The end of the year is rolling around quicker than you can say “all-inclusive work drinks” and the pressure to throw the ultimate crowd-pleasing bash is on. If you’re taking on the party planning this year and looking to mix it up—with the tick of approval from HR of course—we’re here to help. Round up the office crew, fire up the competition, and get into the Christmas spirit with these end-of-year party ideas thanks to the crew at Zone Bowling.
Hit The Bowling Alley
The go-to destination for good old-fashioned fun, Zone Bowling, offers up the best of being a kid with all the perks of being a grown-up. Think ten-pin bowling, laser tag, arcade games and bumper cars, but with epic food and drink party packages—and the chance to destroy your boss in a high-stakes game of air hockey.
Sing Your Heart Out
Nothing brings a team together like singing completely off-tune to Mariah, which is why karaoke hits every time. Most venues offer generous party packages, so you can dig into nibbles and bottomless drinks while you belt out your favourite lyrics. Feeling more adventurous? Take the crew to an open mic session to flex their skills among strangers. Humiliation is a surefire way to bond either way—so grab the mic and start prepping your party piece now.
Cruise Down Your Nearest Body Of Water
If you’ve never kicked off the silly season by partying it up on a boat—this is your year. Crack out the grazing boards, stock the bar, and cruise out over the sun-soaked water while you toast to a hectic year. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are all home to everyone’s favourite electric picnic boat, while Perthsiders can luxe it up with the legends over at Party Boat Charters.
Bury The Hatchet
Release some of that pent-up corporate steam with a solid sesh of axe throwing—you’ll start the new year refreshed, calm, and way better at hurling hatchets. Maniax has venues around the country and three tiers of silly season packages, so you’re covered on the essentials of any good end-of-year celebration—a good feed, plenty of bevvies and a highly competitive team activity.
Hop Around Your City’s Best Breweries
If office votes are split between venues this year, a brewery crawl is the ultimate compromise. You can hit four or five of the team’s favourite craft brew bars, sink a few frothies in each, and congratulate yourself for keeping everyone happy. Planning is the key to a perfectly executed bar hop, so don’t be afraid to whip out the run sheet and keep a tight ship. Remember to check walking distances between venues, leave gaps with each booking for even the slowest stroller, and prepare to lose a few partygoers along the way.
Throw Some Silent Shapes
Prepare to release your inhibitions and put your music taste to the test with an office silent disco. This one’s a major winner if you’re hosting at HQ but need to bring the party vibes to you. Most places can hire out 15 to 400 headphones, and offer a couple of music channels to flick through—so you can separate the swifties from the techno-heads. If you want to kick things up a notch, take the festivities to the streets with a walking silent disco.
Head to Zone Bowling for the full rundown on all their party packs—and get planning the ultimate silly season bash.
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