{holiday party} Corporate Competitions with Benefits

My professional event management experience began in corporate, producing marketing events, conferences and employee events for Network Solutions and then, VeriSign.  Now that I own posh parties, I produce fewer corporate events but I always keep my eyes and ears open for fantastic ideas ... like these (mostly affordable) corporate holiday parties with multiple benefits including improved team work and employee morale while giving back to the community ... 

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Group employees into small teams and challenge each team to decorate the best gingerbread house! After the party, donate the gingerbread houses to your local family shelter or assisted living home.

Iron Chef Competition
Again, group employees into small teams and challenge each team to create the best holiday food item (depends on the time of the party) using a mystery basket of ingredients. After the competition, enjoy the results; your food display is ready to eat or you may share with a local food bank!

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Bike-Building Contest
This corporate holiday party is absolutely my favorite!  Challenge your employees to quickly assemble a child's bike ... works best in teams!  At the end, donate the bikes to local less fortunate children to make their holidays merry and bright!  In fact, invite leadership from your local youth service organization and present the bikes directly.  Or have your "elves" deliver the bikes to the children. 

However you choose to celebrate, share your story and photos with local media.  Positive news, like corporate giving, is always appreciated and the publicity may pay for the party!

Thanks to Stacy McGuigan of Everyday Celebrations for prompting today's post!

1 comment:

  1. This is so great! I have heard of culinary team building exercises done by companies, but I haven't had the chance to do it yet. I'll have to get working on it. That looks like so much fun!