Once you get near the end of the year, morale tends to dip a little. The holidays are coming, but that always brings stress — more expenses with holiday gifts to buy, all those expectations from relatives. Having a holiday company party can boost everyone’s morale and give your employees a feeling of appreciation. However, a lot of times if you do the same old things at your soiree, people get bored — and you end up wasting a lot of time and money because the morale doesn’t go up at all. Take a look at some of these quality ideas to give your party a new touch this year.

  1. Go with a new theme.

If you have a different theme for the party each year, then your decor, your menu and your games can all be different as well. Some fun party themes include Christmas around the World or styling your party around the theme of one of the well-known holiday films, such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Christmas Vacation” or “A Christmas Story.”

  1. Bring in some fun games.

Karaoke is often a standby activity that makes people laugh, but if you do it year after year, it can get just as old as that fruitcake that your Uncle Harold keeps giving you every year. Plus, not everyone likes to get up and sing in front of everyone, even after they’ve had too much egg nog. So work in some fun games that are different this year. How about Holiday Movie Trivia? Or bring in some dealers and equipment and put together a holiday casino night. Even if you play “Name that Tune” using Christmas carols and songs from famous holiday movies, you have people enjoying a brand new activity from the year before.

  1. Add to the fun with door prizes.

photo-booth-for-holiday-company-party-san-franciscoIf you find some gift cards, or even an espresso machine, you can have some fun raffle drawings. You can either hand out tickets when people come into the party, and hold the drawings periodically throughout the night to keep interest high, or you can have the prize go to people who fulfill some odd requirements, such as having the coolest holiday socks, or the person born closest to December 25. The more creative you are, the more fun this part of the evening will be.

  1. Bring in a photo booth.

Rent a photo booth to give your employees a cheap memento of the night. Get the company to give you some cool things for your employees to wear — a huge Santa hat, funky sunglasses, a Frosty the Snowman top hat, tinsel — the list goes on. In an age when selfies are all the rage, a photo booth is even cooler because (depending on the model) you can add customized “frames” to the pictures that make it a real souvenir of your company party.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. Put your creative hat on and make this year’s holiday company party the one that everyone talks about — in a good way!