Hosting a birthday party in the office is a great way to show your employees that you care. Given that there is a 12 percent increase in job searches right before birthdays, making your employees feel special on their birthday can also reduce attrition rates and increase employee engagement.
The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot to entertain. Here are some tips about hosting a memorable birthday party in the office without breaking the bank:
1 – Dress up the workspace
It is a good idea to decorate the area where you are planning to host the party. Decorations can make a party more intimate. However, readymade decorations can cost you a bomb. So unleash your creativity and create some cool artwork with post-its, markers, and highlighters.
You can even stamp, color, or fold decorative papers for making paper crafts. Another option is investing in a reusable happy birthday banner and hanging it.
2- Order amazing food
No birthday party is complete without delicious food. Even birthday parties on a budget deserve more than just a birthday cake. You can set up a salad bar or a taco station to let your hair down. You can get individually packaged birthday breakfast delivered for everyone. You can even pick a particular cuisine and host a theme party.
If you are worried about finding corporate caterers who offer a wide variety of options, CaterCurator can help you. This catering marketplace shows you a list of local caterers in your area, filtered by cuisine and cost.
3 – Give a memorable gift
Although gifts are not compulsory, they are a way to show that you care about your co-workers. You can get useful gifts such as personalized stationery or a fancy fountain pen.
If you are unsure about what to gift, you can always pick up gift cards or vouchers. For instance, spa vouchers or tickets to an upcoming musical are great options.
4- Don’t forget the entertainment
You can get a few party games to keep things festive. You can start by playing a round of charades or office bingo. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also host a scavenger hunt around the office or break a piñata filled with candies or other goodies.
5- Write a thoughtful note
Finally, the best way to show gratitude and make someone feel extra special on their birthday is by giving them a handwritten note. Get a stack of notecards and get it signed by the CEO, supervisor, or even co-workers. A heartfelt greeting is a special keepsake that your employee will treasure forever.
Birthday parties in the office are a perfect excuse for taking a break from work and building camaraderie with co-workers. Planning the party a couple of days in advance will ensure that it goes off without any glitch.
We hope these ideas motivate you to host a great birthday party. And if nothing else works out, don’t forget to sing happy birthday!