End-Of-Year Party Ideas To Pitch To Your Boss
Because why leave the 2021 year end functions with the team up to management
The year 2021 has been a centruy right? We don’t know how make things back to normal faster. We do know how to make the Year-End team gettogether better.
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2021 YEAR-END OFFICE FUNCTION STAFF PARTY IDEAS
Take the lead in making your office party an event everyone will remember. We’ve got some one-of-a-kind venues and office-function ideas to raise the bar on all the parties that came before and give the team the end-of-year bash they deserve. Keep the Covid-19 precautions in mind and stay safe.
ESCAPE GAMES FOR REMOTE OR OFFICE-BOUND TEAMS
Let off some steam and take part in a kind of challenge that channels your inner child with HintHunt’s live Escape Room Games. You’ll quickly realise how fast 60 minutes actually is in the 3 live escape games – Shipwrecked, The Old Hotel and The Cursed Treasure. The rules are simple: solve the slew of complex riddles or perish in a crumbling hotel, sinking ship. Plus, you can also play online, outdoors or in a Cape Town based Amazing Race HintHunt challenge.
Pitch it to your boss: The original escape rooms are inside decadently themed rooms in the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront, which means you have a great choice of post game drinks after your victory. The online games accommodate remote teams, and there are more outdoor options.
IF YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE LIKE FAMILY, SHARE A MEAL
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard celebrates family, and it handles work functions in the same way by making the experience special. There are many options to choose from: wine tastings, a rotisserie roast-chicken lunch and more. The Leopard’s Leap team can serve lunch in a dedicated dining area. They curate and cater for the type of event that creates an intimate, friendly connection at this Franschhoek vineyard.
Pitch it to your boss: Celebrate your diverse company heritage by having your very own South African table – delicious food and wine pairing that celebrates all things local and lekker.
THIS ACTION OPTION IS LOADS OF FUN BUT WON’T RAISE A SWEAT
Segways will get the entire team excited. What’s awesome about them is that they move intuitively with your body, which you’ll learn to do in a 30-minute lesson at the start. Once you’ve mastered this, there’s the whole of Spier to explore – imagine gliding through glowing green vineyards, 360° views of mountains. If the team loves a bit of rivalry, opt for the Segway Soccer activity, which ends with a soccer “shoot-out”. If the entire crew is not convinced, there are numerous great activities, from spa treatments to picnicking and wine tasting, that have been paired with Segway Tours.
Pitch it to your boss: This is active, but not sweaty-active, plus it’s adaptable for the whole team (and there’s the best wines to taste afterwards).
Spier Wine Farm, R310 Lynedoch Road, Stellenbosch | 021 809 1157 | [email protected]
BOND OVER A SHARED BOTTLE OF DISTILLERS & UNION GIN
Capetonians love gin, it’s no secret and what better way to celebrate your team’s wins for the year than over a shared bottle of personalised gin. At Distillers & Union, you can handpick the complete flavour profile you want, from the spices, citruses, herbal notes and floral fragrances, even your own logo. Plus, if you’d like to taste exceptional gins produced by master distillers, the distillery is home to brands such as 5 Pence, Ora, Enigma and Dragon Brewing Co., all of which are available for tastings at Distillery & Union in Woodstock.
Pitch it to your boss: You get to take home your own bottle of gin and show it off to your friends and family.
AN END OF YEAR GOOSE CHASE THAT’S WILD BUT NOT POINTLESS
Put your team’s communication skills, creativity and endurance to the test with this app-based scavenger hunt in and around Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Teams use an app that is pre-loaded with 16 to 30 challenges, all of which they’ll need to complete using a combination of strategic, tactical, navigational and common-sense skills. Rain or shine, the game plays on, all during the day. In case of rain, one can always choose the game that has been designed indoors and explore the wild underwater world of the Two Oceans Aquarium. As of May 2019, a wheelchair-friendly version of the game is available, so no-one gets left behind in a game with The Gallivanting Goose.
Pitch it to your boss: This is a fun, interactive way to get to know your colleagues while also working on team uniformity and productivity.
Please note: The wheelchair-friendly game is venue specific.
Various locations in and around Cape Town or Stellenbosch | www.thegg.co.za | +27 (0)82 468 3052 | [email protected]
MAKE A DAY OF IT AND DO YOUR YEAR END AT THE WATERFRONT
With over 80 eateries and tons of unique experiences, you’ll be able to curate a fun-filled itinerary for the entire day to reconnect with your team at the V&A Waterfront. Start your day at a restaurant and then head to Cause & Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar for an unforgettable cocktail mixing experience. In between, maybe jump on the Cape Wheel (which offers a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the city), go bar hopping, play a live escape game at HintHunt or find your way out of a 3D maze at SuperPark. There’s also stand up paddling and kayaking at Battery Park, gin making classes at Radisson Red Hotel and chocolate making at Lindt Chocolate Boutique & Studio at the V&A Waterfront.
Pitch it to your boss: With such a variety of choices, from restaurants to dozens of activities, there will be something to keep the whole team happy.
19 Dock Road | +27 (0)21 408 7500 | [email protected] | waterfront.co.za
IF IT’S TIME TO LOOSEN UP AND ROCK OUT
Celebrate the end of the year rock ‘n’ roll style at Sgt Pepper. There are three fully licensed bars (including an eight-metre long, non-smoking bar) serving beer, wine, cocktails (think the Tattoos & Tequila Cocktail: El Jimador Blanco shaken cold with triple sec, lime and lemon juice) and shooters. The venue caters for up to 140 guests inside and the balcony overlooks Long Street. The menu is broad: snacks, pizzas, burgers, salads, ciabattas, wraps and desserts at Sgt Pepper in Long Street.
Pitch it to your boss: Rock out to the best of ’70s rock, from Freddie and Jimi to Bob, on the dance floor
194 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, +27 (0)21 424 5608, [email protected]
A STYLISH AFFAIR AT THE END OF YEAR – FIT FOR A PRINCE
Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch is a classy choice. It offers year-end gatherings for up to 45 guests including welcome drinks, wine tasting and a cellar tour with the winemaker (this estate’s wine was chosen by Monaco’s Prince Albert for his wedding when he married Zimbabwean-South African former Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock). Wines are balanced by a harvest table laden with different platters. Think slow-roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary caper mustard sauce, Peruvian roasted baby chicken with coriander, lime and pickled red onion, dukkah roasted cauliflower with avocado dressing, seasonal salads, and more for R300 per person at Haskell Vineyards.
Pitch it to your boss: No venue fee is charged if the function is in normal trading hours, plus you can also get wine at cellar-door prices in the restaurant
Annandale Rd, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch, +27 (0) 21 881 3895, [email protected]
ACTIVE YEAR END WITH THE TEAM:
CLAY SHOOTING, GIN TASTING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES WITH KIFF KOMBI TOURS
If the best way to get your colleagues to gel is through an activity, here’s another idea: an epic road trip through Cape Town. Kiff Kombi Tours is perhaps the city’s ultimate company year-end experience as it’s so much fun, but chilled at the same time. The Gin Jol, Craft Beer Safari and Wine, Beer & Biltong Safari that takes you from Cape Town to picturesque Stellenbosch are recommended. These offer fun activities such as clay-shooting, paintball and bubble soccer. However, you can also custom-make a tour.
Pitch it to your boss: Kiff Kombis is all about good vibes, plus it’s as active or chilled as you want it to be. Get your bosses in the mood, let them watch this video of Kiff Kombis’ one-of-a-kind tours
LET A CHEF TEACH THE TEAM TO COOK OFF 2020
Matt Manning’s The Chef’s Studio is an industrial space kitted out with state-of-the-art cooking stations. Chef Manning, who has worked with legend Gordon Ramsay, offers an interactive cooking demo and hands-on cooking experience in which you share a station with a colleague, before dining with your group in a private dining area. It’s a great option for year-end functions with menus ranging in price from R750–R1 950 per person at Grub & Vine.
Pitch it to your boss: Start with canapes and bubbly on arrival and depending on which package you choose, make a four- or five-course menu with wine pairing
103 Bree Street, City Centre, +27 (0)76 256 8654, [email protected]
EVERYBODY LOVES SUSHI WITH A VIEW FOR AN END OF YEAR
Blowfish Restaurant in Blouberg is a firm favourite of Capetonions largely because of the picture-perfect view of Table Mountain – but the food and cocktails are delicious, too. There are three sections to choose from: the private wine cellar, for up to 25 guests; the deck, with breathtaking views for up to 90 guests; and the conservatory, with mountain views for up to 40 people. Get a two-course meal from R185 per person, or book a sushi-making workshop for the team for only R350 per person at Blowfish restaurant.
Pitch it to your boss: Complementing the view of Table Mountain is the hundreds of kites flying through the sky
1 Marine Drive, Table View, +27(0)21 556 5464, [email protected]
BRING OUT THE KID IN YOUR TEAM
Anyone for golf? 3D mini-golf, with glow-in-the-dark hats, hair, armbands, glow sticks – what’s not to love about Glowing Room SA glow-in-the dark mini-golf? It’s a pimped out 18-hole course for a fast-paced game where you can leave the politics of the office behind and the team can bond over some light-hearted competition.
Pitch it to your boss: Some healthy competition to release office tension and break away from adulting for a bit, good enough reasons to consider planning your work function at Glowing Rooms SA.
Shop 16 | The Gallery | Milnerton | +(0)21-551 22 44
MY BEST FRIEND: YEAR END OFFIC GET TOGETHER
Make it magical and exploratory, with this maritime experience. The state-of-the-art Two Oceans Aquarium accommodates big (1000 guests) and small (25 guests) teams. Host a sit-down dinner just metres away from ragged-tooth sharks or let the jellyfish fascinate your guests during a walkabout cocktail party, it’s your pick at Two Oceans Aquarium.
Pitch it to your boss: There are different packages to fit various budgets. These can include catering, evening tours, bar staff and even recommendations for entertainers.
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 21 814 4547
GET EVERYONE END THE YEAR ON CLOUD 9
This one-in-a-million experience on Cape Town’s number one rated helicopter operator, where you get helicopter rides at 10% discount as a reader, overshadows the average office soiree – without costing as much as you’d think. Cape Town Helicopters does daily flights to 25 routes on the latest Airbus, and you can team it with another activity such as shark cage diving, clay pigeon shooting or a Harley Davidson ride through Constantia at the other end of the chopper ride.
YEAR ENDS IN THE CAPE WINELANDS
IF YOUR COLLEAGUES FEEL LIKE FAMILY – GET THEM AT THE TABLE
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard celebrates family, and they handle work functions in the same way by making the experience special. A wine tasting in the private room, or a cooking demonstration, following which you sit down to enjoy the meal. They’ll serve your lunch in a dedicated dining area. They curate and cater for the type of event that connects at this Franschhoek vineyard.
Pitch it to your boss: You could also celebrate your diverse company heritage by doing your very own South African table – delicious food and wine pairing that celebrates all things local and lekker about South African food, in a way that encourages sharing stories and personal experiences.