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4 Tips for Planning a COVID Safe Office Party

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It’s the most wonderful time of year: corporate holiday party season!

After the year that we’ve had, we don’t blame you for wanting to have a little fun during the holiday season–it’s definitely needed! Even so, there are certain things to keep in mind while you plan your office holiday party. Here are a few tips to ensure that you and your team are in for a great time.

1. Safety First

Although it is the holiday season, we do need to acknowledge that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. However, we don’t have to let COVID-19 stop our happy holidays!

Before you host your office holiday party, first make it a requirement for all of the attendees to show proof of completing a recent Covid-19 test. Once they’re clear, then they’ll be welcomed to attend. While in attendance, maintain social distancing by setting up drink and food stations at the party (in addition to a general hang-out station). It also will help to have hand sanitizer readily available throughout the area.

Holiday parties may look a little different this year, but when you keep safety at the top of the list, you’re still bound to have a great time.

2. Party Favors


Usually, the party itself is often the highlight of everyone’s night. But a good host always knows the secret to throw a successful party–supplying party favors that the guests will love.

To stay in theme with the holiday season, an excellent party favor to include is a holiday card! Given the effects of this past year, it would be nice to have some person-to-person interaction, and Christmas cards are the perfect personal touch to add to any company party. Imagine how elated your coworkers, business partners, and team members will be, to be given corporate holiday cards! It’s a great way to send warm wishes to use your company name.

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3. Open Bar


May your spirits be merry and bright!

Ever heard of “work hard, play hard”? Now that we’ve made it to the end of the year, this resonates a lot more deeply. To celebrate all of the hard work you’ve put in this year, you deserve a drink… or two.

Hosting an open bar for your office party is a great way to have your whole team kick back and relax. When it comes time to picking up alcoholic beverages, here is the perfect liquor store for you to turn to Joe’s Canal. Joe’s Canal is a liquor store that carries all of your favorites; anything you need, they have it! Whiskey, scotch, gin, vodka, bourbon, tequila, wine, rum… should we go on? Check out this list of Christmas cocktails that you should definitely be serving at your open bar. Don’t forget about the soft drinks though, there are plenty of people who don’t drink that should have the chance to make a Christmas mocktail or two.

4. Karaoke

What’s the Christmas season without a few good holiday tunes?

To liven up the holiday spirits, set up a stage for karaoke at your office holiday party. To make this activity even more interesting, turn it into a contest. Pick out a few snazzy gifts for winners (such as personalized ornaments, Christmas cookies, or any other similar party favor). Here are a few classic Christmas songs that absolutely have to be performed:

  • “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
  • “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway
  • “Last Christmas” by Wham!