The Best Themes for Office Parties

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Office parties can be a great opportunity for co-workers and colleagues to relax, celebrate accomplishments, milestones or holidays and get to know one another on a personal level in a casual atmosphere. The best themes for office parties are ones that encourage conversation and inclusion among departments, while taking care to avoid often taboo topics and themes related to sex, politics or religion.

Sports

  • There's no better way to celebrate your company softball league championship win than to encourage everyone to come to the office party dressed to represent their favorite professional sports team. Serve up hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn and show a highlight reel from your winning season.

Western

  • Throw a western-style barbecue and give out prizes for the tallest cowboy hat and the most outrageous belt buckle. Encourage everyone to dress in western wear and host a country music karaoke contest. Door prizes can include gift cards to the best steakhouse or barbecue restaurant in the city.

Casino Night

  • You can have a touch of Vegas without ever leaving home. Host a casino-themed office party where employees can try their luck at table games, using play money which can be cashed in for prizes at the end of the night. Encourage everyone to don their elegant best, from evening gowns to gangster wear.

Decades

  • Ask employees to come dressed to represent their favorite decade and create a music party play list that includes favorites from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. Host a trivia contest to see who knows the most about pop culture from their favorite decade.

Luau

  • Encourage everyone to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt, order a catered glazed ham lunch or dinner and play festive island music while doing the limbo. You can even bring in instructors to teach basic hula dance moves.

Holiday Parties

  • In today's multinational workforces, there are likely to be a variety of different religions represented among company employees. In an effort to avoid offending nonreligious workers or inadvertently excluding different religious beliefs, customs or celebrations, the best themes for office parties during the holiday season are those with no religious overtones. Instead, consider a celebration of the seasons -- spring, summer, fall and winter.

Community Service Office Parties

  • Companies can have their own celebration while simultaneously helping a local charity. Community service-themed office parties involve bringing together employees to perform a community service -- such as inviting in at-risk school children for an afternoon of lunch and games.

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