company christmas parties

  1. Hi there - this might be the lamest thread ever but I could really use some suggestions. I am charged with planning our company's Christmas party this year. It's a major pain in the A$$ cuz our employees range in age from 21 to 65, and have completely different tastes, styles etc. We've done the fancy restaurant dinners etc. but they're so generic and boring. I would love to do a sort of activity, like dinner theater, but that can get pricey. We have about 30 employees and we do it on a Friday afternoon, so SO's aren't involved.

    Anything you can suggest - stuff that's worked for your co. I appreciate it BIG TIME! :flowers:
     
  2. The company I worked for last year, held the company christmas party at this upscale bowling alley/restaurant/bar. It was so much fun. It was Called Lucky Strike, and I know those are nationwide, so if there's one near you. Maybe you could rent out a Japanese steak house with Habatchi's. those are always fun too.
     
  3. Secret Santa

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    My dad's tennis group does a Yankee Swap

    In Yankee Swap each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and places it in a designated area. Guests are given numbers as they arrive, or their names are randomly drawn, and they select and unwrap gifts from the pile in that order — with a twist.
    The person who receives the number 1 will pick a gift (that is not their own) from the pile and open it for all to see (or models it, reads it, or demos it). During the selection of a wrapped gift, the participant may visually inspect the gifts, pick them up and/or gently shake them.
    The person who receives number 2 then chooses a gift and opens it, and then must decide whether to keep it or swap it for the first player’s gift. Each person in order then gets to select a present, open it and decide whether to keep it or swap it for any other gift someone has already opened.
    Opening of gifts and swapping takes place until all the presents have been chosen. Finally, the person who picked first gets to choose from all the gifts or keep what he/she has already received. In the end, the gift you are holding is the gift you take home.
     
  4. My dad's come home with mugs, chocolates, pancake house certificates . . . . . .
     
  5. Just do that, Christmas cookies and a punchbowl of 'nog and you're golden.
     
  6. My company is large but we had a GREAT time two years ago when the theme was the 1920s...everyone dressed up in 20s clothing, there was bathtub gin (a "speakeasy", casino gambling (not real money) and of course food.

    It was SO much fun. Even really conservative folks loved it because "dressing up" doesn't actually require much of a costume with 20s garb.
     
  7. murder mystery