Everyone expects the unexpected at the company Christmas party, but who’s to say you and that co-worker cutie can’t flirt shamelessly outside of the office any other time of year? Face it—it’s time to shake up the office’s social calendar. Make your next corporate party one to remember by bringing back the best part of your collegiate glory days: theme parties! “Out-of-the-box” is now more than just corporate lingo—it’s your next office bash. Read on and take notes:
Casino Royale Party

Treat your co-workers to a little gambling, mingling, but most importantly, food and drinks. A Casino Royale Gala is the perfect way to entertain a large group.

Invitations: Invest in casino or poker-themed cards—with confetti in the envelope for added sparkle. Dressing up adds to the glitz of this royal evening, so be sure to note on your invitations that this is a black tie (or black tie optional) affair.
Decorations: A big room with empty walls is perfect for slot machines, casino lights, or “Welcome to Vegas” signs. Do it big! And what’s a casino party without cold hard cash? Give your guests fake money as they enter the door. Tables can be decked out in white linens, casino confetti, dice balloon bouquets, and black, red and gold flatware.
Games: Rent casino gaming equipment from local vendors. They’ll set your corporate party up for Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Wheels of Fortune, and Roulette Games.
Drinks: Martinis and grasshoppers. Your guests will be feeling lucky!

Mardi Gras

Treat your co-workers to a Mardi Gras soiree that would rival even that of New Orleans’s French Quarter—all in shades of purple, green and gold. Hold your party in a ballroom, plantation or historic building (we’ve got them all!), and set the mood with some New Orleans jazz.

Invitations: Key word: glitter. Send out invitations that sparkle and shine, perhaps to an obnoxious degree, and remember to indicate that guests should come dressed in their Mardi Gras finery. Purple, green, gold, feather masks—and don’t forget the beads!
Decorations: A corporate event isn’t exactly the place for beads to be earned, but who says they don’t make killer décor? Hang them around the venue for a festive touch … ceiling fans, furniture, anywhere and everywhere. Hang a Mardi Gras flag and string purple, green and white Christmas lights for that magical Bourbon Street effect.
Eatables: Gumbo, Jambalaya and King Cake. Accompany with the perfect Hurricane cocktail.

Italian Dinner Party

Ciao baby! Take your co-workers on the trip of a lifetime to the land of fine wine, ancient history and mouth-watering food: Italy. Your office staff will take pleasure in an evening of fine eats, delicious wine and the company of friends and coworkers.

Invitations: Attach a small invitation note to something very Italian, like a small
bag of biscotti. Place on co-workers’ desks a few weeks before the party—they’ll appreciate the unexpected snack!  Perhaps incorporate red, green and white, the colors of the Italian flag.
Atmosphere: Go authentic. Red and white checkered table-cloths are accompanied perfectly by dripping candles in empty Chianti bottles. Play soft Italian music (or opera if you feel like hitting a high note) as guests mingle.
Food: In a true Italian meal, the number of courses can range from three
to six. If hiring waiters is not an option, a buffet or family style serving would work nicely for a large scale gathering. The classics will go a long way: bread, pasta, excessive amounts of cheese and wine! Buon appetito!

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