Tips from ByWard Market Restaurants on Putting Fun First and Details Second
When you’re planning the perfect office party, it can be so easy to get lost in all the little details. Exactly what ratio of beloved classics to modern pop hits would please the most people? Do you want the patio or the party room at one of the many beautiful ByWard Market restaurants? Exactly how many jars of salsa go with how many bags of chips before you get caught in the never-ending “delicious cycle” (i.e. constantly replenishing your supply of one because you still have leftovers of the other)?
The truth is, parties are best enjoyed, not forced. You need to focus on the big picture and sometimes the best way to do that is to think simple. Take one key element—a theme, an activity, a setting, a type of food—and focus on the best way to accomplish that, and the rest will fall into place organically, ensuring a great time for everyone involved.
A Fun Theme
The best themes are the ones that won’t require your staff to pull forty additional out-of-office hours to conform to. That takes the fun out of everything! Think of something simple and straight forward. For example, a common Christmas and winter holiday party theme is “ugly sweaters.” Many people own at least one hideous knit sweater, and if they don’t, then there’s always the local Value Village or Salvation Army. It’s popular because it’s fun, easy, and most of all, it provides plenty of laughs.
A Social Activity
One of the greatest benefits to an office party is that it encourages coworkers to build deeper relationships with each other, which can lead them to be more productive when working and collaborating together (not to mention generally improving the atmosphere of the office). If you base your party around a single activity, then it needs to be one that promotes effortless socializing—intensely competitive board games are off the table! Why not, after appetizers at a ByWard Market restaurant, go shoot some pool? Unless you have a genuine hustler on your staff, it’s a game that no one tends to take too personally! If you want to stay in the office, setting up a Wii and playing a few games never goes amiss either, even with older employees.
Setting and Food
We’ll put these together because they often go hand-in-hand—one might determine the other or vice-versa. For example, if you’re after a certain kind of food, such as authentic Italian cuisine (a guaranteed crowd-pleaser), then your choice of setting has been narrowed down to a handful of ByWard Market restaurants. Now you just pick the one with the setting that suits your office event! Setting can also be informed by activities—for example, the above suggestion of pool requires a venue with a pool table—but if you want to cover food as well, it’s okay for your office party to involve a quick venue change, so long as it is neither complicated nor time-consuming.