Nothing is harder than coming up with fun ideas the whole team will love. Take a look at these 15 blowout event ideas they’ll talk about for years to come.
Nearly 70% of employees say that they don’t currently have much of a work-life balance.
And while you try to encourage your employees to take time off when they need it, you suspect that morale is nearing an all-time low in your office. Late nights, high client expectations, and a few low revenue months are to blame.
You need to show your employees how much you appreciate them — and remind them why they joined up with your company in the first place.
If you can’t give your team members a raise or an extra week of vacation, giving them an evening of corporate event entertainment is the next best thing.
But what kind of talent should you hire for your next corporate event entertainment bash?
Read on to find out how to give your team a memorable and morale-boosting evening without breaking the bank.
1. Hire a Cover Band
Hire a cover band that will play hit songs and give your team the chance to blow off some extra steam on the dance floor. You can even ask the band if they’d be willing to play live backup music for a few brave employees who you suspect might love grabbing the mic themselves!
You can transform your office space into a dance floor, or even rent out a restaurant or old warehouse to create the ultimate dance party.
Encourage your employees to bring a dance partner and hire a bartender to keep the drinks flowing. We suggest limiting people after 2-3 drinks, to prevent any unsavory hijinks.
Make sure that you read more and study up on the different types of bands available in your area.
For example, if it’s nearing the holidays, you may want to hire a corporate entertainment band that knows all your staff’s favorite carols. But if it’s nearing the summertime make sure you find one that knows all the top beach music hits.
2. Make Some Magic
Just because your team members have aged out of grade school doesn’t mean that they won’t still love the idea of seeing a magician.
A magician is one of our top party entertainment ideas because it can easily involve audience participation. Your team members can volunteer to draw a card or even get sawed in half!
Plus, it will encourage team members to think outside the box and teach them how to dazzle their clients.
If you know that some of your employees have young children at home, why not tell them to bring their kids to watch the show? This will also prevent your team members from having to worry about securing childcare in order to come to a corporate event.
Plus, if your employees play their cards right, the magician may even be willing to teach them a few tricks.
3. Get a Game Show Host
You don’t usually foster an atmosphere of competition in your workplace. Instead, you prefer to encourage everyone on your team to work together.
Still, there’s such a thing as healthy competition — which is why one of our favorite party entertainment ideas is to hire a pro to facilitate a game show night in your office.
A couple of weeks leading up to the event, poll your team members and ask them what their favorite game shows are. Things like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, and even Who Wants to be a Millionaire are all great places to start.
This post of some of the most popular game shows of all time will also give you some good ideas.
Then, create your own questions, boards, and assign teams randomly (to prevent anyone from feeling left out.) You and your team will love answering trivia questions, getting silly, and of course, collecting some awesome prizes.
Plus, re-enacting popular television show games gives everyone in your office the chance to feel like a star. To really get into it, consider dressing up like some of your favorite game show hosts, and facilitating a few rounds yourself!
4. Hire a Celebrity Impersonator
OK, so you can’t exactly get Angelina Jolie or Tom Hardy to fly into your corporate event for the weekend (but hey, there’s always next year!)
Why not invest in the next best thing when it comes to corporate entertainment, and hire a few celebrity impersonators instead?
You can have someone dressed as Marilyn Monroe serenade a few people or even have a whole group of impersonators dress up as bands like the Beatles or Kiss. If you decide to go down the band route, an impersonator can tie in nicely with the event.
One thing we suggest?
Stay away from inviting any political figures. You don’t want to have to worry about drawing party lines in your office! Plus, if you upload any pictures to a corporate social media account, you might not want your clients to think that you have an affiliation with any particular political party.
Which of These Corporate Event Entertainment Ideas Will You Try?
Corporate event entertainment doesn’t have to be boring, make your team members uncomfortable, or bring the phrase “forced fun” to mind in any way.
There are tons of out-of-the-box, memorable, and yes, affordable entertainment ideas that will make everyone on your team smile.
We hope that you’ll try a few of the ideas on this list, and that morale will be sky-high in the office once again.
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