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It’s not always work, work, work when it comes to running a company. Sometimes, there’s space for having some fun, such as when you have an opportunity to host a company event. These present you with an opportunity to showcase your business to new people, celebrate your success, and get your team excited for a fun evening. But an awesome event won’t just happen, and there are plenty of ways they can go wrong – below, we take a look at five tips that’ll put you on the right path.

Get the Basics Down

Before you do anything, you’ll have to think about the basics of the event. This involves figuring out where and when the party will be, what your budget is, and why you’re having it. Your party shouldn’t just exist on the evening: there should be longer-term benefits to hosting the event. For example, it could be getting your company in front of more people, attracting investors, or rewarding employees. Once you know what you’re trying to achieve, you’ll be able to narrow down the decisions about what it’s going to look like.

Get the Team Involved

There are two reasons why you’ll want to mobilize your team. First, it’s reasonably difficult to plan everything all by yourself, especially when you’ve got all your other duties to take care of, too. Second, this is an activity that your employees will enjoy working on! Everyone brings out their creative best when it comes to hosting a celebration. Just be sure not to make it an obligation – you can give the reins to the people who really want to work on the event. Also make sure that you’re not expecting people to work on the event outside of working hours. Give them time during the day.

Party Essentials

There are some things that you’ll positively need in order to make a party a success. You’ll need to have a venue that looks like a party room, for starters, as well as drinks and refreshments. All of these are easy enough to do, but what form it takes will depend on where you’re having the party – people will have lower expectations, for instance, if you’re having the party at your work premises.

Adding the Fun

Events have to be fun! So this is an area where you can push the boat out. For starters, get a DJ – it can be a member of staff if they’ve got some experience. People might not end up making a makeshift dance floor, but they’ll appreciate the possibility that it could happen. You can also take a look at a corporate photo booth hire, so that people are able to show off their fun side in front of their camera. These photos can also be used in promotional materials for your business if you have their permission.

After the Event

After a fun evening, make sure you’re following up with any connections you made. The real work begins once everything has been cleared away, as you ensure the event was good for business.

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