Archive for March, 2011

Corporate Event Theme Ideas

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Whether you are having a meeting or conference with a message for your employees, or just throwing a company party to boost morale, planning the event around a theme makes it more fun for everyone.  Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

  1. Heroes – Looking for a theme that will make your employees or colleagues think a little?  A heroes theme is a great idea for an event where you will be discussing leadership qualities.  Ask attendees to come dressed up as one of their heroes, and let them know ahead of time that one of the subjects of discussion will be why that person (fictional or real life) is their hero.  They don’t have to be serious or business heroes, so you can have some fun with a theme like this: Think comic books, favorite movies, etc.
  2. Jungle theme – Here’s another theme you can have some fun with, but also work it into a productive lesson for employees, if that is your wish.  “It’s a jungle out there,” the popular saying goes, so this is a great theme to use for an event meant to teach skills needed in the workplace and the business world, and/or to reinforce the importance of ongoing education and learning.  Green streamers, exotic flowers, fruity drinks, island cuisine, and new age music all play into the jungle theme and get your employees or colleagues excited about the event’s message.
  3. roaring twentiesRoaring Twenties – If you are just looking to throw a good party, choose a theme that is popular and fun.  Roaring Twenties-themed parties have become popular in the last few years, as anyone can see from a quick Google search for party theme ideas.  Employees are sure to get excited about dressing up in 1920s garb and playing the part.  If you plan on serving alcohol at the party, you can style your party as a 1920s speakeasy, and require secret passwords in order to get in the doors.  Best yet, a speakeasy theme makes it easy to hold the party anywhere you please, allowing for more affordable venues or even the ability to have the party in the office cafeteria or break room: Speakeasies were usually just basements or warehouses with live music and illegal liquor.
  4. Fun in the Sun – Of course, you can’t forget the classic company picnic in the summer.  Good weather is a great excuse for a corporate event, and even better, barbequing outside makes for a relatively inexpensive event.  You might need a permit if you plan on holding the event at a local park, or for a smaller company, you might hold it on the office lawn or even in a dedicated manager’s backyard.  (Volunteers, anyone?)  Encourage everyone to bring folding lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and all you’ll have left to provide are hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, and soda — making it easy to stay on budget. Consider covering picnic tables with wholesale tablecloths – the classic red and white checkered!

Themed events are more fun for employees, which makes it more likely that they will come and be excited — and that they will pay attention, if the event has an educational bent.  What themes have you used, and how have you tied them into the company message, if there was one for that event?

Feather Party Centerpieces 6 Ways

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Centerpieces are an important thing for any event or party planner to think about. Whether it’s for a birthday bash, a retirement party, a wedding reception or any other memorable event, just about every event calls for a centerpiece of some sort. Feather centerpieces are one of the best kinds to get because they are very beautiful, interesting, and memorable. You can do a number of things to make them complement the rest of your decorations and reflect what a beautiful event you are putting together.

Photos by @Jorg Hempel and Wholesale Event Solutions

Photos by @Jorg Hempel and Wholesale Event Solutions

Here are some tips for great feather party centerpieces:

  • One of the most beautiful feathers in the world is the amazing tail feather from the peacock. The ones that have a beautiful dot that looks like an eye are especially gorgeous and make wonderful centerpieces. They are large plumes that can be arranged in all sorts of ways to accentuate the beauty of the feather and really complement the rest of your decorations.
  • Pay attention to the colors in the feathers that you use. For example, the peacock feather has a number of brilliant, shimmering colors that can act as wonderful highlights to your other decorations. The bright blue could fit in with bright blue balloons of the same color, while the green could be highlighted with streamers stretched across the room and off the ceiling that are the same color of green. When you put it all together, it will all look very well put together and very striking.
  • You can also buy dyed feathers to highlight and complement your other decorations. For example, think of the types of feathers you might get in a child’s toy Native American headdress, or in the tail of an arrow in an archery set. These can be very interesting features and can be found in very muted or bright colors if you wish. This includes colors like hot pink, lime green, gold, purple, red, black, white and so on. Basically any color you can imagine, you can find dyed feathers in that color.
  • Ostrich feathers are another interesting feather to be used in centerpieces, as are the beautiful feathers of the pheasant. Other birds such as roosters, ducks, and other birds are often used to help complete the arrangement of feather party centerpieces.
  • Feathers can be ordered online and you can browse through a site’s online catalog of many different examples feathers. There can be many types of even the same kinds of feathers – such as the peacock’s eye feather or ostrich feathers – so it is good to have a look at exactly what you want. Fake or real feathers can also often be found in craft stores or home décor outlets.
  • For some examples of how feathers can be used, try this: Make a feather tree. Get a tall vase with built-in lighting and fill it with huge beautiful feathers, like those from an ostrich or peacock, or perhaps tall fake white ones. When lit, the centerpiece will have a very interesting glow to it. Feather trees are very popular feather party centerpieces.