Hosting a business holiday party!

The holidays are here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We love this time of year for a number of reasons; it’s a time to rejoice, spread cheer, be appreciative for family and coworkers and the other small things we can take for granted.

As a small business, we understand the importance of a great holiday party during the end of the year. It’s a great time to start thinking about hosting a business holiday party.

These are the dos and don’ts of business holiday party etiquette and the tips to throwing the best party.

Hosting the best party

As a business owner, you CAN host the best holiday party! Think of your employees and how hard they’ve worked this year, what kind of party would they appreciate?

The first item on the list to ask yourself the why of the party. Once you understand why you want to throw this party, you’ll be able to plan a great one.

It’s important to choose a time before the holidays. This time of year is hard for everyone with traveling and family events, make sure it works for the majority. You could shut-down early on a weekday and have the party then or find a time on a weekend that works for everyone.

Another idea is to hire an event planner. This can take the stress away from you and let someone else host the party. If you call in an event planner, make sure you know how many people will be coming. Are significant others and family members allowed or is it just a small company party?

Business party etiquette

1. Respond to the invitation. Whether it’s a calendar invite, a memo or word of mouth just respond. You need to let someone know you’re showing up or not showing up. A certain number of food, drinks and other items have been ordered with responses. As Sharon Schweitzer states, “as much as you may not wish to attend, you must. Attendance is practically mandatory - failing to go to the annual holiday party sends a negative message.” People will notice if you’re missing from the party!  

2. Ask if you can bring a guest. More than often, if you ask to bring a loved one or significant other no one will mind. It’s important to just ask in advance, so food and items can be arranged for this person. 

3. No office gossip! It’s time to forget about the office atmosphere and work life for a couple hours and hangout with everyone! Don’t complain about Janet and her smelly food. Keep the mood light hearted and enjoy the fun.

4. Always say “thank you.” Depending on the size of the party, say thank you to the following people:

  • The event planners
  • Servers and bartenders
  • Upper management
  • CEOs and CFOs

Saying thank you to these people and others shows your gratitude!

A business holiday party doesn’t need to be anything extravagant. No matter what the party is, all employees will appreciate this time. Remember employees the dos and don'ts of business holiday party etiquette this year!  


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