It’s that time of year again. Cold weather. Warm beverages. Hot fires. And, of course, holiday parties. Since last year’s holiday party our US-based team has grown from 70 to almost 150—and our team has also spread out all across the United States.
For us, a growing team means more even more good times! Keep reading to see how we blew last year’s holiday party out of the water with even more fun activities like trivia, terrarium-making, cocktail-making, and a murder mystery.
(P.S. We’re still hiring).
Kicking off the party
We started the party with a few silly ice breakers. We asked everyone one word to describe your vibe for 2021–and a word to describe what you hope your vibe will be for 2022. The results were all over the board, although “bacon” played a big role.
After our ice breakers, we split into 3 breakout rooms: A crafty one, a booze-y one, and an interactive one.
Activity 1: Terrariums
The craftier among us broke off from the main group to pour themselves a glass of wine and put on their creative hats. A guide from Artemisa, Inc gave everyone live remote instructions on how to create their perfect terrariums. In just under an hour, the terrarium-makers had finished and wow-ed us with their masterpieces.
Activity 2: Cocktail Making
Our booze-y group made two delicious cocktails: Colleti Royale and Spanish Coffee (this involved lighting things on fire).
Here are the recipes in case you’d like to make them yourself!
1 1/2 oz Resosado Tequila
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Blood Orange Juice (Fresh if possible)
1/2 oz Lime Juice (Fresh if possible)
2 Dashes of Orange Bitters
3 oz Sparking Rose
Blood Orange Wheel (for garnish)
3/4 oz 151 Rum
1/4 oz Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liquor
3 oz Freshly Brewed Coffee
1 Lemon for Zesting (optional)
Super Fine Sugar
Favorite Whipped Topping
Grated Cinnamon/Nutmeg (for garnish)
Activity 3: Murder Mystery
The more adventurous among us split away to solve the Manor House Mystery, one of the many murder mysteries offered by Wildly Different. After arriving on the scene, they were split into four different groups, each racing against another (and the clock) to solve the mystery in time.
They were met with many challenges along the way, including:
Making a chef’s hat from random household objects
Showing off your best “power pose”
Making a quick and foolproof disguise
But our adventurers were up to the challenge and wow-ed everyone with their cunning and resourcefulness.
Activity 4: Holiday Trivia
After everyone finished their activities and reconvened in the main room (those who had attended the cocktail class were a bit giddier than usual), and we proceeded to the next activity. We used sli.do to facilitate our 30-question holiday trivia activity.
We asked questions like, “In what country are Christmas trees decorated with spiders?” (Ukraine) and “According to Insider.com, what toy was the 1998 holiday season must-have?” (Firby—not Beanie Babies, as 30% of respondents guessed).
Activity 5: Giving Back
While this wasn’t technically part of our holiday party, a big part of the holidays at RFPIO is giving back to our community. This year, our teams adopted two families, one in Portland, OR and one in Leawood, KS. Together, we were able to provide gifts and more for both families. It’s safe to say there will be some very happy children this holiday season.
And on to 2022!
Who said virtual parties had to be lame? Certainly not us.
While the activities were fun, they wouldn’t have been nearly as fun without such a great team. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m grateful to work alongside so many supportive, helpful, kind, and hilarious people.
With that, the team at RFPIO wishes all of you a wonderful holiday season and smooth slide into the new year.
P.S. If cocktail making and murder mysteries sound like your cup of tea, we’re hiring!