Planning a corporate event that employees will find both engaging and fun requires the perfect combination of attention to detail and a dash of creativity. It’s not enough to book expert speakers and host informational panels—although that is a good start.
It’s also important to think outside of the box and plan on having a number of fun activities on the agenda that aren’t necessarily centered around work. By incorporating entertainment ideas into a corporate event, you’ll not only give employees the chance to relax and celebrate their achievements, but you’ll also stealthily provide them with the perfect opportunity to engage in important tasks such as team-building, leadership, and morale-boosting activities.
If you’re looking for creative ways to spice up your company’s next event, here are nine corporate entertainment ideas that attendees are sure to love.
Treat your company to a sumptuous afternoon of wine tasting. During this fun group outing, employees can sip and sample different varieties of reds and whites, learn all about famous wine regions of the world, and find out why each specific blend of wine is unique.
Aside from wine tasting, you can also arrange a wine and food pairing class, where everyone can learn which flavors go best with specific varieties of wine. Finish off this leisurely activity with delicious cheese and charcuterie plates—the perfect way to wrap up the day’s event.
Plan a fun night out at a casino, where staff can try their luck and engage in a little friendly competition at the poker or blackjack table and root for their fellow co-workers as they roll the dice at craps or place a bet at the roulette table.
You could also arrange a fun play competition, where instead of betting money, the top three players with the most chips at the end of the night win a special prize. Even better, pledge to donate the equivalent of the top player’s cash earrings to a special charity of the company’s choice.
What’s more relaxing than a leisurely art class? This creative entertainment idea for a corporate event allows employees to unwind, unplug from the hustle and bustle of their jobs, and engage in a soothing arts and crafts class. Arrange for a painting instructor to teach them the basics of watercolor or oil painting. See what kind of masterpieces arise from a scrapbooking or pottery lesson.
If you want to go the extra mile, sign everyone up for a hot glass blowing glass, where they can make their own colorful vase or starfish. This is one keepsake they are sure to treasure forever.
Arrange a friendly sports game during your next corporate event. A basketball tournament is a great option for company outings as it allows for multiple teams. Split departments into separate teams or mix and match. Watch the action unfold on the court and see how this sport brings together coworkers in a variety of ways.
Each team can play for a special prize or donation to a charity group of their choice.
Take the company to a night out at the theater, where everyone can enjoy an exciting music or dance performance. This entertaining outing is a fantastic way to get everyone outside of the office and immersed in a cultural gathering.
Not only will everyone love listening to beautiful music or watching a thrilling dance or play performance, but a night at the theater is also a great opportunity to promote team building and a sense of community within your company’s workforce.
Everyone loves to sing along to their favorite songs—so what better way to make your next corporate event a memorable one than by planning an unforgettable night of karaoke? Ask the staff to brainstorm songs they’d like to belt out before the event so you can make sure the tunes are available at the karaoke place.
Host an open competition or divide the employees into teams. Whoever gets the crowd going the most can be declared the winner of the event. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with letting the crowd belt out song after song just for fun, too.
If your employees would rather the spotlight be on someone else, you can also arrange a company outing where everyone can listen to live music on a stage instead. Ask the company’s employees to share what kind of music they would prefer to listen to—classical, pop, rock, reggae—in an informal survey. Then, look for concerts or live bands that play songs in the music genre that got the most votes.
A company event centered around a concert or live music will provide an excellent opportunity for co-workers to bond and get to know each other better than they would inside of the office.
There’s a reason why food and cuisine are universally loved. Food is not only a delight, but it also brings people together. One of the best entertainment ideas for corporate events is to schedule a culinary activity that will not only be a treat for employees but another wonderful opportunity to boost morale and enthusiasm within the company’s workforce.
Plan a group cooking class led by an experienced chef, where staff can learn about different cooking techniques, knife skills, and new and interesting ingredients. You can also focus on the food of a particular region and offer employees the chance to sign up for a sushi rolling class or a lesson on how to make pasta from scratch.
Another fun idea is to arrange a mixology class, where an experienced mixologist shows the staff how to make craft cocktails and drinks. If you want to keep things simple, treat your company’s workforce to dinner at a delicious restaurant, where they’ll not only enjoy the meal but also the conversations and interactions they’ll have with their fellow employees.
If your next corporate retreat or event takes place in another city, make the business trip an unforgettable one by taking the staff out on a city-wide tour. Arrange for a guide to ferry them around the city, making sure they stop at popular landmarks, shopping destinations, and local restaurants and cafes along the way. Throughout the excursion, they’ll learn all about the culture and history of the event’s destination, as well as enjoy the much-needed time off from the office.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate these entertainment ideas for corporate events is to host it aboard a Celebrity cruise. Our award-winning cruise ships have everything you would ever need for an entertaining corporate event, including a cutting-edge theater, world-class cuisine, and fun activities.
From start to finish, our team of expert planners will help you organize every detail of your company’s event. Arrange for the staff to stay in a wide variety of accommodations, from oceanview staterooms to breathtaking suites. If you’re hoping to take your corporate event to the next level, you can also book employees a stay at The Retreat, our luxury vacation experience, where employees will sleep in stunning suites and enjoy exclusive access to a private sun deck, restaurant, and lounge.
During the trip, your staff will savor fine dining in our main and specialty restaurants, including Japanese specialties at Sushi on Five and rustic Italian staples at the trattoria-inspired Tuscan Grille. Aside from our five-star cuisine, we also offer wine tastings, culinary classes, and mixology events on board, all of which make for fun team building activities.
Aside from spectacular cuisine, your employees will be delighted with the unlimited entertainment options on board. At the onboard theater, watch show-stopping performances featuring popular songs, thrilling dances, and gravity-defying acrobatics.
A number of venues throughout the ship also host live music performances, both indoors and out. Listen to talented performers play jazz, reggae, pop, and other crowd-friendly music genres during your company’s time at sea.
When the staff isn’t busy attending events and activities, they can relax at the outdoor pool, indoor solarium, and gorgeous spa. We also have a state-of-the-art gym with soothing views of the ocean and a stunning rooftop deck, which is the perfect spot to host a meditation or wellness activity on board.
Book your next corporate retreat with Celebrity and let us handle all of the planning for you. Learn more about our corporate event venues on our website. Our ships are the perfect destination for luxury corporate retreats, conferences, product launches, trade shows, and fundraisers.
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