Posts Tagged ‘party planning’

Planning Don’ts for a Corporate Halloween Party

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Have you harvested your brain for corporate Halloween party ideas and come up short? If you want to make sure your Halloween party is scary good and not scary bad, here are some idea don’ts for a corporate Halloween party:

DON’T throw it in the office.

They see that place enough, and not one of them wants to clean up all that glitter the next day (or rather, continually, for weeks). One of most lucrative aspects of any corporate event is the new perspective that is gained from a new environment, and staff parties should be no exception…Especially in a city as haunted with Halloween activities and nightlife options as Montreal!

DON’T bob for apples.

Women’s costumes will get wet, some will either get upset over ruining their costumes, or worse, get hooted at for being a ghost that’s a little too transparent afterwards. While most women would be fine with this kind of a thing, it’s wise to just avoid the token female who will ask “What male chauvinist came up with this as a game? Why didn’t we just have a wet t-shirt contest?”

DON’T enforce a dress code or overly rigid theme.

While you should have a theme for every corporate event, Halloween is all about anti-conformity, and dressing however you want, with no repercussions. If everyone (many of whom are busy at work 5 to 7 days of the week) are forced to all go out and find a particular kind of costume (especially of an overly specific type), it will feel as though their job is basically asking them to not only work, but pay for no compensation…Plus, its just less fun. A theme for your Halloween party is fine, but the theme should either be optional for attire or be loosely open to interpretation.

By the way, it’s October 16th and you are still trying to plan your Halloween party??? Don’t worry, we can arrange your flawless corporate event with so little notice, it’s spooky.

For more tips, read Planning Dos for a Corporate Halloween Party.


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Choosing a Theme for your Corporate Event

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

As successful corporate event planning depends on careful attention to a myriad of details, even deciding where to start can be overwhelming.

Theme selection is a great starting point for conceptualizing an event, as many other details can be planned through the lens of your theme; whether you are planning  a conference, getaway, or other corporate event. Here are some elements to consider when selecting your event theme:

1- Purpose 

Some events like holiday parties may have a self-explanatory purpose, but even holiday parties themselves can tie in a useful announcement or message about your company. Your purpose may be related to certain workplace skills you would like to develop upon, via organizational development tactics, team building exercises, motivational speeches, and more. Whatever the purpose of your event, you should think of a tagline that reinforces it, as well as relates to your theme. This can be put on banners, invitations, woven into speeches, etc.

2- Brand

While the details of your event should be planned in accordance with your theme, they must do so in a way that is condusive to your brand. For example, distributing cigarette-shaped candies at a family event for a nicotine patch company would be inappropriate (however suited to the theme).

3- Attendees

Considering your audience is another important and helpful factor in determining your theme. For example, a staff largely verging on golden years may not be interested in a ‘street-smart’ themed event with break dancers and graffiti.

Your theme can be resonated in event planning details ranging from beverage and food selection, to decor, attire, entertainment, seating cards, and much more. Experienced Montreal Event Planners can skillfully commit to your theme in a manner that is original, meticulous, and result-oriented.


Acrobats can really take a circus theme to a whole new level of event planning!

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