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33 New Year Corporate Event Ideas That Will Enrich The Guest Experience

Let’s face it, everyone has high expectations on New Year’s Eve. If you’re working with your corporate event management team on planning a 2019 New Year’s Eve corporate event to stay within budget, there is undoubtedly a lot of weight on your shoulders. No detail can be overlooked and everything has to be perfect.

The kids may have just barely returned to school, but experienced corporate event planners have probably already started creating their event planning guide checklists months ago.

It’s likely they have their venues and vendors booked and are currently focusing on what they can do to make their event unique and exciting.

If you haven’t gotten started on the planning process, then you should get started right away. We have some great out of the box ideas that will help you take your pre-event planning to the next level.

Venue Ideas for Your New Year’s Corporate Event

New Year’s Eve is a popular date for parties and you will need to reserve a venue far in advance to ensure you get one you are happy with.

However, if you’re getting a later start this year, it may work to your advantage. You may be forced to seek out venues that are off the beat and path that work to make your event even more unique.

Here are some examples of venues that will let your guests know your party is off to a great start as soon as they walk in the door.

  1. Museums: A museum can be a great venue for your 2019 New Year’s Eve corporate event. Imagine hosting your event alongside unusual displays, installments and exhibits. Some museums may even have planetariums and other rooms that are vibey enough to enhance the experience.

SF Moma features several rooms, each one with a distinct style. You are guaranteed to find a space that is unique enough to suit your needs.

2. Rooftops: Rooftops were great places for having parties when you were young. Why not rekindle some of that excitement by taking your New Year’s corporate event to the rooftop? The right patio lighting can set the mood and the view is a built-in bonus. However, the weather can be a consideration in colder climates so plan accordingly.

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Venutura’s Greenhouse in Margate, NJ has a great rooftop deck that can be rented for any occasion.

3. Active Lifestyle Venues: Some venues can provide their own entertainment. All you have to do is decorate accordingly to set the mood. Venues that fit the bill include bowling alleys, amusement parks, ski resorts and drive-in theaters. Just have your employees come prepared to participate in the fun!

Lucky Strike in Washington D.C. is a great place for you to host your New Year’s Eve corporate event.

4. Mansions: Of course, you could save money and throw your party at the house of a colleague, friend or relative. But think how much better this will go over if that colleague, friend or relative owns a mansion! Mansions can provide luxurious spaces for outdoor and indoor entertainment, dining and more.

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Rent this Beverly Hills, CA mansion so you can party in the lap of luxury.

5. Breweries: A restaurant is an obvious choice for a New Year’s Eve corporate event, but a brewery can give it a more casual, fresher, younger vibe. It’s also perfect for those that enjoy exotic tastes in brews.

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Death Ave is a New York restaurant, brewery and event space that is the perfect mix of hip chic and old school elegance.

6. Art Studio: Similar to a museum, an art studio can provide a great aesthetic that is perfect for a fashion forward brand. It is also probably a bit more budget friendly than a museum.

The Earthfire Art Studio is a great place to hold an event where people can gather socially or to discuss business matters while creating art.

Entertainment Ideas for Your New Year’s Corporate Event

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The entertainment you provide at your 2019  New Year’s corporate party has to bring it. There are many unique entertainment options you can choose from. Here are some we recommend.

7. Live Music: No matter what type of entertainment you have at your party, you should be sure to make the hiring of a live band priority on your event planning checklist. On New Year’s Eve, everyone will want to get up and out on the dance floor.

You can choose from DJs or a live band.

A DJ can play any popular songs your guests request. They can also do their own mixes and mashups of guest favorites.

If you decide on a DJ, be sure to make the DJ booth look exciting. An LED DJ booth that can change color will make your venue look terrific.

However, live music may be a better choice for a New Year’s Eve corporate event. A live band can be more interactive with the crowd and can even lead off the countdown.

When considering what live musical entertainment you will be hiring, think of the genre of music that will best suit the event. Then ask for recommendations to find a reliable band that fits the bill.

Many bands are capable of performing a wide variety of musical genres and these may be your best bet. These bands will be able to conform to any sort of party vibe and switch things up if necessary.

8. Artists: An artist can work well with other entertainers. You can have an artist sitting in a corner and creating art live for all your guests to see. Giving the artist the opportunity to sell the art can be advantageous for everyone involved.

Sand artists who make creations out of sand are particularly trendy when considering entertainment for corporate events.

Charlene Lanzel is a New York sand artist who can provide awe inspiring sand art entertainment for your guests.

9. Dancers: Dancers make the perfect entertainment for your guests and they can work well with a live band. Aerial dancers, fire dancers and video mapping dance groups are favorites according to current trends. If you have access to a pool, an aquatic show can also be a lot of fun.

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The Dancing Fire is a Los Angeles company that can provide dancers for your event including belly dancers, fire dancers, glow LED dancers and more.

10. Comedians: Everyone loves to laugh. Get a comedian out to your show to have your entire crowd in stitches.

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Gordon Douglas is both a comedian and inspirational speaker, a combination that makes him perfect for your Philadelphia corporate event.

11. Magicians: The slight of hand will get them every time.

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The best of both worlds, Portland, OR’s Kevin Allen is both a comedian and a magician.

12. Human Fountains and Statues: Have you ever been walking in a public square when you suddenly see a statue you swear you’ve never seen before? Then you look closely and the statue blinks?

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Ariana Productions provides human statues for events nationwide.

These human statues have been wowing people for ages and they are a great addition to any party.

For a variation on the human statue, how about a human fountain? Beautifully dressed and goddess-like a human fountain can add a serene sense of beauty to any party.

Human statues can incorporate movement or not, but either way, they are sure to give your event a sense of wonder.

13. Photo Booths: These days, no party is complete without a photo booth. Photo booths give your guests something fun to do at the party and also provide great souvenirs that guests can take home to post on social media or hang on the fridge.

Oh Snap Social Booth is Chicago’s number one choice for photo booths. They provide an attendant, two different types of booths and a variety of props and backdrops. 

If you are dealing with a smaller budget and can’t afford to bring a photo booth in, social frames can be just as effective.

Leave these frames lying around so your guests can pick them up and take a selfie that they can post to let everyone know how much fun their New Year’s Eve was.

14. Transform Your Venue into a Casino: Casino games can be a lot of fun. And just in case you’re worried about local laws or gambling addictions, when you rent a vendor to transform your venue into a casino, no actual money will be involved.

3 Boys Poker will help you transform your Houston venue into a lively casino.

Vendors can be hired to provide a variety of gambling tables in your venue as well as a full staff to operate these tables.

Food and Drink Ideas for Your New Year’s Corporate Event Party

Food is an important consideration in all types of corporate event planning, but when it comes to your 2019  New Year’s Eve party, you really have to bring your A game.

New Year’s Eve parties are not generally dinner events so you don’t have to worry too much about providing a meal. However, appetizers are recommended and, when it comes to cocktails, a wide variety of only the finest will be acceptable. Because people tend to let loose a little more for New Year’s Eve, and because this is a corporate function, make sure to follow these best practices when serving alcohol to your guests.

Cameron Catering in Seattle is known for their sustainable practices, outstanding presentations and delicious food.

Here are some ideas for food and drink you can serve at your New Year’s corporate event to make it truly memorable.

15. Appetizers: Trendy appetizers will elevate your event, taking it to the next level.

Here are some we recommend:

  • Mini-Mexican Duck Confit Tacos: These tiny tortillas deliver the great taste without the mess. They are topped with ribbons of duck, prepared with seasonings and cheese and wrapped in an edible tie made of greens.

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  • Southern Shrimp Cocktails: This is an appetizer that can be easily served cocktail style. To prepare, fill a small cordial glass with sauce and garnish with a jumbo shrimp, okra and thin breadsticks.

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  • Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup: This is a light appetizer that is perfect for vegetarian guests. Top avocado soup with chopped cucumber and a light parmesan cheese chip for a tasty snack that is sure to be the talk of the town.

  • Caramelized Onion Cranberry Cream Cheese Bites: This may seem like an odd combination, but wait till you taste it! Start with whole grain crackers with caramelized onion-cranberry compote, and add cream cheese and fresh cilantro to create a mouth-watering treat.

  • Hummus Stuffed Peppers: Hummus is a tasty and popular superfood enjoyed by many. Stuff it in mini bell peppers for a taste sensation your guests are sure to enjoy.

16. Dessert Bars: A dessert bar is sure to please your sweet toothed guests. It can also make your party more aesthetically pleasing while offering an interactive element.

Sweet E’s is a Los Angeles dessert catering company that can provide your event with a dessert bar that is second to none.

You can divide your dessert bar into different sections like ‘cookie bar’, ‘candy bar’ and ‘pie bar’. This can help your guests explore a world of sweet delights.

You can also provide interactive stations like a ‘make your own smores’ station or a waffle station where guests can make their own waffle sundaes using ice cream and candy you provide.

A fondue bar is a bit of take-off on the dessert bar. You can include a chocolate dipping fondue where guests can dip their favorite fruits, candies and more. Alternatively, cheese fondues can be great for dipping meats, breads and other choice items.

If you want to make your dessert station memorable, hit up Petite Sweets Detroit. This dessert catering company has a wide variety of treats that are sure to have your guest’s mouths watering.

17. Cocktails: No matter what type of food you serve, for most guests, cocktails will be the star of your New Year’s Eve corporate event. What better way to start the year off than with a great, fresh drink?

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Here are some cocktails that will be perfect for ringing in the New Year.

  • Pear and Pub Ale Party Punch: Punch brings a fun element to a party taking your guests back to the prom. This party punch is made with whisky, dark rum ale and a cinnamon pear syrup that adds a dose of holiday cheer.

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  • Fire: You can call this cocktail whatever you would like but we feel this mix of lime, mint and whiskey served with a floater of Campari liqueur to provide a bright red color makes it worthy of its name.

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  • Champagne Punch: No New Year’s party is complete without champagne. Why not take it to the next level with this elegant drink that combines champagne with cognac, Jamaican rum and a spiced Darjeeling tea and oleo saccharum to provide a great fruity flavor.

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  • Irish Coffee: This will be perfect for making sure your guests stay up until midnight. The drink requires a mix of Irish whiskey, homemade brown sugar syrup and hot coffee that will give your event the kick it needs.

  • Infused Tom Collins: Give your night an elegant twist with this simple drink. It combines your choice of vodka or tequila with lime juice, simple syrup and club soda.

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18. It’s All About the Way It’s Served: Sometimes the way the food and drink is served can bring an entertaining element to your party. Here are some ways you can provide a wait staff that brings the fun up to 11.

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If you’re looking for staffing solutions for your Houston event, no one can beat Outloud Marketing. They can provide everything from food servers to bartenders to entertainers…and the list goes on!

  • Mimes and Clowns: Have your wait staff dressed as mimes or clowns or use any other type of costuming to wow your guests.
  • Human Tables: Make your server a part of your table by providing human tables at your parties. Here, the human is the centerpiece while the table surrounds them in a matching theme that will make it difficult for your guests to distinguish between the table and the human.
  • Service with a Smile: Think of a unique way to provide your guests with drinks from the moment they walk in. One idea is to have a hand magically appear from behind a curtain with an elegant glass of bubbly. This will definitely let them know they are not in Kansas anymore!
  • Aerial Drink Pouring: Aerial dancing is all the rage. A highly skilled aerial dancer will also be able to pour drinks for your guests while suspended upside down and, hopefully, not spill a drop.
  • Sleight of Hand: Want a waiter that can juggle your wine bottles? Balance champagne glasses on his nose? With the right budget, the sky is the limit.

Decorations Tips for Your New Year’s Corporate Party

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The way you decorate your 2019 New Year’s Eve party will set the vibe for the night. It will be the first thing your guests notice when they walk in and it will set the tone for every aspect of your event.

There are many ways you can decorate that will set your party apart. Here are a few we recommend.

19. Augmented Reality: A logical extension of virtual reality, augmented reality uses projected images to transform the entire look of your venue. This can be a money saving alternative to decorating the entire room to evoke a specific theme or look

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Here is just one example of how Zappar can use augmented reality to take your event to the next level. The company has offices in San Francisco, Sydney and London.

20. GOBO Light Projectors: Providing a similar effect to augmented reality, GOBOs are flat pieces of steel or glass that can be affixed to certain types of lights to project desired images.

If you are looking for event lighting to enhance your Indianapolis event, you can’t go wrong with Pro LIghting Rental.

21. Igloo Décor: Give your room a celebratory winter look by using transparent vases, furniture and candelabras. Bring in silver tones and candlelight to enhance the effect.

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The online store Shop Wild Things has tons of items that can give your event a great icy event.

22. Starlight Canopy: Bring a sense of romance and excitement to your event with a starlight canopy. These can be ideal for outdoor venues or they can also work in indoor venues to provide the illusion that guests are gathering under a starlit sky.

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Bliss Lights is an online retailer can get supply lights that are perfect for providing the look of the night sky overhead.

23. Disco Décor: Disco balls are a must when it comes to events where you want everyone up on the dance floor. Take a break from the ordinary by using ‘melting disco balls’. These have an odd shape and can create unusual lighting effects that will make your party unique.

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If you are looking for unusual elements to light up your dance floor, Petite Friture is a Finnish design shop that ships worldwide.

24. String Light Centerpieces: String lights can provide a terrific vibe to your party when draped around the room. Innovative trends are bringing them to the table as well. Scatter string lights around the tabletop or put them inside enclosed bottles to give off a candlelight effect that will last the entire evening.

The Paper Lantern Store is a great source for string lights and other types of party decorations.

25. Customize the Dance Floor: Your guests will be spending a lot of quality time on the dance floor and it needs to look great. There are many things you can do to customize your dance floor. One thing we recommend is to make it look like a giant clock significant of the passing of time from one year to the next.

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Shout is a Flemington, NJ company that provides dance floor decals that can be customized to suit your event.

Getting Ready for the Big Moment

Of course, the talk of the evening will be what takes place when the hand strikes twelve and 2019 turns into 2020. This moment has to be magical for all your guests. Here are some ideas for what you can do to prepare for the event and what you can do to celebrate the moment when the New Year hits.

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Cerbelli Creative is known for providing a high end experience for events that range from small and intimate to large and elaborate. They will know just the thing to do when midnight hits.

26. Champagne Toast: It is traditional for guests to do a champagne toast at midnight. A good host will make sure all guests interested in toasting in the New Year have a glass of champagne ready for the big moment. The most organized way to do this is to send a wait staff around to make sure each guest has their drink five to ten minutes before midnight.

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If you have a particularly big party, you may need to hire a small truck to do the job. These mini trucks can be used to transport champagne prior to the ball drop and throughout the event minimizing lines and wait times.

Once all drinks have been distributed, be sure to get the big boss up there for the countdown.

27. A Giant Countdown Clock: Time is of the essence at a New Year’s Eve party. Make sure your guests are all aware of the time by putting a giant countdown clock in the middle of your venue. It may be best to use a digital clock as these are easy to see and can also keep track of the seconds as you get closer to midnight.

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Getting an oversized clock for your event doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. Most Target stores sell clocks that are attractive and inexpensive.

An alternate to this would be to have giant TV screen projectors and that show the Times Square broadcast when the New Year rings in.

28. A Balloon Clock: This can serve as an adorable companion to the countdown clock. The clock will have 12 balloons with each one representing the hours of the day or the minutes of the hour. Guests can pop the balloons as time passes.

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The Balloon Event Construction Company can provide balloon displays that can take your Jacksonville, FL event to the next level.

Balloon clocks can feature company logos or messages that will help promote the theme of your event.

29. The Drop: Once midnight hits, the moment has to be extravagant and well planned. Here are some ways you can celebrate:

30. Balloons and Confetti: A great way to celebrate the ringing in of the New Year is to drop balloons and confetti on your guests. It may not be the most original idea, but it will always provide a festive vibe and an air of excitement.

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Balloons Over Atlanta can provide balloons, balloon displays, bouquets and custom decor for your Atlanta event.

One way to do this is to get helium balloons and confetti and tie them up in a canopy above the dance floor. Once the hour hits, release the canopy to let the contents drop on top of your crowd.

31. Fireworks: If you are using an outdoor venue, and have the right type of licensing, fireworks will always be an impressive way to ring in the new year.

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32. Follow a Custom: There are many customs that take place in other countries that you can incorporate into your corporate event. Some are a bit excessive and may be difficult to pull off at a large event, but if you can get away with it, I’m sure your guests will find them quite entertaining.

  • Pop 12 Grapes in Your Mouth: This is a Spanish tradition. The grapes are meant to represent each month of the year and popping them in your mouth is supposed to bring good luck.  If you distribute your grapes in a timely manner, it could be tons of fun for everyone involved.
  • Burn Something: In Ecuador, it is common for the people to burn a scarecrow at midnight. This is meant to diminish the negativity of the passing year. For safety’s sake, you can think of ways to incorporate fire into your event with posing a hazard…or maybe just bring your fire dancers out for a number.
  • Smash Things Against the Wall: This is another tradition that might be best off taken outdoors. Perhaps think more along the lines of a Jewish wedding where the groom smashes a champagne glass that is carefully wrapped in cloth with his foot. This will be a slightly less hazardous alternative.

For added fun, be sure to sing Auld Lang Syne when the hour hits and take a few snapshots that will make for great souvenirs.

Party Favors and Gift Bags for New Year’s

33. Party favors: Party favors can make any event more fun but they are pretty much essential at a New Year’s Eve Party. Party hats and tiaras will get everyone into the party mood. Noise makers, party poppers, silly sunglasses and over the top props are a lot of fun as well. Sparklers can even be lit if you feel confident your guests will be safe.

Goodie bags will also make for great souvenirs. Because this is both a corporate event and a 2019 New Year’s Eve Party, you can incorporate both themes to provide your guests with unique gifts.

Starting with the bag itself, instead of using a cheap and non-eco-friendly plastic, opt for a reusable tote with the company name.

Candy makes a great gift regardless of the occasion. You can personalize the packaging by adding the name of the company or including a message wishing your guests a happy new year.

Bath items are also a pretty safe bet since they are useful to most people. Packaging can be personalized on bath items as well.

Other possible goodie bag items that may come in handy on a professional basis include:

  • Airplane Friendly Items: If your staff travels a lot, they might appreciate items like earphones, eye masks and travel sized toiletries.
  • Personalized Water Bottles and Coffee Mugs: What employee can’t use one of these?
  • Portable Powerbank: These are great for keeping your on the go employee’s phones charged 24/7.
  • Cord Tacos: These are a DIY, travel item must have. They are little pieces of leather or fabric that fold up and snap together to keep your electronic device cords from getting tangled up.
  • Flash drives: Flash drives are a great alternative to documents that could end up getting tossed in the trash. While a New Year’s Eve party may not be the most appropriate atmosphere for providing flash drives with work related information, you can also use them to provide information on what there is to do in town that is holiday related. This is perfect if you are expecting out of town guests or holding your event in a city other than the one where your company is located.
  • Smartphone Magnifier or Projector: A smartphone projector turns your phone into a wall projector at any time. A magnifier can expand your smartphone screen to the size of a tablet.
  • VR Cardboard: These are perfect for creating a VR experience without the headphones. Guests can use these Google Cardboard headsets with their smartphones to make any presentation multi-dimensional.

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Austin City Gift Baskets has classy and convenient gifts that are perfect for letting your staff know how much you appreciate them.

These are all terrific gifts that can make your employee’s professional lives easier; but if you want your gift bag to be targeted towards leisure time, here are some great alternatives.

  • Gift Cards:  A gift card to a drug store, department store or restaurant will always be appreciated.
  • Grown your Own Plant Kit: Your eco-friendly employees will love these. They are available in herbal varieties allowing your guests to grow their own herbs. They come with their own mason jars and they don’t require any watering.
  • Virtual Swag Bags: Instead of giving your guests a bag full of things they’ll have to carry home, opt for a virtual swag bag. These can be full of goodies they can redeem online like ebooks, gift certificates, service subscriptions and more.
  • Mini Wine Box: Wine makes a terrific gift, but it can be difficult to transport. Eliminate the hassle by giving your guests a mini wine box.  Many of these can also be purchased with chocolate pairings.
  • Free Headshots: A photo booth can be a lot of fun, but you can also have a live photographer documenting your event. Set up an area where he or she can take head shots and give your guests a ticket to redeem them at some point after the party. This will be ideal if your guest list includes a lot of models and actors.
  • Inflatable Hammock: Your employees work hard! These inflatable hammocks fold up to the point where you can include them in your party bags. Better yet, they self-inflate…no pump needed!

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If you are looking to blow the roof off at your Honolulu event, call Spectrum Entertainment. They provide lighting, deejays, band set ups and more.

These are all great ideas for how to take your 2019 New Year’s Eve corporate event to the next level. This is definitely an extensive list and you’ll need good event planning software to help you keep everything organized, but there is no end to the creativity one can put in when it comes to corporate event planning.

In fact, we would like to create the biggest list ever, and we need your help!

If you are a party planner, we invite you to submit photos with your New Year’s corporate event ideas.  We are hoping to get a sampling from a wide range of cultures that will continue to inspire planners everywhere, so don’t be shy! Send those pictures in so we can all see how you make your corporate events unforgettable!

6 Tips For Planning A Customer Appreciation Event

Without them, your business wouldn’t exist. Your livelihood depends on them. They’ve even shown a loyal following, patronizing your business for years. Your customers deserve a round of applause! But they can’t hear that from here and though rounds of applause are nice, nobody being applauded really knows what to do with themselves during those awkward moments.

You’re looking to show appreciation for your customers in a real, tangible, and hopefully not-awkward way. That’s why you are hosting a customer appreciation event. As with all large events, planning from scratch can overwhelm. We’ll help you cover the basics and throw in a few ideas for adding in fun details and unforgettable added touches.

Timing Is Everything

Sure, you appreciate your customers and want to show them, but we all know that there is another reason for hosting this event—customer acquisition and loyalty. You aren’t really in need of a customer-drawing event during your busy season, the customers are already coming in at that time. Pick a time during your slow season, maybe even right after the busy season to help keep your momentum rolling.

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Who To Invite?

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Well, you are probably shaking your head because the answer is so obvious—you invite your customers. Ok smarty pants, we give you this one. But do you include them all? Do you do your top ten best customers in a smaller dinner party type gathering? In the invitations will you include spouses/partners, kids, other family members, friends (so you don’t make anyone come alone, unless they are trying to get away from their kids/family members and just want an hour to themselves?)

These answers are up to you and will generally depend on the type of business you own, your clientele, your budget, and your vision (parking lot BBQ or ritzy dinner in the VIP section of an upscale restaurant?)

In a prudent business move, you can also invite some of your client’s business partners, consultants, or other affiliates. An appreciation event is always a great time for creating brand awareness, so spread the network around.

What’s Your Event Budget?

Every event has one whether its high or low (if you have a business that can spend money on events with wild abandon and “money is not an object”, call us, we want a job there). For everyone else, an event means prioritizing and divvying out the money that is available. You may even want to do a little pre-budget planning to know how much you might need, factoring in costs of a venue if one is necessary, food and drink, invitations (including any mailing costs) and marketing of the event, any activities and events to make it fun and interesting, and of course, customer gifts and giveaways.

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If your business is small, you may feel overwhelmed by that list right now. Wait! Don’t leave! A small budget doesn’t make this un-doable for you. Can you speak to vendors or other non-competing businesses that might want to join forces with you to host the event (business block party?)? Or maybe speak to a local non-profit who would be willing to do the event with you in order to network and get more notice for their cause (also, philanthropic pants look really good on your business no matter how big or small it is).

Choosing Your Venue Wisely

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If you don’t need a venue because you can have your event on location, we applaud your savings and urge you to spend the extra money wisely i.e. on fun stuff (like cotton candy and glow sticks! No, we’re not childish you’re childish! *Sticks tongue out*).

Anyway, if you are in need of a venue, there a local restaurant that will work with you to host the event? Do you need a place with more open space for display tables and events? If so, checkout banquet halls and other rentable open area venues.

Will your town allow an appreciation event on thorough-fare sidewalks or parking lots (If so, you may need a permit)?

Bear in mind you don’t simply want enough space for your set up, you want people to have enough space to eat, drink, mingle, participate, etc. and feel comfortable in doing it (we know a big compact crowd has us running in the opposite direction. Wading through a wall of people for a free hot dog? No thanks!).

If you are planning food and drinks for your event (and we’re saying that in most cases you should), consider the logistics. Will you need to bring and set everything up yourself? Will you have it catered (including drinks/alcohol)? If it is in a restaurant, what is included in their pricing?

The Little Touches

Never get so consumed with the big picture that you forget how important (and fun) the details can be. Is your venue such that you can literally roll out a red carpet for customers to walk down a la Hollywood VIP style? If we’re going awards show style, what about having customized awards for each client (“Most Likely to Help Me Afford a Vacation Home”. Well, maybe not that.).

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And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper appreciation without some kind of swag for customers to take home (we’re talking mostly in the form of promotional items, but feel free to get creative). You can also have promotional discounts for attendees (which is ultimately a win for you, too) or hold a raffle (who doesn’t love the thrill of hoping to win something even if only a couple of hours later your soul is crushed because you didn’t win that set of bath bubbles that you know you’ll never use but that doesn’t matter that’s not the point).

Want your customers to remember you appreciating them so much? Obviously. Help their memories by having a photo booth (and maybe some fun props) for guests to enjoy all the while remembering your business every time they look at the pictures on their fridge.

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Make It Memorable With Activities And Entertainment

Having quality entertainment (and we’re not talking about your cousin who flunked out of mime school) creates a solidly good experience that adds tons of value to your event. There are plenty of great ways to show your customer appreciation through entertainment so you can tell cousin Good ideas for entertainment include (but don’t feel limited by):

  • A clean, all audience-appropriate comedian.
    Your customers can appreciate a good laugh, creating a positive experience that they are more likely to remember.
  • Keynote speaker
    —someone who can impart words of business or industry wisdom or any other kind of wisdom that might appeal to your audience.
  • Magician
    —before you cry “kid’s birthday party”, keep it together for a moment. Sure, you can get the kid’s birthday party type of magician if you are having a family-oriented event that includes children—it’s amusing for kids and parents. For adults or more professional audiences, an expert illusionist can wow the crowds and give them fodder for conversation over cocktails (How do you think they did that?).
  • Hire a band.
    Doesn’t matter who you are, who is invited, or what your business is, everyone loves live music. A professional and versatile live band (we’re partial to brass bands, ourselves, just saying) can play audience appropriate music that ranges from the classy (light background jazz) to the dance-y (everyone remembers a great dance party). Whatever the level of energy you want, it’s hard to go wrong with live music, especially if you find a band that can engage your crowd.
  • Live artist
    —whether they are creating kooky caricature drawings for your guests, crafting life like paintings, creating soothing sand art, or having a mini sip and paint type lesson, it’s a great way to captivate attentions and imaginations.

We hope that this helps give you a jumping off point for planning your customer appreciation shindig. Though it’s obvious that customer appreciation events are good for solidifying customer relationships and cultivating brand loyalty, it’s important to remember to stay easy on the “selling”, remembering that the event isn’t all about you, it’s about your customers.

Simple Ideas For An Exciting Office Happy Hour!

If you’re tired of experiencing the same old office parties and experiences, then why not consider a new approach to the workplace happy hour? The truth of the matter is that no matter the event, many employees do not look forward to spending additional time at the office. And, of course, that makes sense; when you’ve been in a suit and tie for 9 hours, all you want to do is relax and put your feet up. Luckily, that’s where we come in. With our simple guide, you can transform your standard office party into an event that all employees not only look forward to but will talk about long into the future.  So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at 6 happy hour theme ideas!

1. Office Tea Party

Who said happy hour has to revolve around alcohol? Why not enjoy a smattering of fancy cakes, cute scones and little sandwiches with some tea and coffee? Or, if you really can’t contemplate the idea of a happy hour without alcohol, you could always serve beer and wine in little teacups.

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2. The American College Party

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Nothing says ‘carefree drinking’ like the American college party. Grab a selection of red cups, get some lights beers, bring some table tennis balls and make some space for the beer pong tournament. If you want people to get fully invested in the theme, you could also get employees to wear a top from their university or college.

3. The Hawaiian Party

A simple theme, but always popular! Get all employees to wear their most outrageous shirt, bring in some hula hoops, tasty snacks and cocktail ingredients, and you’ve got the makings of a fun hour!

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4. Indoor Camping Party

There’s nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than a camping trip, so why not bring that fun indoors? With some hot chocolate, marshmallows, hot dogs, burgers, trail mix, nuts and a few card games, you can recreate your favorite camping memories without having to step foot outdoors!

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5. Bottomless Brunch

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The beauty of bottomless brunch is that there’s no defined time when it works best. Grab some tasty brunch foods – toast, eggs, avocado, bacon and muffins – and bring out the sparkling wine, and you’ve got the makings of a terrific happy hour party.

6. The Brass Band Party

If you’re looking for something completely different, why not center your entire happy hour party around a brass band? Have some waiters passing around canapés on silver trays, get some fancy – but classy – cocktails on the go, and get your dancing shoes on! Contact The Brass Animals today to organize the best entertainment that your whole office will love.

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35 Epic Office Party Ideas That’ll Have Everyone Buzzing for Weeks

Office parties are a great way of building a positive community in the work place and adding fun elements to our daily grind. However, organizing them can be a bit stressful especially when it feels as if every possible theme party has been planned before. I am here to offer some help with the creative “writer’s block” that may happen when organizing an event for the company. Here are 35 epic office party ideas that’ll have everyone buzzing for weeks!


There is one day of the year where the perfect excuse to throw a party arrives and that is your company’s anniversary! This is the ideal moment to celebrate the years that the company has been able to achieve its visions and goals, and what better way to celebrate than by hosting anniversary party games?

Make things interesting by creating a list of questions related to the company (its founders, the year it was created, the color of the logo etc.) and hold a company trivia night. Of course, like every good trivia night, the winners will take prizes! The prizes can include anything from coffee gift cards to an extra holiday day.

To add the cherry on top of this great event, make sure you have a few anniversary decoration ideas under your sleeve. They can be really funny ones such as embarrassing pictures of your boss and co-workers (with their consent of course), or classy such as big numbered balloons that showcase the number of years the company is celebrating (you can purchase the balloons here).

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Office Christmas parties might seem like the hardest ones to organize since it may feel as if all the cliché parties have been planned before. However, one really cool office party idea for this holiday is “Tropical Christmas.” If there is one thing that Friends taught us, as Hello Giggles says is that, “If your radiator won’t shut off in time for your holiday shindig… Just call it a tropical Christmas party.”

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Not only does this office party have a killer Christmas party theme name, it is also a great example of Christmas party costume themes. Feel free to get creative with dressing up in your finest tropical vacation attire so that you can enjoy Christmas in the tropics.

The decorations can be simple; just buy a few cool inflatables with fun shapes (such as watermelons, flamingos or donuts) and Hawaiian necklaces (and don’t forget to give one to Santa). Don’t forget to buy some refreshments such as Hawaiian punch, lemonade or Popsicle sticks so that you can beat the heat!


Decade the halls is a 2 in 1 party! Not only is it an amazing example of creative Christmas party names and funny Christmas party names, it is also a really cool dress up party theme. This office party idea consists of a Christmas of decades where your co- workers can pick their favorite era and come dressed up as such. Whether it is the Roaring 20’s, Rocking 60’s, or Groovy 70’s, this party will be an epic one!

Feel free to make a playlist that includes the best and most memorable songs of those eras so that the guests can show off their best moves, and the office can “throw back” in style. Get creative with the decoration; there are so many possibilities! Pick lots of funky lights, a disco ball, and maybe an old-school photo booth so that your co-workers can make memories of a night they will want to remember.

There are also many office Christmas party games for large groups that you can add to the event. You can plan a secret Santa exchange that goes along with the theme of “Decade the Halls,” where co-workers buy fun and cool gifts so that they can give out to other peers. You can also include a fun raffle where the winner gets a free trip to the movies where they showcase old- school movies such as Back to the Future.

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Yes, we all have that situation where your Uncle Jerry twice removed gave you something that you could barely call a sweater that you simply wore once in front of him and then locked it away so it would never see light of day again. However, this is the one time of the year where you can pull out the sweater and wear it with absolute pride. Hey who knows, thanks to your Uncle Jerry’s questionable taste in fashion, you might win a very cool prize. You might want to send him a holiday card this year after all.


End of the year parties are the best way to welcome the New Year. Stray away from boring and bland by hosting the coolest end of the year karaoke fest! Start by renting the karaoke machine here and simply sit back and watch the magic happen. Enjoy performances by your boss and co-workers as they get up on stage and jam out to their most embarrassing guilty pleasure songs (The Piña Colada song anyone)?

Amp up the party by adding extra party activities such as limbo, pin the microphone on the singer, Hoola hoop competitions, and fun new year’s resolution activities. Don’t be afraid to be creative. Karaoke is one of the coolest entertainment ideas out there and it will guarantee an epic office party to wrap up the year and welcome an even better one.

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We are extremely lucky to live in such a globalized world where we can learn about and appreciate all cultures. Celebrate your office’s diversity and team by hosting an around the world party. Office potluck themes often lack, well, a theme, so this is the perfect way to give some direction and focus to the gathering.

Ask your peers and boss to cook and/or buy a dish that is representative of their culture and upbringing. This around the world themed party will be the perfect excuse to show off your fabulous cooking skills and to eat as much food as possible! Add a finishing touch to the office party by hiring a corporate band such as Brass Animals to add some live music to the event; they are super funky and take requests! Check out their website here.


Although the end of the summer may be quite sad, you can make it a celebration by hosting end of summer parties. There are endless summer party themes that you can host, but there is no better way to say goodbye to longer and hotter days by hosting a beers and barbeque themed bash! Make use of your office’s nice balcony or rooftop, or, if you don’t have one, find a rooftop that you can rent! The fresh summer air will be the ideal setting to celebrate the season’s ending. Nothing pairs better with a delicious barbeque than beers, so go out on the grill, crack the can open, and enjoy this epic office party.


There are three things that are impossible to dislike and they are: fall time, football and furry friends. I can’t think of better sports theme party ideas to host than one where all
three are involved. Celebrate the start of a new season (both sports and weather) by having all of your office co-workers and peers bring their friendly pets to the office for a day. Further down the list I have included more fall party themes that will inspire you!

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College was easily one of the most exciting times of anyone’s life so why not get creative with college theme party ideas? My favorite one, which is also a summer theme idea, is Throwback Thursday. Have everyone at the office dress up as they did or would have back when they were in college! They can also wear their Alma matter’s t-shirts and bring in their coffee mugs in order to celebrate the four amazing years that was college. Feel free to decorate with different college banners and logos and to play the music that was popular back in the day. Make this a throwback Thursday to remember.


Aside from American Football, there is one other very important sport that is embedded in American culture and that is baseball. Baseball season is the perfect excuse to throw an epic baseball themed office party that will have everyone on their toes. You can set up four different bases around the office that include a variety of snacks, music and activities. To end the night on an even better note, host a raffle where the winner gets two free tickets to go catch (pun intended) a baseball game!


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The start of the week is an extremely difficult time, so what better way is there to beat the Monday blues than by having a day where music is played in the office? Office party ideas don’t necessarily have to happen only once or twice a year, but may sometimes take place once a month in order to shake up the work environment.

Once a month make a raffle that picks one employee to take the lead on DJing. They get to pick the music that will be played in the office that day. This is a great example of an office party that offers cool entertainment ideas while still promoting a productive working environment. Make sure to leave a “quiet-room only space” in case people need to take phone calls or host meetings.


There is something extremely refreshing and inspiring about the springtime. Theflowers, the rain, and the freshness of the air all make me want to plan different springparty themes. However, there is so much time in the season for a party to take place, which is why I picked my favorite theme, yoga and mimosas!

End of the year can be incredibly saturating and draining both mentally and physically. This is why starting the year with an office community yoga class followed by mimosas is the perfect way to refresh and reconnect with your mind and body. Watch yourself spring back to life!


There are endless ideas for office parties, but my personal favorite is one that falls under the category of funny party themes. It is what I like to call the Anti-New Years party. It is a summer party theme, preferably held in June so that it falls in the middle of the year. The idea of the party is to celebrate our anti-resolutions! As Forbes so kindly highlights, “Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.”

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Instead of sulking over these statistics, we might as well pay an omen to them and celebrate our inability to follow through with these resolutions! Have fun with it, at the end of the day we still have another 6 months to accomplish them, so you might as well party right now.


This idea is easily the best example of my proudest party name idea. St. Patrick’s Potluck consists of bringing in different dishes in order to celebrate the luckiest day of the year. Feel free to come up with extra party activities that will have everyone buzzing about this holiday. Also, remember to wear green for luck!


Similar to the anti-New Years party, America’s got no talent is a funny party theme. I am sure most of us have watched America’s Got Talent in complete awe as someone puts a sword in his or her throat while they juggle. So why not do the complete opposite at the office? Come up with your best-worst talent and showcase it at the office. Set up a small stage and performance setting and pick three judges that will be in charge of picking the winner.

This party is ideal for last minute talent show ideas and to put on funny skits in front of your co-workers and have a good laugh. The winner can get a prize that is worth a free ticket to a comedy show or something similar. Have fun with it and show your office that America’s got no talent.

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Tik Tok is easily one of the most popular apps, which allows you to record a short music video to some of your favorite songs and artists. Organize an epic office party where you divide your peers into different teams and you challenge them to record the best and most creative video on the app! Select three un-biased judges that will decide the winning team. The winners can get a free subscription to their choice of app on their smartphones.


Halloween, in my opinion, is one of the coolest and more creative holidays, so it would be a shame for it to go uncelebrated! Use this spooky time of the year as an excuse to organize a murder mystery office party. It is super easy and convenient since there are many online resources that offer “party ready pack.” Simply purchase it and start using immediately! Check this one out. No one knows how to celebrate in style more than Michael Scott from The Office, so go ahead and copy their murder mystery idea and watch the fun unfold.


As fun and entertaining as hosting a party may be, it is equally as rewarding to celebrate a holiday by giving back to the community and world. Celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) by taking an office trip to go plant a tree together. This is a great team-buildingactivity and it is also a really productive way of giving back to our beautiful mother earth.

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The world in general, I am convinced, runs on caffeine. Luckily September 29th gives us the ideal reason to celebrate our favorite morning drink. Although International coffee day, unfortunately, is not a national holiday it can be an epic office party idea. Bring in free coffee and donuts to the office as a way of showing appreciation to the employees as well as our best friend, caffeine.


Every Office fan knows that the most important time of the year (after Christmas) is the Dundie awards. This is the day where the boss celebrates his or her fellow employees by giving out tailored awards. These awards, although funny, are a great way of showing appreciation to one’s peers. Make a reservation at the company’s favorite local restaurant and share an evening of laughter, applauses and memories that will result in an epic office party


Food seems to pair beautifully with absolutely anything in the world, including trucks! One really great summer party theme is a food truck festival. Pick a day of the week designated for the office to take a long lunch break under the summer sun. There are endless types of food trucks so there will be enough options for everyone at the office to eat. This is a great way of socializing and connecting with your peers and co-workers, and I have learned from experience that some of the best friendships are made over food.

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4th of July celebrations tend to involve the same things year after year. And although barbeques and fireworks are great, there are ways of getting a little bit more creative with the holiday. Gather up some of the funniest and weirdest historical facts about America and play the trivia game that I like to call “4th of Julying.” The game basically consists of having participants guess whether the historical fact is real or fiction. The winner can get a cool prize like a cooler or a new barbeque set.


Battle of the books is the cooler version of a book club. Pick 3 different books that your co-workers and boss have to read over a given period of time. Then decide different teams that consist of your peers. Define a given date when the battle of the books will take place. What will happen the day of is that different teams will battle one another by answering trivia based on the 3 book selections. The competition will go in rounds, and the last team standing wins! Come up with creative prizes such as amazon book gift cards that the winning team will get.


Similar to music Monday, pick a day of the year where you bring in live music to the office. There are so many bands that play corporate events around the United States, such as the Brass Animals. They let you pick the songs you want them to play and also take requests. Check them out here. This is the best entertainment for a Summer Friday at the office.

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If you need to find an excuse to host an office party, pick out your favorite hat and call it a day! Hat parties are the easiest way to showcase your sense of your style and fashion and simply have a good time!


Bartender battle is a really cool event that can easily be done in the office kitchen. Pick out your favorite mixology drink and challenge your co-workers to compete against one another to decide who made the best version of it! The winner may win a bartending kit. This is a great and fun way to tap into employee’s inner bartender and to try a few new drinks while competing.


Admit it, we have all wanted to participate in Gordon Ramsay’s famous Master Chef TV show. This epic office party is the ideal way to make your dreams come true without having the pressure of Mr. Ramsay himself yelling at you. Along with your co-workers, pick out 3 recipes, once for an initial plate, another for the main dish and lastly a dessert. Create different teams and watch the magic happens as they compete one another for the best dish of the night. Best part of the event? You get to eat the food at the end of the night!


There may be a better pairing than champagne and strawberries, and that is champagne and charades! Watch your peers tap into their inner actor/actress as they act out different actions, movies, or songs. This can get really funny real quick so get ready for a night of intense laughter and tears of joy. Make sure to bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture some of the night’s highlights and make a short video of the best moments from that epic office party.


Whether you are currently obsessed with Khaleesi from Game of Thrones or the ever so classic Michael Scott from The Office (US), make sure you come ready to represent your favorite TV show character this Halloween. You’d be surprised to see the wonderful and creative outfits that your co-workers come up with, whether they are DYI’d or purchased. Put out some of your favorite candy so that there can be some trick or treat fun during the day and pair it out with really spooky decoration. At the end of the evening, choose the 3 winners!

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What would the fall season be without cider, chocolate and cozy sweaters? That’s right, nothing! This is why organizing a fall celebration at the office is the perfect way to spend a cozy week at work. Bring in some of the best local hot cider and hot chocolate and ask everyone else to come in with their coziest and favorite sweater. No need to have a fireplace, just use the magic that is the internet to look up some fireplace sounds so that you can create a super snug atmosphere. Something that will make the event even more memorable is a smores station where you can make your own. Cooking smores is a really great way to connect with one another and to celebrate the beginning of one of the coziest seasons.


There is no better way to depict a close-knit company culture than by taking and sending an annual Christmas holiday card. Rent out either a photographer or a photo booth station that is Christmas themed and simply say cheese! Have fun with the event by taking cute, funny, and serious photos! If you want a picture of all of you in the air, like Michael Scott in The Office (US), make sure you all jump on 3! To top it off, add a nice message that you think best represents the company so you can send it out to all of your partners, clients and supporters in order to wish them happy holidays.


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Margaritas, piñatas and traditional Mexican music make the perfect combination for a good time! Luckily, Cinco de Mayo is the ideal day of the year for that combination to take place! Host an epic office party by decorating the office, buying ingredients to make office margaritas, and ordering food from a local Mexican cuisine restaurant. Don’t forget to buy a piñata and fill it with gift cards, candy, and other goodies.


Getting to know your co-workers can be more efficient when it involves embarrassing pictures. To bring the people at the office a little bit closer, host a “who is that baby?” party. This consists of asking your co-workers and boss to bring pictures of when they were babies and have a guessing game of who is who. To make it even more challenging, ask those who are parents to bring pictures of their babies (if they feel comfortable with that) and make the game more interesting.


Similar to our 4 th of July event (# 22 on the list), “who said it?” is a pop culture trivia game that consists of picking tweets from politicians, artists, celebrities and so on and picking quotes that kids have said and asking your contestants to guess whether a politician or a kid said it! It can be incredibly funny and surprisingly challenging. Add some delicious snacks and refreshments to the equation and you got yourself one of the most epic office party ideas ever!


Mental health is extremely important in our day-to-day life and spending time to work on ourselves mentally ensures that we live a more relaxed and fulfilling life. This is why it is extremely important for company’s to promote positive mental health, and what better way to do that than by planning an office party that focuses on providing beneficial services to your employees?

Take a day to commemorate your peers and yourself by setting up small activities such as free massages, yoga and meditation sessions. Set up hydration stations with flavored water, tea and other snacks that can help everyone de-stress. Enjoy a day off and watch how working on your mental health with result in amazing and positive changes.

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4 Ways to Make Your Corporate Event Fun

When it comes to planning a corporate event, you want to prepare something that people actually want to attend. After all, most corporate events cost a great deal of money, so why not spend that money on something your employees genuinely want to do. One of the best things you can do to make your corporate event an event to remember is to plan something fun. Here are four great ways to make your corporate event fun.

Take It Outside

The first thing you want to do to make your event more fun is getting it out of the office and into an outdoor venue. Whether it’s sleigh rides in the park in the middle of winter or a team building event in early spring, nothing shakes loose the corporate dust like getting out in the fresh air and sunshine – or even snow as the case may be. This is particularly good if you have a band playing for your corporate event.

Cut Loose

While managers and senior executives may feel they have a certain image to uphold, nothing will make a corporate event more fun than when the boss cuts loose. This doesn’t mean getting drunk and making a spectacle, but it does mean participating in a lively karaoke song or even being the first to form a conga line. Ultimately, leaders lead from the front and the includes when it comes time to have fun. From Entrepreneur, “nearly 60 percent of the more than 1,000 full-time employees surveyed said their relationship with their employer positively impacts their focus or productivity at work, and 44 percent said it positively impacts their stress levels.”

Have The Fun People In The Office Plan The Event

Ultimately, every office has that one person or small group of people that just want to have fun. Yes, they may be the ones to sometimes share memes or tell jokes that are inappropriate for the office, but when it comes to having a good time, they know their stuff. While every office also has the upholder or upholders of decorum, they are not necessarily the ones you want planning a fun event.

Be Unconventional

Visiting a haunted house or booking an 80’s hair band might not fit in with the 9-5 corporate ideals of your business, but they can be a lot of fun. The majority of your employees most likely have a limited range of tasks they perform over and over again, day in, day out, 250 plus days a year. Corporate events can be a great time to shake things up and do something really different.

Yes, you can play it safe and plan the same bland, boring event you’ve been holding every year for more than a decade now; which ensures that your senior members will start to consider letting people fall during the trust fall just to spice things up. If you want your event to be one employees will actually look forward to year after year, however, you have to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. After all, variety is the spice of life, not safety.