Newsletter Archive | Volume 2, Issue 9 - September, 2011
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The Christmas Conundrum
The company Christmas party has a long tradition. But the old standby of dinner, drinks, and dancing is falling in popularity. Cost is one factor. Current economic conditions have many companies tightening their belts. Time is another. Many people have so many social events to attend during the holidays that the company party can feel more like an obligation than a celebration.
Perception is yet another reason. In the Internet age, individuals and organizations are recognizing that a party-time indiscretion that might have made for a minor scandal around the water cooler for a few days and then died out, has a much longer shelf-life thanks to camera phones and Facebook, and the potential to impact reputations and the bottom line.
But this doesn't mean you should abandon the idea of a holiday season event at your company. There's a wide range of options that capture the Christmas spirit, yet avoid the pitfalls of the traditional party.
One popular trend is to substitute a full-blown Christmas staff party for a smaller event held close to the holidays. By the time Christmas is upon us, it's pretty common that business slows down anyway. If a few hours of fun on a Friday afternoon won't have a big impact on your company's operations, schedule an event with some seasonal activities or entertainment, add some catering and a jolly visit from Saint Nick... and your employees will still have a chance to celebrate, without having to cut into their personal time.
If management and/or staff want to stick with the office Christmas party, recognize that nowadays it needs a 'hook' to be successful. A theme (it doesn't have to be a 'holiday' theme), activity, or prize giveaways are effective ways to build interest and attendance. If cost is a limiting factor, consider a brunch event. The food and beverage budget will be smaller and the absence of alcohol at the event means you don't necessarily have to provide taxi vouchers or other transportation options.
At Bright Ideas, we can produce a full-scale holiday party that transports guests to a Winter Wonderland, or assist clients with something as simple and easy as a gift program for employees' children; sourcing, purchasing, and gift-wrapping sensible, durable gifts such as educational toys. Whatever direction you decide to take in updating your company's holiday season tradition, Bright Ideas can give you the gift of a successful event!
The Global Holiday
One of the challenges of the holiday season is satisfying demand for a holiday party, without alienating employees who may not have had 'Christmas' as part of their life growing up. At Bright Ideas we think there's a way to honour the traditions of all your staff. Why not hold an event that showcases the various celebrations that occur around the world at this time. Events such as the Lunar New Year, Hannukah, Eid, and Yalda are probably familiar to at least some of your employees.
Giving them an opportunity to share those traditions with their co-workers is a great way to build mutual respect, team spirit, and foster understanding in your organization. And the best part for those who get tired of turkey, cranberries and stuffing… an opportunity to enjoy a culinary trip around the world! Why limit your celebration to just one type of tradition? Let Bright Ideas make your holiday event a multi-cultural celebration.
Bright Ideas Xmas Buzz
Prep Time: 10 Min
In a large saucepan, stir together sugar and flour. Gradually stir in the milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks until smooth. Ladle a small amount of the hot milk into the yolks and quickly whisk in. Pour the tempered yolk mixture back into the hot milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
In a medium glass or metal bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add 4 teaspoons sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. fold whites into eggnog and refrigerate until chilled. Serve garnished with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.
Staff Pic of the Month - Aileen Fricke
Of course this Event was my favourite! Not only because of the great Dirndl costumes but it also made me feel like home being from Germany.
Having all those neat details like the miniature beer mugs or the blue and white ribbon ring hanging from the ceiling added a real German flavour to this amazing Event.
We transformed the venue into a fun Oktoberfest place with a huge Festhalle with dozens of authentic wooden benches and a stage as well as a Platzl for the Beer Tasting.
The different food stations presented a great choice of traditional German Food like Schnitzel and Spaetzle or Apple Strudel. Other Highlights were the German band, the Edelweiss dancers and of course the wood chipping contest, great times for everyone.
Guests had the chance to take a piece of this remarkable Event home by getting their picture taken at the Photo Op or from the Caricaturist.
To me it was one of the most memorable Events ever!