How to Plan a Successful Corporate Event in Few Easy Steps

How to Plan a Successful Corporate Event in Few Easy Steps

Corporate events are a great way your business or the company you work for to showcase its products and services, as well as its accomplishments, boost the team spirit of employees and foster the relationship with current and prospective clients. One-on-one face time with colleagues, executives, and clients can do wonders for employee morale and creativity, get everyone on the same page, foster workplace inclusivity and improve productivity on the job. Corporate events take all shapes and sizes. The whole company may come together for some fun time and socialisation, a weekend of training and team building, or education on sales and business techniques. Depending on the purpose and activities, options range from a casual party to a posh corporate gala. Planning a corporate event can be a daunting task, but following a few distinct steps will help you get through the whole process with minimal stress. Here are some event planning tips and tricks to help you pull a successful corporate event. 1. Planning and Research The initial phase of event planning requires a lot of research. This is the time you’ll need to make a lot of decisions, so it might be a good idea if you plan the event as a team or gather ideas from your coworkers. Start with the type of event you want to organise and who makes it on the guest list (clients, employees, investors, etc.) and decide on the event goal. Determining whether your event aims at increasing sales, building relationships or promoting corporate culture will make choosing the right time and venue much easier. After you’ve set your budget (or...
Event Planning Challenge: Simple Tips to Plan the Perfect Winter Event

Event Planning Challenge: Simple Tips to Plan the Perfect Winter Event

Winter can be a great season to host a cosy and elegant winter blues party, a chic engagement party or a romantic wedding. But in most cases, event planning in winter can be a gamble. You’ve got weather, the length of daylight hours, and other event planning challenges that you wouldn’t consider the rest of the year. Aussie winter varies across the country, but it’s generally mild (compared to countries in the northern hemisphere) which allows you to throw a lovely winter event. As long as you plan accordingly and use the season’s challenges to enhance the experience you can pull off a memorable and enjoyable winter event. When planning an event, your first concern should be your guests’ comfort (and yours, of course!). The chilly winter weather makes it necessary to get the heating right if you want to keep your guests until the end of the event and get positive feedback. Winter party planning opens many creative possibilities to deal with lower temperatures. Aesthetic heaters that will add to the décor and ambient of your event, or a charming fireplace are going to do the job wonderfully and delight your guests. Heat the room or area before the guests arrive and welcome them to an inviting room. There are so many ways to dress up the area you’ll be hosting a winter event. Look at nature for inspiration and go for a glittered, delicate looking décor. Use details such as glass, mirror, dried flowers, faux fur and candles to let your guests read in the décor and see what makes winter special. Early winter dusk and dark...
Event Planning Checklist for Beginners: How to Plan Your First Event

Event Planning Checklist for Beginners: How to Plan Your First Event

Each event is a unique experience. However, big or small, planning an event requires a lot of focus, management skills (time, resources, etc.) and, of course, enthusiasm. Event management involves tackling all aspects of making an event a success and even though it requires some hard work, it doesn’t have to feel like a challenge.  This event planning checklist will make even a first-comer do it without breaking a (lot of) sweat. Event coordinating tips are never enough, but here are a few that will make things simpler and easier. Keep this event checklist in mind when preparing for your event, print it out, carry it around and use it to keep your ducks in a row. So, here’s what you need to put on your event planning checklist: 1. Set Your Objectives The first step is to create an outline for your event. You need to know why you’re planning this event and what the end goal is. This is very important because it will help you keep on track. A rough guest list should give you an idea of the number of guests or attendees that you need to invite and having a preliminary agenda now will help you decide on the venue later. 2. Establish a Budget Instead if guesstimating, plan your budget. This might be difficult at first, so start with a rough estimate and later, as you go through the event checklist and start getting quotes from vendors you can adjust your numbers. Make it as specific as possible, include all anticipated expenses you can think of, and research as much as you can...
30 Minute Meal – Pear and Berry Crumble

30 Minute Meal – Pear and Berry Crumble

When we were doing our cooking classes last year, we did a few 30 minute specials and this delicious Pear and Berry Crumble is one of them. We’re all for healthy eating but sometimes… it’s ok to have a little splurge Ingredients: 4 pears, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices 130g (3/4 cup) frozen blueberries (or your choice of berry) 50g moist shredded coconut 35g rolled oats 35g wholemeal flour 20g caster sugar 35g margarine or butter 1 tbs finely grated orange rind (you can squeeze the orange juice into the berry mix 50g raw sugar vanilla custard or vanilla ice cream to serve Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Mix pear, berries, caster sugar and orange juice in a large bowl. To make crumble, place flour, oats into another large bowl. Use your fingertips and rub the butter into the flour until the mix resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, the moist coconut and orange rind. Stir until well combined. Spoon the pear mixture into a 2.5L capacity oven-proof dish. Sprinkle the crumble mix over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until crumble is golden and the pear is tender. Dish it up and serve with custard or ice cream. Enjoy!    ...