16 Office Party Ideas & Examples for 2023

Last updated: January 25, 2023

Are you thinking of planning an office party for your co-workers and colleagues for them to make new connections?

Or maybe you just started a new position and have no friends?

This blog post will show you the best office party ideas and how to host it. You and your colleagues will be able to build relationships and strengthen your connections.

Here are the key concepts that Roger learned from my book and applied it for his events:

  • Plan the party 3 weeks ahead
  • Collect RSVPs
  • Send reminder messages
  • Facilitate icebreakers
  • Take a group photo
Why you should listen to me: My name is Nick Gray. I've hosted hundreds of parties for my co-workers and colleagues. I even wrote a book about hosting parties and I believe I've figured out the perfect party formula.

Office Party Ideas

Here are party format ideas for you to use at your next work event:

  1. Office rewards
  2. Cocktail party
  3. Bingo
  4. Office games
  5. Breakfast party
  6. Movie night
  7. Potluck
  8. Happy hour
  9. Casino night 
  10. Virtual office party
  11. Group cooking class 
  12. White elephant 
  13. Escape room
  14. Bring your pet to work day
  15. Team bonding activities 
  16. Wine and cheese

Meet Roger from Austin Texas

Roger is the co-founder of a company called Zoro Card.

I met Roger at someone’s happy hour and he was interested in making new friends since he just moved here in Austin, Texas.

Roger’s group photo from his office party

Roger’s First Apartment Party

Roger wanted to host a party to make new friends and bring his existing friends together. I told him about my book The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He was excited and wanted to try it, so I gave him an early copy.

After reading my book, he hosted his first party in his apartment. After his successful event, he was more confident in hosting one for his co-workers.

Hosting an Office Party at Work

After the success of his first party, Roger then planned a much bigger party, this time at a friend’s office. His goal was to make new connections for his business.

All the guests circled up for the icebreakers.

How did it go?

The party was a huge success! Here’s what Roger said afterwards:

I was blown away at how easy it was to host such a fun, successful event. You literally handed me the perfect formula for hosting and all I had to do was follow it step by step. It’s obvious that hosting these types of events is the ultimate hack to growing and deepening my connections with some of the coolest people in my city, and I’m already seeing the results of that after hosting just one event.

Snacks and Drinks

Food at your parties doesn’t have to be fancy! People aren’t coming for the food—they’re coming for the connections.

Here’s a list of snacks and drinks that you can buy and serve at your party with only $100:

Alcohol

  • 750 ml each of whiskey and vodka, or other liquor (tequila!),
  • or 2 bottles each of red and white wine

Mixers

  • 4 L of sparkling water or 24 cans
  • 1 L of cranberry or orange juice
  • 1 L of diet and regular soda

Snacks

  • Baby carrots: 1 lb
  • Hummus: 8 or 12 oz
  • Guacamole: 1 lb
  • Chips: two 12-15 oz bag
  • Nuts, salted: 16 oz
  • Cheese plate: 2 lb (optional)
  • Grapes: 2 lb

Take a look at Roger’s snacks and drinks corner.

A snack and drinks corner for Roger's office party.
Who doesn’t love chips and dip? Also I love Doritos. Not sponsored.

Office Party Photos

Here’s some pictures of Roger’s lovely party guests. This party was hosted in Austin, Texas.

The Result

This was another success for Roger and he was able to make new friends and connections for his business. All he did was follow the formula found in The 2-Hour Cocktail Party.

Photo of 3 people wearing nametags from an office party.
Happy guests with their name tags.

He’s also received invitations to other people’s events. And he re-connected with people that he hadn’t seen in a long time. Roger uses these parties to make new friends and to help network for his startup tech company.

People talking to each other from Roger's office party
Guests making new connections.

Conclusion

This was a perfect example of my ideal reader of my book about how to host a party

Roger hosted a party at home and learned the fundamentals of hosting:

  • Collecting RSVPs,
  • Sending reminder messages,
  • Doing name tags,
  • Using a few quick icebreakers,
  • Doing a group photo.

Then he used those skills to host a larger event. And he had the confidence to do it!

I’ve been able to successfully invite people to attend my party who I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to meet up with 1-1, and I’ve been receiving invitations to join other people’s events.

Roger Morris

Want to learn how to host a party like Roger? Email me your party date! I’ll hold you accountable and provide extra advice. 

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About the author

Howdy! I'm Nick Gray. Most people know me as the Founder of Museum Hack. I wrote a book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, about making new friends and building big relationships through small gatherings.