Summer is well and truly here, and if you want to thank your clients and suppliers or reward your staff for their dedication and hard work, a summer party is a fantastic way of doing it! For employees, a party will boost morale and make everyone feel special, as well as allow staff to let their hair down and form bonds away from the corporate environment.
I’m often hired by companies to provide entertainment at corporate parties and events, and I’m happy to perform informal close-up magic during drinks receptions and buffets or table magic during formal meals and banquets, as well as a cabaret-style show. Here are some of the best ideas for corporate summer parties!
If you have access to a large garden or open space, a BBQ is a great way of enjoying a summer afternoon or evening. If you’ve got a lot of people to cater for, hire a hog roast so no-one has to do any work. Alternatively, if you’re planning a small-scale party, get everyone with a portable BBQ at home to bring theirs in and set them up for the event. It’s a fun, informal way of getting everyone together. As it’s relatively cheap to put on, why not spend the budget on entertainment, like a live band or a magician.
If you want to push the boat out but still want to keep things informal, create your own fun day. Hire lots of different street food stalls, so people can pick and choose what they want to eat, as well as traditional funfair stalls like a coconut shy, games and maybe also some funfair rides. All the fun of an old-fashioned fayre!
Offering a great excuse for everyone to dress up, cocktail parties are hugely popular at the moment, so hire some cocktail waiters who can turn mixing drinks into a form of entertainment in itself. And get the party going by hiring me to do some close-up magic as everyone arrives – it’s a great way of breaking the ice between different groups.
A cruise boat on the river is a fantastic venue for a summer party. You can hire the entire boat and cruise as you celebrate. Party boats all have indoor lounges as well as open-air decks, so it’s less dependent on the weather than you’d think. And my magic would really make a splash!
A summer ball is an excellent way to thank your staff and clients. It’s formal enough to make them feel appreciated, but also informal enough for them to let their hair down and really enjoy themselves. After a drinks reception followed by a formal sit-down dinner, the party can really get started with music and maybe even fireworks if your budget will stretch that far.
If you would like some corporate event ideas to remember, find out more about how Chris can enhance your summer party and get in touch! With Summer well underway it might also be worth planning ahead for the upcoming months.