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Ideas for a Festive Office Holiday Party on a Budget

September 20 at 8:00 am5:00 pm EDT

With all of the excitement that comes with the holiday season, one less thing you need to worry about is how to plan the perfect company holiday party! But don’t worry; you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a way to spice up your company’s holiday party!

As you plan, keep in mind that asking people what they want isn’t cheating! Gathering feedback and suggestions early in the process aids in the creation of excitement for the event. Check out this article on post-event surveys for more information on simple polling tools. Before polling, narrow down your input request and make it clear that the sky is NOT the limit.

Use these cost-effective ideas to plan an event that your employees (and clients) will enjoy. The most expensive aspects of corporate holiday parties are the venues and menus, so we begin by suggesting ways to cut costs in those two areas. Then we’ll look at some innovative ideas for low-cost holiday party themes, activities, destinations, and games. Use these cost-effective ideas to plan an event that your employees (and clients) will enjoy. Consider the following low-cost office holiday party venue options:

Everyone contributes to a holiday potluck

This is the cheapest option! The disadvantage is that it requires your employees to work, and the food will not be hot unless you provide chafing dishes.

Pizza or a cold cut sandwich platter

These are typically the least expensive catered options. They are generally crowd-pleasers, but find out who in your group is lactose intolerant, gluten-free, vegetarian, or has other food sensitivities that would prevent them from partaking in the meal with the rest of the group. Include gluten-free, cheese-free pizza in your order, as well as salads without the croutons and cheese that are frequently tossed in with the greens. You can use coupon codes like Dominos coupon codes from websites such as Askmeoffers to save money on online pizza orders.

Brunch is a type of meal that is served (but later in the day)

This option also serves as a fun, unexpected theme. At three p.m., end the workday with a Bloody Mary, sparkling wine, Belgian waffles, toasted bagels with cream cheese, quiche, salad, tea cakes, tea sandwiches, tea, and coffee. It’s brunch, and eggs and other brunch fare are filling and reasonably priced. Because it is mid-afternoon, people will likely eat smaller portions than they would if they combined breakfast and lunch.

A catered meal with a dessert competition

Inform guests to save room for all of the dessert sampling that will take place. First prize (by a jury or by popular vote) for the best homemade and best purchased dessert

Catering from a food truck

Food trucks are trendy, fun, and delicious, and they are often less expensive than full-service catering. They can pull into a venue’s parking lot, or even into an office parking lot if you go the low-cost route.

Food activities at a low cost

An event in which the food serves as an activity. Hot cocoa bars, ice cream sundae bars, and taco bars are all inexpensive options. These activities (and their more expensive cousins: full cooking classes) tap into the innate human desire to gather around food. They also offer a package deal that includes both the activity and the menu. Keep in mind that if one type of food is providing both sustenance and activity, it is especially important to ensure that there are options that will work for everyone.

Traditional catered reception (but with low-cost offerings)

This is the most expensive option on the list. To save money, choose low-cost main courses such as pasta or taco bars. If the event is centred on appetisers, provide a bounty of less expensive items such as fruit, cheese, and crackers. In small waves, circulate or display more expensive fare. You can also use coupon code such as Swiggy coupons, Zomato coupons to save money on online food orders, you can grab such coupons easily from deals website such as CouponsABC.

Themes for a low-cost office holiday party

The right theme can help you save money while also streamlining your event planning checklist. A little party decoration items can go a long way, and all aspects of the party—food, activities, and guest attire—can help to support the decor.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good circus? Set up a ring toss or other carnival games as prizes, with coffee shop gift cards and small games. Get some low-cost party supplies online and project YouTube on a large screen to teach scarf juggling or plate spinning.

Present-wrapping party for the Wish Tree

Collaborate with a local non-profit organisation to provide gifts for a vulnerable population, such as seniors, children in homeless shelters, or low-income families. Set up the Wish Tree in the office and attach gift tags with gift suggestions and recipients’ first names provided by the organisation. Employees can remove a tag from the Wish Tree in the weeks leading up to the holiday party and then place unwrapped presents (with the tags taped on) beneath the tree. Provide a catered lunch for the holiday party, as well as wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, and bows to wrap the presents and prepare them for a festive donation. You can also grab fresh flowers online on low cost by using coupons like FnP Coupons, FlowerAura coupons etc from deals sites to save money.

Creating a guest list

Sticking to employees only for the holiday saves money because plus-ones quickly add to the guest list. If you go this route, it’s best to avoid partying in the evenings and on weekends, as this excludes your employees’ partners. Pick and choose your favourite ideas from the list above for holiday parties that please both guests and budgets.


September 20
8:00 am – 5:00 pm