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People throughout Philadelphia are decking the walls of their cubicles and getting ready for their company holiday parties!

Corporate holiday parties provide a welcome break from the every day and give coworkers a chance to let loose, celebrate a year of hard work, and forge lasting friendships.

Here are five steps to celebrating the season with a winning holiday office party:

Spread the Word.   Give your employees plenty of notice via email or internal memos so that they have a chance to find babysitters or rearrange other plans as necessary. Make sure upper management is in attendance and that the set up is conducive to intermingling among departments. The holiday party is a once-a-year chance to break down the boundaries that can exist among departments in the workplace.

Pick a Location. Make the venue easily accessible – whether it’s hosted right in your office or at a venue nearby. Keep it convenient, and consider your employees’ typical commutes.

Make it Delicious.  Food is a key ingredient to any great party. Consider if you want to keep it casual with snacks, classy with passed hors d’oeuvres, or formal with a seated dinner.

Bring the Entertainment. Let your employees burn off some stress on the dance floor by hiring a band or DJ. If you’re planning on a budget, plan ahead with a killer playlist.

Keep in Festive. After all this is a holiday party! Organize a Secret Santa, White Elephant, or mix it up with a themed gift exchange. Be sure to set a price range and clear rules to the exchange.  For a creative, team-building approach, plan a gingerbread house making contest. Prizes can be awarded for most creative, ugliest, best engineering, and prettiest. And, of course, make sure to find a way to express the company’s gratitude- whether it’s a heartfelt speech or a token of appreciation.

Cheers to the holidays!

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This article is sponsored by Foodee.

Need Holiday Catering? Use Foodee

If you’re wondering what to do for food this holiday season, look no further than Foodee for all your corporate catering needs.

Foodee is a corporate meal delivery service that makes it easy for companies to order meals into the office. Capable of handling large orders (as well as more intimate meals), Foodee is perfect for any upcoming office parties, year-end events, or work related meals you may need in the New Year.

Foodee Corporate Catering

Unlike your typical catering service, Foodee works with Philadelphia’s top local restaurants to deliver you five star food right into the workplace. No more worrying about subpar sandwiches or reheated dinner rolls. In association with their restaurant partners, Foodee has assembled seasonal menus that you and your team can enjoy!

We’re not talking fast food or restaurant chains either. Think Stargazy and Opa – two of Philadelphia’s favorite restaurants – hand-delivered to your holiday event. And get this: that’s only a fraction of their amazing restaurant roster.

Food Experts

But if you’re too busy to get down to the nitty-gritty, no worries: Foodee will provide you with a local food expert who will take care of everything from menu selection to delivery and set up. Just tell them what you’re trying to do and what your budget is and the rest is history. You will have a fully customized seasonal spread in no time.

Set up = No Sweat

Last but not least. Foodee has their very own delivery team, ensuring that setup is no sweat. After the Foodee driver has dropped off the food at your requested time, they’ll be available to properly set up everything as needed.

So what are you waiting for? Organize your office holiday event through Foodee corporate catering!

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