After all the blood, sweat and tears you put into your start-up over the last twelve months, you can’t believe the day is finally here: Your company’s first anniversary. This big achievement is worth a hearty celebration; no matter if it’s been a long, hard road or you were an instant success. It’s time for you to plan something to mark the occasion and pull together all the people who made it possible for you to be standing here today. Here are a few ideas to help get you brainstorming.
Host a Party
The most obvious thing to do is to plan a party. You can make it a small, intimate affair for your employees and co-workers or open it up to your clients so they can come celebrate with you, too! If you’re not sure where to host a get-together like this, consider renting a Davinci meeting room so you can accommodate everyone you want to invite.
Give Out Anniversary Gifts
This is a great opportunity for you to show your employees and supporters what their hard work has meant. A commemorative anniversary gift is a great way to acknowledge their contribution to the team. After all, if it wasn’t for them, you might not have even made it this far.
Make a Timeline Video
Graduations, birthday parties, and weddings all are notorious for timeline slideshows commemorating the past years — but, as cheesy as they can be, they really are a great way to celebrate how far you’ve come. Gather together pictures and video clips of your journey through your first year, pick just the right song, and play it for everyone. You can even post it on your website so all your clients can reminisce with you about when you started.
Even if you don’t plan a big event, you can’t go wrong with a celebratory cake during lunch. It’s a low-key, delicious gesture to tell your employees you’re grateful for them and proud of everything they’ve contributed. Just watch out for a sugar crash afterwards — you’ll need that energy to get going on year two!