Keep your mind busy with friendly competition
Forcing conversation might be a breeze for your chatty friend, but most people find small talk with strangers awkward. To combat that, consider hosting the office holiday party at a location that doubles as entertainment, such as a modern bowling alley like Bowlero. Their venues around the country include plenty of built-in games -- laser tag, bowling, pool -- that’ll dial up the conversation. (Concentrating on sinking the eight-ball or bowling a strike will keep your mind focused, and a little friendly heckling never hurt anyone.) Even better, hosting the party at Bowlero also alleviates anxiety for the party planner, since you can book the venue online in minutes and work with one of their professional event planners. The most stressful parts of hosting a sweet get-together -- like decorations, setup, and cleanup -- are taken care of for you, so there’s no need to worry about letting your team down.