Use Restaurants with Party Rooms to Host Anything from a Murder Mystery to an Awards Show
If you want to spice up your next office party, then maybe it’s time to break out of some of your usual routines and start breaking new ground with your employees or coworkers. Everyone had a perfectly decent time at last year’s wine-and-cheese-themed staff appreciation event, but nothing particularly stands out in their memories. Restaurants with party rooms aren’t just a place to stuff your office into and hope everything works out—they’re blank canvases. How you use them will determine how much fun is had. Here are a few ideas to try that might make it a more memorable night:
Rent a Photo Booth
Why not add some goofy fun to your next staff party, and as an added bonus, let your employees leave with a souvenir in hand? Event photo booths are available from a number of renters, and most come with fun props, costume pieces, and more to let your employees let their fun side out. If you want a memorable office party, then this is a great way to encourage the office to make their own memories.
It’s the group activity that brings embarrassment, laughs, and unforgettable group renditions of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” wherever it goes! Sure, you could go to the local pub on a regularly scheduled karaoke night, but then you’re sharing it with all the bar regulars, including that one guy that sings opera classics every night and puts everyone else to shame. Most restaurants with party rooms will also have sound equipment available, so why not just supply the karaoke machine? Whether a home model or a professional rental, it’s a great way to create fun for the whole office.
A Murder Mystery
Just because it’s a party doesn’t mean your officemates can’t still be keeping their wits sharp. A murder mystery game is a fun and inexpensive way to add an element of intrigue to your event, and get your whole office to actually have fun with problem-solving. You can find murder mystery dinner party games wherever board games are sold, find free ones on the internet, or if you have someone creative on your staff, make your own. Just remember—it’s only a game!
No, we’re not suggesting you have all your coworkers over to watch the Oscars—instead, you should make your own. Come up with office awards, ranging from the relevant (“Most Dependable,” “Best Intern”) to the outrageous (“Most Likely to Be Abducted by Aliens”) and the fun (“Best Dressed”). Have fun with it, and let your whole office vote on who they’d like to see take home each award. You can even make DIY trophies (gold spray paint and a Ken doll is one easy, inexpensive way) and hand them out from a podium (most restaurants with party rooms will have one).
These are just a few great ideas to take your next office party and make it the best one yet—the possibilities are endless!