Coming up with appropriate yet fun ideas for corporate entertainment can be a challenge. On one hand, you don’t want to run the risk of being risqué or selecting some type of entertainment that doesn’t fit a wide range of tastes; on the other hand, you want your event to be exciting and memorable. Consider new spins on standard fare and look for ways to help people relax and mingle.
While you should carefully screen performers to ensure they don’t run a blue, racist or otherwise offense show, comedy acts can lighten the mood of any corporate event. Look for a comedian who specializes in corporate or office humor, or someone who is familiar with your industry and can deliver “inside jokes.” You might opt for a line-up of comedians directed by a familiar company representative as emcee, or a single headliner.
What could be more fun than watching your favorite client act like a giant chicken under the direction of a trained hypnotist? Of course, only good sports should be asked to participate in this type of entertainment, but it can be a great way to loosen up the crowd and promote an atmosphere of fun. This event will certainly make your event a memorable one.
You can go elegant with a string quartet providing background music for a posh cocktail party, or encourage frivolity by hosting a swing band with a dance floor. Use caution in selecting a genre of music that is likely to be enjoyed by the majority of your audience. Remember that music can put a damper on conversation if it’s too loud, so provide private “talking” space for those interested in combining business with pleasure.
Host a grown-up corporate theme party such as Western barbecue, Mardi Gras, 1950s sock hop or elegant silent screen movie night. You can find props and decorations at party planning stores or thrift shops. Serve food and snacks reflective of the theme and provide entertainment in line with your venue as well. For example, play country music or chart-topping songs from the 50s. Invite attendees to come dressed up to fit the theme.
Combine a corporate event with a fundraiser for your business’ favorite charity. Host a casino night or a carnival in which “winnings” are donated to the cause. Hand out raffle tickets as “prizes” and draw names for restaurant gift cards, company logo-wear or a private lunch with the CEO.