December 27, 2017
10 Corporate Dinner Themes to Make Your Employees Excited for the Next One
Ensure your company has a stellar night out with these ten wonderfully entertaining themes.
There’s a lot to be said about an entertaining gala. It brightens employee’s perspective of their work life. Themes can be anything on the spectrum from ostentatious, classy, fun or even all-out ludicrous. In some cases, we invite you to quite literally have a ball! So without further ado here is a list of annual dinner themes ideas that will ensure that a memorable experience is had by all.
1) James Bond
There is something very luxurious about the 007 experience. Opt either for a string quartet or playlist of Bond’s smoothest hits in order to get the right ambience. A red carpet as well as cardboard figurines of all the Bond actors are essential so fun selfies can be taken.
A James Bond quiz round might be a step too far and end up being dull. Steer closer to the more inventive activities, even laser shooting is a great option to create a fun, high energy party. Casino games will add a sense of class to the occasion. The guests have a lot to contribute to this evening as most of the glamour is created through the smart suits and ball gowns, so a black tie request is a must!
2) Arabian Nights
Rich, ruby reds and silky Moroccan music is the basis for this evening. Low hanging lights and even lower seats around a candle lite feast of spices, tagines, flatbreads, and hummus.
This authentic Moroccan experience can be made more magical by a suspended flying carpet and a magic lamp. Belly dancers and snake charmers can be surprisingly easy to find and hire online. For even more fun have belly dancing or hand drumming classes.
3) The White House
Given the current residents of Kuala Lumpur’s most famed building this is a fun night out. From the famous Lincoln to Trump and all those in between there is sure to be a very diverse range of costumes. Plaster Malaysian flags and set up a presidential office entrance. Hire a politic impersonator to greet guests throughout the dinner. For even more entertainment have a vote on who within the company would make the best candidate for next in office! There is a lot of room for creativity in this theme as it’s fresh and current.
Take your guests deep into the Amazon rainforest to an exciting, hair-raising evening. Hiring an obstacle course with a vine-like rope to swing from upon completion can often elicit Tarzan-like roars from workers. Although not the most common there is always positive feedback for this jungle experience. Given the obstacle course, dress is more often casual which can fit well with a modern company ethos. Drape vine leaves along the walls and combine with green, low lighting to make the venue feel like a canopy. Tribal percussion music creates an exotic tone for the night.
5) Happily Ever After
This one is very successful if done right. This means to stay away from cliches and fairytale stereotypes. So here’s a refreshing grown-up take on the children’s classics. A royal invitation will really set the tone off for this extravaganza. It’s then a matter of coaxing workers to change out of their office attire and instead opt for more creative outfits. Jesters, kings, princesses: a lot of fun can be had with this theme.
As for the decor, a castle backdrop with a lot of trailing gauze along the walls and banquet style dining set up is desirable. Getting a bard to recite a few poems or a harp player would make the evening truly enchanting. To make it even more charming hire fairies to flit about and deliver gifts to people who win prizes.
6) Finding Nemo
If there’s one thing you can’t leave out at this particular party it’s an adult sand pit. The relaxing soundtrack of the movie written by John Newman will create a lovely atmosphere. Adding a projector emitting the rolling waves collapsing along a white beach leaves a lasting impression on guests.
Tie blue sashes to the chairs and fill fish bowls with sand and shells as centrepieces. Place funny quotes from the movie in the napkins. Blue balloons and surfboards will make people feel as though they are down under! Limbo dancing and hula hooping are great games to set up around the venue. The relaxed vibe of this evening may be exactly what the company needs to unwind and destress.
7) The Gatsby
This is all about British high brow culture. A ballroom is the ideal setting for this gathering and it really does revolve around the dancing. A string quartet serenading guests as they float between nibbling, talking and dancing the night away. It’s not often people get this kind of experience. Avoid balloons and disco balls to keep this from turning into a tacky teenage disco. Instead opt for flowers, candles and draping chiffon along the walls.
This is the winter wonderland treat that employees deserve! From artificial icicles, frosted glass and even a snow machine there is no limit to the extent you can go with this theme. Winter charades can be a fun game or Name that Christmas Song. A little soft jazz wouldn’t go wrong in creating a cozy atmosphere either. Maybe go easy on the “Let it Go” theme tune or you might have guests leaving a little early!
9) Ancient Rome
This is one that pulls out all the stops. There is something incredibly impressive about a group of people dressed as golden gladiators or gods and goddesses in their togas and sandals. The ancient Romans were renowned for their love of partying and socializing so it makes for an ideal theme. Backdrops of the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa help create the Italian experience and be sure to place large pillars with platters of grapes for guests. It’s the finishing touches here that will really tie everything together.
10) A Night in Japan
This theme is used to embrace all aspects of Japanese culture. Hire a sushi chef to show off his ridiculous knife skills. Invite guests to dress in oriental attire such as kimonos. Give diners the option to use chopsticks. Teach guests to learn the ceremonial art of tea drinking. For the more adventurous invite people to learn a bit of judo with a judo master in a “dojo” set up within the venue. Not only is this party fun and entertaining but it also teaches people of different cultural traditions.
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