Six Corporate Event Ideas To Inspire You In 2018

As we start to plan for the essential corporate events of the year, event planners are on the lookout for the most creative corporate event ideas that will get people talking and make the event memorable. If you are tasked with planning or managing a corporate event in 2018, then read on for six of the best corporate event ideas to inspire you in 2018.

  1. Alternative payment

If you are looking for a way to launch a product or service, or simply a team building event for workers and colleagues, then the alternative payment set up is a fascinating concept that offers benefits to guests and the business running the event. The alternative payment looks at trading a skill or task for the price of food on offer.

For example, if you are launching a fitness or healthy eating program, then you can offer exciting, healthy food by asking your guests to ‘pay’ for it by exercise. You can have exercise bikes and treadmills available allowing people to earn their food.

For networking or skills sharing event, people can pay for food and drinks by offering a service, completing a task. What you then build up is a talent pool as well as valuable feedback and information that can help to craft your business or product.

In fact, with alternative payment, the possibilities are endless, and it can be adapted to suit a whole range of situations.

  1. The immersive experience

To really take your corporate event ideas to the next level, consider a multi-sensory experience. Multi-sensory is an impressive delivery while being at the height of fashion as mindfulness takes hold. Multi-sensory experience can involve a plethora of content. For example, the event food can be part of a journey, inviting guests to enjoy the smell, touch, taste, sound and vision of different dishes to awaken every part of the body.

You can also use a multi-sensory experience to create a narrative. Ideal for engaging guests throughout the whole event and making every aspect of the event tie in together.

  1. Treats for sharing

With social media playing a significant part of marketing for businesses, corporate events are the perfect time to capitalise on your marketing campaign. Throughout your event, you can offer prizes, experiences and exclusive access to VIP areas just from getting the word out there about your business and event.

Offer rewards to those who share your brand on social media such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Sharing your organisation and event with their network will improve your exposure and show your audience that you know how to throw a party.

  1. A community event

If your brand is all about giving back and supporting the community around you, then a community event is an excellent idea to bring everyone together. It can also help to build relations which can often be strained regarding businesses in the community. For a start, a GPS treasure hunt is a great way to get people discovering the area and finding out more about the location.

Secondly, volunteering for projects can also help to give back to local charities and forge valuable ties with people in the area. It is also a fantastic way to improve your business reputation and market your brand. End the day with a celebratory meal for all involved to enhance networking and thank everyone for being a part of your community.

  1. Improve a skill

Nowadays, everyone is looking for self-improvement methods across all aspects of life. Your corporate event can help to take advantage of this by offering people the chance to learn a new skill. Depending on your brand this can vary, but popular skills could include cookery classes, dance classes, mindfulness and meditations and even 3D printing workshops.

Whatever theme works for your business, you can find a way to have a workshop or masterclass to help everyone feel the benefit of being part of your corporate event. Not only does learning a new skill means everyone gets to take home knowledge, but it can also improve brain function and give improved performance for other tasks too, so it might just benefit your business in the long run. One of the better corporate event ideas?

  1. Festivals

Festivals have been a huge trend, and it is time for your event to capitalise on the trend and create your own festival. Once you have found a suitable location, it is easy to create a festival vibe with pop-up food stalls, a stage for performers and a collection of entertainers milling around the event. It creates a really relaxed vibe and allows people to experience a festival for themselves without coping with the camping.

Depending on your budget you can really go to town with a festival theme by offering everyone branded wellies or ponchos as well as having top rate performers such as singers or comedians to give your festival a distinctive edge.

Indian Catering: 5 Signs You Are Getting A Quality Service

Choosing the right Indian catering company for your event is essential. In fact, the food can make or break an event. High-quality dishes can help to rescue a situation, and exceptional catering can become a talking point for a great event. When deciding on a caterer you want to be sure that you are getting a quality service, but what makes a caterer right for your event?

With Indian catering, you want to be sure of an excellent, reliable service and delicious food which your guests will devour. Look out for these five top signs of a quality Indian catering service to help you to make the right decision and make your event memorable.

Five top signs you’re getting a great Indian catering experience

  1. Tastings

When planning an event, you want peace of mind in all areas. One of the best ways to feel reassured by a caterer is by sampling the menu beforehand. When discussing your menu requirements, your caterer should be able to offer tastings. It is especially important to test the meal options if you are undecided on which items to go for. By testing some of the dishes, you can work out the ideal pairings to make your menu selection easier.

Menu tastings are an excellent way to determine a quality Indian caterer. They not only allow you to taste the quality of the food and their cooking prowess, but it will also give you an idea of presentation. As we eat with our eyes first, beautiful presentation is vital and will send your event to the next level.

  1. Knowledge of ingredients

Quality ingredients are essential for delicious meals. One of the best ways to determine a high-quality caterer is by their knowledge and enthusiasm for ingredients. Many top caterers will focus their menus on locally-sourced produce to ensure that they have the freshest ingredients which make a great dish.

Whether you are looking for authentic and traditional cuisines to modern contemporary flavour fusions, the quality of the ingredients will be essential for the flavour and style. Ask your caterer about their suppliers and where they source ingredients from to help you to determine their quality and commitment to providing delicious cuisine.

  1. Attentiveness

Your event is important to you. A quality caterer will make sure that your event is important to them too. When choosing a caterer, look for the ones who take a specific interest in your needs and work with you to offer advice. A caterer should help you to create the best event possible with their dishes. During initial enquiries, a caterer should be responsive and helpful to you. While its expected a caterer will be busy, you should be able to communicate and arrange a suitable meeting time to discuss your requirements.

During a meeting with a caterer, look out for a caterer that actively asks questions. Their interest in your event and wanting to know all of the details is a sign they want to tailor their caterer to meet your needs. These will be the caterers who will strive to deliver top-quality service and be adaptable to your wishes.

  1. Understanding of your event

Some caterers will specialise in certain event types, which means they might not be the right choice for your event. Most caterers will explain what they specialise in, and trusted caterers will tell you what events they are best suited to and whether your event is right for them.

While a caterer should be flexible and adaptable to your needs, they are all built for different markets and service needs. Make sure that the caterer fully understands your style as much as you understand theirs for the perfect fit.

  1. Detailed contract

A good caterer will be completely transparent with their service offering so that you know exactly what you receive. The contract should include every detail of service, beverages, food and additional services they may offer.

For a high-purchase contract for big events, it is important you fully know your rights, particularly in the event of non-delivery or poor quality. A sign of a quality service will be a caterer that is not cheap, but one that provides the best value. It will be these caterers who will strive to meet your expectations and ensure you are completely happy with the contract. Clear terms and a commitment to providing you with the service you have paid for is a sign of a quality caterer that will give you peace of mind before a big event.

8 Expert Tips To Choose A Local Wedding Venue

Out of all the wedding tasks that need completing in the build-up to the big day, choosing the wedding venue seems straightforward. However, there are many elements involved. This means finding your perfect local wedding venue needs to tick a lot of boxes. You may think you’re happy to get married anywhere, but if it doesn’t match your personality or fit all of your guests, then it won’t be right for you.

Pick the perfect local wedding venue by following our eight expert tips:

  1. Budget

Wedding venues that are local to you may vary massively in price. The wedding venue should be one of the main focuses of your budget. While it may be the most significant chunk of the budget, you still need to make sure you have enough money for all of the other elements.

  1. Get a map

The best way to find your local venue is with a map. Print off a large map of your local area and consider how far you (and your guests) would be willing to travel. Once you have decided the distance in travel time that you are happy to make and is reasonable for the majority of your guests, circle the radius on a map. You can then pinpoint all of the local wedding venues in that span and start your research.  Honestly, it’s much easier to visualise this way.

  1. Start a spreadsheet

Every local wedding venue will have their information displayed differently. Some will show prices on their website. For others, you may have to ring up or visit for information. While a spreadsheet is not a ‘fun wedding task’ it is an easy way for you to collate information, and make sure you don’t confuse venues. Your spreadsheet can contain information that is important to you. For example, you may need to check on baby changing facilities, nearby or onsite hotels, wheelchair accessibility as well as the obvious cost and capacity.

  1. Revisit the budget

Yes, we’re talking budget, again. Once you have collated the local venues on your spreadsheet, delete the ones that you know you can afford. If you visit the locations that you can’t afford, you’ll probably fall in love with it. You’ll then be broken-hearted that you can’t afford it and other venues may pale in comparison.

  1. Get visiting

Now is the perfect time to visit the venues. You have a clear idea of the initial costs and what you need to venue to provide. Start viewings and remember, take pictures so you can visualise the layout of your wedding. Remember to note your thoughts on your pre-prepared spreadsheet. Be completely honest. The critical little points you have could be the difference between choosing one venue over another.

  1. Add up the actual cost

While you may have had a rough idea before visiting, a visit will tell you the exact price based on your requirements. It is vital to list everything you get included in the price. A local wedding venue may appear cheap, but costs may add up when you consider, drinks, corkage, table and glassware hire, chair covers and the list goes on. Once you have the detailed cost, a more expensive venue may be a better price for what’s included.

  1. Will you come across restrictions?

If your friends are party animals, then you may want to check the licence of the venue and make sure you’ll be able to celebrate until the early hours. Other restrictions you may face include the décor. You may feel that you need to add additional décor to tie your theme into the day, make sure that the venue will cater to your needs.

  1. Is it you?

Finally, it is your special day. Your venue should match your personality. When visiting locations, you’re likely to experience a gut feeling on which one is right for you. Whether you’re after a casual, historical or luxury vibe, make sure that your theme shines at your venue. Don’t regret picking a so-so venue; it is your big day. Help it to be perfect.

How To Organise A Company Event In Six Easy Steps

While organising a corporate or company event can be a great way to raise your profile within the company and increase your experience in events planning. A company event can be a stressful event to plan. With a tremendous amount of money invested by a business and a level of expectation from employees, worker as well as customers and supplied, it is crucial to have an event that is both high-quality and makes a positive impact.

Follow our six easy steps to organise a company event.

Step one: define the event

One of the most common ways for an event to fail is the lack of definition from the start. Before you plan the event, its location and its content, you need to decide what the event is for and how it will work.

Whatever message you want your event to portray, from a celebration of a successful project or year or an awards ceremony or even a marketing event or project launch. The message of the event should be clear so that the whole occasion can unfold naturally. Appropriate activities and entertainment should be chosen in accordance with your theme, whether it is a relaxed, informal gathering or a black-tie event.

The best way to ensure your event is well defined it to come up with objectives of what you want the company event to achieve. Set the goals, reflect and measure them; that way you’ll make sure your event stays true to the message.

Step two: consider content

Following on from deciding the message, how are you going to get this message across during the event? Whether you choose guest speakers, demonstrations, team building activities or a meal. Consider the content that you want to include in the event and that will help you to structure the event allowing enough time and helping with important decisions such as venue, capacity, dates and start times.

For each aspect of content, ask yourself: does this add value to the event and portray the right message? If the answer is yes, then you’ll have great content that is crucial to your corporate event’s success.

Step three: start booking

One of the most challenging aspects of planning a company event is managing the many suppliers needed. Once you have decided the event, the theme and content; it is time to start sourcing the appropriate suppliers who can bring your event to life. Before you begin contacting suppliers, it is wise to have a list of essential details to hand such as;

  • Number of guests
  • Duration of the event
  • Dietary requests
  • Accessibility requirements
  • Size of space required for you and your other suppliers.

You’ll then need to ask the suppliers for crucial information such as costings, insurance and cancellation policies.

Keep a note of every phone call and email, so you have all the details available in case an aspect is missed. For some suppliers and complex events, it may be worth using a project management tool so you can update all of the suppliers at the same time and they can communicate among themselves if needed.

Step four: communication

As well as maintaining contact with suppliers and keeping everyone in the loop for updates, additions and change, you need to communicate the event to the most important people: the guests. Utilise all the networks that you have at your disposal whether that is the company intranet, social media, emails or physical invitations. Make sure to spread the word and promote the event as something that is unmissable.

It is the people that make the event, so make sure that it is well-promoted so that it attracts guest and sets a positive tone for the whole event. Remember, misleading claims will cause a negative atmosphere which can kill the ambience of your event. Be honest, clear and enthusiastic to make your event a success.

Step five: budget

For company events, unexpected situations can occur, and with these, deviations usually bring additional expense. When budgeting, make sure to have a reserve put by so that you have to finances available for unforeseen costs and to accommodate additional requirements.

Keep your budget documentation up to date at all times, so you don’t miss any aspect or supplier out of your costings. It may be worth utilising a specific software to help you keep track of all your expenses easily.

Step six: be original

A sign of a great event is a talking point or an impression you’ve left which sticks in somebody’s mind. Consider the attention to detail and try to come up with new and innovative that leaves a great impression. So many company events and conferences pass people by as they are all a similar setup.

Try and think outside of the box to come up with a new idea, focus point or an unusual approach to a standard event aspect such as the awards ceremony or catering to make your event remarkable.

Guest’s WOW’d at the Natural History Museum!

Along with our sister company, Silverfox Events, we held a standing wedding reception at the Natural History Museum this weekend. Taking guests from the Drinks Reception in the breath-taking Earth Gallery into the World Famous Hintze Hall for the evening Wedding Reception featuring custom built food stalls accompanied with a decadent selection of our gourmet food, four bars and personalised decor.

Our first large event at the Natural History Museum since the re-launch in early September certainly turned heads, we are still receiving amazing feedback from the guests on the quality of food and service provided.

The Meeting

As the family’s preferred caterer we couldn’t wait to begin organising the most special day of their lives. We met with them in their central London home, allowing us to understand exactly what they want from the day. We set to work finding a suitable venue, amazing decor and most importantly creating a bespoke menu tailored specifically for our client.

The Planning

Taking the client to some of our favourite London venues, we settled on one of the most prestigious and well known, the Natural History Museum. Next, using our client’s brief, we arranged meetings with our hand-picked suppliers. After several meetings with artist impressions, scale drawings and expert advice the theme was set and the planning commenced. With flowers galore, lighting plans and entertainment schedules all created we were ready for the big day! Our Operations and Logistics Managers were then set to work, planning how to load in and out, ensuring all of the suppliers and staff are registered and adhering to the strict health & safety procedures at the venue. With one final suppliers meeting the day was upon us!

The Reception

With 2 hours on the clock, our suppliers along with our 230 staff members entered the Natural History Museum in a whirlwind of activity- laying tables, installing lighting rigs, arranging flowers, creating food stalls and bars and building a kitchen. Just as the last candle was lit and the final checks completed, our first guests arrived at The Earth Gallery and the service commenced. Canapés flowing, drinks circulating, guests mingling and the band playing, created a warm and relaxed ambience. Our management team meticulously briefed the staff on the food, the service and the clients expectations allowing us to deliver service standards surpassing our clients wishes.

Shortly after, our 300 guests move slowly through the mood-lit corridors into Hintze Hall. Gasps ensue, the client absolutely speechless at the grandeur of this national icon. With a 25 metre blue whale skeleton hanging above, 6 custom built food stalls, 4 beautifully crafted bars, and a variety of entertainment, including a live Bollywood singer, the party began with a bang and continued into the small hours.

 

Are you thinking of having a party, wedding or corporate event? Get in touch with our dedicated Events Team on 0203 150 2520 or 0161 902 0010

Ten Asian Wedding Food Ideas You Need To Steal

For the best day of your life, you want your guests to remember it as well as you do and for all the right reasons. As the saying goes; the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, so your wedding needs to wow your guests with a sumptuous wedding breakfast, tantalising canapes and delicious desserts.

Your wedding catering needs to impress, but also express your personality, after all, it is your big day. So how do you make sure you offer something different that gets the guests talking and makes sure that everyone is satisfied?

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are ten of our best Asian wedding food ideas that are guaranteed to hit the mark.

  1. Prawn Roti Rolls

For a delicious appetiser that’s pretty and elegant, take a small roti, add a spiced king prawn complete with garnish in the middle. Roll the sides of the roti up and tie with a chive stem to keep the filling secure. These rolls easy to eat, complete with an impressive filling on display all wrapped up with a pretty edible bow.

  1. Rose and Cardamom Panna Cotta

This delicious Italian-style set cream meets Asian flavours by infusing rose, cardamom and paan into the cream. Depending on your colour scheme, or whether you want the rose or cardamom to take centre stage, you can colour the panna cotta accordingly. The colour options make this dessert stylish and on trend, and this unusual take on a classic dessert will get the compliments flowing.

  1. Samosa Vol au Vent

Taking the classic samosa filling, add it to filo pastry cups and top with spiced crispy mung beans, offering a pretty take on the classic canape with a variety of textures to tantalise the palate.

  1. Mango Kulfi Lollies

Easy to eat on the move, kulfi lollies are great for a sweet treat for the buffet table. The mango will give the lollies a warm sunset glow. To entertain the children at the wedding, offer a range of sprinkles to coat the ice lollies in. Sweeties, edible glitter and crushed pistachios are great to add a little creativity to the menu.

  1. Sharing Boards

Ideal for grazers and to tide people over before the main meal arrives, sharing boards can be stylishly presented on each table and provide a great talking point for guests to introduce themselves over. Choose from a range of crispy snacks, such as crispy chapati, bhakri, naan and poppadum and add a variety of dips such as raita, chatpata chana, tomato chutney and hot garlic pickle.

Asian Wedding Sharing Board

  1. ‘Something For Everyone’ Skewers

It can be hard to please every taste, so the ‘something for everyone’ skewers are perfect for people to be experimental but enjoy food within their limits. Load the skewers with chicken pieces marinated in a range of different spices such as butter chicken and tikka masala, have the pieces arranged in levels of heat and spiciness so people can eat up until their happy and leave the pieces that are too hot to handle. For vegetarians, try using deep-fried paneer coated in spice mixes.

  1. Asian halibut and coconut shrimp

For the main course that wows, try Asian-style halibut, with flavours of ginger, coconut and soy on a bed of bok choy and sesame green beans complete with a coconut shrimp that gives the dish a sophisticated and stylish finish.

  1. Sambar and Heart-Shaped Idli

For a south-Indian flavour, take the classic sambar and refine it into a broth for a starter. Full of flavour, this is a great first dish for a menu, providing you reduce the vegetables and focus on the soup rather than the stew. Serve with heart-shaped idlis coloured with beetroot for a romantic start to the wedding breakfast.

  1. Salmon Chana Cones

Ideal for canapes or the buffet table, these delightful bites are served in ice cream cones, making them easy to hold. The chana masala mixture is kept relatively dry to avoid seepage out of the cones and mixed with chunks of flaky salmon.

  1. Cocktails

To wash down your scrumptious wedding food, why not offer bespoke wedding cocktails? Lychee Bellini, Watermelon Margarita and Spiced Mango Mojitos are perfect for adding fun and fusion to the menu as well as colour to tables. Choose your colour theme and go from there.


Need more ideas?

If you’d like some more inspiration, more Asian wedding food ideas or are looking for a wedding caterer that will provide your big day with incredible food and contemporary menu options that will dazzle your guests, get in touch with Payal for inspired gourmet catering.