Most businesses choose to organise an End of Financial Year event to either acknowledge and reward their teams’ efforts, to reflect on the year gone and/or to utilise allocated ‘social’ budgets before the new fiscal calendar begins (though important to note in most situations these events can still be held even after July 1st, depending on your financial arrangements).
No matter the reason, it’s generally a good enough excuse for a function or gathering of some kind. So we have listed below some great End of Financial Year suggestions to assist with your planning.
Ideas for End of Financial Year parties
Whilst it does require some forethought, a themed party is always a favourite. Here are just a few themes you may consider:
- Winter Wonderland – relish in the delights of winter in Melbourne by requesting that your guests dress in blue and white. You could go that one step further and hold a ‘Frozen’ party…..(do you have kids? Even if you don’t, unless you live under a rock you should know what we mean……);
- If you’re really struggling with the Melbourne winter vortex, you could counteract it by throwing a European-style party, being that they would be in the midst of celebrating their summer. Ask guests to dress with summer in mind (think floral shirts and sunglasses) and serve piña coladas or daiquiris. (Hophaus, Southbank’s hottest German bar and restaurant offers some excellent function spaces and packages that would be perfect for this type of event);
- For a simpler idea try something themed around a TV show, such as The Office – you could make everyone wear a daggy jumper (you could also tie this in with a Christmas in July event);
- If your company has a substantial US counterpart why not throw a 4th of July party? Decorations and food ideas are easy to create, which makes for a simple yet effective and festive theme.
If a themed event does not suit your style (or let’s face it, your motivational levels as far as event management goes) you could host a cocktail party, which can simply be a great excuse to get dressed up (or down) and focus your efforts on the wining and dining. There are plenty of venues to check out in Melbourne offering some excellent function spaces and cocktail packages.
Another option is to organise a team-building day. We’ve seen some clever ideas like corporate cooking classes, rock climbing and even professionally organised ‘Amazing Races’ that can be held in and around Melbourne.
Alternatively, if you want to bring your staff together but don’t necessarily want to make them perform in a team-building capacity then you could consider a simple group outing such as ice-skating or partake in one of Melbourne’s infamous street tours, for instance.
And why not top off (or break up) your day by pre-organising lunch or dinner somewhere? Most venues offer generous function packages that are great for EOFY gatherings.