1. The party should not be about one holiday or another. Instead it should be a generic holiday party or end of the year bash, so as not to offend or exclude anyone. Inclusion is the name of the game.
2. Attendance should be voluntary. Being volun-told to attend an off duty work event can lead to violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act and require employers to pay the employees for attendance. Also, forcing employees to attend will dampen the festivities of the party.
3. Restrict alcohol or make alcohol free to avoid inappropriate behavior that could cause legal liability. If alcohol is served make sure to provide transportation for departing guests.
4. Strive to include all employees and their guests.
5. Do not have mistletoe. Repeat…Do not decorate with mistletoe.
6. The menu should be considerate of various dietary needs by offering multiple options.
7. Schedule the party during work hours if possible, towards the beginning of December, and in a fun and convenient location.
8. Go all out on decorations. Make sure they are secular or neutral in nature, but put in the effort, your guests with appreciate it.
9. Indicate appropriate attire ahead of time, and make sure the attire is conducive to the party theme.
10. Include activities and music to entertain the guests before the food comas kick in.
11. Do have a photo booth or photographer.
Enough with the heavy... The point of having an end of the year or holiday party is to bring your employees together and instill a sense of community. Make your end of the year party a celebration of your guests and remember to have fun!