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3 October 2018

5 Reasons to Throw An Alternative Christmas Party

With winter and the holidays coming up, it’s nearing the office Christmas party season!

If you’ve been tasked with organising, you’re probably scratching your head thinking what brilliant Christmas team events you can do…

Sure, you could go the easy route and throw a big booze up, but it’s been done a million times before. Plus, these days a Friday afternoon session down the local pub is almost certainly against your office culture and definitely won’t tick the right boxes for your none-drinkers.

Here at Paragon, we’re strong believers in shaking things up. From our experience, the best Christmas parties and Christmas entertainment events come from doing something unique, unusual and above all – interactive!

Read on for five reasons why you should throw an alternative office Christmas party…

1. Reduce Stress

It’s no secret that when people are happy, they work better. An interactive party is a great way to help yourself and your coworkers to reduce stress and have fun. Plan an event where everyone can laugh together and put work to the back of their minds.

Paragon Suggest: Why not take the team out for a driving day experience? Put your adrenaline junkies to the test, well away from the usual boardroom setting, and let them try their hand at something new. You don’t have to be pro’s! Plus, at the end of it all, you can sit back with a cold drink and three-course meal for the ultimate stress-free experience.

2.  Boost Morale

The last last few months of the year are always a stressful time, as we push to get all those projects over the line before the Christmas break. If you’re looking for a way to relax your team, an interactive office party could be the perfect way to unwind and have fun. An interactive party helps bring the team together again and help them feel motivated.

Paragon Suggest: We love a good wine tasting experience where everyone can relax and have fun in a beautiful setting. The team get to learn all there is to know about wines and enjoy some great food with it too. It’s a stress-free setting – you will usually enjoy a meal or tapas selection – which gets the team feeling great again. For none drinkers, all good experience and events will offer a none-alcoholic alternative, so no one feels left out.

3. Bonding Experiences

In every busy office, large or small, you’ll find that there are still people you may not know too well or interact with very often. The CEO or boss for example, may not be your first port of call in an issue, or you may have colleagues who spend their days out on site or visiting clients. An interactive experience helps bring people together, allowing your team to start building relationships which will make their job – and yours – easier.

Paragon Suggest: Taking the team to a cooking experience is a great way to not only learn new skills, but work with people you otherwise wouldn’t. Learn how to make award-winning meals, cakes, bakes or chocolates, whilst engaging with your competitive side to see which team can make the best dishes! At the end of it all, wind down with a glass of wine (or two) and get to know each other while enjoying the delicious food you’ve made.

4. Promote Teamwork

Events where co-workers need to work together aren’t just fun, they promote the power of teamwork too! Getting everyone together to work on a task will test the way your group work together to come to a solution.

Paragon Suggest: Escape rooms are all the rage right now, and we absolute love them for informal corporate events. Getting locked in a room where you have to work together to solve puzzles to get out is the perfect way to promote teamwork, whether you’re in with your team, clients or contractors. Even the most tense of office feuds are put aside when the only way to get out is by working together…

Plan your escape room around a casual meal, or build it into a whole day’s worth of activities. For bespoke hospitality and Christmas event suggestions, give our event management team a call!

5. Celebrate!

Most importantly, office parties are made to celebrate! The team has worked hard together and it’s time to reward them with a great celebration. Interactive experiences are a great way to acknowledge everyone’s achievements and provide something unique to look forward to.

Looking to throw a unique interactive experience? Get in touch to see how we can help.

Written By Tom