One tip is that if you need an activity for significant others or guests of your attendees, try having a cooking demonstration or class. Setting up a cooking competition not only is fun, but can also build camaraderie amongst the participants. You can also think about the guests going on a local tour or sports outing. These activities would just for the guests and provides them a chance to have an event that’s their own.
If you would like to incorporate a local flare, consider utilizing local artists at your event to teach your participants to paint a particular picture. You can select the theme of the picture prior to the event (make it relevant to the location or event) and have them paint a simple picture. Again, this helps to build camaraderie as well as relationships outside of your traditional networking. Of course, you can setup appetizers and drinks to make it an event.
If your event has a specific time period theme (i.e. Roaring 20’s, Swinging 40’s, etc.) – then hire bands or groups from that specific genre. In the past, we’ve worked an event that had a 1940’s theme and the organizers hired an all-female swing band “Ladies Must Swing”. They had an awesome stage presence and it’s something that we all can remember since it allowed some of the attendees a chance to remember songs popular in their youth.
Finally, people love to take pictures, creating a step and repeat photo backdrop (it’s the background that normally includes sponsor information on the red carpet events) and allow them to take photos with their friends and post on their social media. Not only does this help promote your event and generates a buzz, but it’s a great way for attendees to “entertain” themselves. Incorporate the event hashtag and you have another means of measuring the traffic & posting to your Tweet Wall (see Tip #2).
So we hope that you enjoyed our Top Event Trends for 2014 and if you have any additional tips or trends, let us know!
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