of the most popular corporate holiday party themes.

Creating a tropical feel is easy enough. Think about leis and flowers, as well as some tropical plants or palm fronds. Greens, bright pinks and oranges, and even a touch of turquoise can make your venue feel more like the beach.

Your menu can also reflect this tropical escape, incorporating classic beachy cocktails and staples of Caribbean cooking.

Corporate holiday party themes don’t need to be overwrought or kitschy to work. In fact, they can be both simple and elegant. Best of all, they make the party more fun.


Gino Spano

Starting with roots in a kitchen at 14 years old, he worked his way up the ranks and by the young age of 17 was responsible for daily events of 50 to 600 people. Gino continued to use his talents to work in catering, banquet and restaurant kitchens across the GTA. His love for Italian, French and Asian cuisine paired with his wide variety of knowledge brought him success in his new venture at Seventh Heaven in 2001. Over the past 12 years, he has cooked many meals for social events, corporate events and government officials. His love for new challenges brought him into corporate sales where he and the Seventh Heaven team won Best Catered Event for Canadian Linen’s “The Great White North” – Facility Grand Opening in 2009.
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