Life of the Party: 3 Games to Make Your Holiday Party A Hit

3b94f514e3ce6d8baf84120f6c6b7e15Christmas is almost here, and as you are gearing up for the big day, you might be facing the possibility of a holiday party at work.  As a “newbie” in the work environment, you might end up being picked as a host/hostess and it can be overwhelming to brainstorm a menu, grocery list, and entertainment for the evening.  Additionally, if you have coworkers coming that don’t know one another (such as from different branches of your office), you have the added complication of making sure everyone is comfortable and at east for the get-together.  Party games are a great way to break the ice and get everyone to open up a little and enjoy their time, but it can be hard to come up with unique and fun ideas that everyone will enjoy.

Fortunately for you, we are here to help!  Here are our 3 favorite ideas for holiday party games to make sure your Christmas event is a success:

1. Best Guess.  This is a new spin on the classic “guess how many are in the jar” kind of game.  As guests come in, have them guess how many ornaments are on a Christmas tree.  The person that comes the closest to the correct answer wins the game, and if you’d like, you can have a small prize for the winner.  Hint: an inexpensive ornament makes a GREAT prize for this game.

2. Partner Up.  Have guests that are unfamiliar with one another?  A wonderful way to break the ice from the start is a “Christmas card match up” game.  Using old Christmas cards (individual designs, not all the same), cut off the fronts, and then cut them in half.  Each guest gets a half card, and by looking at their image and comparing it to those of other guests, they have to find the person with the matching half of their card.  If you plan to play more games throughout the evening, let this be your “selection” of matches or partners for subsequent games.

3. Good for Laughs.  The “Paper Plate Challenge” is a great game for getting everyone laughing, and putting everyone on level playing ground whether they are new to the group or a longtime friend.  Give each guest a paper plate, and a marker. They must hold the plate on their forehead with one hand, and using the other hand, draw a picture of the object you name without looking at the plate.  Whoever has the best representation of the object wins the game.

Another great idea for a holiday party is a gift exchange of some sort.  You can go inexpensive (such as an ornament exchange, cookie exchange, etc.) or you can set a dollar amount and let people choose their own gifts.  Of course, the greatest gift this holiday season is that of employment.  If you are currently unemployed, or underemployed, and are ready to make 2017 your best year yet, PHR Staffing Solutions is ready to get you into the career you’ve been waiting for.  Apply for one of our current openings, or call our Lakeland, Winter Haven, or Lake Wales office for more information.