Corporate Outdoor Events—How to Throw a Great Corporate Party

If you want to host a great outdoor party as a corporate event, here’s how to make your celebration a night (or day!) to remember:

● Decide on Your Objective
Knowing what the purpose of the event will help you determine how the evening will progress. Are you saying “thank you” to employees? Maybe you need some fun awards. Targeting new customers? Impress them with your decor. Expanding your target demographic or catering to your niche market? Answering these questions can give your event shape and direction.

● Consider the Season
Should it be cool or warm? Consider an outdoor tent in case of inclement weather. If you expect the weather to be warm, make sure there’s plenty of water and outdoor fans for your guests to keep them cool. If there’s a chance of cooler weather, be sure to rent some outdoor heaters to keep everyone comfortable.

● Focus on the Details
Does your event have a theme? If so, keep your decorations centered on that. For a Fourth of July themed event, for example you could have red, white and blue balloons, tablecloths, and other accessories. A BBQ or cookout would fit that theme, and you could try one of those unique flag cakes.
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● Outdoor Restrooms
Consider the venue of your outdoor event. Will the location have adequate bathrooms, if any? Consider renting a chic restroom trailer to ensure that guests can enjoy your party in comfort.

● Get Your Networking On
If you’re hosting an event that isn’t invitation only, have something on-hand to easily grab attendee’s contact information. A check-in at the door, a contest that requires registration (name, email), or a fish bowl to collect business cards all work well. After the event, you can easily follow up with your guests.

● Throw in Some Party Favors
Party favors or goody bags are a great way to show your appreciation for event attendees with something small that says, “Thanks for joining us!”

What cool ideas have you used to make your corporate function a huge success?