Corporate parties can be dull, boring and full of awkward moments. But they don’t have to be, you can make them fun, memorable and classy. You can easily turn your party into a corporate wonderland by incorporating office party games. There are different office party games for different occasions; some are complex and need some preparation while others are super easy and all you need to play is a group of people.
What Are Office Party Games?
Office party games are usually regular adult party games that have been modified or toned down for the office. The most successful games used at corporate events are ones that involve teams, use team building exercises and foster learning new skills as well as benefit those participating. Team building activities for the workplace are now widely used at lunch events, corporate parties and even at regular meetings to engage employees and create team work.
How to Plan A Party:
Before we talk about corporate party games you can use, here are 4 aspects of party planning that you need to remember when you plan a party at home or in the office.
Music – using the right music combination and the right genre will set the tone of your party; music should be closely connected to your party theme. Sometimes an 80’s playlist will be just what you need instead of Mozart or Bach’s beautiful symphonies. Hire a DJ, a live Band, Make a few CD’s – whatever your budget allows you to do, but do some thinking and planning ahead of time to incorporate music into your party.
Food and Drink – what kind of event are you holding? Is there’s a sit down dinner component or will everyone grab some hors d’oeuvre with a drink? Think about how much time you can allocate to food consumption and plan your menu accordingly. Take the activities that you’re planning for your event into consideration. If you’re planning a scavenger hunt you might not have enough time for a sit down meal for example.
Entertainment – people come to a party to interact, show off their new shoes/or girlfriends, eat, and have fun. Create a plan and schedule for the entire party and include entertainment such as games, physical activities, picture taking, contests and if your budget allows some sort of paid entertainment – magicians, comedians, singers or speakers…depending on the mood of the party.
A Host – no matter how small or large your party is you should have a host. This should either be you – the person planning the party – or if you will be busy running the event behind the scenes someone who you trust and who is liked by the attendees. The host needs to know what is happening at all times, what comes next and be responsible for the progress of the party.
Party Game Ideas
Here are some entertaining and unique office party games that are easy to create and implement for your next party.
You are either thinking of a classic Sex and the City episode or you’re thinking about the odor from all those shoes. Well it’s neither actually b/c the only shoes you’ll be putting on are your own and this is a really fun team building game for any occasion. Here’s how it goes: ask everyone to take their shoes off and put them into a big pile at the end of the room. Break the crowd into two teams and line up the two teams on the other side of the room. The task is for each team member to find their shoes and then run (in their shoes) back for the next person in line to do the same until everyone is finished. The first team in which everyone finds their shoes wins. It’s important to have a good mix of men and women on each team to keep the game fair, after all let’s face it running in stilettos can be a little challenging.
Balderdash, Fictionary or Pictionary
These games are based on defining words and getting points; the wackier the words are the more fun the definitions become especially when you are trying to convince an intelligent group of co-workers that you know exactly what “gaberlunzie” means. Do you? You don’t have to be boring with games that everyone is familiar with, you can get creative and fun as long as you put a little effort and plan ahead.
2 Truths and a Lie
This game works exactly how it sounds, each person tells 2 truths and a lie about themselves while others try to guess which one is the lie. This is a great game to play when a group of people don’t know each other very well. It breaks down the ice and gives a chance for people to get to know each other quickly.
A Few More Party Ideas for Adults:
How about a scavenger hunt around town? It’s super easy to organize and is a great game if you’re holding an event outside. Click here for more info on how to organize a scavenger hunt and a few other party games for adults.
- Why not plan an Office Family Feud? Click Here fore a list of questions and detailed instructions.
- Charades is also a great game to play especially when you don’t have a lot of resources, all you need is a theme (movies for example) and a few ideas (movie titles)
- Last but not least – Desk Robber, steal one item from each person’s desk during lunch time and present it at your party, others have to guess who the item belongs to, which makes for great laughter and elevated spirits.
Office party games are fun to plan and execute and are a great addition to any party, BBQ or corporate events. Whether you need to fill up a window of time or create focus in your event I recommend using office party games to make your event a success.