Food, drinks, and talk are essential elements of any party but it would be a great idea to enliven the atmosphere of an office party by incorporating innovative themes in dress, décor and games. The best way to break the monotony of an office party would be to organize some great office party games that enliven the otherwise uptight atmosphere and make the parties a roaring success. One way to generate participation and interest in the office party games is to keep prizes for the participants and winners of the games. Prizes could include gift certificates and even small mementoes which can go a long way in keeping the buzz alive.
Office parties are a kind of a business event and hence the games should be appropriate for the setting. The office party games should be general in nature aimed to encourage interaction among the people and should avoid anything which smacks of superiority or gender inequality. Office parties are meant to entertain employees and foster cordial relations among the office staff. The game of “Give Me” is a popular party game with large crowds where the caller or leader heads the group and calls out the names of any item that a person may be having on him such as a lipstick, tie, kerchief, a photograph, hair-pins, brown shoes and so on. The person who runs first to the caller with the specific item is declared the winner and gets the prize.
The game of musical chairs is a universally entertaining game with all age-groups and diverse settings and can also be play in the more formal scenario of an office party. The chairs in the musical chairs game are placed back to back in two rows with one chair less than the number of participants. When the music starts playing the players walk around the chairs and each one has to take a chair when the music stops suddenly. The person without a chair is out of the game. Another chair is removed and the game proceeds in the same manner till there is only one winner.
The White Elephant Gift is a popular office party game. Everyone gets a gift from home which they are ready to exchange with the other players. The gifts can be something silly, funny or even unwanted items. All the gifts should be neatly wrapped and placed in the centre with the participants sitting around it in a circle. Each person in the circle gets the option to choose a gift which he can either open or wait to exchange with someone else. Once the gift is traded you cannot take it back from that person. The game ends when all the gift packages are unwrapped.
This is a fun game in an office party which fosters group interaction apart from showcasing one’s talent. A bowl of slips of paper with the names of popular movies is kept ready. Participants have to pair up and the first pair picks up a chit from the bowl and enacts a scene from the movie listed on the slip. The pair that guesses the right answer gets the next chance to pick the chit from the bowl. This party game can go on till every pair gets a chance to pick a chit and show his prowess at acting.