10 of the Best Employee Recognition Party Ideas

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1) Hold an Awards Ceremony

Holding an awards ceremony is one of the best employee recognition party ideas because it celebrates the accomplishments of individuals and inspires the collective to continue their hard work. In addition, it allows leaders to express their gratitude for their team amongst everyone in attendance; this inspires the efforts of a company and reinvigorates overall goals. Every employee recognition party should include an awards ceremony to recognize the unique qualities that coworkers bring to the team.

Red carpet at an Oscars party

Themed Employee Recognition Party Ideas

To make the employee recognition party even more special, encourage formal attire and provide physical awards or prizes for those honored. A "red carpet theme" at your employee appreciation party elevates the recognition of coworkers while connecting the event’s elements. Such a theme can be expressed with old-fashioned cocktails, classy jazz music, art deco decor, a photo booth station, or a long red carpet at the entrance. If you’re looking for graphics or invitations that promote your employee recognition party theme ideas, check out our Event Marketing Page.

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2) Throw an Outdoor Movie Party

An outdoor movie party is one of the most entertaining employee recognition party ideas that everyone will enjoy. Imagine your coworkers gathered under the silver screen with a cool breeze, the faint sound of chirping crickets, and the aroma of popcorn in the air. Such unforgettable memories greatly contribute to team cohesion and boost employee confidence in the workplace. Luckily, FunFlicks® provides all the professional audiovisual equipment required for an outdoor movie party at an affordable price for customers across the nation. You have the choice to hold your event almost anywhere, including on your company’s property, at the park, in a backyard, or even indoors. Our event technicians will arrive at the event location to manage our cutting-edge equipment while you enjoy the evening with others.

Outdoor movie party at the park

How to Choose the Best Movie

To heighten the anticipation for your employee appreciation party, conduct an online poll encouraging your coworkers to vote on which film they’d want to watch most. Allowing everyone to have a voice on the matter not only enhances the outdoor movie party experience but is also a clever way of marketing the occasion. If you plan on opening the event to families, we recommend selecting a film that’s appropriate for younger viewers. You have the choice to enjoy almost any movie you want on our giant displays when you reserve an event with your local FunFlicks®.

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3) Make an Appreciation Presentation

A slideshow presentation at your employee appreciation party is able to visually showcase the achievements of employees, highlighting their contributions and milestones within the company. Take a trip down memory lane by including old photos or videos at the workplace to show how far collective efforts have taken everyone. Also, include graphics depicting the business's growth to show the rewards of their success. Adding music and quotes to the presentation amplifies its overall message of appreciation. Afterwards, your team will walk away with a greater perspective on their unique roles in the company and how their work has contributed to everyone's success.

4) Paint Together with Bob Ross

There are very few more calming things in life than the comfort of watching Bob Ross masterfully paint natural landscapes with ease. To contrast with the sometimes anxious atmosphere of the workplace, painting with coworkers allows for a stress-free time of relaxation and camaraderie. The joy of painting alongside Bob Ross is that anyone of any creative skill can create a beautiful piece of art. All you'll need to provide are canvases, oil-paints, assorted brushes, liquid white, palettes, and easels (optional). In order for everyone to clearly hear and watch the magic unfold, we can provide you with an affordable yet professional audiovisual setup to rent.

5) Organize a Picnic or BBQ Cookout

Hosting a picnic or BBQ is one of the most highly recommended employee recognition party ideas that'll boost overall satisfaction at your event. Nothing beats the feeling of enjoying an outdoor meal as the sun sets below the horizon. If you're concerned that not enough food will be available for everyone, throw a potluck, which encourages guests to arrive with their own dishes. That way, everyone leaves full and appreciates the different cuisine offered by their colleagues.

Food Employee Recognition Party Ideas

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges

  • 3-4 large russet potatoes - sliced into wedges
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley (or cilantro) - ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping (Optional)

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BBQ Beef Brisket Tacos

BBQ Beef Brisket Tacos

  • 2 ½ pound Beef Brisket
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups bbq sauce - divided
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup salsa verde
  • Tortillas - flour or white corn
Seasoning Rub
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper - if using finely ground black pepper, use 1/4 tsp
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 cups unprepared coleslaw
  • Handful of cilantro
  • ½ cup light mayo
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Juice of 1 lime - about 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper - to taste

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Portillos Chopped Salad

Portillos Chopped Salad

  • 6 slices of bacon - cooked until crisp and chopped
  • 1 cup cooked ditalini pasta
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 green onions - chopped
  • ½ cup gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes - chopped
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken - optional
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Herbs de Provence - or Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

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Outdoor employee appreciation hike

6) Have an Outdoor Adventure

Celebrate the excellent efforts of your colleagues with an office getaway outdoors. An outdoor trip honors the commitment and accomplishments of your coworkers in a memorable way while offering an enjoyable escape from routine, boosting morale, and cementing team ties. Taking a group vacation from work is one of the most fun employee recognition party ideas that will revamp productivity after returning. Enjoy the beauty of the natural world when you get together in a lovely outdoor space, be it a lush park, a serene beach, or a charming mountain retreat.

FunFlicks karaoke sing-off party on a driveway

7) Host a Karaoke Sing-Off

If you're searching for an activity that'll get your colleagues laughing and enjoying the evening together, warm up your vocal chords and bring karaoke to your employee recognition party. Karaoke can break down the strict environment sometimes fostered in the workplace and allow for coworkers to let loose. Not only is it fun for everyone, it also serves as a team building exercise that allows for personality to shine through. With the help of your local FunFlicks®, throwing a karaoke night is easier than ever. Allow us to supply state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment needed for the complete karaoke setup while you relax and make memories at the event.

Outdoor video game tournament on a FunFlicks LED screen

8) Compete in a Video Game Tournament

A video game tournament at your employee recognition party allows for coworkers to bond and enjoy friendly competition. We suggest multiplayer games capable of having as many players as possible. Tekken, Guitar Hero, Mario Kart, Just Dance, Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Just Dance, Pong, and Super Smash Bros. are great choices for games that your guests can compete against each other in. As long as your console is compatible with HDMI, we'll be able to display your game on one of our giant displays.

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Vintage escape room

9) Visit an Escape Room

In an escape room, players are trapped together with the main objective of figuring out a series of puzzles and tasks in order to find the way out. This activity is one of the best employee recognition party ideas for team building. It requires colleagues to work together as a collective in order to escape before the time runs out. Do you think your coworkers have what it takes to make an escape?

Band performing at a FunFlicks outdoor music festival

10) Host Local Live Music

Welcome local artists to perform at your employee appreciation party to create a memorable atmosphere. Hiring a band, DJ, or solo artist at your event will bring life to the party and offer entertainment for everyone. With the assistance of your local FunFlicks, all you'll need to provide is a stage area, and we'll take care of the rest. Our event technicians will take charge of operating the sound equipment to make sure music is heard loud and clear.

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Event Rentals for Your Employee Appreciation Party

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