Annual Company Party Ideas (and Venues to Host Them)

Stumped on company party ideas? These annual event suggestions will provide some inspiration for your gathering at one of our Michigan venues.

Drawing a blank for your upcoming annual company party? This guide offers a few options to help you get the ball rolling with some fun company party ideas that will show your employees just how much you care about them.

Yearly Company Party Ideas by Occasion

Company Anniversary Parties

Since your company anniversary could be held at any time of year depending on when your business was established, you have plenty of flexibility when coming up with company party ideas. Here are just a few company anniversary party ideas that could be a hit with your team.

Mini Film Festival for Your Team

A classic way for your team to unwind, your employees can get together, eat gourmet popcorn and candy, and enjoy a few movies on a projector screen you can set up right in the event venue. We recommend having your employees vote on their favorite option from a list of available choices, which can include:
  • Oscar winners and nominees
  • Holiday-themed movies (Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other option your team might like)
  • Old-time classics
  • Movies you love to hate
If you want to add some extra excitement between showings, you can also add in movie trivia and hand out prizes to your team to show them some additional appreciation.


This one allows you to bust out your team’s favorite local beer and celebrate in style. Offering giant pretzels, wiener schnitzel, and other treats will turn it into a fun, German-themed experience everyone can enjoy. Bonus points if you can get Steve from shipping and receiving to dust off his lederhosen for the event.

Company Wine-Tasting Event

The West Michigan lakeshore has dozens of wineries with unique offerings, making it easy for you to set up a wine-tasting event at a local venue. Just offer wine and some appropriate hors d’oeuvres for your team to sample while they taste the local vintages, no matter the season.

Company Holiday Party Ideas

It’s one thing to invite a certain jolly, red-clad visitor for your year-end gathering, but there are plenty of company holiday party ideas you can use for a night your employees will never forget.

Corporate Murder Mystery

Has Kevin from accounting gone too far this time in sending blanket scoldings to the entire company because one person is habitually late in sending back their expense reports? This is a great way to plot his downfall—or his redemption—with a classic “whodunnit.” Setting up a murder mystery party at the event venue of your choice allows your team to recreate their own, personalized version of Clue.  While plenty of murder mystery scripts are available online for purchase, you could also come up with your own holiday-themed caper following a basic script. You can even add props and period-themed costumes for your employees to immerse themselves and have an unforgettable holiday event.

Company Summer Party Ideas

Summer is a great time to let your employees unwind and celebrate the hard work they do for your business all year long. These ideas work particularly well in the summer and can be a hit with your whole team.

Themed Company Picnic

A fresh twist on a classic company summer party idea, the themed company picnic gives your employees a chance to flaunt their creativity. Whether you want to set up a Western, Halloween, or 1960s-themed event complete with the weirdest recipes from the era at the potluck, the sky is the limit for picnic events, decor, and entertainment during the event itself. 

Lakeside Cocktail Party

If you can find a classy event venue along Lake Michigan, this one’s for you. Simply have your employees get dressed up in their finest cocktail attire, have a bartender on site with an open bar for the evening, and enjoy the beautiful views of the lake.

Classic Golf Outing

Looking for a way that will get your whole team moving? A company golf outing is a great way to let your employees flaunt their golf game, whether it’s outdoors or inside on a golf simulator. In addition, you can even include a raffle as part of the event and hand out prizes for your company’s hard-working employees.

Fun Company Party and Event Venues in Michigan

Lake Room at Watermark in Grand Rapids

With picture windows and a setup that exudes class, the Lake Room at Watermark Country Club is an ideal venue for even your most extravagant company party ideas. Whether you’re hosting a company dinner, a cocktail party, or even a murder mystery party, the Lake Room is destined to impress.

The Cottage at Ravines in Saugatuck

Located at the heart of a beautiful golf course, the Cottage offers stunning views and elegance in a modern event space for your company party all year long. Ravines Golf Club also has ample outdoor space, making it an ideal summertime venue for company picnics and outdoor movie night events.

Club Room at Macatawa

A charming, intimate event space, the Club Room at Macatawa is ideal for smaller teams. Featuring a fully stocked bar and a breathtaking view of the golf course, this venue can accommodate any team event for holidays, anniversaries, and anything in between.

The Shore Room at Muskegon Country Club

Ideal for larger teams, the Shore Room at Muskegon Country Club features a large covered deck area with breathtaking sunset views over Muskegon Lake. Whether you’re hosting a summer cocktail party for your employees or a movie night on the Shore Room’s projector screen and sound system, this is a venue that can fit your whole team and make your event unforgettable.

Pavilion at Thornapple Pointe in Grand Rapids

Want to celebrate with your entire team? The Pavilion at Thornapple Pointe seats up to 250 people and has stunning views with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. Whether you want to offer your team dinner after a fun day of golf, or you’re looking to give your coworkers a chance to show off their favorite dance moves, the Pavilion offers intimate ambiance for any occasion.

Other Company Party Venues in Michigan

Whether you’re looking for events with lakeside views, outdoor seating options, full 18-hole golf courses for your team, or anything in between, we have an event venue near you that we can tailor to your needs. 

Book Your Annual Company Party with RedWater

Ready to make your company party ideas a reality? RedWater can help make it happen. With multiple event venues around Michigan, we have the equipment, resources, and staff to help your company party be one to remember. Contact RedWater Events today to learn more about our venues and start planning your company event.

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