Adding Personal Touches to Your Corporate Event

Adding Personal Touches to Your Corporate Event

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Planning a corporate event can be a lot of fun, but it’s not always easy to make it feel personal for each and every one of your employees. Especially for companies that are growing quickly, or companies that are larger to begin with, individual employees can get lost of the hubbub of the big day without particular care and attention to making them feel considered.

Planning a corporate event in 2017? We’ve got you covered! First – check out our list of 5 fun corporate event themes, then read on for ideas on how to make the day extra special for your employees.

Pick a suitable venue. Does your company embody certain values, like environmental friendliness? If so, then picking a venue that holds the same values is important and shows your commitment to your beliefs as an organization.

Personalize drinking glasses, and hand them out to employees as they arrive. They’ll serve as drinking glasses for the day of the event, but then double as nice take home gifts for your employees to enjoy long after the festivities have ended.

Create an event-specific hashtag. This is a popular trend at weddings, so why not for corporate events, too?! It’s playful and fun, and lets both the employer and employees look back on the event with a cumulative view of everything shared about it on social media.

Create a custom playlist. A few weeks in advance of your party, invite employees to add their favorite songs to a tracking spreadsheet, and on the big day, play those songs! Everyone will hear something they enjoy, and it’ll mean more than playing a generic mix or something from the radio.

Add a media wall, and encourage employees to contribute their favorite workplace-inspired photographs. Whether they’re from a day of employer-sponsored volunteering, a past company outing, or silly antics around the office, gathering a bunch photographs (digital or physical – up to you!) can really heighten the mood and remind your employees just what a special place it is that they work at.

Use company branding. This might be an obvious one, but make sure your company colors and logo are front and center. You might consider branding some swag as giveaways, or creating a signature company cocktail or snack. You can easily use company colors in your decorations — balloons, lighting, and table top decor are all easy places to add a custom flair.

Have any other ideas for how to personalize a corporate event? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to share below.

5 Fun Ideas for Corporate Event Swag

5 Fun Ideas for Corporate Event Swag

Corporate events are a wonderful opportunity for employers to show their appreciation for all that their employees do, but they’re made infinitely better – for the staff at least – by the presence of some fun corporate swag. For most companies, corporate events only come around once, maybe twice a year, so it’s a fitting opportunity to give your workers a little something special as a token of appreciation.

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Below we’ve compiled a list of 5 fun corporate event swag ideas, that run the gamut from practical to cutting edge, and everything in between.

1. Nicer Branded Attire
Most companies these days have branded gear for their employees to wear, but it’s often the budget-type t-shirts that are cool looking, but not the most durable or long-lasting. Ordering brand name items – say a heavier embroidered fleece if you’re in a cooler climate, or a higher-end zip-up trainer says that you put some thought, and cash, behind the gift. As a company you still get an opportunity for some “free” advertising, but your employees are much more likely to wear it, and love it.

2. Portable Make-Your-Own Cocktails
This one only applies to companies that don’t view a casual cocktail as something taboo, but these days it seems that a drink after – or at – work is becoming more and more commonplace. And for good reason! Portable cocktail kits are a fun, unique gift, great for companies whose employees are either remote or travel often. All they require is that you add a splash alcohol, and wa-la: a craft cocktail in your hands.

3. Collapsible Coolers
As we head into the warmer months, it’s natural to start thinking of the outdoors. Or perhaps, you’re based in a place where it’s warm year-round? Either way, collapsible coolers are a fun and practical choice. When empty, they compress down into nearly flat packages that are easy to pack or tuck into a bag, but they pop up into useful coolers in a matter of seconds. If you’re looking for something really practical that your employees are sure to get a lot of use out of, these are a great pick.

4. The Newest Tech
Whether you’re in the business of technology or not, cool new tech gifts are always a popular pick. If you’re on the smaller side (or have a generous spending budget), you might be able to splurge on something pricier like a tablet or e-reader, but even for larger companies, more affordable items like fitness trackers or quality headphones are sure to be a hit. You could even consider dolling out slightly sillier technology-related gimmicks like selfie-sticks, if your employees would enjoy that kind of (gag) gift.

5. A Philanthropic Gesture
Donations aren’t always considered a “gift” to everyone – it takes a very philanthropically minded individual to appreciate this kind of gesture. But these days, a lot of companies offer their employees such awesome perks on a daily basis – endless snacks, catered meals, unlimited vacation, beer on tap – that it’s a sensible, and generous, alternative to a material gift.

These are just a few of our favorite, less traditional corporate gift ideas. We’d love to know – what’s the best corporate gift you’ve ever received?

5 Fun and Creative Corporate Event Themes

5 Fun and Creative Corporate Event Themes

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.

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Speakeasy Theme
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.

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Casual Clambake
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!

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Backyard Barbecue
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.

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Casino Theme
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.

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Mardi Gras
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?