Five Ways To Spruce Up Your Corporate Dinner
hate dislike planning for corporate dinners because everyone feels that they are boring?
Fret not because today, I will be sharing with you five tips on how you can turn your next corporate dinner to a great and enjoyable one!
#1) Pre-dinner: Invitation
Personally, I love receiving invitation cards as it leaves me with an impression that an event is well planned. Especially when it is an invite is well designed and interesting – it urges me to RSVP almost instantaneously when compared to the usual calendar or EDM invite.
To jazz it up a notch, why not do it more creatively with an advent calendar (it might increase overhead costs, but hey, corporate dinners are not so common so it is okay to splurge a little on your employees – once in awhile ☺).
A 1-week advent calendar of little gifts may just do the trick to help employees who have trouble remembering dates. At the same time, counting down helps to build a sense of excitement towards the actual date of the dinner!
#2) During the dinner: Food & Beverages
A clever way to remind guests that it is not just another dinner is by having the personal touch of incorporate your branding into the dishes.
For instance, if you have tiramisu as the dessert, you could make a request to the kitchen to sprinkle cocoa powder over a stencil of your company’s logo. Alternatively, you can also get the kitchen to mould a piece of chocolate in the shape of your logo, to be placed with your dessert.
CR: Cocoa Powdering
As for beverages, a cocktail drink that is customized to colours of your brand can add a great touch to your corporate dinner (*depending on restrictions of the restaurant).
#3) During the dinner: Activity Session
Corporate dinner is not a time to just stare into your plate and make small talks but also a time meant for employees to bond and get to know each other better. There is no better way than to organize some ice breaker games to keep everyone entertained while they devour savour their meal.
Some of the games that you can try include:
A) Charades –
CR: Five Below
Two pax minimum is required for the game. One party guesses while the other acts out the word/phrase without speaking. Within a time limit of two minutes, the pair that guesses the most wins.
B) Who Am I…?
The host of the game will stick a post-it with the name of a famous person each on each participant’s forehead. The names for everyone is different. Each participant then takes turn to ask the rest questions which helps them to figure out who their celebrity identity is. The winner of the game would be the person who figures his/her identity with the least number of questions asked.
C) Spyfall (http://spyfall.crabhat.com/)
For this game, you would need your phone to play. One party from the group will start a new game and the rest will join via the same access code generated from the person who started the game. Once the game begins, One person will be assigned the role of a spy, while the rest of the players are given different roles pertaining to a particular location. For the spy, he/she has to guess the location that the other players are at, and whereas for the other players, they have to guess who the spy is. Each player will take turns to select another person to ask a question. A 8-minute time limit will be given for the game, and when the time is up, players can vote who they think is the spy. If majority points to the spy, then the non-spies would win. Otherwise, the winner would be the spy.
#4) After the dinner: Gifts & Photographs
Before the dinner ends, I am sure your employees will appreciate it if you present them with a small token of appreciation. Some examples may include a Starbucks gift card, restaurant vouchers, a bottle of wine, etc. You can even add a branding touch by adding a tag with a message such as “Thank you for your hard work for the past year” together with the company’s logo printed.
Photographs also serve as a great memento for the dinner. Depending on the venue, arrangements could be made with the restaurant to bring in photo booth vendors or if you would like, you can even create your own DIY photo booth (hyperlink https://www.simplebooth.com/diy-photo-booth). I personally think DIY photo booths are more affordable because you can rent a photo printer for the night and do away with the props if you think it is not necessary. It is also possible use your handphone for the photo taking instead of a camera as you are able to print wirelessly (*depending on your photo printer).
#5) After the dinner: Post-dinner Activity
The dinner may be over but how about some post-dinner activities to continue the conversation? A bonding session over some drinks may just be a great way to end your night. Otherwise, a karaoke session (and of course hoping whoever that tags along have great vocal skills) is a good way to bond with your colleagues.
And ta-dah! Here are the 5 ways you can spruce up your next corporate dinner 🙂
Let me know what you think in the comments section below. Till next time!
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