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Workplace Party That You Can Easily Plan

Updated on November 21, 2012

Where to start?

The moment you have always dreaded has happened. You were sitting in your office cubicle, playing paper toss and minding your own business, when your boss makes a surprise drop by. He looks down at you and you begin to panic, imagining the next four weeks that you will have to spend on the phone, making arrangements, booking entertainment, choosing the menu. That's right, he has just asked you to organize an office social gathering. You have no idea where to start or what to do.

Now, before you panic, I have a fantastic idea that could ease your party planning nightmare into a fun filled planning frenzy that will leave your co-workers begging for more.

The Mystery Bus Tour

A mystery bus tour is an amazingly fun event. I have planned multiple tours and my staff have loved it. I am a high school teacher and can honestly say that the staff that attended the party were all very different people and they all LOVED it!

To organize a mystery bus tour, you simply have to rent a bus for an evening, plan some fun activities and don't tell anyone the details. You can either charge people to attend so you can cover the costs of the bus and events, or if you are lucky enough to have a social fund at your workplace you just have to budget accordingly.

I always rent a regular school bus but if you want to get fancy and add comfort, you can always get a nicer bus. I usually have four or five stops as well as some activities for the ride. Some of these ideas may seem juvenile, but you will be surprised at how much your staff will love feeling like a kid again!

Ideas for Stops

Anything you can think of could work as a stop. Here are a few things that I have done in the past that have turned out great.

  • Laser Tag
  • Billiards
  • Casino
  • Rock Wall
  • Live Music
  • Bowling
  • Tobogganing Hill
  • Horse Races
  • Any pub or Bar
  • Dance Class (have an instructor teach the group some moves!)

Other Details

There are a few other things you can do to make this go off without a hitch...

  1. PLAN WELL! - Make sure you contact all places you are going to stop ahead of time so they are ready fro your group. They will often give you discounts and deals as well.
  2. Don't wait on people - You have to keep the bus moving so you get to every destination at the right time.
  3. Make it a competition - I have often split the group into teams on the bus and made each event a competition. Make sure there are prizes for the winning team!
  4. Games on the bus - If there is a large distance from one stop to the next, provide some kind of game for the group. Trivia always works well for this.
  5. FOOD - everyone likes food. Make snacks for the group to share while on the bus.
  6. Tip the Driver - Make sure you factor in a tip for the bus driver! They deserve it for having to put up with you for the night!

Shhh! Don't Tell!

The most important part of the mystery bus tour is that it is just that - a mystery. Don't let anyone know what the stops will be until the bus pulls up! I promise your staff will love you for planning such a fun filled evening!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A mystery bus tour sounds like a fun idea for a party. Thanks for sharing and Welcome to HubPages.

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