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Valentine’s Day is a great time to show appreciation to your teammates at your workplace. It does not have to be an occasion that’s just about chocolates and flowers being bestowed upon your better half! Even if you are single and not in a romantic relationship, it is a great opportunity to honour the strong friendships and team spirit that exists between colleagues.
Remember when our classmates used to trade cards and less-than-appealing candy hearts back in school? Valentine’s Day is a terrific opportunity to cherish and show your coworkers just how much you care, even though you are all grown up now. Organising a Valentine’s Day celebration at your workplace then becomes an ideal solution to bring in the holiday.
That said, we have 5 tips to help you plan the ideal Valentine’s Day celebration at your office. These ideas will encourage and nurture the camaraderie that you have with your colleagues, making it a memorable one!
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5 Tips To Throw the Perfect Valentine’s Day Party At Your Office
1. Settle On a V-Day Theme
To host the ideal Valentine’s Day party at your workplace, start with a theme that revolves around love. It’s all about creating a welcoming and joyous atmosphere for all. Consider ‘Classic Romance’ themes with red and white hues. On the other hand, you can choose a ‘Movie Love’ theme and take inspiration from well-known romantic films.
Make sure your decorations have understated, romantic touches that honour and show inclusiveness to all kinds of love. It can be a fun addition to include a themed backdrop or a nice photo booth for fun pictures with your coworkers.
Keep in mind that the idea is to keep things professional and lighthearted. The celebrations are supposed to be fun and feel good.
2. Arrange Themed Games and Activities
Include a variety of games and activities that are in line with the theme you’ve chosen to celebrate V-day 2024. You can organise a “Poetry Reading or Letter Writing” competition to make things fun and creative as you push team members to put their emotions into words. If you are leaning towards a more sappy and cheesy theme, host a “Love Story Contest,” in which team members can come together to share or weave amusing tales of love.
If you wish to veer away from the typicality of V-day, try something unique and fun like a Lego building competition. Set up stations with assorted Lego bricks and challenge your colleagues to build the most imaginative and themed creation. You can easily get these sets commissioned from a custom Lego maker or buy ready-made options.
To spice things up, award the winner with cute, romantic gifts. From adorable Tubbz ducks to mesmerising scented candles, the options are endless! Gifts are a significant part of Valentine’s Day celebrations so have a pile of presents ready to award team members. This will encourage more and more people to participate in V-day activities and have a good time.
3. Make a Romantic Playlist
A heartwarming playlist will add a lovely charm to your office party. The right playlist that goes perfectly with the theme of the day will help you set the perfect mood for the party. Come up with a mix of songs that include the classics as well as the new trendy ones.
Have a mix of genres in your playlist – from pop, blues and R&B and to hip-hop, jazz and rock. That way, you have something for everyone to sing along and hum to. When it comes to romance, Ed Sheeran is the poster boy for beautiful and melodic love songs. Classics from well-known bands like The Beatles are worth checking out too!
Alternatively, don’t be afraid to include classic love ballads to arouse sentimentality and establish a calming ambience. Songs like “Your Song” by Elton John and “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele are perfect choices for adding a touch of sentimentality and bitter-sweet spin to the day.
4. Set a Dress Code
Having a dress code for your office’s Valentine’s Day party can make the ambience more fun and cheerful. Think about implementing a ‘Touch of Red’ theme, wherein your staff members are encouraged to wear red accessories like scarves, ties, or bold statement pieces of jewellery.
Go for a ‘Romantic Icons’ theme for a more lighthearted approach, wherein staff members can wear outfits inspired by well-known lovers or fictional characters. Reiterate that the dress code is completely optional and should be used to liven up the event. Promote individuality and inventiveness while maintaining professionalism at all levels.
5. Arrange Creative Food and Drinks
Any party is incomplete without a selection of delicious food and drinks. Your Valentine’s Day office party must have a delightful spread of mouth-watering snacks and fun beverages that everyone can relish and enjoy.
Add a touch of love to the refreshments by arranging for Valentine-themed food. Bring in the heart-shaped cookies, the red velvet cake, bite-sized snacks, etc. for everyone to gorge on. Make sure you have a fruit platter ready with all the red fruits, like plums, cherries, strawberries, and so on. Avoid drinking alcohol during the celebration to keep things civil. Rather, go for a non-alcoholic punch made with pomegranate or cranberry juice.
Up the ante of your corporate V-day celebrations by adding a DIY mocktail or dessert station. Your team can make their favourite combination of food or beverages and be more engaged and involved in the celebrations. Everyone is going to remember the most delicious and the most horrendous combination which is going to stay with everyone for a long time.
To Sum It Up
Finding opportunities to keep things light and fun gives your team to let their hair down and have a good time. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to plan a gathering with fun activities, good food and great music. Such office parties are a wonderful way to let your employees know you value their connections and care about them.