The New Type of Holiday Party

Five tips for revamping your holiday celebration

Between the corporate bashes, the parties for friends and neighbors, and the family get-togethers that are all rampant this time of year, it’s likely that your attendees will be going to multiple celebrations over the course of the holiday season—not just yours. That means you can’t throw a holiday event like all the others. Sure, make-your-own gingerbread house stations and ugly sweater contests can be fun; that’s why they’re popular. But relying on these tried-and-true themes runs the risk of making your meeting forgettable.

If you’re looking to vary your holiday meetings, try these tips:

Play with Color

Reds and greens might be the colors of the season, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to them as a rule. Instead, get adventurous in your color scheme. Because it’s likely that most parties will stick to traditional tones, bringing a festive spin to hues that are less used during winter, such as pinks and purples, will make your meeting stand out.

Use Virtual or Augmented Reality 

As hard as you try, you can’t physically take attendees to the North Pole—but you can take them virtually. Collaborate with a technology partner to help design an alternative world for your meeting through virtual or augmented reality.

Revamp Old Favorites

The holidays are filled with traditions, and just because you’re hosting a “new” type of gathering doesn’t mean you have to throw them all away and start from scratch. So, think about how you can make old seasonal customs new again. For example, hot chocolate is a favorite for children and adults alike, so why not serve it through a hot chocolate bar? Offer variants with other seasonal flavors, including gingerbread, peppermint, snickerdoodle and more, plus toppings such as whipped cream, crushed graham crackers, cinnamon and marshmallows. 

Light the Way

Whether you’re lighting a Christmas tree or menorah, light plays a big role during the holiday season. So, play up your event space with string lights, lanterns and other hanging lights to give attendees the feeling of a warm, cozy room.

Make It Local

As with nonholiday events, attendees want to be a part of a meeting that connects to their community. Going out of your way to bring in local partners, such as using locally sourced food for your meeting menu, can go a long way with guests—and fits the sense of giving of the season.