9 Unexpected Startup Holiday Ideas

By Hannah Shain in Shenanigans Posted Dec 23, 2014

With the year winding down, and holiday cheer in the air, the Elements Team got all their crazies out in preparation for next year. If you’re on the hunt for a few startup holiday ideas, please enjoy our short story on the shenanigans taking place at our office. From holiday parties and product launches, to gift wrapping races and piñatas, we made sure to end the year with a bang. The Shenanigans Series is all about our office happenings, designed to pump you up about the awesomeness of a Denver startup. If you find yourself so excited about our team that you yourself want to join, check out the careers page to see if there’s a good fit (we’re hiring!!).

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With that said, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Here’s the 9 startup activities from the holidays:

1. RIDE A PLAY PONY AT A HIPSTER BAR

Back for another year at the famed, Forest Room 5 (a hipster swanky bar in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver), the Elements set out for an unforgettable holiday party. No judgement here. A holiday party is far from complete until a couple colleagues get a little too rowdy and start playing with children’s toy.

2. STRUT DOWN THE RUNWAY FOR AN UGLY SWEATER SHOW

Ugliest sweater winners for skiers, bells, glitter and modeling expertise: (L to R) Alison Janecek, Atul Barve, Vineet Joshi and Bryan Rothhaar. 

3. CRACK A CHRISTMAS PIÑATA WHILE HOLDING A BREW

Not sure when the holiday piñata became a tradition, but I guess “why not?” We cracked it open in less than three swings, and enjoyed a handful of holiday candy. (Although I’m certain the Holiday Party Open Bar was much more sought after then the candy).

4. SLOW DOWN FOR APRÈS-SKI WAY BEFORE APRÈS-NOON

I’m starting to think we’re a little spoiled living so close to the Rocky Mountains, with a short three hours in, we were ready for Après-ski before the clock struck noon. Looking forward to hitting the slopes again this winter with this double-black diamond group of avid skiers!

5. DECORATE WITH BALLOON ROCKET


Amidst all this holiday cheer, our marketing team was still fiercely hard at work launching the CRM and Marketing Hubs. To celebrate their accomplishments, we decided to decorate the office for the #HubLaunch this year:

6. GIFT WRAP LIKE MAD PEOPLE… WITH SKI GLOVES

Rules for this game are simple. Setup a bracket of one-on-one pairs, fastest wrapper with the ski gloves on moves on to the next round. We started with small boxes of chocolate in round one, to shoe boxes in round two, to ski boots in round three and a grand finale of chair wrapping.

7. … WRAPPING OBSCURE THINGS FROM SKI BOOTS TO OFFICE CHAIRS

8. EAT WAYYY TOO MANY HOLIDAY TREATS

Remember those holiday piñatas I mentioned? Apparently these guys are the gifts that just keep on giving. As if we didn’t have enough of a holiday feast to look forward to outside the office!

9. STREAM THE ELF-YOURSELF VIDEO

Last, but certainly not the least, no holiday office shenanigans is complete without a fun Elf-Yourself video of our leaders hip-hop dancing to Christmas music for everyone to watch.

Elf Yourself Video: http://www.elfyourself.com/?mId=63024338.3

Happy Holidays!




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