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New Year's Eve 2014 Office Party Ideas

From Westbrook to Wallingford, Middletown to Meriden, Connecticut businesses will be ringing in the New Year in style.

How is your company planning to celebrate?

If you’ve ever planned a New Year’s office party, then you know how challenging it can be to find activities that are both fun and “office appropriate.” We’re here to help! Below, you’ll find a few fast and easy ideas for throwing a great party.

Guess the Resolution

This office party game is perfect for smaller groups.  Have each guest write down his top resolution on a slip of paper and then place it in a box.  One by one, draw resolutions from the box and ask participants to write down whose resolution they think it is.  Award prizes to those who correctly guess the most.

“Murder” by Winking

Don’t worry; nobody gets hurt in this game! Appoint a detective and ask him to wait outside the party room. Seat remaining employees in a circle and elect one to be the murderer (don’t tell the detective who it is). Call the detective back in and have him join the circle. When he is ready the “crimes” begin, as the murderer winks at people in the circle. Anyone who sees that they have been winked at lets out a blood-curdling scream and “dies.” Give the detective three attempts to guess the murderer.

Invent a Company

Divide your party guests into groups.  Give each group a three- or four-letter acronym that you’ve made up.  Then give each group about 10 minutes to decide what the acronym stands for and what the company does.  After the 10 minutes are up, a representative from each team makes a short presentation, telling everyone all about their imaginary company.  Vote for the funniest, most outrageous and most viable businesses.

Hat Personalities

Gather a wide variety of hats.  Pass out one hat to each employee.  Then, each employee takes his turn introducing himself and acting as he imagines an owner of such a hat would behave.  He can even give himself an accent and a new name.  Afterwards, ask employees to vote for their favorites, based on accuracy, enthusiasm and creativity.

Classic Charades

Make a New Year’s Eve version of charades by acting out major events, popular song, book or movie titles, or people who made the news during the year. Divide your group into two teams and determine how long each round will be.  Have each team brainstorm and write the names of the things to be acted out.  Have them write their ideas on small pieces of paper and put them in a New Year’s Eve hat.  The first person chooses a paper from the opposite team’s bowl and acts out the name or phrase.  Remember – no talking allowed!  Only the team of the person acting out tries to guess.  If the timer goes off before the correct answer is guessed, no point is earned.  It is now the other team’s turn.  Alternate turns between teams and the one that guesses the most correctly wins.

No matter how you choose to ring in the New Year, all of us at A.R. Mazzotta hope it’s a healthy and prosperous one!