Our company has a large number of employees with different interests. How can we do something to bring everyone together for our staff event?
A great way to bring staff together and set the tone for the event is to have a theme. Themes can range from Casino to Under the Sea and everything in between. Recently we did a Marie Antoinette inspired Christmas party and guests were taken back to a different era and a lot of detail was involved…even costumes! Another Christmas event had a Las Vegas theme and had Christmas trees decorated with playing cards and vases filled with dice. They topped off the evening with a fun-money casino that was enjoyed by all the employees. Many corporate galas throughout the year have themes. A client of ours that does fundraising galas annually has used a variety of themes including Jungle Book and Pirates of the Caribbean. Themed events give your staff a taste of what is in store of the evening and something that can bridge the gap of common interests among the group.
Do we have to invite spouses of our employees to our corporate event?
The answer to this can be tricky. It depends on the type of event you are having. If it is a “Summer Family Picnic” then the answer is pretty clear. But if it is a “Regional Best Awards Luncheon” then it isn’t as clear. If the employee is being honored with an award or speaking then it is nice to invite their spouse to be there in support. For corporate Christmas Parties it is courteous to extend and invitation to spouses but not necessary to cover the cost of that person. For example each employee may get one free ticket and a second can be purchased for their spouse to cover costs for the company. If the event is a “Weekend Team Building Event” then obviously the spouses will be asked to stay home as they do not need to be part of the “team”. It is important to consider what type of event you are hosting and the overall feel you are trying to create.
Is it less expensive to have a buffet at our corporate event?
People typically think it is less expensive to have a buffet style meal. This is not always the case. Typically if you are having a plated meal there is an additional cost for the number of servers required. However the kitchen is in control of the portion sizes and can more accurately calculate the amount of food required. When having a buffet style meal the kitchen needs to prepare a larger quantity of food because they are not able to anticipate the consumption of the guests. This can result in a higher cost for the meal overall. There can also be additional costs for having a larger selection of food. It is always best to speak to your venue and see what options they have to offer.
How can my event be eco friendly?
Renting items for your event is a great way to cut waste from plastic and disposable tableware and glassware. Special Event Rentals prides itself in purchasing only high quality, durable rental items so that we do not have to replace items as frequently. This helps to cut of the emissions from producing the products as well as the pollution from transporting them.