How to Host an Alternative Holiday Office Party

Published on: May 24, 2019 ,

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So, you’ve been tasked with coordinating the holiday office party this year. Now what?

Avoid the ugly sweater contest or awkward gift exchange and make your party an unforgettable experience.

Your friends at The Historic Post Office in Ottawa, Kansas, have a few fun holiday party ideas for your company to help with the planning process!

Find a Unique Event Venue

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It’s easy to have the corporate party at the office or the local bar, but you can do that any Friday night.

Instead, choose a location which offers your company so much more, like the luxurious event venue, The Historic Post Office.

Originally built in 1913, this unique historic building has been renovated as a beautiful setting for all types of celebrations.

If you have a smaller event, our Speakeasy Lounge is perfect! Located in the basement of The Historic Post Office, the Lounge is a stunning 1930’s prohibition era style bar which creates a more intimate feel for a gathering of up to 120 guests. You’ll love the atmosphere.

Or for larger events, The Ballroom can easily accommodate between 100-300 guests, depending on your set up. Its distinct character provides the perfect backdrop for any theme.

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Whether you choose The Ballroom or the Speakeasy Lounge, we’ll create a truly memorable experience for your next corporate holiday party.

Create a Memorable Event Theme

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For the best holiday party, consider incorporating a theme throughout every detail. Here are a few ideas:

  • Evening at the North Pole – Create a winter wonderland with “snow-covered” evergreen trees, cotton batting, and sparkling tissue pom-poms. Add Santa and his elves, and you have the makings of a fun-filled evening that will delight your co-workers and their families.
  • Masquerade Ball – For fancier celebrations, a masquerade ball with decorative masks and an orchestra for entertainment will be an absolute delight for your guests.
  • Old Fashioned Christmas Party – Rent a party bus, take a tour of the holiday lights, then end the evening with hot toddies and Christmas carols in The Speakeasy Lounge. Send everyone home with a gift bag filled with hot chocolate and popcorn balls.

Whatever your theme, the welcoming staff at The Historic Post Office are committed to ensuring your event exceeds your expectations.

Serve Delicious Food

Regardless of whether you have a holiday party for 20 or 300, delicious food is a must.

Our event venue accommodates several different catering types including buffet-style, formal meals at tables, or hors d’oeuvres.

While we welcome outside catering, we also offer our clients exclusive access to preferred vendors who offer delicious options your guests will rave over all night long. They will work with you to choose the perfect menu for your theme and venue.

Special Accommodations

Don’t forget to ask about special accommodations!

Wherever you host your party, check to see if they have everything you need to bring your vision to life.

Will you need a projector to showcase company highlights throughout the year? Or a dance floor to get the party started?

The Historic Post Office, for example, provides several amenities including centerpieces, onsite storage, free parking, and so much more – at no additional cost!

Schedule a Tour

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Now that you have a few ideas about the kind of holiday party you want to create, connect with us today to learn more and schedule a tour.

We love to make your event a memorable experience! Call us at 913.305.7172; send us an email at; or contact us online.

A memorable event begins with an unforgettable venue. See it today. Remember it always.