Corporate Events: Ice Breakers, Themes, and Decor Ideas!

May 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Gone are the days when people feel the need to cringe at the thought of going to a company event. Unlike the stale, boring get togethers of the past, corporate events can now be seen as more like a party and less like a chore. From themes, to fun ways to break the ice and incentives to come and stay awhile, corporate events can offer enough fun to forget it’s work.

Ice Breakers

Whether small or large, often employees of a company don’t know each other outside the tasks and meetings of 9-to-5. Starting an event off with an ice breaker gives the opportunity to mingle and lessen the stress of making small talk as attendees arrive.

Have your entry table stocked with a large bowl or dish full of the names of celebrities and well-known figures throughout history. Each person is (unknowingly) pinned with a person’s name on their back. For the first 30 minutes of the event, task them with asking others questions about their “person.” Things like, “Am I an athlete?” or “Would I be on the cover of People magazine right now?” are a good start. Attendees will make conversation and test each other’s knowledge of pop culture and history while getting to know one another.

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Staying in line with keeping people moving and talking, create a bingo board with fun and random facts for attendees to seek out as they arrive. Be sure to mix the cards up so it’s harder to shout, “Bingo!”

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If you have seating already set for a lecture or presentation, place a paper plate and pen under each chair. When attendees have arrived, instruct them to place the plate on their head and direct them to draw words and pictures. Once you’re done, there is sure to be plenty of laughter for what the end results look like.

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Themes

Take a page from your kid’s most recent birthday party and give the event a theme. Sports, around the world, or a summer fair theme is just as fun for adults as it is kids. Carry the theme from refreshments to games to décor.

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Dollar stores and party supply chains will be chock full of small details that can make a big difference, like garlands made from rolls of ticket stubs as a great touch for a carnival or fair theme.

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Décor

Carrying out a theme is easy with centerpieces or programs decked out in designs or colors. If it’s a more formal event, attendees will no doubt be impressed with simple, elegant décor. Candles, pretty fresh flowers and a well-set table go a long way.

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Silent Auctions

Everyone likes the idea of walking away with something for little to no money. Fill a table with prizes for a silent auction. Gift cards and certificates to local restaurants, spas and entertainment are always popular with adults, but try to think outside the box with a pet-themed basket or something for the kids in attendance (or at home!)

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And don’t forget to send attendees home with a little souvenir of their day. Any type of commemorative photo is irresistible fun. Rent a photo booth or create your own back drop (like a red carpet) or bring in silly props to stir up fun!

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The options are endless. Let us know if you have some great ideas for your next corporate event. We’d love to hear about it!!

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1 Comment

  1. ericrynne said,

    This looks like a ton of fun. I have only experienced this once with my former company when I hired an Event Planner and I can still remember to this day how much fun I had!

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