For some people, it’s something to celebrate, while for others it’s something to dread. Your annual company holiday party cruise can do a lot for your employees’ morale, provided it’s done right. When everything comes together, your holiday bash can be a well-deserved reward for a job well done. But getting it right takes planning, creativity and an attention to detail. Skyline Cruises can help make that happen. We’ve been hosting all types of events since 1993. We know how to make your party memorable, and not just because you’ll be seeing some of the most breathtaking sights the world’s greatest city has to offer. So we’d like to offer you these 5 tips on creating a better company holiday party.
Choose a Theme
Having a theme for your party is a great way to get your employees in a festive mood and there are many different themes to choose from. You can have a winter wonderland theme party with snowflake and icicle decorations and all white decor. Your company can build a theme around your favorite holiday movie or TV special. Another possibility is to do something that’s a bit offbeat like an ugly holiday sweater party. Or you might consider doing something in the spirit of the holiday season like raising money for a worthy cause. Skyline offers packages for a variety of different fundraisers.
Allow Significant Others and Family
Even though your employees work together on a daily basis, seeing them outside of work in a social setting creates a different dynamic. You can increase the comfort level of your guests by adding “plus one” to their invitation. If you have the budget, invite your employees’ family. It builds spirit and morale to be as inclusive as possible, so try to invite as many people who’ve contributed to your organization’s success as possible. Don’t forget part-timers and interns. Skyline can accommodate you. Our luxury cruise ship, the Skyline Princess is Coast Guard certified to hold up to 450 guests.
Stay Organized and Keep Track of Guests
If you’re in charge of organizing your company’s holiday party, you’ll learn right away that it’s very different from a house party with a group of friends. You’ll need to take the time to make sure everyone who needs to be invited is on the guest list. You have to make sure the invitations are sent out 21 days in advance. Details are important. You must specify the particulars of the RSVP, start time, end time, and who is invited. And that’s not even getting into all of the other logistics and details. The Zenefits blog has published a checklist to help you keep up with all of the moving parts.
Have Fun and Reward Employees
A big reason you’re holding your party in the first place is to express appreciation for a job well done. So employees should be recognized. Try to give each of them a gift from the company. If you can afford to give employees bonuses, you might consider announcing it at the party. Having a company officer give a speech to acknowledge individual contributions is a good idea. But it’s not just about the formal recognition. You want upbeat entertainment. Combined with your holiday party’s theme, a good DJ with a strong playlist can make for a fun night.
Book Your Holiday Party on a Skyline Cruise
Booking an office holiday party with Skyline Cruises can take an awful lot of the worry out of your planning. You don’t have to worry about a venue. Our yacht is climate controlled and sails year round. We have a caterer on board and we offer packages for whatever type of event you’re planning. Skyline will make your event festive, to book your party, contact us today.