Things to Consider When Planning a Company Holiday Party

Even if you’ve mastered the art of working virtually, you know that having a party virtually just isn’t the same. If you’re bringing the company holiday party back in person this year, we have a few tips to help you make it one of the best so far!

The first thing to consider is the event space. This will mostly depend on the size of your party and how casual or formal you want it to be.


If you’re hosting a large event, or one that requires space for an activity, here are some spaces that may work:

  • Local Event Venues
  • Ice Arena
  • Concert Hall


Here are some options for smaller events:

  • The Office
  • Somebody’s Home
  • Community Center
  • Local Bar or Restaurant

2. Entertainment

Hiring entertainment is great for getting large crowds together, and for smaller parties, providing simple entertainment is perfect for getting everyone involved.

Here are some entertainment ideas for a large or small company party:

  • Ice Skating
  • Live Band
  • DJ or Spotify Playlist
  • Hypnotist Show
  • Comedy Show
  • Murder Mystery Game
  • Escape Room

Every holiday party needs food, but what kind of food you have will depend on the time the party is scheduled for. Here are some ideas:

  • Appetizers (Either buffet style or served throughout the venue.)
  • Buffet Dinner
  • Plated Meal
  • Snack Foods

4. Drinks

If you decide to have alcoholic drinks on top of non-alcoholic ones, keep in mind that your event venue may have limitations on what can be served and how it can be served. With that in mind, here are some options:

  • Open Bar
  • Drink Tickets
  • Bottled Wine
  • Keg Beer
  • Pre-Mixed Drinks (Served in carafes.)
  • Bottles & Cans

5. Extras

There are some extra perks that can be added as a “thank you” to employees for their hard work over the past year. These could also double as Christmas party gifts!

  • Paid Transportation (This could be a code for prepaid Uber or Lyft rides, a shuttle or party bus, or even a limo if you want to go all out.)
  • Gift Bags
  • Raffle Prizes

Take-Home Food (This could be something like local meats, cheeses, baked goods, etc. that employees can take home to enjoy with their families later.)

However you plan your company holiday party, the most important part is that you get together to connect with the people you work with… especially if you’ve been working remotely this year!

If you’re looking for an event venue for your holiday party you can schedule a tour at or by calling (319) 261-0345. Our space is big enough for up to 275 people and we’d love to help you host an amazing party this year!

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