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How to Plan a Corporate Party
How to Plan a Corporate Holiday Party 1000 585 Amy Forrester

How to Plan a Corporate Holiday Party

‘Tis  the season! There’s a chill in the air and the holiday buzz can be felt around the office. Your employees have been nothing short of amazing this year. They’ve crushed their goals, served your customers, and are helping to move your company forward. You appreciate all of their hard work, and you want to do something special for them for the holidays.

You’ve held the typical “office holiday parties” in the past. Sure, people had fun, but you want to do something different this year. Plus, you want to get everyone out of the office to really relax and have an amazing time. They deserve it.

Read on for some tips to plan a successful corporate holiday party.

Consider an After-Holiday Party

December is a busy month. People are still trying to come down from the Thanksgiving high and are now focused on shopping and preparing their own holiday celebrations for family and friends. While the traditional holiday party is held the first two weeks of December, this may not be the best option for your team.

Why not keep the holiday season going by hosting your company holiday party in January? Your employees will be passed the stress of holiday season and will be ready to kick off the new year the right way. Plus, if you haven’t started planning earlier in the season, your ideal venue may already be booked. Hosting your party in January may be the perfect solution.

Think Outside the Cubicle

Picking your venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when event planning. After all, the location sets the tone for the entire event. You want to do something fun, not stuffy. A classy restaurant or grand ballroom may impress your employees and their significant others, but will it really speak to your team’s  personality?

You’ve considered hosting it in the office again, but that doesn’t represent the festive environment you’d like to create. And, don’t forget the cleanup. If you host a party at the business, you’ll either have to do the cleanup yourself or hire a crew to come in and set the area back to work-appropriate as quickly as possible.

Instead of the same old boring party, why not throw one that your employees will remember for years to come? A party that will leave no doubt in their minds that you appreciate all they do. If you live in the Las Vegas area, consider Glowzone indoor amusement park for your next corporate holiday party. Here, your employees will be able to kick back and play. Now, how often do they get to do that at the office?

Your team can enjoy the Skyscraper Ropes Course, 70-foot zipline, 28-foot climbing walls, Glow Mini Golf, Bazooka Ball, the arcade, and much more. They can laugh, let their inner-children out for the evening, and bond with their coworkers.

Focus on Fun, Not Logistics

If you host a party at your business, you will need to consider: food and drinks, table and chair rentals, setup crew, cleanup crew, entertainment, and if you’d like to enjoy the party yourself, you’ll probably need an event planner to orchestrate the actual event.

However, if you host your event at Glowzone, you’ll have an Event Specialist guiding you through all of the difficult decisions. You won’t have to worry about food, drinks, entertainment, equipment rentals, or cleanup. This will all be taken care of for you. Your job for the event? Have fun, enjoy the time with your team, and make them feel special. Doesn’t that sound better?

If done right, your company holiday party can be a wonderful experience for everyone. When you plan your party at Glowzone, you’ll be the hero of the office and ensure that your employees have a happy holiday season and a productive new year.

Corporate Events
20 Types of Corporate Events for Your Business 750 331 Amy Forrester

20 Types of Corporate Events for Your Business

Your employees are the heart of your company, your most valued asset, and the difference between a successful business and a flop. Yet sometimes, they get lost in the daily grind. Your team may not feel appreciated or properly trained, or they may not be working together as well as you hoped. 

There are many reasons why business owners decide to host a corporate event. However, at the heart of every single one of these is the staff. If you want your employees to stay loyal, hard-working, and efficient, a corporate event may be just what your business needs to excel. 

Take a look at some of the most common types of corporate events that are held, along with some helpful tips for making the most out of your experience.

1. Conferences

These events are usually held once a year. Depending on your location and budget, you may choose to whisk employees off to a different city for education, camaraderie, and a change of scenery. Whether you host the event in your hometown or a “convention city,” you’ll want to incorporate some fun to break up the days.

2. Teambuilding Workshops

Let’s face it, you may have hired the best people in the industry, but they may not work together towards a common goal. Doing (non-work) activities outside of the office can help your employees gel into a supportive team. A trained facilitator can help take this type of event from all fun and games to fun and games with a hint of education.

3. Board Meetings

If you answer to a board, chances are that your Bylaws call for regular board meetings to update and decide on the future of your organization. These can be held on-premises, or for some extra bonding time, you can do an activity together before or after you do business.

4. After Dinner Programs

Are you taking your employees or your customers out for a special dinner? You may want to incorporate a speaker or an activity into the evening’s agenda. 

5. Awards Banquets

Your employees work so hard… why not say thank you? Awards can be serious like “Salesperson of the Year” or humorous like “Most Likely to Get Stuck Making the Coffee.” No matter how you play it, people love to be recognized for their accomplishments and their contributions. 

6. Retreats

Often reserved for the top leadership of a company, retreats offer a space for employees to discuss the future of the business and map out a plan to move the organization forward. These can be treated as weekend getaways or as day-long (or even half-day) experiences in town. 

7. Incentive Trips or Parties

Are your employees knocking it out of the park? Have they hit and exceeded their sales goals? Are they winning the hearts of your customers with their top-notch service? Or have you noticed them working hard to complete a project together? Show your employees that their hard work is not going unnoticed. Sure, you could just bring a pizza to the office or supply bagels for breakfast, but wouldn’t it be more special to provide an afternoon of fun to show your appreciation and let them blow off some steam?

8. Annual Meetings

Annual meetings can update employees on the status of the organization, introduce new services or products, recognize key employees for their hard work, and outline plans for the year ahead. 

9. Sales Meetings

Sales are at the forefront of your organization. Without a strong sales team, you can have the best product or service in the world and no one will ever benefit from it. They need motivation and goals to crush it in the marketplace. 

10. Strategic Planning

What does the next year look like for your business? What about the next 5 or 10 years? Strategic planning is a necessary part of every organization. If done right, they allow for creative thinking and solution-focused discussions that yield tangible steps.

11. Happy Hours

Sometimes, you just need to get together as a team and have a few drinks, some finger food, and some fun. Work is hard and stressful. Spending some time with your staff outside of the office can help build teams, show appreciation, and give employees the relaxation they need to return to work refreshed and excited.  

12. Corporate Parties

Corporate parties can mean anything from celebrations to welcome new management or employees, “high-five” events for a job well done, recognition of certain milestones along the journey, and much more. As long as you’ve got your employees, some fun, food, and drink, your event will be a memorable party. 

13. Employee Appreciation Events

They did it! Your employees have impressed you once again. Maybe they blew their goals right out of the water or finished a project way ahead of schedule (saving you money and making you look like a rock star company). No matter what feat of awesomeness they managed, say thank you with a fun afternoon or evening outside of the office. 

14. Client Appreciation Events

Your employees are important, but without clients, there wouldn’t be anything for them to do. Invite your clients out for a fun activity where they can get to know your employees and be showered with appreciation for their business. 

15. Holiday Parties

While you should be showing your employees some love throughout the year, holiday time is always a special time for business. Depending on your industry, you may be preparing to hibernate for the winter, or ramping up to have the best sales of the year. Either way, take an evening to celebrate with the people who make your business run. 

16. Company Picnics

Your employees have lives and families outside of work. Every once in a while, it’s nice to get everyone together for some fun. Encourage employees to bring their spouses and children for a fun-filled activity. While parks can be fun for picnics, you may live in a less-than-wonderful environment for outdoor activities. Consider holding your “picnic” indoors so you aren’t at the mercy of the weather. 

17. Charity Functions

Standing up for a cause you believe in can improve your business in many ways. Customers love to do business with companies that support a cause and employees love to work for companies that are in business to make a real difference. Consider teaming up with a local charity to raise money and awareness for their mission. 

18. Product Launches

Do you have something new coming out? Make sure that everyone in your company understands what kind of game-changer it is. Introduce the product and give employees the opportunity to learn about it and ask any questions they may have. 

19. Sales Training

Providing the right education, at the right time, in the right environment can make the difference between having “order takers” on your team and true “salespeople.” 

20. Golf Outings

While a day on the green can be relaxing and enjoyable, not everyone knows how to play golf or wants to spend hours in the sweltering heat. A better idea? Mini-golf. Employees can reconnect with their inner child as they sink their shots in a climate-controlled environment.

 

No matter what kind of corporate event you choose for your business, be creative. Spending more time at the office or stuck in a boardroom is not your employee’s idea of a good time, nor will it be seen as a gesture of appreciation and goodwill. Venture outside of your place of business to show employees just how much they mean to you. GlowZone Indoor Amusement Park is a perfect place to host many of your corporate events. We’ll be by your side the whole way to ensure that the experience exceeds your expectations. We’ve got food, fun, and facilitators that can help your event meet all of your goals.  

 

Kids Birthday Party Questions Answered 150 150 Amy Forrester

Kids Birthday Party Questions Answered

There’s a good chance that if you look through your family photo album, there’s at least one picture of you as a child, standing over a birthday cake with candles shining brightly, poised to make your birthday wish. 

A kid’s birthday party can be a beautiful memory, a rite of passage for the child, and if you don’t do it right… a nightmare for you as the parent. Not only that, but not following “kid birthday party etiquette” could cause issues for your child in the future. 

However, if you plan it properly and have the right help available to you, your kid’s birthday party can be a wonderful experience for everyone. We’ve answered some of your most pressing questions when it comes to planning a memorable experience for your child and (saving yourself some headaches in the process.)

Who Should I Invite?

Your guest list will likely depend on your child’s age. If they are a toddler or a preschooler, they’ll have fewer guests than an older kid. To calculate the appropriate amount, figure your child’s age plus one (so a 4-year old would invite 5 guests). If your child is school age, you’ll want to consider their classmates. If they plan to invite more than half of their classmates to the party, you should invite all of them. If a handful of children are left out, it could cause hurt feelings. If you’re only inviting a few friends from their class, it’s okay to send cupcakes or snacks to the classroom for them to celebrate with their classmates another time. 

Should I Serve Food?

If you’ll be holding your party during prime meal times like 11:30 am-1:30 pm or 4 pm- 6 pm, it’s a good idea to serve food. If your party is during other times throughout the day, you should have drinks available and snacks for party goers to munch on. If parents will be staying throughout the party, you’ll want to include them in the headcount. A cake is always appreciated and helps make your child feel special. 

Where Should I Have It?

The allure of a home-based birthday party is strong: you can invite as many people as you’d like, bring in any food you want, and save money on a venue. But there are also quite a few drawbacks to that plan. 

1) You will have children running through and around your house. While their parents may be there, they’ll likely be talking to other parents, not making sure that Little Susie doesn’t knock over your grandmother’s crystal.

2) You’ll be responsible for purchasing and preparing all the food and supplies, setting up and cleaning up. 

3) You’ll have to find activities to keep them entertained for several hours. The last thing you want in your home is a group of rowdy, unfocused children. 

4) You’ll be so busy working your child’s birthday party, that you won’t be able to fully enjoy it. 

On the other hand, you could hold your kid’s birthday party at Glowzone, an indoor amusement park in Las Vegas. We’ve got packages to fit every budget, and we’ll do everything for you so you can sit back and enjoy the celebration. The room will be set up, the food will be prepared, and when the party is over, you get to head to your nice, clean home. We even include a party host to help during the event. Plus, your child and his/her friends will have access to unlimited attractions. 

Should We Open Presents at the Party?

While some parents opt for a no-present policy, others do allow guests to bring a gift. If that’s the case, save the presents for later. Time at the party should be spent having fun, playing with friends, and eating yummy cake. Kid’s birthday parties only last few a few hours so you should make the most of them. Plus, you don’t want anyone getting jealous about the presents, or feeling bad because they didn’t buy anything as nice. 

Should My Child Send Thank You Cards? 

Yes! Not only are Thank You cards an important lesson in gratitude for your child, but also for the guests. What better way to show friends they are appreciated, than to send a thank you card for attending and for whatever gift they bring. 

Your kid’s birthday party should be a happy memory for them well into adulthood. When you plan well and get help to ease your stress, your child may just wish for another party when they blow out the candles.