Are you considering an office warming party to celebrate your new professional space? To ensure a successful event, pay attention to visual detail, food, and other special touches.

Read on for ideas to make your office warming party a smashing sensation.

Planning Your Office Warming Event

As soon as you have an opening date for your new location, set a budget and a tentative party date. Try to get a feel for your new space as you plan your event.

Delegation

Don’t hesitate to assign specific responsibilities to your team. Think about where they shine and explain their tasks in detail.

Consider Your Company — And Your Clients

What sort of company do you have? Is it:

  • Traditional?
  • Formal?
  • Creative?

In addition, if you plan to invite clients, what will they expect?

Once you have a good read on your company and clients, you’re ready to plan your party.

Some fun party ideas include:

  • Cocktail event with an open bar
  • Buffet-style meal to mix and mingle
  • Spa type pampering with masseuse
  • Laid-back vibe featuring barbecue, potluck, or other casual meal
  • Themed event

 

Prep Work

Now that you’ve brainstormed and planned your office warming event, you can dive into preparation. Make plans, book vendors, and send invitations well in advance. This is key to a successful office warming party.

Mail Nice Invitations

Consider mailer invitations as opposed to electronic invites. They’re more personal and are fun to stick on the fridge. But if you go this route, make sure they look stylish and professional. And don’t forget to stay consistent with your company branding.

Make Attendance Worthwhile

Consider door prizes and fun activities. Have a photo backdrop and props, and ask guests to use a specific hashtag if they post to social media. If budget allows, arrange an attraction that will have people talking long after the party ends, such as a silhouette artist, a Cirque-style act, or a band.

It’s All About the Food

If there’s one thing guests remember, it’s the quality of food. So make sure it’s a cut above. Also, a word to the wise — nothing too messy or difficult to eat. No one wants to lick sauce off their fingers in front of coworkers.

 

Pulling It Off

Attention to party prep means you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your party. However, keep a few things in mind on office warming day.

Before Partygoers Arrive

First, make sure your office space is clean! Restrooms especially should sparkle. Add welcoming touches like candles and fresh flowers. And don’t forget about the music!

Make Guests Feel At Home

Be welcoming — treat your office as you would your home. Greet guests at the door with a warm hello and directions to the bar or appetizers. Keep the conversation light — don’t talk too much about work. Additionally, be sure to give your guests “the tour” at the right time, and preferably in one group.

Throwing a successful office warming party isn’t difficult. It just requires time, commitment, and attention to detail. Remember, happy guests translate to happy clients and employees!

 

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