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5 team holiday party ideas for small businesses

11th December 2017

Just because you’ve got a small team, it doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the festive fun of the holidays. We’ve wrapped up five great ways for your team to get into the holiday spirit, that won’t break a small business budget.

Gift your time

It’s easy to get caught up in the fun and frivolity of the holidays – an excess of food, a mountain of presents – but it’s not always the easiest time of the year. This year, gather your team and give back through some voluntary work. Not only does it make a casual yet rewarding team-building activity with none of the awkwardness of forced socialising next to the buffet, working together for a shared cause can help your team bond.

There are plenty of corporate team volunteering opportunities throughout New Zealand, such as Auckland City Mission, Ronald McDonald House and Eat My Lunch.

Explore daytime fun

Evening parties may be a traditional option, but childcare or family commitments may make them tricky for some of your team. Instead, give them a double treat by giving them time off work with a great daytime activity. New Zealand is pretty much the best country in the world to be for exciting daytime activities. Depending on your thrill level, you could strap yourselves into giant inflatable balls, tackle a high ropes course, go bungy jumping, or even white-water rafting.

For more low-key options, think a BBQ on the beach, a team outing to the newest holiday movie, bowling or a cooking class.

Treat your tastebuds

The holidays are a time for indulging in some fantastic food, so treat your team to a beautiful meal at a restaurant they normally wouldn’t visit. A lovely splurge for them, it’ll also provide a relaxed team get-together, leaving you all free to simply enjoy each other’s company and eat.

Embrace the northern

Hemisphere, that is. We might not have the snow, reindeer and roaring log fireplaces but there are opportunities to enjoy an alternative holiday experience. Think a trip to an ice skating rink, an indoor snow park, or a local Christmas market.

Feed the foodies

If you’ve got a team of keen cooks, run a holiday baking competition and bring in your best pavs to share. You could also do a potluck lunch and add a competitive twist as you all rate your favourites. If you’d rather avoid cooking, consider catering, with a difference – like getting cookies and milk, doughnuts or sushi to come to you.

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