We’re just gonna say it: We can’t do another Secret Santa. We’re sick of braving the mob at Chelsea Market to find Peggy from Accounting a gift, even though she’s on a completely different floor and we’ve only ever talked to her in the elevator.

This year, things are going to be different.

Ditch the ugly sweater and put on your party pants--here are six ways to take your office holiday fete to the next level.

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HIRE TWO HUNKY POETS

Instead of standing by the lukewarm punchbowl trying to make awkward conversation with Bob from Sales, set up a haiku station at this year’s holiday bash. The Haiku Guys craft poems for party guests by request, and they’ll cover any topic…except love. (Which is probably a good thing--everyone knows love and the office don’t mix. Well, except when it’s Jim and Pam.)

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GIVE THE BEST GIF EVER

This is the age of technology, people--so why does every holiday party we go to still have the same old photo booth from the mall in fifth grade? Step into Oh Snap Smile’s mini-booth, film an animated GIF and have your shenanigans emailed to you. (Best of all, when you’ve had too much punch, you won’t accidentally leave your photos in the Uber.)

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TRANSFORM THE NIGHT INTO ART

Jay Gatsby would so have had Jennifer Lilya wildly sketching in the corner of his parties. The fashion portrait artist draws incredible renderings of your party guests--she could even make Bob from Sales dancing on the table with a lampshade on his head look classy.

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POP 10 BOTTLES OF BUBBLY

Celebrating the holidays with a toast? Yawn. This year, turn it into the main event: Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit will bring Champagne to your office and lead you through a tasting of several different varieties of bubbly. Just don’t let Bob drink all the Dom Pérignon.

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TAKE A MINI-TRIP TO EUROPE

Sure, you’re just drinking out of paper cups in the break room, but Avalon Jazz Band will transform your office into the City of Light, circa 1935. If you don’t believe us, just watch them in action.

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GET A LITTLE CHEESY

Fact: There’s only one thing we really want at a soirée, and the answer is cheese. (The answer is always cheese.) But instead of settling for some cube of orange stuff you dug up in the office fridge, enlist New York institution Murray’s Cheese Shop to bring over an out-of-this-world, totally insane setup of charcuterie plates. Hey, this office holiday party thing isn’t so bad after all.

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