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7 Employee Appreciation Party Ideas

Behind every successful organization are dedicated employees who pour their passion and commitment into their work day in and day out. What better way to acknowledge their hard work and dedication than with a spectacular employee appreciation party? It’s also a great way to increase employee engagement, boost morale, and decrease employee turnover.

With Employee Appreciation Day right around the corner, it’s time to make a toast to your staff and celebrate their awesomeness in a night to remember!

To get you started, here are our top awesome employee appreciation party ideas that will inspire, motivate, and celebrate everything they do to keep your business going.

1. Party in Themes

Picking a fun theme is the first step to coming up with creative employee appreciation party ideas. It adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your company celebration, and it gives you a lot of room to customize your event according to your employees’ interests, personalities, and preferences.

You can get your whole team involved by asking them if they have employee appreciation theme ideas in mind. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it! Dressing up like the boss or punny cocktail names that tie back to inside jokes among the team are funny ways to relate every element back to the event.

Here are some of our favourite employee appreciation theme ideas:

    “The Dundies” play on The Office
    Royal Soirée
    Fairy Tales
    Hollywood Glam
    Winter Wonderland

2. Prioritize Good Food

The only right way to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day is with great food. So, when talking about employee appreciation party ideas, make sure to leave the top space for menu planning.

Aim to provide a variety of quality snacks, entrées, desserts and an open bar if your budget allows. To simplify the food planning process, book your party at an event space that offers premium catering options, like The Loft on King! This downtown Toronto venue has an exclusive partnership with Food Dudes, one of the best caterers in the city.

The key is making sure no one leaves hungry!

Employees drinking cocktails at a company party held at The Loft on King

3. Host a Recognition Awards Ceremony

Public appreciation is another great way to show employee recognition. To make your staff feel extra special this National Employee Appreciation Day, why not host an awards ceremony to publicly acknowledge your employees’ hard work?

Highlight your employees’ recent and past achievements. You can also create funny superlatives for your employees like “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day” or “Best Office Prankster.”

Recognize Personal Achievements, Too

Employee appreciation party ideas and events need not be restricted to workplace culture. Give some space for recognizing your employees’ personal achievements too!

Take time to celebrate milestones like weddings, births, educational achievements or other big life events. This shows you care about them even outside of work and not just as staff members. Use this chance to promote a healthy work-life balance that can boost their happiness and productivity!

4. Plan a VIP Dinner Experience

Indulge your employees with a VIP dinner experience at your event venue’s private dining area. We love Baro in downtown Toronto for its curated Latin American menu and colourful decor! Treat your team to a gourmet multi-course meal paired with cocktails and fine wine, impeccable service, and elegant ambiance. It’ll be the perfect setting to express gratitude and appreciation.

5. Consider the Details of the Event

Employee appreciation parties need not be dull or uninteresting. To ensure your efforts land in the best way possible, keep your employees entertained and happy throughout the event.

Hire a DJ, comedian, psychic, or band to perform at your celebration, or prepare some team-building activities to foster interaction. Other options include organizing collaborative activities that promote creativity and strengthen bonds, like cooking classes or an art workshop.

Ensure your event has a photo booth or hire a professional photographer to capture the night’s best moments. You can then use these images on your company’s website, on social media, or in marketing materials to promote your company culture.

Read more: Best Entertainment Ideas for Corporate Events

Team members taking photos at a photo booth during a corporate event

6. Let Your Team Do Their Thing!

We know you’re bursting with employee appreciation party ideas, but events like these can get overloaded quickly if you’re not careful. Remember not to fill the event with too many organized activities.

Allow plenty of time for mingling so everyone can relax, chat and bond together outside of the break room. If your company has remote workers, this is the perfect time for them to meet all your employees in a stress-free environment.

💡Pro tip: A cocktail reception is the best setup to encourage employees to interact outside of their teams.

7. Establish a Staff Appreciation Holiday

Parties are great but you could go one step further with your employee appreciation efforts by establishing an annual custom company holiday dedicated solely to employee appreciation. Better yet, make it employee appreciation days and really give them time to be awesome in their personal lives too.

Mark it on the calendar and make it an ongoing tradition they can look forward to!

Plan Your Employee Appreciation Day at The Loft on King

That’s it for our top employee appreciation party ideas! Events like these can make your employees feel appreciated and valued, and also foster a positive company culture.

They are also our specialty! So, if you’re looking for a unique venue to implement your employee appreciation party ideas, The Loft on King is the perfect space for you. Featuring 1,850 sq. ft. that can accommodate up to 200 guests, The Loft on King is a blank canvas that can be transformed into whatever vision you have in mind.

Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can help you show your employees how much you value them.