There’s no doubt about it that year end functions will look different this year. However, we wholeheartedly believe that companies should invest in a 2020 year end function if they are able to do so, and Team Orange are here to support you.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to acknowledge the challenges that we’ve all faced collectively and individually this year, and to show appreciation for the hard work your team has put in, all while juggling their own personal challenges. Covid-19 has made this year exceptionally difficult, so connecting in a festive, celebratory way - whether virtually or in person - is important to enable teammates to enjoy each other’s company, as well as allowing them to look ahead and feel more positive about the future.
Embrace the Change
Having said that, and bearing the current situation in mind, planning a year end function this year does present some challenges, and it’s understandable to feel some apprehension as to how it’s possible to plan a party when there are restrictions in place.
We’re faced with obstacles like social distancing, limits on group sizes, and keeping in line with a budget that might have taken considerable strain during lockdown. That’s not to say that you can’t still have an incredibly fun time wrapping up the year with your teammates while still adhering to the relevant Covid-19 protocols.
2020 Year End Challenges
- Social Distancing
- Group Size
The good news is that, despite these challenges, it’s possible to achieve your year end function goals by choosing the right function to suit your group size and budget while being mindful of COVID.
Team Orange has you covered with some solutions to help you overcome these challenges and to spark that end of year feeling we all so desperately need right now.
Now that we’re able to fill venues to 50% capacity, we’re able to host bigger groups of up to 250 people indoors with lots of space to spread out and feel comfortable. This opens up a host of great options to choose from.
How about donning aprons and cooking a delicious 3 course meal, Masterchef style. Or a themed dinner party where guests can dress to impress, creating hype and excitement around the event. Other options include a Murder Mystery dinner where guests can assume a new personality, or an evening of glitz, thrill and fortune with a Casino Royale event.
Or have you thought about an Overnight Year End Getaway?
Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we’re blessed with stunning weather over the festive season, so taking your year end celebration outdoors is a perfect solution to the need for social distancing. Outdoor events also lend a casual, laid back atmosphere where guests can truly relax and be themselves, easing back into physically spending time together.
For a great mix of activity and relaxation, spend an afternoon of competitive beach games in Hout Bay with a Beach, Braai & Sunny Sky event, or playing a fun, interactive game using a live mobile app with a Goose Chase & Braai in the Winelands. You could also spend an epic day in Elgin, sipping cocktails at a Beach Bar and enjoying the various beach and water activities, followed by a Spit Braai with a Sand ‘n Splash Bash.
Get inspired with some more ideas for outdoor year end functions.
Taking the virtual route when it comes to your year end function neatly solves all three challenges. Virtual events meet the need for social distancing, and can accommodate both functions for small groups or large groups, especially if teams span different provinces. They’re also budget-friendly considering there’s no venue hire involved. It’s also an excellent solution to ensure that all are able to attend.
End the year with a Virtual Feast where your team gets to cook along with a Celebrity Chef, enjoying their shared experience and a delicious meal from the comfort of their home. Or flex those creative skills with an Online Art Class led by a local artist who will take everyone through the steps from start to finish. Participants will emerge from the session with a painting uniquely their own, which can be hung in the office as a collective Covid Masterpiece.
For a fun themed virtual event, our Online Murder Mystery, ticks all the boxes when it comes to dressing up and getting into character for an evening of suspicion and intrigue. As an optional extra we can also arrange a hamper of snacks and wine to be delivered to teams for them to enjoy during the event. As you can see, our online events certainly don’t lack in the fun department!
Here are some more ideas for year end virtual events.
Go with Team Orange
Whether you go big, outdoors or virtual, Team Orange are here to assist you every step of the way - from concept to execution that ticks all the right boxes so that you and your team can end this crazy year on a high note!