Door prizes rock. They create anticipation, excitement, and also increase the amout of guests. It is not unheard of for office parties these days to charge a little bit more for their party admission so that door prizes can be given away, in raffle form, and people are willing to pay it.
My partner in crime, Maria DJ (of MariaDJ.com), she just did a great one for ITT where they gave away a laptop and iPods, and all kinds of cool gadgets! There isn’t always that much left over revenue for super high-end prizes, but with a little planning, door prizes can still happen and they can still be fun.
Last weekend, I was the disc jockey for a real fun party with gift certificates to places like Dunkin Donuts, Home Depot, and Target. People ate them up, on the edge of their seats, waiting for me to read the winning numbers. We also did a Twist, Macarena, Electric slide and Limbo contest with prizes for the best dancers.
There is a fine line, however, between giving out LOTS of door prizes so that everyone gets something, and also watering down the prizes too much so that they are not appreciated.
At a recent office holiday party that I DJ’ed and MC’ed for, they tried something new this year. Rather than giving away 4 or 5 gift certificates at about 20-25 a piece for various locations, they gave away a load of 5 dollar ones.
In the end, people didn’t seem to care as much and weren’t excited, as the give-away was kind of drawn out and with not much pay off.