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Have Your Corporate Holiday Party or Event at Planet Bowl

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Have you ever been to a company party where everyone struggles to make polite conversation? It’s a pretty common occurrence when your company chooses to have the party in a venue where there is nothing to do but talk. Have your corporate holiday party or event at Planet Bowl. We have several party rooms you can use and engage in the fun activity of bowling. Here are some tips for making it happen.

  1. Choose a Date

Our party rooms fill up fast for the holiday season, so set your date as early as possible. You’ll want to make sure key members of your staff as well as lower-level employees can be on hand for your event. Letting them know when to come well in advance of the date can ensure a higher turnout and a more relaxed party atmosphere.

  1. Determine Projected Attendance

Many companies make holiday party attendance mandatory. If you do, you should already know how many people are coming. If not, send out invitations and make it clear you expect employees and other guests to RSVP. Since not everyone who attends may decide to bowl, they also need to let you know if they will be bowling.

  1. Decide How Long to Bowl

Your fee for bowling will be determined by two things: the number of people that participate and the length of time your group spends bowling. The cost is per lane per hour. You may need to choose the length of bowling time based on your budget, especially if it is a tight one.

  1. Remember Bowling Shoes

To eliminate cost for your employees, plan to pay for their bowling shoe rentals. Remember that people who bowl often in their off-work hours might already have shoes. Again, you can find this out by mentioning it in the invitation.

  1. Rent a Party Room

Planet Bowl has several group party rooms you can use. Simply go to our website and choose the number in attendance. We will schedule the room for you and confirm your date and time during our working hours. Or, you can call us or come into Planet Bowl to secure your spot on our calendar.

  1. Plan Refreshments

Since we have a complete, full-sized kitchen, you can easily bring in food for your party. You can even heat up snacks or meals. You can provide hot or cold beverages to your guests and serve their food in the party room.

  1. Decorate

What is a holiday party without festive decorations? Set the scene however you like, with streamers, centerpieces or by hanging a few decorations on the walls. As long as you avoid damaging anything in the room, you are good to go! Remember to take your decorations with you after the party.

  1. Let the Fun Begin!

Make sure key members of management get to the bowling center on time so you all can greet your guests when they arrive. Aim for a friendly evening without the need to dwell on work responsibilities. Encourage your employees to relax and enjoy their time as they socialize and engage in the fun activity of bowling.

Planet Closed @4PM for Pan-Am Event Nov 30th

Attention all bowlers!

We at Planet Bowl are pleased to welcome all of the Pan-Am Volunteers for an orientation event. Unfortunately this will mean we will be closed to the public starting at 4PM. The countdown to Pan-Am is ever approaching and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Top 10 Team Building Activities in Mississauga

One of the vital keys to a successful company (or any kind of enterprise that involves working in a group), is for its members to have a strong sense of teamwork. And this kind of camaraderie between the employees and their workers can be strengthened in a number of ways, which can range from corporate bowling parties to exciting company outings. And Mississauga, ranked as the 6th most populous city in the Canada 2011 Census and one of the most prosperous in Canada, offers these kinds of team building activities, and much more. Below is the list of what can be considered some of the best arrays of team building activities for your company to enjoy.

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(For more information about the team activities listed below and their price range, you can check on the links available at the end of this article.)

The Amazing Chase

Inspired by the world-famous reality race show The Amazing Race, this is one of the most classic team building activities as it combines speed, creativity, resourcefulness, and athleticism at the same time in a race around the city. There will be two major color groups, with each group divided further into smaller teams with 3-5 members each. Each team will have to face a lot of unique and brain-stimulating challenges and navigate their way through a series of Route Markers, Road Blocks, and Detours scattered all over the city before the allotted time for the race ends. This activity will not only put your physical aspects to the tests, but will also push your ability to work under time pressure and cooperate with your teammates as well.

Urban Fear Factor

Using your smartphone has never been this good. This activity will surely unleash your wild side and give you a good laugh all year long through numerous and outrageous that can range from doing things inside the elevator with random strangers and right down to the weirdest and scariest tasks such as kissing a lobster—these moments that will be captured by your smartphone. Activities that will be done on the day of the event will be sent to your phone through an app and will give you more opportunities to bond with your co-workers.

Team Bowling Events

This classic sport among people in Mississauga is also one of the best activities that you can pick for your team building events. Aside from the fact that there are many bowling alleys in and around the city, these places also offer special services that can make your bowling experience with colleagues more enjoyable. For example, Planet Bowl in Mississauga holds team bowling tournaments, and ‘cosmic bowling’ nights that combines bowling and the feel of being in disco bars. If you want to read more about Planet Bowl and its services, you can check out the links available at the end of this article.

CI: The Crime Investigation

If you are a huge fan of the TV series Sherlock and board game Clue, then you will also love to do something mind-boggling and brain-stimulating with your co-workers. This team building activity reconstructs a scene that of a crime scene investigation—wherein you and your teammates have to use your powers and deduction and critical in order to solve the crime. You will also be immersed in a forensic investigation wherein you have to search for clues and preserve evidence to be used to solve the crime.

Secret Agent 007

Another thrilling and mentally exciting endeavor, this spin-off from the famous exploits of James Bond (popularly known as Agent 007) will bring you to the world of secret agents and international spies, with your roles as Special Operations Agents and your main goal to uncover the villain’s notorious criminal secrets. You will be briefed with MI6 knowledge and taught skills like map reading and code-breaking, and will be given various equipment to aid you on your quest.

The Great Camera Caper

This activity provides an avenue for you and your co-workers to take a tour of the city, as you will be tasked to find secret locations, finish challenges, and capturing them and the other wonders of the city on camera, and compete with other teams by scoring and earning the highest points to win the game.

The Apprentice

This team building activity is not only meant for character building and cooperating and all that entails, but also for charity. Taken from yet another famous competition, teams are not only assigned to design something innovative and creative for the win, but also tasked to construct something (for example, a bike) to make someone—usually people from the chosen beneficiary of the event—happy, or hear the dreaded words “You’re fired” if it is not done.

GPS Geocache

GPS Geocache is another race that will put you under lots of stress and pressure, but here is a twist: your team gets to hold a GPS that will help you navigate your way to the finish line. But then again, the GPS will not give you the exact directions and you will have to complete many obstacles in order to go to the next round. Your team will be judged according to your accuracy, creativity, and your performance on your team’s challenges.

Boat Building Regatta

Yet another race, this time in the water, to test your wits and resourcefulness, the Boat Building Regatta is your typical boat race—except that your boat will have to be made out of cardboard and you will have to switch places as the boat rower at a specific station. This race will surely be exhilarating and will give you and your colleagues more quality time as you decide on how to best make do of your boat and win the race.

Paparazzi Challenge

For those of you who would prefer to have team building activities that do not require much money and physical endowment but still make you utilize your brain skills and have a good time, this one is for you. This game will be Hollywood-themed and fit to any occasion as you discover more about the world of celebrities and paparazzi and popular culture. You will have to make headlines, do photo reenactments, and make amateur dramatics in order to earn points and win the game.

With so many team building activities, it should be easy for you to plan them out and take action. Most offices feel that team building activities are a waste of time, money and resources. But the fact is that these activities only make the employees bond together and work better with each other in an office environment, which ultimately boosts your business.

How To Reward Your Employees

The fate of your business, like any other, is tied to your employees and it is extremely important to keep them motivated, and committed to the organization for ensuring performance and success. Especially in today’s intensely competitive environment when they need to go the extra mile by sacrificing their family time, working odd hours and going beyond their brief to keep clients happy, ensure timely deliveries and meet company targets.

Most companies have their own policies and ways on rewarding employee performance from time to time. These include cash rewards, gift vouchers, pat on the back in the form of certificates and appreciation letters, medals, etc. However, with the focus shifting from these traditional rewards to ones which create opportunities for de-stressing or bonding, managers are constantly looking for newer avenues for celebrating team success. One such way is taking the team to a bowling centre for a couple of hours of fun, camaraderie and exercise.

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This idea especially works for teams that spend most of their days hooked to their computers or have a desk job and rarely get an opportunity for physical activities. Bowling is not just a game, it exercises many of your less used muscles and who knows, your team outing can even get your team hooked to the sport leading to a healthier lifestyle.

If you want to add a zing to your celebration, you can also go for cosmic bowling. For the uninitiated, cosmic bowling refers to bowling under lasers and florescent lights with trance or other type of loud music being played in the room. The whole atmosphere becomes electric with criss-crossing lights giving the room a cosmic feel.

Most good bowling centers also have a well stocked snacks bar and a full service kitchen and you don’t have to worry about finding a place to eat after a strenuous bowling session. What’s more they have special packages for groups and corporate parties and booking in advance ensures you get all the benefits.

If you are looking to have an event like an R&R ceremony or other group building exercises first, before you move on to bowling and refreshments, you can also book a room depending upon the size of the group. Another option for large groups is to book the whole center or go for a buyout for an evening and avail further discounts.

Don’t worry if some members of the group have never bowled before. You want to create an opportunity to bond and learning from each other can only bring the team members closer. Bowling is no rocket science and any goof-ups are sure to create some light moments. If there are bowling pros in the team, well, that’s great too! You can have a friendly competition to warm things up a bit.

The best thing about bowling is that it can be enjoyed by people of all age groups and skill levels. A bowling party to celebrate your team’s success is something that can be easily organized and can soon become a ritual with your team! A bowling party is one way on how to reward your employees.

Bowling in Etobicoke

Bowling is a sport that is well loved by people of all age groups. And why not? It’s a lot of fun besides being a good exercise. It strengthens the muscles in arms, chest and legs and boosts heart fitness. Whether you are with friends, family or on a date, bowling together is a great way to bond. And if you are in Etobicoke, Toronto, Planet Bowl is just the place to be. Be it an hour of bowling in Etobicoke with friends or snacking, Planet Bowl is sure to exceed your expectations.

Events and Parties

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Planet Bowl is also an excellent venue for holding events. With three spacious private party rooms, modern facilities and fully functional kitchen, it is the perfect choice for holding birthday parties, corporate events, group events, family celebrations, wedding rehearsal dinners, etc. You can also choose rooms according to the number of guests you are expecting. The birthday package includes an hour of bowling for the guests. For group events Planet Bowl’s huge experience in holding all types of parties successfully ensures a hiccup-free event.

Bowling League

Joining Planet Bowl’s bowling league is a perfect way to stay physically active and healthy in a fun way regardless of your age, however, it is especially good for children who otherwise end up spending a lot of time in front of the television, playing videogames or simply surfing the web. Moreover, it provides a platform for children and youngsters to socialize and make friends and also instills a competitive spirit in them. League games in Planet Bowl are held only once a week, and include three games.  Adults can be a part of the League as well and special discounts are available for group or corporate bookings.

Orbit Café

All that striking and rolling is sure to make you hungry and Planet Bowl’s Orbit Café has the answer – Choose from a juicy chicken wing, a large pizza, Nachos, pasta, fajita or Mediterranean food. If you have a sweet tooth, indulge in mini pastries or pick from its fresh fruit display.

Cosmic/X-treme Bowling

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Apart from 10-pin bowling, Planet Bowl is also the best Cosmic Bowling venue in Etobicoke. Played under dim light with glowing lasers dancing all around you and loud music in the background, Cosmic Bowling can be an “other-worldly” experience and hence, the name. If you are new to bowling or introducing your kids to it, this experience is likely to hook you to the sport. Kids especially enjoy it and are awed by the illuminated bowling pins and balls, not to mention the fluorescent lights on their bodies and clothes. In fact, Cosmic Bowling as a part of your kid’s birthday party or celebrations with friends can be a great idea.

The selection of Planet Bowl as the official bowling venue for Pan Am 2015 reflects its reputation as one of the best bowling venues in the area. Come summer 2015 and the place will play host to this International Bowling Tournament with players from all of Americas and Caribbean.

Top 5 Ways To Celebrate Company Success

It is a well-accepted fact that any company owes its success to its people. Yes, technology and other factors play a part but people, at all levels; are the actual driving force behind innovations, output, sales, customer delight, revenue, profits, growth and any other parameter of success one can think of! And this is what makes celebrating company success with those who have carved it and giving credit where it’s due is so important.

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Let’s discuss some great ways to celebrate your company success with your employees

  1. A culture of celebration: Make celebrating a part of your organizational culture. Success should not be measured quarterly or annually. Great organizations make success a habit and do not wait for months to celebrate. Rather, they celebrate even small successes with small gestures like ordering a cake or a pizza for the team or having monthly allowances that allows each manager or departmental head to reward exceptional performance.
  2. Start a tradition: Starting a tradition around every milestone that a company reaches is another great idea. It can be something as simple as ringing a bell for every target achieved to having a monthly town hall to celebrate success and reward those who have played an important role in it in the presence of all employees. Another tradition that can make employees feel honored and an important part of the organization success is a date with the CEO. This can be a true learning experience for individual achievers and inspire others to do better too.
  3. Throw a fun party: Nothing excites people more than a well planned, fun party. If you are celebrating a huge achievement or an anniversary, make sure people realize the importance of that event. How about throwing this party in a bowling arena? Bowling is a fun activity and people would love to come to attend it. Build up enough hype around the party through posters and pre-party events. Create fun e-mail invitations for employees clearly mentioning the party theme, encourage employees to come up with individual and team performances, confirm if the venue has a dance area, make proper arrangements for food and drinks, and ensure attendance of top brass for R&R. The idea is to create an opportunity for employees for letting their hair down and having some fun after months of hard work.
  4. Plan team activities: Plan team outings and activities that help in building trust and bonding between team members. Planning a weekend rafting or sailing trip or an evening out bowling or playing pool presents an excellent opportunity to combine team building with celebrating performance.
  5. Giving time off: Not many top honchos will approve of it, but the fact remains that employees do sacrifice a lot of personal time to keep the company’s flag flying high. Getting some time to spend with family and friends is one of the best ways of celebrating success. We are not talking a full-fledged vacation here; even a half-day off combined with movie tickets or discount coupons will greatly lift employee morale. After all, organization’s success is also employee’s success and celebrating it with family makes it even more special!

While there are many other ways to celebrate your company’s success, the ones mentioned above are most popular. Everybody loves to enjoy, and what better way than to celebrate it with your employees.

How To Organize A Charity Bowling Event

Have you ever been to a charity bowling event? Besides having fun, these events expose you to a different world. You see the cause for which it is held, and you come to know what you have in life that others are lacking, which in turn make you feel lucky. Apart from that you come to meet so many like minded people.

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Attending a charity bowling event is great, but organizing one can be quite challenging. There are many types of charity bowling events, and each is a different game. They all need a lot of planning. To organize a charity bowling event will test the resilience of your nerves. If you want to pull off a sparkling event where the participants pledge a minimum amount to your coffer, you need to adhere to the points discussed below.

Plan Ahead

Do not dilly-dally with a high return corporate bowling event. Kick start your planning at least 6 months prior to the actual event by getting in touch with local bowling alleys. Your target weekend should not coincide with major holidays or other similar charity tourneys, else you may run the risk of failing to attract ardent bowlers.

Negotiate like Donald Trump

Now, you need to negotiate with the alley. You can engage yourself or someone from your organization to snag the best package deal. Request the alley to provide free shoes to bowlers, free soda from café, and passes to be distributed as prizes in corporate bowling parties. Tell them what a great cause it is and how you will promote the bowling alley.

Shiny Prizes draw in more Participants

Your tourney will fail to allure top bowlers without loads of fabulous prizes. You can hit the streets requesting people to donate for your charity event. Places like restaurants, grocery stores ranking high on the list of your favorite haunts can be approached to snag donations. You can get sponsors in your fold by assuring them of wide publicity of their brands during the charity event. Start with friends and contacts you already know.

Don’t starve your fat wallet donors!

Next, hunt for food donors to appeal to the appetite of bowlers. If no one shows up, you can order inexpensive munchies like hot dogs, pizzas from your pocket to invite gallant show from the energetic bowlers. Make sure everyone’s having fun and not hungry so that they will show up for your next charity event.

Promote the big event

Now, stoke excitement for the upcoming event by seeking voluntary participation of few bowlers to promote the event. This will kindle the interest of your supporters and give them an incentive to sign up for the event. Organize the registration process well ahead of the actual date, else you will feel disoriented when flooded by requests. Create compendious press releases and dispatch them to the offices of local newspapers, television channels to be broadcasted/ published for calling attention.

Keep the excitement rolling

Once potential participants start to enroll themselves for the charity corporate bowling tournament, start sending them weekly notes pertaining to fundraising or other bowling aspects to sustain their interest.  You will find many participants actually contributing funds for the event. You can also stimulate the appetite of potential bowlers by disclosing what awaits them at the end of the tournament. One good way to do this is to announce prizes as you get them.

Make a (reasonable) schedule

Develop a game plan to avoid botching the tournament. A timeline with detailed assignment of responsibilities/areas to each person will do. The food setup, bowling game alley, prize tables, announcement desk etc should be laid out properly to avoid chaos. Make sure you schedule enough time for each element or else people will be there till closing time.

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charity bowling party

Once you are over with the tournament, you have earned tons of experience to be utilized in forthcoming corporate bowling parties. Relax, and after you are done with the exigencies that come in the wake of an event, make it a point to send ‘thank you’ notes to all the sponsors, individual contributors, star participants, and the bowling alley staff.

You can also get in touch with Mississauga corporate events organizers to get more insights  and help into how to successfully organize a charity bowling tourney.

How To Organize A Corporate Bowling Event

The corporate event of your company is around the corner, but you have run out of unique and invigorating ideas for recharging the drooping spirits of your team. Well, your worries stand to get resolved with a corporate bowling event. Bowling parties are fun, promote camaraderie among colleagues, and allow better assimilation of organization’s vision and mission among employees. Unbridled joy awaits employees of all age groups.

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corporate bowling event

Organizing a corporate bowling event can be challenging, not because you need to slave away on finer details but owing to the fact that the prestige of your company is at stake. It is a team building event which serves the purposes of fostering unity, strengthening interpersonal relationship, and brings about an air of trust within the organization.

A bowling event informally conduces to team building and rehashing corporate values through interactive bowling event accompanied with serving of foods and beverages.

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Plan for the budget

You embark on the job by assessing the corporate budget allocated for the purpose. Get in touch with the local bowling centre (Planet Bowl if you are in Toronto or Mississauga area) for reservation of bowling alleys well in advance. Do not dilly-dally, else you may run out of alleys on the designated day. This happens if the chosen day coincides with a public holiday or some other parties have already booked the alleys for their events.  Do not meekly accept all the terms and conditions of the centre. Snag a bargain by convincing the managers to provide for free beverages or bowling shoes. The center also stands to get widespread publicity among your employees. Alongside, order fresh pizzas, burgers, hot dogs for feeding the staff. Try to get a package deal for the food. Remember hungry bowlers are unhappy bowlers. (FYI we here at Planet Bowl have a full size kitchen, that means fresh delicious yummy goodies)

Team Building is the goal

Now, get down to team building. Randomly assign people from different strata of the organization to each team to allow familiarity and forge new strong professional relationship. The competitive spirit of the staff will move to the next level with this initiative. The learning curve in bowling is not very steep making the game highly entertaining. Staff suffering from physical disabilities can also bowl.

Corporate Packages are usually the best deal

Most bowling centres in Toronto have tailored corporate packages which cater to your company’s requirements at reasonable rates. Sit with the managers and negotiate intensively to grab the best deal. The alleys have attached private party rooms and modern kitchen facilities too. Some centres offer money saving hourly discounts for corporate bowling parties exceeding a set number of participants.

The bowling rates in Toronto can vary. Daytime rates are applicable till 6PM and on weekends the rates may go up slightly. Beyond 6PM, the rates see a slight rise as more enthusiastic players pour in. The shoe rental rate is not included and will be charged additionally per head. Most alleys deny holding of corporate events on weekend nights. All reservations are allowed till three days in advance in most cases. Taxes will be applied over and above the decided rates. Be mindful of these while striking the deal.

Corporate bowling party offers an exciting platform for socializing, thus encouraging group interaction and better bonding among employees of different levels and departments. To get started call us at 416-695-2695 or book instantly online here.

Best 5 Fundraising Ideas That Will Bring In The Moola And Bring On The Good Times

Have you ever been to a fundraising event? If yes, then you must know how extravagant they can be. Well, they do not necessarily have to be, as there are some fundraising events where you just have to spend a simple happy hour at a bar in the neighborhood. There are many organizations, like non-profit ones and elementary schools that rely on these fundraising events to bring in the moola over a short period of time. While you don’t have to do much when you are an invitee, it is completely different when you get pulled on to the planning committee. It is no longer so much fun and you have to work out many details in order to make the evening enticing so that the attendees donate generously.

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fundraising ideas

Here are the best 5 fundraising ideas that will bring in the moola and bring on the good times…

  1. Fundraising event at a bowling arena: Bowling can be real fun for adults. You can arrange a fantastic bowling event in your area, which everyone will enjoy attending. Don’t have it on a weekday, as no one has time to have fun then. Having the event on a weekend will definitely bring in more supporters. You can be innovative and add some competitions to the charity bowling event to make it even livelier. You could even raise the price of the bowling tickets. Instead of simply giving beer to the participants, try arranging for some snacks too. If you reside in Toronto and are planning to host a fundraising event, you should enquire about bowling rates Toronto.
  2. Bingo: For this fundraising event you need to make your own cards. Invite people but charge them something like a hundred dollars per ticket. Don’t offer exorbitant prizes; something small like sweets or promises of eternal friendship are suitable.
  3. Cake sale: This is one fundraising event that can’t go wrong. You will definitely make a lot of cash from this. All you have to do is bake lots of cakes and ask your friends to contribute to this event. They can bake their favorite cakes and bring them to the event. Everybody loves eating cake, so it should be no surprise if nothing is left for you at the end.
  4. Film show or film premiere: This kind of fundraising event can be done in two ways. If you have a friend or a relative who owns a movie theatre, you can ask them to help you raise funds by letting you use their cinema for one show. If it is a worthy cause, no one will ever refuse. You can sell the tickets at a higher than usual price. The other way is to arrange to stage a show at your home or your college or school where friends and family are allowed to come and watch the latest movie. You can also ask people to bring their own snacks.
  5. Fashionable fundraising: Fashion shows are very popular. Everyone wants to either be a model or to go to a fashion show. It is so glamorous that if you arrange one, none of your invitees will want to miss it. If you are arranging it on a large scale, you need to rope in a few fashion designers and models, which can be quite difficult. However, if you are planning to do it on a small scale, you can ask your friends to help you with modeling. You can choose some clothes from your own wardrobe or go to local stores to get some. Let these stores know of your intention to fundraise and maybe they will donate the clothes.

While there are many more fundraising ideas that get help generate money for the cause, the ones mentioned above are perhaps the easiest, most popular and loved by people. The simple formula to success in a fundraising event is being thoroughly prepared and knowing your demographics.

Best 3 Places for a Holiday Office Party

A holiday party is probably the last thing on your mind as you try to wrap up this year’s business and deal with all the other formalities. Even if you haven’t managed that you cannot ignore the holiday office party, as you still need to motivate your employees. So plan your office party and be stress free.

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Holiday Office Party

Which is the best venue for your holiday office party?

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One of the most important things to consider when throwing an office party is the venue. This dilemma can be solved by hosting it on your office premises. Small or mid-sized businesses should host the party in their office premises, as they will save a lot of money by not having to rent a room or a hall. If your office building has a huge penthouse or an empty space, you can take that on rent to host your party. This way you are able to spend more money on food and entertainment. You won’t have to find a venue and your employees won’t have to struggle through traffic to reach it. Also, whatever decorations you put up will be retained by you, and can be enjoyed during other office parties in the future.

Conference hall

If you want to hold the party off the official premises, it would be best to use your personal or professional networking connections. See if any one of them can offer you discounts on their normal rates. You never know if the person with whom you play golf or tennis on a regular basis is the owner of such facilities!

Conference halls are pretty expensive, but the professional service offered there is next to none. The staff there knows what is required for a holiday office party and will prepare things for you in advance. For example, they will decorate the place for you, and arrange dinners with a large menu to choose from. So if you have a big enough budget, go for a conference hall.

Bowling centers

 Did you know that official parties are also hosted in bowling centers? Well, bowling centers are great fun. Not only do your employees get a chance to play the game, it will also de-stress them. They will be more open to each other and will interact in a friendly way. Generally, the atmosphere is more relaxed, people let go of their inhibitions and there is a great team spirit.

There are so many bowling centers, but if you happen to be in Toronto, you’ll find that bowling centers in Toronto offer great packages for a holiday office party. With the festive season around the corner most of them are offering discounts and special extra services to attract more customers.

A holiday office party offers an ideal opportunity for employees and employers to spend time with each other and get to know each other better. Your party should be such that the employees feel they are part of the entire entertainment instead of just being passive observers. Why not encourage them to get involved in the arrangements?