Office Holiday Party on the Roof of Whole Foods

Have I mentioned that one of my favorite things about Austin, TX is the Whole Foods headquarters? (Yes.)

Whole Foods headquarters in Austin, TX

The Whole Foods flagship location downtown is no joke. Picture the biggest Whole Foods you’ve seen … doubled in size. I seriously hang out here for fun. When friends ask me where I want to go for dinner, I secretly want to say “Whole Foods!” Although I’ll usually settle for a real restaurant.

So when one of my coworkers suggested hosting our office holiday party there, I was sold!

One of the views from the roof

One of the views from the roof

As part of our Holiday Party Planning Committee, it was a bit of a challenge to figure out a venue, menu, date and activity that would appeal to everyone. Planning a wedding some day will be interesting! Ha. But after lots of phone calls and meetings, we solidified our holiday party, with help from the awesome event planners at Whole Foods corporate.

The space on top of Whole Foods has a playground, picnic tables, and a ton of open space. Any time of year, you’ll see people eating lunch and just hanging out up there. In the summer, they host free weekly yoga classes. And in the winter, they turn the roof into an ice skating rink.

office party ice skating at whole foods headquarters
My company rented out the rink for an hour, and spent the rest of the time eating, drinking, exchanging Secret Santa gifts, and celebrating a great 2014.

I didn’t snap a photo of the food, but we enjoyed cheese, roasted veggies, mini sandwiches, meatballs, bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts, fried shrimp and arancini – all catered by Whole Foods.

We also chose a variety of wine, beer & sparkling water to supplement the Mexican Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider that Whole Foods supplied.

Shiner Cheer, ya'll! ; )

Shiner Cheer, ya’ll! ; )

It’s always a bit of pressure to plan an event that everyone will enjoy, but I’d say the party was a success. Who doesn’t want to leave work early on a Friday, enjoy free food & drinks and go ice skating in Texas?!


Your Turn-

  • What’s the coolest holiday party you’ve ever attended? Mine was, hands down, the Urban Outfitters holiday party when I worked at the home office. Sooo over the top and amazing!

18 thoughts on “Office Holiday Party on the Roof of Whole Foods

  1. Oh my god. This is amazing. I want to just live near a Whole Foods that big, much less have a party there.

    The first year we moved to San Francisco, J’s team had a holiday party that rented out the entire DeYoung museum out here. Not only did we get the most amazing tour, but the food was crazy, sushi, oyster shots, flavored foam and gasses, etc. It was crazy.


    • Right?! I was soo pumped on that venue.. and even more so on the menu! 😉 Ooh lala, that sounds pretty schmancy! Anthro’s was, like, smores, bonfires, ice skating, ice sculptures, food trucks .. it’s fun to feel badass for a night!


  2. This sounds awesome!! A skating rink would be so much fun. That reminds me I haven’t been in 2 years!! My last job had the christmas parties in the art museum near by. That was always awesome. And there was a great view of downtown from the balcony! Great party!


  3. Talk about my dream work holiday party venue! This is another fantastic reason I cannot WAIT until my trip to Austin for the first time this New Year’s. I get to visit Whole Foods headquarters! Can I move in there? Think they’ll let me?


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