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8 In-Office Holiday Party Ideas for Chicago Companies

Photo Courtesy of Kent Drake Photography

We adore stylish restaurants and chic venues, but celebrating in the office can help streamline a party with the workday while still making it feel special and personal. We’ve gathered these creative in-office corporate holiday party ideas from some of our favorite Chicago party-makers to bring fun and extraordinary touches to your familiar location.

Host a Mixology Social

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Craft Yours offers interactive craft cocktail socials as well as catering. They set up hands-on stations for each custom cocktail to get your staff measuring, mixing and pouring. Jay from Craft Yours says, “We tailor each menu to the event and theme, but one holiday favorite is the ‘Not-Your-Aunt’s Fruitcake’ cocktail. The joke about the baked good is that it’s terrible but this delicious drink is the opposite of that.” Sip the “fruits” of your labor while toasting the year to come at your corporate holiday party, then wow your family and friends with your newfound bar skills.

Evoke Warmer Days with an Ice Cream Cart

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Imagine perking up a dreary winter afternoon with a custom ice cream bar roaming the halls at your corporate holiday party. Dipsy Desserts can make that dream a reality by bringing their whimsical vintage cart stocked with small-batch ice cream bars right to your home or office. In fact, they can dip and decorate almost any goody: churros, fruit kabobs, rice krispy treats, cake balls and more. Customize and brand the sticks, select your flavor and let your employees fashion the toppings at your festive corporate holiday party.

Sip and Learn with a Scotch Tasting

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Baby it’s cold outside! Warm up with a small-batch scotch tasting. Harry Caray’s will arrange for an industry expert to come to your corporate holiday party and teach your staff how to taste scotch, distinguish flavor profiles, and identify regional influences. You’ll also be treated to holiday favorites that pair perfectly with the scotch. Not a scotch fan? Choose another of their customized holiday experiences like Steak 101 or a Beer Dinner with Burnt City brewery.

Offer a Week of Surprises

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Jewell Events Catering offers some of the most innovative and creative presentations in the industry and great corporate holiday party ideas. For example, they suggest that instead of hosting a single party, why not offer employees a week full of fun surprises? Tatiyana from Jewell says, “Consider midday warm cookie desk drops with ‘adult’ milkshakes, a build-your-own s’mores station, gourmet hot chocolate with flavored house-made marshmallows, all capped off with a fun pop-up buffet in your conference room.” They can also help transform your space with holiday-themed decor.

Dance Without Disturbing the Neighbors

silent disco
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Wanna party like it’s 2018 without disrupting the work of the other companies in your building? Wrap It Up Parties suggests a silent disco for your corporate holiday party. Each partygoer gets a pair of wireless headphones then music streams directly to them instead of through a speaker system. Says Laura, from Wrap It Up, “You can have the guests hear the same music or different tunes. Encourage them to dance and go all out. To an onlooker, the guests just appear to be dancing to nothing. It’s a really fun and entertaining experience!” Wrap It Up can plan your event for you or just offer creative ideas like this one; they’re available with a host of a la carte services to meet your every little need.

Get Creative with the Theme

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Holiday parties tend to rely on wreaths and lit trees for decor. Instead, why not create a more interesting corporate holiday party and re-make the space your employees have gotten so used to? Lauren from LK Events says, “Imagine walking into an Old-Chicago themed party with speakeasy elements and ‘Taste of Chicago’ treats or a space draped in white with puffs of ivory hydrangeas nestled on tables for a winter wonderland feel?” Let LK Events transport your corporate holiday party to another era or locale. They can take your ideas to the next level while managing vendors and the budget, handling every step of the process for your perfect event.

Create a Spectacle: Construct a Giant Gingerbread House

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Fill your lobby or other gathering space with the scent of warmed cinnamon, ginger, clove and molasses from traditional holiday gingerbread. Christina Currie Events can arrange for bakers to construct a giant gingerbread house at the site of your corporate holiday party. “They will work all day to assemble the house personalized with your company name. Employees can gather or stop in throughout the day to check progress and indulge in cookies or build their own smaller versions to take home,” says Christina from Christina Currie Events. Her team can help produce an unforgettable event for your employees.


Warm up with a Hot Chocolate Bar

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Food For Thought knows that an artfully-composed sip or bite at the right moment can make your employees feel considered and taken care of. For a memorable holiday celebration, they suggest their extra-ordinary hot chocolate bar. “We start with your standard-issue hot chocolate, then offer a spicy Mexican version and a velvety butterscotch variation. We offer all the accoutrement: sprinkles, cocoa shavings, giant homemade marshmallows, and whipped cream,” says Joel, from Food For Thought. He goes on to suggest putting the “spirit” in the season by featuring a few liqueur toppers for a great after-hours gathering. Want more than a treat? Their team can create international food and drink bars to fit any corporate holiday party ideas or theme you can dream.