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9 Ways to Make Your Corporate Party Stand Out

9 Surprise Elements to Make Your Corporate Party Stand Out

Employees can get sick of attending the same old corporate events, so you need a way to get them excited about attending yours. Make your events stand out and become memorable by adding that one special element that will push them that extra mile.

Here are a few fun ideas that you can incorporate into your next corporate party to make sure people keep talking about it:

Karaoke

Everyone loves a good old fashioned karaoke night. There’s not much that goes into planning a night like this except booking a location that already has a setup or then hiring someone that can come in and set up a screen and projector for your event; a quick and easy way to add some oomph to a dull party.

Casino Night

If you have the time and budget, have a company come in and set up casino tables and send dealers. A casino night is a super memorable way for employees to get together and have an enjoyable night. You can get a Vegas-style party right in your town. You can even hire Vegas-style showgirls for a fun photo op.

Close Up Magic

Hire a magician to perform close up magic in small crowds around the party. Close up magic is a lot more interactive and fun for guests since they don’t just have to sit on a seat and watch. This way, they can still walk around and network without missing out on the experience.

Team Obstacle Course

Who said corporate parties have to be at night? Have a day time event where you can divide up your employees into teams and have them go through an obstacle course. This will be a fun and memorable experience and also a great team-building exercise.

Comedian

There are comedians that specialize incorporate humor, and who doesn’t love to laugh? You can hire a corporate comedian to tell office-related jokes; these jokes will be relatable to your employees and you don’t have to worry about anything non-kosher or inappropriate.

Topic Tables

This is a great way to get employees talking to each other at bigger companies. Post a topic on the top of each table and anyone standing around it has to speak about the topic. People will move to another table after sharing personal or professional stories on the topic. This can be an excellent way to network within a company.

Circus

Circus or other entertainment acts can be a once in a lifetime experience for your corporate event guests. With fire breathers, acrobats and aerialists around, people will be in awe of the entertainment. With an act like this, your event will be one to remember.

Murder Mystery

This is another way to get people at an event talking and mingling. By assigning characters to all the guests, and giving them storylines, they will be forced to break out of their comfort zones and talk to new people in order to solve the mystery.

Immersive Food and Drink Stations

Try setting up a make your own taco station, or assemble your own sundae, or why not a DIY bar where guests can experiment with making cocktails? This would be a fun and interactive element to add to your party that guests are sure to enjoy.

Some of these ideas require a bigger, more open space to pan out. Instead of renting halls or conference rooms in hotels, try booking a hangar to get the space you need for your event. If you are in the Scottsdale, AZ area, you can book a hangar here.

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!

How to Pick the Right Day for Your Corporate Event?

How to Pick the Right Day for Your Corporate Event?

Planning and holding a corporate event and making it a success involves hard work. From selecting the right venue to set up the right itinerary, every big and small thing matters when you want your corporate event to be a hit among your staff and outside attendees. Among all these things, picking the right day for holding a corporate event also matters very much.

No matter how stunning your venue and tasty your menu is, you won’t be able to pull in the crowd if your corporate event is being held at a wrong date. So, what are those wrong dates and how to steer clear of them? Read on to find out.

Don’t Plan it in and Around Holiday(s)

Often, organizations get selfish and pick an event date that falls in and around holidays. Companies need to remind themselves that people, especially in the roles of staffer and employee, diligently keep track of dates. There is no way you can fool them by saying that it is just a coincidence. If you persist with your event on such a date, then be prepared for getting an abysmal response.

If you want to make your corporate event a success, then take its planning seriously. Reserving a full working day for it won’t harm your business. The success of your corporate event will reap you some tangible benefits in the long run.

Take the Weather Forecast into Account

Sweating and grinding it out to organize a corporate event only to get it washed up by weather— this is the most underwhelming thing an organizer could go through. If you don’t want to experience such heartbreak, then also take the local weather forecast into account. This becomes very important, especially if you are hosting the event at an open-air venue.

But even if you are using an enclosed venue, you need to make sure the day you have chosen is not going to experience a downpour or snowstorm or some other acute weather activity.

People Love Sports, and it Wins Over Events

The other blunder many corporate organizers make is that they choose the date for the event without considering if any major sporting event is going on around the same time. For instance, holding a corporate event on the eve of Super Bowl is just a recipe for disaster, even if you have used the best of the best venue, catering, and entertainment services. Similarly, any big event or match of baseball, basketball, football, or soccer can affect the attendance of your event.

Is Any Local Event Going On?

Lastly, also keep an eye on the local events happening in Arizona while planning your corporate event. Please avoid a clash with any such popular local event. Events like Beer Week and Renaissance festival get a lot of traction and may affect your event to some extent.

After picking the right date for your corporate event, take a seasoned contractor like Scottsdale Hanger Parties on board that can take care of everything— from venue to catering and entertainment to transport— to make your corporate event a successful affair.

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.

A Guide to Planning the Perfect Corporate Christmas Party

Planning the Perfect Corporate Christmas Party

Is everyone in your office always talking about that one Christmas party that was so great? Or maybe they’re complaining about having to attend the same boring party again this holiday season. Either way, if the burden of planning this year’s party has fallen on your shoulders, we are here to help you out!

Your company could be anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of people, so you need to plan the party accordingly. Once you have the budget in place, you know you have to follow the standard protocol of hiring a caterer and setting up a bar according to the number of people attending.

Here are a few other important details that may help you plan the perfect party:

Get Feedback on Previous Parties

The first step to planning a corporate Christmas party is getting feedback on previous ones. Get a feel of what people generally liked and disliked over the last couple of years. You might find a common dislike of a certain caterer, the entertainment or the general look and feel of the party.

You’ll know what to avoid when planning your party. In the same way, maybe everyone liked the food at a certain holiday party. Your life will be made easier because you can just hire the same caterer!

Choose the Right Team

Choosing the right team to help you execute your ideas is so important! If you have someone on your team that is not a team player or isn’t taking their role seriously, it can be quite tough to get the results you want.

Instead of focusing your energy on the party, you will be focusing on trying to communicate with this person and trying to get their work done for them. Build a team of like-minded people that are all enthusiastic to complete the tasks at hand; you’ll work more efficiently and with less friction.

Choose a Theme

If you’re wondering why to choose a theme when Christmas is a theme on its own, it’s just to add that extra oomph and help you streamline décor. By deciding a theme, you are avoiding the mishmash of multiple ideas that can look tacky.

Maybe your holiday party could be themed “Christmas in Winter Wonderland”, that way you know everything will be snowy and blue with fairy lights. You can add a few hints of holly to tie in Christmas, but you’ll have a much cleaner looking party. If you have a more casual workplace, maybe you want to try a more creative party theme like “Christmas in Pajamas” – either way, get the general feel of your work environment and decide accordingly.

Pick a Venue

Don’t just have an office party at the office! Make it more exciting by booking a venue, so it doesn’t feel like you’re going to work. A great place to book is a hangar venue. Hangar venues give you a blank slate; you get to build your party exactly how you want it. It won’t look or feel like anything before – your colleagues are going to love the uniqueness of the event. If you’re in the Scottsdale, AZ area, you can book a hangar here.

Hire the Right Entertainment

This one goes back to getting feedback of previous parties. Your office staff, as a whole, will have a certain preference of what kind of entertainment they enjoy. This could be a live rock band or a DJ that plays Top 40 songs all night. Maybe they will enjoy a 90’s cover band. Either way, get a general consensus before booking the entertainment.

A Surprise Element

Throw the crowd a curveball with a surprise element. Your surprise can be as small as a themed cocktail that’s named after something in your office or even a karaoke machine. If you have a large portion of your budget left over, maybe hire a special entertainer or have an extremely creative photo booth. The aim is to have an element that people will remember and talk about when they leave the party!

With this guide, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas party. Happy Holidays!

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!

 

 

Successful Business Conferences

Trends to Pull Off Successful Business Conferences

The landscape for corporate events and conferences is constantly changing, and everyone related to this area including businesses, event planners, venue owners, and caterers are working hard to adapt to the latest trends to be able to deliver superior services.

We all remember the times when all corporate conferences used to have this typical arrangement with the delegates seated in a single row and coming to the rostrum to speak in front of the audiences until the conferences ended. Not to mention how we could easily spot a couple of attendees yawning or catching naps here and there. The good news is that those days are no more!

Conferences currently are all about developing audiences’ interest and keeping it intact throughout the events. For the most part, this depends on how corporate events are tailored to the needs of guests and its perfect execution.

If you too are on the lookout for conference trends for the year 2019, here are a few that will contribute to the overall success of your upcoming conferences.

1. Winning with Technology

Truth be told, conference attendees are often seen busy using their smartphones and what makes them do this is the urge to fight back sleepiness or simply make it through the boring business conferences. And if half of the people attending your conference are busy using smartphones throughout the event, how successful do you think the event will be? It is like standing there watching all your effort and investment being wasted and not being able to do anything about it.

While you can’t really ask adults to not use their smartphones, how does the idea of taking this negative side and turning it into something positive sound? How about using smartphones to make your conference interesting and interactive?  That would be amazing, of course! What you can do is make your conference interactive by asking questions that the attendees need to answer on a platform that runs on their phones, such as twitter discussions or event applications.

Yes, that’s one powerful conference trend you will have to ensure incorporating as you pave your way to arranging successful business events in 2019.

2.Tiny Escapes

Another conference trend you should catch up on is using ideas to keep your audience energetic and upbeat. It is indeed hard to make a ‘business’ event thoroughly entertaining while keeping in view the actual purpose of such an arrangement without failing it.

What you can simply do is arrange for tiny getaways during lengthy conferences. Setup activities that people can engage in and rejuvenate themselves to make it through the remaining part of the conference that you have arranged. These could be anything from snack breaks, group discussions, games in the middle, or short discussions on irrelevant stuff like cooking, fun facts, or traveling.

3.Themes and Theater

A lot of businesses are actually trying to make their otherwise boring events lively and fun by adding theatrical elements like drama, short stand-up comedy sessions, etc. in addition to theming the events accordingly by using related arrangements for catering, and lighting. And this indeed is an amazing idea!

Incorporating theater, themes, and drama into your corporate events will not only ensure that the audiences remain engaged and entertained throughout the conference but will also help you build more personal and better relationships with them. So, it’s win-win!

Get your corporate event arranged professionally by connecting with the experts at Scottsdale Corporate Events. The team would be more than happy to bring your dream to life!