The end of the financial year means different things to different people. For some, it represents a mad dash to June 30th to have all their work complete and ready for submission. Some await the end of the commercial year excitedly for the sales that ensue. For others, it’s a sign that that much-needed tax return is on its way. There’s one thing however that all the corporate world can agree on: the EOFY means it’s time to let your hair down and celebrate a year’s worth of hard work.
EOFY celebrations have increased in popularity recently and for good reason. The end of the fiscal year is a time to commemorate the achievements of businesses and employees alike. As much as it signifies the end of something, it also represents the start of something else. There’s no better way to get your employees excited about the upcoming fiscal year than honouring the occasion. Not only will it show your employees that you value them but can serve as a valuable team-building mechanism that brings people together.
The timing of the EOFY also lends itself naturally to events and festivities, occurring smack bang in the middle of the year, it offers workers a much-needed respite from the hard, wintery months. In fact, for this reason, EOFY celebrations are starting to rival those during the Christmas season.
With so much emphasis on it, planning your EOFY party needs to start early. That means deciding on theme, décor and the all-important catering well in advance. Coming up with unique ways to celebrate the triumphs of your team can be challenging but is something they’ll remember all year long. In anticipation of the upcoming EOFY, we’ve come up with our favourite corporate party ideas that are sure to impress the whole office!
This is a tried and tested favourite. There is no better time to throw a Winter Wonderland party than the EOFY. It’s an elegant and timeless theme that lends itself to elaborate decorations and decedent spreads. White is the colour of winter and as such should be the staple of any Winter Wonderland party.
Honour this winter theme by adorning the interior with snowflakes, white flowers and an all-white dress code. If you’re looking to really splash out on the decorations, hire a snow machine for the night. It’ll be the talking point of the night and is a novelty sight in our snow-less Melbourne. The Artisan Nitro Ice Cream Cart is the perfect theme addition to any Winter Wonderland, with a range of ice cream flavours (including alcoholic) for your guests to choose from.
A Winter Wonderland theme naturally imparts a sense of opulence and as such should be hosted at a venue that aligns with this. When it comes to food it’s important to stick to the theme. Think, a sprawling Dessert Station filled with snowflake cakes and other wintery delights. If it’s a sit-down soiree, decorate the table with wintery white centrepieces and faux evergreen branches for a sophisticated chic. The meal should be hearty and warm, just like the weather outside. The Shared Feast is a great three-course dining option which allows you to pick and choose food that most suits your theme. For added convenience Wait and Bar Staff can be hired to serve your guests.
Christmas In July
Christmas in July is a popular EOYF party theme. Not only does it coincide with the month of July, but it gives us Aussies an opportunity to experience a faux wintery Christmas! This is the perfect theme if you wanted to keep the celebration confined to the office and can be done at any time of the day or night.
The three fundamental pillars of Christmas are food, presents and a tree. Exude the Christmas spirit with a Spit Roast feast and an office-wide Chris-cringle. What better way to unite the office than sharing in Christmas games and traditions. To get the whole office laughing, organise an Ugly Christmas sweater competition.
Sometimes the best activities are the ones that take you out of your comfort zone and get you out of the office. Partaking in an Interactive Cooking Class can be the perfect way to bring the office together, you even get the enjoy the food you prepare at the end!
Working collectively as a group to create a three-course meal is a great team building exercise and is sure to produce many laughs and memories. With the head chef at Your Private Chef showing you the ropes and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks provided throughout the experience you’re sure to enjoy yourselves. We can facilitate a range of cuisines, from French and Spanish to Italian and Thai, or can work with you to create a customised menu. For experience, the whole office will be talking about for months to come, look no further than a Corporate Team Building cooking class.
Corporate cocktail parties are fantastic opportunities for employees to unwind, socialise and let their hair down. Choosing a theme for the occasion sets the tone for the night and gives people the opportunity to express their personalities, outside of the confines of the office. Setting a specific theme will also allow you to really hone in on the decorations and food selections.
Any theme presents unique catering opportunities for you to explore. A Hollywood theme is a popular one to make your employees feel like A-list celebrities. Execute the theme with a red carpet, champagne on arrival and a Signature Canape selection. Alternatively, you can opt for a decades theme like 70’s disco to really get the party started. Compliment the disco ball theme with a Bar Station and Canape Grazing Station and let us take care of the hard work while you sit back and enjoy with your team.
Here at Your Private Chef, we’re all about creating unforgettable food moments. We’re Melbourne’s leading corporate caterer and will work with you to create a customised food experience that adheres to any chosen theme. Worried you’ve missed the boat when it comes to catering? Don’t worry, we’ll come to the rescue in even the most ‘last minute‘ catering emergencies and ensure your event goes off without a hitch.