It’s that time of the year again for each and every company to wine and dine.
Talk about work, your colleagues will be having bored faces and tired expressions just from thinking about it. But talk about company annual dinner, you will notice a change in expression – they will be happier, more enthusiastic and more eager to discuss about the food, program and attire for the night.
But why limit your company annual dinner to just eating and drinking and random chitchatting among your co-workers? You could actually throw in some annual dinner games and you will be surprised how livelier your company event may get!
Company annual dinner games may not be the norm yet for most companies but hey, your company could be a trendsetter. As a company incentive, an annual dinner is the time for people to chill and relax as they dine, and having company annual dinner games mixed in will definitely help them unwind and let loose further.
Host your company occasion together with one or a combination of these 10 Company Annual Dinner Games, and get rewarded with a more fun, interactive and enjoyable evening!
1. Charades or Pictionary
A game of charades used to be a popular school club activity and now, it could be a fun-tastic annual dinner game to spruce up your company event night, especially if you have quirky company annual dinner theme going like Movie Character Cosplay. This is the time you can test your colleagues’ creativity while getting a few laughs out of this simple activity.
Have someone from the crowd act out the word drawn from a box of many words or use Pictionary cards, and let others take a guess at the correct word. You will be surprised at some co-workers who could be good mime artists!
2. Mind Challenge Games
Your co-workers are already being treated to good food for the evening. Why not provide food for their minds too? Dining is a passive activity so you could turn the dinner into a more active event by making your colleagues exercise their brain power for a bit (of fun) though!
Treat them to annual dinner games that challenge their critical thinking – stuff like grouping them up in groups of three or five to work on building the tallest structure using limited materials definitely helps to get their mind gears up and running. Say yes to team building and critical thinking in a package!
3. Belly Balloon Break
The rule of this game is simple: Group your game participants in pairs, and have them compete by popping balloons belly-to-belly! Let them race against the clock as they try their best to bounce about in great effort to break the balloons.
Belly Balloon Break requires very little cost to set up yet you get maximum fun in return. The only downside is to clean up after game, but hey, it’s worth the buck and laughs!
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4. Ice Cube Challenge
Be prepared for some wet mess with this Ice Cube Challenge though! Easily executed, this game goes well with company annual dinner theme related to winter settings (think Christmas or Frozen).
Get your colleagues to play in pairs. The goal of the game is to melt ice cubes using their hands, or clothes if that’s what they fancy. However, they cannot use their mouth and lighter. No stamping on it – that’s cheating!
Make sure no one is allowed to keep the cube for more than a few seconds so that the ice cubes are passed between players. The fastest pair wins!
5. What’s in the Box?
Perhaps your colleagues are daring enough for weirder kinds of annual dinner games? Then let them play a game that tests their courage to face the fears of the unknown…and their sensitivity of touch?
Place random items one at a time into a box where only the audience can see the objects but not the participant of the game. Have your co-worker feel the mystery object in the box by touch and let them guess the correct item.
You can play around with different types of gadgets or office supplies or food items but no creepy crawlies or anything extreme – you wouldn’t want the annual dinner to end badly.
6. The Ramlee Burger
Simulated after the Hamburger game, The Ramlee Burger game is one infused with Malaysian flavors!
All you have to do is label each participant as a burger ingredient – burger bun, burger patty, onions, burger sauce, egg – the list goes on. You could have a minimum of two groups or more to play.
Your co-workers will have to rearrange themselves accordingly to the burger name. For example, if Burger Ayam is on the menu, make sure the chicken patty is sandwiched in between the patty buns! Winner goes to the fastest Ramlee burger group, yum!
7. Never Have I…
…played this game at a company annual dinner before. Well, you are about to!
While some games only need a handful of participants, you can have the entire crowd play “Never Have I…” . All your co-workers need to do is this: Write down a “Never Have I…” secret with their names on a piece of paper provided. All secrets will then be mixed in a single box or bowl and the emcee of the night will fish one out and read aloud.
Everyone will have to guess the secret’s owner. However, if you have a large crowd, consider having your co-workers guess table numbers instead of the individual.
You can incorporate this game in a company annual dinner theme like Casino Royale to keep up with the secret spy vibes.
8. Trivia games
A trivia game is one of the best annual dinner games to play at company events, especially since it does not require any heavy set up, is playable across the whole crowd, and can be made challenging yet still offers plenty of fun.
It is also the perfect way to test your colleagues’ general knowledge about anything, including their extensive knowledge on your company or staff themselves!
You could also add in attractive prizes as part of the game motivation.
9. Musical Chairs
Great way to train reflexes with plenty of fun guaranteed! Source: Shaadidukaan.com
When was the last time you played Musical Chairs? Your company annual dinner event serves as a perfect reason to relive this amusing yet entertaining childhood game with your co-workers!
Play some music and have your colleagues scramble to find a chair to sit when the music ends. Those who fail to find a seat when the music stops playing will have to be kicked out of the game. Whoever manages to stay till the end of the game wins prizes.
10. Do The Opposite
Do The Opposite is the time you can defy commands and orders given to you out right. However, don’t take it the wrong way that this games trains employees to be rebellious – Do The Opposite is just a fun game that exercises the brain and sees how well your colleagues cope with instructions.
In this game, players are supposed to act opposite of what is being told: If the emcee says sit, player should stand instead. You could have around five to 10 players in a row on stage to make things funnier and interesting as you watch their random reactions.
Emcee will make the game more difficult by issuing faster commands and the last person who hasn’t been kicked out becomes the winner.
It is quite the convention to have a totally uneventful company annual dinner with a bit of performances and lucky draws but you could transform your company event to be a tad less boring and less predictable with these 10 Company Annual Dinner Games ideas.
These annual dinner games are perfectly harmless, do not require much effort, plus there’s only little to no set up required for maximum fun around the event. You can also consider engaging professional events management services to assist you with the game arrangements.
And who knows, your company annual dinner could become the next talk of the town!
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