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How to Plan 5 Common Corporate Events Successfully

5 Common Corporate Events: Purpose, Budget and Ensuring Their Success

Companies have to host corporate events for a number of reasons; some include appreciation for employees, some for training purposes, some to educate on new launches and some to make important decisions for the company. Either way, the company wants the event to be a success.

It is hard to determine an exact budget or assurance of success because company sizes and environments can vary drastically. It is still better to follow a loose guide to estimate what you will need to do for a successful event. Here are a few simple tips and estimated budgets to help you get started:

Product Launches

Purpose of the Event:

To build awareness and buzz around a new product or service.

Ensuring Success:

Focus on getting exposure for and attention to your new product or service. Make sure to invite media-centric guests, so they can create buzz around your launch; your priority should be to get the word out! Come up with a marketing strategy before the event to make sure the product is the center of attention at the launch.

Holiday Parties

Purpose of the Event:

Celebrate the holidays and build morale.

Ensuring Success:

Holiday parties are for your employees to blow off a little steam. Make sure the event is fun and creative so employees can relax and have a good time. Think of different entertainment that you can provide the attendees to make this more than a mundane company event.

Charity Events

Purpose of the Event:

Raise funds to support a cause.

Ensuring Success:

Your purpose is to raise money, so your event really has to wow people. Make use of all the networking the company and employees have to get a good turnout for the event. Pick a worthy cause and promote it well to ensure a successful fundraising event.

Board Meetings

Purpose of the Event:

To make important decisions that will affect the company and its professional course.

Ensuring Success:

These events are held for the shareholders and higher-ups in a company. Make sure the event is less socializing-focused and make decision-making a priority. Rather than putting out a three-course meal before the meeting that could enable lethargy, time your meeting so you can get the board members at their most alert state.

Team Building Events

Purpose of the Event:

Strengthen relationships and encourage networking within a company.

Ensuring Success:

Make sure the event catches the interests of your employees rather than forcing uninteresting activities on them. By catering to their interests, you will ensure that they will enjoy taking part in the event. You will have a better team, and you won’t be wasting company time and money on an event that was unsuccessful in its goal.

If you’re planning a corporate event near the Scottsdale, AZ area, and are looking for venues to rent, we have the best solution for you. Call us at 480-616-0707 or click here to book a venue for your next event!

Common Mistakes in Event Catering That You Should Avoid

Organizing Event Catering – Here Are Some Telltale Tips You Can Ace This Activity

So, your big event is coming up and you are spending days looking for top-notch event venues, decor service providers, and other such vendors. Apparently, everything that is important for a successful event is on your to-do list already.

But have you thought about how important an event menu is? Do you know a small slip-up in choosing your event catering service can cause your event to completely fail?  Yes, you read that right.

There are a lot of things that you need to consider when finalizing an event catering service for important get-togethers in your life, regardless of whether they are corporate events or private family affairs.

The reason organizing event catering is deemed a lot more difficult than choosing other vendors is because you simply can’t choose food or caterers based on the pictures of food that they share with you. While the presentation of food is important, you can’t expect good looking but tasteless or stale cuisine to impress anyone.

Fortunately, there are some telltale guidelines that can help you organize event catering without fail.

Read on to learn what matters in organizing event catering.

1.      Don’t Overdo the Menu

Humans naturally get overwhelmed when they are given too many choices. The same is the case with event catering.

If you include too many food items in the hope of impressing your guests or arranging a lavish event, you will do more bad than good. The most notable disadvantages of doing so include the wastage of money and food.

As much as variety add colors everything, the formula doesn’t work in case of event catering.

Try to keep your menu simple but all-inclusive. Don’t include a lot of items but make sure there is something for everyone to eat by adding items from all three categories including vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian food.

2.      Don’t Let Your Excitement Compel You to Outdo the Budget Limits

When planning events, you have a leave a little buffer in the budget you prepare. As for catering, you must try to leave a small margin when choosing items to be included in the menu.

For example, if you have dedicated $200 to food. Try and include items that collectively cost $170 -$180. However, this margin should not be in more than a couple of hundred dollars or else you will be in crisis.

3.      Get Enough Food Made

If you are expecting 200 guests in your event, add a buffer of at least 10 to 20 people when communicating the number to your event catering vendors. You don’t want to handle embarrassment due to a shortage of food. Do you?

The above-discussed tips may sound like usual advice but they are your 3-step staircase to event success. Try to organize event catering for your upcoming event using these tips and see the difference yourself.

Get in touch with Scottsdale Hangar Parties if you need help!

Event Lighting Plays a Very Important Role in Success of Events

Lighting is What Brings Events to Life – Here’s How

Whether it’s a residential structure, commercial property, public place, or a temporary event, the easiest and cheapest way you can enhance the look of everything is through lighting.

With the introduction of new lighting tools and technologies, increased usage of lights, and awareness of the wonders simple lighting techniques can do, the demand for lighting professionals has increased radically. Yes, we said ‘lighting professionals’ because it has become a separate profession today.

While lighting for homes and properties are too common, something that is still not as popular is that lighting can be the sole reason for the success or failure of all types of events.

If it is a formal corporate event and you add a fancy, colorful lights that keep glistening, you know where you will end up. Likewise, if it is a dance party and you add subtle, single-colored lights without any effect, it’s going to fail badly.

That said, event lighting is extremely important. Businesses’ that realize the importance and effect of effective lighting even endeavor to use specific colors in their logos and boards to develop brand association.

Nonetheless, if you are clueless about how lighting can affect event ambiance and venues, here is your answer.

Below are five ways effective event lighting results in successful events.

1.      Event Lighting Impacts Moods

Colors influence moods and this is especially true when they are displayed intensely, such as through lighting. For example, white and subtle golden lights can feel your guests feel calm and relaxed while red, green, and orange can make them feel energized. Therefore, you must choose event lighting according to the type of occasion.

2.      Lighting Creates Better Experiences

So, you are looking forward to this particular event over the weekend that involves several stage acts. You get ready and reach to the event venue all excited and happy only to find out that the event is completely lit with uniform white lights. Do you think a stage act can deliver a good experience and influence your mood without appropriate lighting effects that they should be enhanced with?

Of course, not!

And this is how event lighting creates experiences. The lights that you choose must be selected considering four things:

  • Nature of the event
  • Event theme
  • Event agenda
  • Event venue

3.      Event Lighting Can Effortlessly Emphasize What Needs To Be Emphasized

As mentioned in the start, the easiest and cheapest way you can decorate events and impress your guests is through event lighting. Not only does effective event lighting make venues a lot better but they can be used to highlight things that need to be highlighted.

For example, if it is a corporate event, the brand’s name and logo can be lit up using the official colors of the brand. In case of a private event like a wedding, the names of the couple can be displayed with added lights to create a unique revelation.

As much as it is important to rent appropriate venues, you can’t expect your event to do wonders without arranging for suitable event lighting.

If you are dubious about choosing the venues and how to go about light selection, leave it all to the team at Scottsdale Hangar Parties.

How to Choose the Perfect Venue for Your Upcoming Corporate Event

The Ins and Outs of Choosing the Perfect Corporate Event Venue

You have to be very practical, rational, efficient, and organized when planning a corporate event. These events are not like usual birthday parties or weddings where you can overdo the décor etc. and still not fail.

There are many tasks involved in successful corporate event planning and each one is important; choosing a corporate event venue, selecting the menu, deciding on the decorative elements, lighting, and other things. However, one thing that is chiefly responsible for the success of such events is corporate event venue selection.

Imagine yourself attending a corporate event with the perfect menu, décor, and arrangements but a congested venue or one that is not suitable according to the weather. Would it still have the same impact as an event arranged at the perfect venue and with fewer, usual items in the menu and subtle décor? We think not!

This is the reason that the success of such events largely depends on choosing a suitable corporate event venue.

Here are a few tips you must take on to choose the best venue for your upcoming corporate event.

1.      Consider a Weekday

The price of a corporate event venue depends on certain factors including the day of the event. Holding your event on weekdays is preferable, especially if you have a tight budget.

This is because most venue managers charge lesser for off-peak days i.e. weekdays than they do for events on peak days like holidays and weekend. Moreover, there is a higher chance of being able to book the corporate event venue of your choice during off-peak times. This way, you don’t have to compromise because of the venues being occupied.

2.      Choose the Best Location

Location matters, not just when you are investing in real estate but also when renting a corporate event venue.

Events that are planned at unique and decent locations are more likely to succeed than those that are arranged at ordinary venues. However, you can’t expect to impress your guests if you choose a location that is too far away for people to reach or inappropriate according to the nature of the event or the weather conditions.

3.      Don’t Forget the Numbers

When it comes to corporate event venue selection, you must clearly know and remember some figures throughout. These include things like the number of guests attending your event, maximum capacity that an event venue allows for, maximum budget limit, etc.

These figures will help you choose the best event venue in addition to ensuring that you don’t end up overspending.

If you are already planning to arrange a corporate event, begin by choosing the perfect venue from the wide range that Scottsdale Hangar Parties is offering. Visit their website now!

 

 

Choosing the Best Wedding Seating Arrangement

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Seating Arrangement for Your Wedding

Choosing a wedding seating arrangement is not a task as easy as it might appear to be. It is a very challenging task, especially for larger gatherings. The same view has been held by professional wedding planners and venue arrangers across the world.

Sadly though, this is one thing that gets the least attention.

Wedding is the biggest occasion in everyone’s life. That said, couples have to research a lot before they hand over the responsibility of their wedding arrangements to professional event planners or venue managers.

Regardless of how carefully you choose your wedding venue, menu, décor, theme, and other things, you can’t expect your wedding function to be successful if the seating arrangement is not suitable.

Truth be told, the wedding seating arrangement is not as fun and exciting as the other tasks mentioned above but it can do wonders for your event if chosen correctly.

Here’s how you can choose the perfect wedding seating arrangement.

1.      Draw a Chart

The first step in choosing the most appropriate wedding seating arrangement is drawing a chart. Think about the categories of your guests. You can have specific tables to suit the nature of people occupying it. For example, setting up a formal, long table for the family while keeping a more informal arrangement for your old friends or college fellows so that they can hang out and enjoy the reunion.

If you are not in favor of having different arrangements for everyone, you can always choose to have a similar wedding seating arrangement for everyone or just make it a little different for immediate family members.

However you like it, remember to create a chart and visualize how it would turn out. Make changes as many as times as needed before you are finally satisfied.

2.      VIP Arrangements

VIP guests include immediate family members of the couple, close friends, and other special guests. When choosing your wedding seating arrangement, you must keep the VIPs in mind and plan for them separately in order to distinguish them from acquaintances.

3.      Keep the Venue in Mind

You simply can’t choose the perfect wedding seating arrangement without considering your chosen venue. The type, location, and spaciousness of your venue are important for correctly choosing the seating arrangement that will be most suitable.

If you are expecting a lot of guests, ensure that you will have enough space to include a dance floor before you make arrangements for it. One thing that you can’t compromise on ever is the comfort of your guest. Therefore, you must choose a venue that is not too small and a wedding seating arrangement that causes the room to become congested.

If you are already looking for a wedding venue, visit Scottsdale Hangar Parties to choose the best venue for your big day. They have a wide variety of different types of venues that you can choose from.

 

Things to Factor in While Selecting a Venue Location

Things to Factor in While Selecting a Venue Location

Finding and settling on a venue is one of the most difficult tasks of any event planning routine. The venue has the power to make your event a rampant success or a washout. Its location also greatly matters in deciding the fate of your event. This is the reason why event planners and managers always ask hosts to do thorough homework for picking a venue location before finalizing any other event detail.

Let’s have a look at the elements that one must factor in before locking in a venue location.

The Commute Should Be Shorter

No one wants to drive for an hour to reach a suburban venue. The ones who will make this effort will already be dead beat due to the long commute. So, try to choose the location that remains a moderate commute for all the invitees.

Even an impressive event itinerary can’t persuade people to attend if they already know that they have to travel a long distance to reach the destination. Keep in mind that, a far-off venue location can drastically impact the headcount at your event and subsequently its success.

The Commute Should be Hassle-Free

Just as people don’t want to travel long distances, they also don’t like to get stuck in traffic again and again while heading to an event. Wrestling their way out of bad traffic can spoil their mood even before the start of the event proceedings. It’s never easy to get the annoyed and tempered guests involved in the activities. They even have the contagious power to spread their bad mood vibes.

We know that it is not easy to find a venue that can fulfill both the above requirements. However, we are going to make one suggestion here: try out hangars. There are many hangar venues in Arizona that are not far away from the city centers and also involve a hassle-free commute.

Caterers Can Easily Manage their Things on the Location

While facilitating the guests and putting their convenience at the forefront, it is also important to factor in the functional requirements of your event. For instance, it is essential that the caterers you ae working with can easily manage the food and beverages at the given location without making any compromise. A better option is to look for an event management company that offers both a venue and catering services.

 

Take into Account the ‘Curb Appeal’ of a Venue

Besides crafting the interior of the venue in accordance with the event theme, it is equally important that the surrounding location also enhances the experience of the guests attending the event. A natural landscape or some good architectural work of art in the vicinity of the venue will add a personality to your event.

Scottsdale Private Event Venues offers a range of different venues at different locations including hangers. The wide assortment of venues offered by the company makes it easier for hosts in picking a venue location of their choice.

Eco-Friendly Commute Option for Your Next Corporate Event

Four Eco-Friendly Commute Option for Your Next Corporate Event

If you are planning to provide commute for your next corporate event from your office to the venue, then it is a good opportunity for making a statement regarding the importance of environment-friendly lifestyle. You can do it by using eco-friendly means of transportation to pick and drop the attendees from the venue.

Not only will this add more points to your business reputation, but will also spark an interest among the event’s attendees. Let’s see which eco-friendly commute options you can avail for your upcoming events.

1) Pedicabs

If your event is going to take place in the daytime and the venue is not far away from your office, then pedicab is the most exciting eco-friendly transportation option that you can use. These three-wheel bicycles can easily accommodate three to four people including the rider.

The open-air commute to the venue with a gentle momentum will also give some time to the commuters to think about the environment how things can be changed for good by adopting eco-friendly measures.

2) Bikes

If your event consists of a smaller audience mostly belonging to a younger age group, then you can also go with bikes. You can easily get a good number of bicycles on rent at a really reasonable price. But don’t forget to notify the attendees in advance that you are going with this unconventional type of event commute so that they can prepare themselves physically and mentally to have a fun-filled ride to the venue.

It is important to mention here that bikes are getting more popular in the US for their zero emission and physical activity. Right now, 50,000 bikes are being used in the bike-share rotation program in 130 cities all across North America.

3) Electric Hybrid Buses

If you have to transport a large number of audiences belonging to different age groups, then the above-mentioned options can prove to be a logistical burden. However, you can still boast about your eco-friendly conscious by using electric hybrid buses.

Most of these buses have peculiar painted bodies. So, they can also be used as a device for the promotion of your business. Lastly, their prices are not that high. You can easily arrange them in the budget you have prescribed for the event commute.

4) Electric Cars

If you are not worried about the budget constraints and also dealing with a handful number of attendees, then electric cars can also be a good choice for the eco-friendly transportation of your event. You can easily find third-party car services that are now providing eco-friendly options as well.

Benefits of Going Eco-Friendly with Your Event Commute

By adding this simple touch of eco-friendliness to your next corporate event, you can make a huge impact. To begin with, you are going to impress your employees and all other attendees, which will eventually translate into good word-of-mouth in the industry. Your company might also get a certificate of appreciation from the relevant municipal authority.

In short, you can become an inspiration for your competitors by just making your event commute eco-friendly.

 

 

 

Common AV Mistakes that Event Organizers Make

Three Common AV Mistakes that Event Organizers Make

AV production in events is a really tricky thing. Organizers and managers only understand its importance when it fails and doesn’t produce the desired results. Unlike food and catering that is centered at some particular point in an event, seamless AV production is needed throughout the proceedings.

However, event planners and managers commit some mistakes that often lead to audio-video production difficulties or even failure during the event. Let’s have a look at all those AV mistakes that can easily be avoided with prior planning.

1) Not Taking Into Account the Entertainment Rigging

If your corporate event is heavy on music and entertainment, then you must take care of rigging settings to ensure impeccable AV production. For instance, the music band going to perform at your event might come with some hanging equipment. To accommodate them with your stage setting, you will need the rigging points.

Asks the music artists beforehand if they need rigging points for their equipment and also work in close coordination with the venue manager to arrange them. Otherwise, be prepared for the last minute mayhem.

2) Not Assessing the Quality and Outreach of the Sound

Keep in mind that the loudness is not the only indicator to assess the sound quality of the system you are going to use at the event. What’s the point of great loudness if the sound quality is bad and couldn’t capture the texture of the singer and pick up the sound of every single instrument?

If you are hosting the event at a large venue, then it also becomes important to check the outreach of the sound. Use sample track and see how they are heard at the front row, the middle row and at the back of the venue. You might need to use delayed speakers for the back rows to create a synchronized sound environment throughout the venue. Do all this before the event instead of finding these issues in the attendees’ bad reviews.

3) Not Factoring in Visual and Audio Inputs

Many people don’t factor in how many audio inputs their sound mixing boards offer. This can create a considerable problem as the event proceeds, for example when an extra microphone can’t be plugged in. Similarly, you must know if you need extra video switchers for the vision mixer. Do all these calculations beforehand to avoid any AV compromise during the event.

Using In-House AV:  A Better Option

There is one way to avoid major AV slip-ups during the event i.e. work with the in-house AV equipment and team. First of all, it streamlines the coordination and communication. Instead of three different parties (you, the AV production company and the venue management) trying to figure out whom to talk to, you can have more clear coordination when you are directly working with the venue AV team.

This definitely reduces the probability of AV slip-ups. On top of that, in-house AV production comes at a lesser price.

Scottsdale Hanger Parties provides first-rate services for incentive events and corporate parties in Arizona. In their long list of venue services, they also provide in-house AV production for events.

Is Having a Live Music Act at Your Next Corporate Event a Good Idea?

Can a Live Music Act Be a Good Addition to Your Next Corporate Event?

If you are mulling over how your next corporate event can become truly unforgettable, then consider hiring a live music act for the night. Having a live band perform at an event is a time-tested formula for success, given that it’s done right.

In this piece, we are going to discuss how having a live music act in a corporate event is a good idea and how one should pull it off to make the most of it.

Live Act Extends the Shelf Life of the Event Experience

At the end of the day, the feelings and emotions that attendees leave the venue to define an event’s success. Food, ambiance, event activities—all these factors in to create that experience either memorable or forgettable.

Playing prerecorded music at an event denotes nothing special. This has been done so many times that those attending would tune it out. After all, there is nothing memorable about it. By replacing the recorded music with live acts, you can add an exciting and dynamic element to the proceedings. It will extend the positive sentiments for your event with reinvigorating the energies of the attendees.

Engagement Comes With Live Acts

Engagement is one of the top-most concerns for corporate event organizers. They often lament about the disinterest of attendees in the event proceedings. It’s true that events can sometimes become really boring, lengthy, and monotonous where attendees only bear with them for the sake of food or the commitments they have made earlier.

Inviting a live music act in a corporate event is the single most effective way of engaging with more people at the venue. Having an on-demand segment during the performance can garner a lot of response from the audience. Moreover, people become more involved and focused when the performances are acoustic and full of high-fidelity; this is not possible with overly produced prerecording.

Live Music Acts Can Get Around Technical Glitches

Singers and bands that extensively perform live acts know how to improvise when there is a technical glitch. They make sure that they don’t lose the attention of the audience even if any sound equipment fails.

How to Make the Most of Music Live Acts

Take care of these two major things if you truly want to make your event memorable with live music.

Pick Versatile Performers

All of your attendees are not going to share a similar music taste. So, try to rope in a band that can perform across different music genres. Also, make sure that they are able to perform more than one instrument. A performance becomes wholesome and authentic when it is carried out through numerous instruments.

Make Smart Use of the Venue

Try to make the experience of live music as immersive as possible. It happens when the venue and its features complement the performing band.  For instance, the stage should be grand and imposing. The lighting of the venue should coordinate with the performance and there should be high-fidelity speakers in place.

Scottdale Hanger Parties (SHP) provides venues and other amenities that are pitch-perfect for inviting a live music band to your corporate event. Make your corporate event memorable with SHP’s impressive venues and event services along with music acts.

What Role Does Food Presentation Plays at Corporate Events?

What Role Does Food Presentation Plays at Corporate Events?

It’s a no-brainer that scrumptious, tantalizing food in sufficient quantities is a must for a successful event. No matter how impressive your itinerary is, you can’t conclude the event on a high note without serving good food. Catering is, therefore, an important element of any event management activity.

Besides the taste, the food must also look good. For that matter, food presentation is a crucial detail that professional event management planning services always take care of. In this blog post, we are going to discuss all the points that highlight the importance of food presentation and how it is connected with the success of your corporate event.

Good Food Presentation Facilitates Mindful Eating

Mindful eating has been in vogue for quite some time now. It helps people with understanding the effects of what they are eating on their body, mind, and emotions. For instance, people mindfully eating a dessert will feel happier than the ones who just devour it impulsively. In general, aesthetically set meals uplift moods and they are remembered for a long time.

You can make your attendees feel all the good emotions associated with food by facilitating their mindful eating through a creative and visually pleasing presentation. For mindful eating, seeing and comprehending the food items and their elements is essential. A beautifully arranged platter is easy on the eyes and impactful while a poorly-arranged plate is unimpressive and sours the mood.

Also, people don’t overeat when they are dining mindfully. In other words, attendees won’t go through an instance of stomach disturbance or acidity after their meal, keeping all the memories of the event pleasant.

Food Tastes Better When It Is Presented in a Good Manner

Several psychological and behavioral studies have shown that an aesthetically decorated platter tastes better to people. For example, a well-arranged salad platter tastes better than just the mix of the same vegetables and fruits. So, good food presentation can even make not-so-tasty food items delectable.

You Can Ace Food Photography

The success of your corporate events partly depends on the way it has been covered on social media. For instance, the pictures and videos that you will upload on different platforms will act as proof of success for posterity.

With better food representation and its photography, you can get good content for your social media accounts. The high-definition close-up shots of perfectly and creatively arranged food will even make non-attendees drooling.

More Can Be Done in Less

Good food representation also entails less wastage. To begin with, most people don’t go overboard when they are eating from neatly curated platters instead of piles. Some people are also able to avoid overeating due to mindfulness. In other words, you can bring down your catering budget with the help of creative food presentation.

Scottsdale Hanger Parties (SHP) doesn’t just provide a wide assortment of venues for all kinds of corporate events. The organizers at SHP also provide luxury cuisine services that take care of food presentation in an expert manner.