Archive for the ‘Corporate Events’ Category

How to Plan Your First-Ever Event

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Planning your first event is never easy but with preparation it can be one of the most exhilarating moments of your life. During preparation, it is important to never forget this event is for your guests. Every step of the way should have the guests in mind.

What are the key details you should keep in mind when planning your first event?  (more…)

5 Most Overlooked Questions when Booking a Venue

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

questions for event venueFinding an event spot that meets both your needs and budgetary requirements isn’t always easy. Having the right information is key to picking the right place and making sure your event goes off without a hitch. This week, we’re sharing five often-overlooked questions you should keep in mind when you start your hunt for the perfect party place. (more…)

Ostrich Feather Centerpieces We Love!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Ostrich Feather Centerpieces

The right ostrich feather centerpiece will tie your entire event together, and finding the perfect one for your special day is easy with our beautiful pre-designed kits. Each kit contains our high-quality ostrich feathers and your choice of vase. With more than 30 vibrant ostrich feather colors and a variety of bases, we promise you’ll find the best look for your event.

Struggling to choose between so many gorgeous options? We understand! That’s why this week we’re featuring our all-time favorite centerpieces! (more…)

Tying Your Chair Sash 7 Ways

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Whether you favor traditional or innovative, frilly or functional, fun or elegant, there’s a way to tie your organza or satin chair sash that’s sure to seal the deal for your event! Here we offer a stew of 7 tying styles, with some spicy extra tips thrown into the pot.

1.  Square knot. The most basic and obvious option. Just place material centered where the guest’s back will rest, stand behind the chair and hold both ends evenly in your hands. Proceed to create a plain knot. But you don’t have to leave it plain. Consider inserting:

Accenting with a brooch can add interest to your chair sash.

  • A fresh or silk flower
  • A tassel
  • An ornament or jewel
  • A brooch or buckle

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How to do a Retirement Party Right

Friday, August 8th, 2014

For all the satisfaction of career accomplishments and the anticipation of the rewards of rest, a retirement can be a sensitive time. The retiree is experiencing a major life change, one that will alter all the familiar patterns and cause at least a partial break with people who have over the years potentially become not only co-workers but close friends. It’s a time for the company to make sure its former employee feels appreciated – to assure him or her that he or she will be missed and remembered. There’s no better way to do that than with a fabulous retirement party that captures the flavor of who the employee is and what he or she has contributed to the organization.

Allow plenty of time to prepare. Gather information about the retiree’s background, interests and accomplishments. Translate these into a memorable party setting, whether casual or elegant. (more…)

Decorating With Wedding Columns, Colonnades and Arches

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

When planning a party or wedding, what typical decorations immediately pop into your mind? Flowers? Table linens? Candles? You’d be right, of course, but could you be leaving something out?

For such major life events, there will usually be heart-stopping moments. Camera-ready moments. Moments you’ll want to remember forever. (IE – the bride enters the room; the daddy-daughter dance; your sixteen-year-old sweetie blows out her ceremonial candles; your CEO of 40 years bids his company farewell.) Such scenes need a worthy backdrop. And something dinky probably won’t do. Consider decorating with wedding columns, colonnades (lines of columns joined by arches) or arches to achieve a look that reflects the towering significance of the event.  (more…)

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?