Are you ready to celebrate gratitude and togetherness at the Thanksgiving events? Then, come along and check our ideas on how to make this year’s festivities memorable, from unique events to heartwarming traditions. Think outside the box by attending a local turkey trot, volunteering at a food drive to give back to your community, or even writing heartfelt letters to loved ones, expressing appreciation for having them in your life.
Whether hosting a grand feast or having an intimate gathering, these ideas will make the upcoming Thanksgiving one for the books. Get ready to embrace the spirit of thankfulness and create lasting memories this holiday!
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving events in the corporate world?
Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and coming together to celebrate with family, friends, and colleagues. But it’s not just a holiday for individuals – corporations can join the festivities and show appreciation for employees, clients, and partners. In this post, we will explore some creative ways for companies to celebrate Thanksgiving in the corporate space and how these events can bring teams closer and enhance company culture.
Thanksgiving Lunch: A Definitive Classic to Show Employee Appreciation
This is just a no-brainer: What better way to show gratitude for everything your team has done so far in the year than offering a memorable Thanksgiving lunch in the office? Send an RSVP to your guests for a date around Thanksgiving Day (respect the holiday so everyone can enjoy it with families and loved ones) and roll up your sleeves to prepare for the great event.
Hire a catering service of your preference and order servings of Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and pumpkin pie. Remember to consider dietary restrictions and offer vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and other varieties of Thanksgiving classics. Decorate your dining space with thematic items and colors like orange, brown, and yellow to represent the date.
Messages of gratitude can complement the decor and stress the intentions and meanings of the event. Set tables and serving stations to create a welcoming ambiance. Renting a venue for a private event is also a nice possibility, but be aware that they may restrict catering to their in-house services.
Community Service Projects: Giving Back Together
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give back to the community and make a positive impact. Companies can celebrate Thanksgiving by organizing and performing community service projects. These include volunteering at a local food bank, making and distributing Thanksgiving meals to those in need, organizing a clothing drive for the homeless, or even a blood drive to help local health institutions.
Participating in community service projects allows companies to showcase their commitment to social responsibility, enhance their brand image, and engage employees in meaningful activities outside the office, a current trend in the general corporate culture revolution. It also allows team bonding as employees work together towards a common goal, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie.
Turkey Trot: Having Fun for a Greater Cause
Turkey trots are traditional morning runs by foot, usually held in the morning on Thanksgiving Day, where the most devout attendees go all the way and participate in big turkey costumes. You can organize your run on a less busy day or invite guests to an already-established local race to provide lots of fun, a good and healthy outdoor activity, a nice memory, and give back to a greater cause. Turkey trots are usually fundraising events where proceeds go to charities, reinforcing the idea of giving back which is central to Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Fun Ideas: Contests, Workshops, and More to Boost Team Spirit
Another fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving in the corporate space is by organizing Thanksgiving-themed events and activities. These are some potential activities that you can try or even enhance for your corporate event:
Team Cookie Decoration: A Savory Stimulating Game
A creative idea involves hosting a ‘Team Cookie Decoration’ contest. Provide each team with sugar cookies in the shape of Thanksgiving-related items such as turkeys, pumpkins, or leaves, along with an assortment of edible decorations such as frosting, sprinkles, and candies.
Teams can then use their creativity to decorate the cookies, and judges can determine the winning team based on various criteria such as creativity, teamwork, and overall presentation. This activity is fun and encourages teamwork and collaboration as employees work together to create something unique and representative of their team – and Thanksgiving.
Interactive Gratitude Workshops
If Thanksgiving is all about expressing gratitude, a great way for businesses to celebrate the date is by organizing interactive gratitude workshops. These workshops can involve gratitude journaling, gratitude-sharing circles, or even games revolving around the ideas and feelings of being thankful.
Promote the exchange of letters within or between different teams to show their gratitude for the challenges they’ve overcome and how they achieved positive synergy when working on shared tasks. The only rules are to be honest and not be afraid to show good feelings to one another.
During these workshops, employees can reflect on what they are grateful for personally and professionally. They can share their gratitude with their colleagues and appreciate each other’s hard work and contributions. This fosters a positive and grateful company culture where employees feel valued and acknowledged for their efforts.
Storytelling Sessions: Sharing Stories of Gratitude and Success
In addition to gratitude workshops, one can organize storytelling sessions where employees can share their stories of gratitude and success. These sessions can be company-wide presentations, smaller group discussions, or virtual storytelling events.
Employees can share inspiring stories of overcoming challenges, achieving their goals, or receiving support from their colleagues. This strengthens the sense of community within the company and motivates and inspires others to strive for success and be grateful for the opportunities and support they receive – and are, in turn, inspired to give back.
It should be clear that Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for companies to celebrate and show gratitude, regardless of what more traditional corporate tenets may say. By organizing community service projects, fun activities, a memorable Thanksgiving lunch, gratitude workshops, and storytelling sessions, businesses can foster positive company culture, enhance team bonding, and create a sense of lasting unity among employees.
So, let’s embark on a corporate Thanksgiving holiday next time around and give thanks for all the good things we have.