Well, my feet are sore, my back is stiff; I am whipped and ready for bed. I just got home after organizing and hosting the annual staff party. I think it went well.
It all started a year ago at last year’s staff party. I was so dismayed at the state our staff party had become that I kind of ranted on my old blog. I not only complained on the lack of spirit, I gave advice on what was needed to make a better party.
My original thought was to have the party at night, invite spouses, to make it a real celebration. Well, I couldn’t convince the administration to make the change, we ended up with our usual afternoon tea.
We used to call our party the Christmas Tea, then as the library needed to become more politically correct, it became the Holiday Tea. It got to the point where we couldn’t even call it that. Still, just calling it “the tea” seemed to lack importance. I decided it would be Winterfest 2008. The theme: a forest of snow covered pines, bare branches with snowflakes hanging off of them, icicle lights along the food table and small, battery-lit tea candles in small jars on all tables surrounded by fluffy snow. The lights were low for atmosphere and the music was Charlie Brown-style jazz. You remember, like the music from the cartoon specials.
I realized that with everyone’s busy schedule, it is difficult to bring potluck….but I still asked for staff to bring an appetizer, canned foods for the local pantry or mittens collected for another local organization. I wanted those that came to the party to feel as though they were a part of the party; to be actively involved, something missing in the past few years.
My favorite idea was to get my friend who works in the community relations department to put together a powerpoint slide show of staff, patrons and programs. She did a great job and the slideshow turned out to be the hit of the party. It was a great conversation starter and those that used to fill their plates then leave, stayed to watch, reminisce and visit.
It was a lot of work. The best part was playing hostess, greeting everyone at the door, keeping the punch bowl and food table full and not needing to worry about rushing back to work.
I started the day at 7:30 this morning and washed the last platters and walked out the door at 7:00 this evening. A long day to spend on my feet.