Have you been tasked with planning your next corporate event? Have no idea where to start or what kind of theme you should even consider? Fear not, we’ve got some great ideas to get you started!
Planning a corporate event is different from planning a personal event like a wedding or a birthday party, but it can be just as fun and creative if you want it to be. Below are some of our favorite ideas for unique, engaging, and fun corporate events.
For today’s cocktail aficionado, a Speakeasy Theme offers the perfect chance to get into character of the popular 1920’s-era speakeasy. Serve up a menu of classic cocktails like the French 75, Bee’s Knees, and Sidecar, and outfit your venue with a cool, low-light, smokey bar vibe. Era-specific music should set the perfect mood, and guests can feel welcome to dust off their suspenders, or perhaps purchase a new pair just for the occasion.
Especially fitting for oceanside towns – or those that wish they were! – a Casual Clambake offers a relaxed atmosphere where your guests can really unwind. There are plenty of seafood-themed routes you could take – the classier, more stately seafood tower, or a more down-home spread of lobster rolls with crispy chips, crunchy pickles, and plenty of clam chowder. Even better? This kind of event is perfectly suited for a boat if you’d like to take your party to sea!
Another option for those looking to keep things casual, a Backyard Barbecue theme is everything we love about summer: laid back, relaxed, and delicious. You can set up lawn games like horseshoes, cornhole, and croquet, and serve a big spread of barbecued meats and all the fixins.
Great for colder seasons when you need to take the party indoors, a Casino Theme offers an interactive and fun atmosphere. With endless options for games and activities, it’s a great way to naturally encourage your guests to mingle, and there are plenty of Casino-inspired cocktails and food options to accompany a casino spread of poker tables, blackjack, and roulette.
Perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more lively? If so, then a Mardi Gras themed party might be just the ticket. Load up on glitzy beads, ask the caterer to bring boxes of beignets, and instate a dress code: Masquerade masks for all! This is also a perfect opportunity to bring in some local live music, and to serve an especially indulgent menu.
These are just a few of our favorite ideas, but we’re always excited for some new inspiration. What’s the coolest event theme you’ve ever experienced?
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A new year means it’s time to predict the wedding and events landscape for the months ahead. We scoured the internet and consulted many different sources, and pulled together some of the most popular – and some of our favorite – anticipated trends for 2017.
Overflowing Greenery and Pops of Color
Through all our research, two major themes kept coming up: greenery and bold colors. Vogue interviewed eight top planners to get their thoughts on the biggest trends of 2017, and found the same thing – 2017 will be a year of bountiful greenery and a shift towards more boisterous colors and themes. Personally we love this idea, and can’t wait to see how it plays out.
In recent years, we’ve seen metallic materials play a much larger part in the decor landscape at events. Popular in applications like flower vases and other decorative vessels and glassware, in 2017 the Huffington Post expects to see even more metallic. We can see it being especially pretty as an accent on tables, favors, or finishing touches on a bridal bouquet.
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An Emphasis on the Experience
Style Me Pretty pulled together a great round-up of many 2017 trends, but the resounding theme seemed to revolve around elevating the entire experience. Brides adding a floral crown, interactive food stations, new and improved photo booths, and unusual entertainment are just a few new themes we’re likely to see this year. There are all sorts of ways to make an impression, and in 2017, we’ll have to keep an eye out for the best ideas.
With the resurgence of custom calligraphy and hand-lettered elements, The Knot predicts that unique invitations will play a big part in creating the weddings of 2017. And why not? The personal touch is such a beautiful and classy way to elevate not only your invitations, but the day-of experience.
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Elaborate Entrances and Creative Ice-Breakers
So many trends revolve around food and decor, but the people-part of weddings is equally important. BRIDES shared a list of 13 trends that’ll be huge in 2017, highlighting two pieces that aren’t exclusively decor-related that really stood out to us: couples creating elaborate entrances (think sparklers as they walk down the aisle) and introducing creative ice-breakers to make guests more comfortable and to encourage mingling.
We can’t wait to see how each of these themes plays out through 2017 and beyond.
If you’re planning a wedding or event this year, what special touches are you planning to introduce to your special day?