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Paul Spano

You’ve booked the venue, finalized the guest list, and worked side by side with your caterer to create a fantastic menu for your upcoming corporate holiday party. You’re in communication with your event coordinator to finalize details about decorations and the theme of the party.

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Now you’re wondering about entertainment. What will your guests do at the party? Sure, there will be food and drinks, and you want them to mix and mingle with each other in a relaxed atmosphere. You also know they’ll want something fun to do.

Why not test out one of these unique holiday party ideas? Since the event is a corporate one, you’ll need to keep the entertainment appropriate. Maybe you like a popular comedian but their routine is known to be offensive, so they might not be the best option. The following ideas are both entertaining and safe for all of your employees.

Book Local Talent for Your Holiday Party

This is a tried-and-true idea for most corporate holiday parties. You can book a local band, a singer, or even a DJ to get the party started. You’ll want to be sure you set the playlist, but any of these options can be great fun.

If you’re hoping to branch out more, you might want to consider booking another type of local talent. You could consider a dance troupe, a comedian, or another entertainer.

Host a Talent Show

You probably have a talented bunch of people working for you, but do any of them have talents outside of their jobs? You might be surprised to learn who plays guitar, who dances, and who sings.

A talent show can be a great way for your employees to both entertain and be entertained at the holiday party. Be sure to vet the acts before they go on-stage, and encourage everyone to throw their hat in the ring. Karaoke is another enjoyable alternative.

Have Your Employees Decorate Cookies

Here’s another fun and unique idea for your holiday event this year. Why not combine your dessert table with a fun and creative activity? Cookie or cupcake decorating can be an engaging activity for your employees, and they get to eat what they create afterwards too.

Incorporate Arts and Crafts

In the same vein as dessert-decorating, you can also incorporate some arts and crafts for your employees. They could create small ornaments, or maybe you’d like to try out a paint-night style event.

You could also hire a local artist to draw caricatures or create custom paintings for your employees. This can be quite entertaining to watch, and your employees can go home with a unique party favour.

Have a Charity Auction or Raffle

Silent auctions and raffles are always great inclusions for office parties. You might want to book additional entertainment as well, but giving your employees the chance to bid on prizes or enter into draws can be a great way to keep them entertained and do something good for the charities in your local community.

Hire Bartenders to Add Flair to Drinks

If your party will have a bar or be serving up custom drinks, be sure to hire some professional bartenders. They can add an element of performance and drama to the simple act of creating a cocktail or mocktail.

Ask your caterer about this option if it sounds like something that might appeal to you and your guests.

You Can Book Multiple Acts

As you think about the entertainment for your holiday party, don’t limit yourself to one thing or another. Why can’t you have bartenders and a local performer? The only thing to keep in mind is your budget and the length of the party.

One or two entertainment acts are usually sufficient, but a little thought and consideration will go a long way to keeping everyone entertained.

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Paul Spano

With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Paul was the driving force that brought Seventh Heaven together back in 2001. Having started his career in the kitchen, Paul’s passion and thirst for knowledge helped him move quickly through the ranks. He is now Seventh Heaven’s Senior Sales Consultant, Event Planner, and Director of Venue Development. Managing different venues that seat 750 to 1800 guests, Paul brings exceptional operational skills to his role. No matter what you envision or what your dreams and desires are, Paul makes them a reality by getting it done. According to Paul, there is no greater joy than surpassing all of your clients’ and guests’ expectations. His expertise and passion make him one of the pillars of Seventh Heaven.
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