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Local Venues for the Summer

As temperatures rise, make sure you consider summer-friendly venues for the new season. Fun Planners, an Orlando event planning company, has a list of venues we recommend for summertime events.

Central Florida Fairgrounds
The Central Florida Fairgrounds and Exposition Park is the go-to space for concerts and carnivals. The amphitheater is perfect for bands to perform in front of large crowds at a music festival, while the grassy field is large enough to accommodate an entire fair equipped with Ferris wheels and other amusement park rides. The main building is convenient if you need a break from the summertime temperatures to bask in air conditioning.

Aero
Located in the heart of downtown, this glitzy rooftop club includes a dancefloor, private cabanas, and quality bottle service. The lounge terrace gives you a view of downtown Orlando in a South Beach-style atmosphere, where the DJ spins dance hits under the starry skies. Think summertime attire and neon lights for the ultimate dance party or rave.

Orchid Garden
For formal, upscale events, the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station is your place. From its wrought-iron rafters and sweeping staircases to overhead balconies and outdoor courtyard, this banquet ballroom is for the grandest and sophisticated celebrations. The venue is a recreation of a Victorian palace, with its elegant and romantic architecture, chandeliers, and furniture (including Chiavari chairs).

Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Located on New England Avenue in Winter Park, this old train depot has been restored into a historical landmark. With its original brick walls and sliding wood doors, this antique building gives farmhouse feels that are great for weddings or other celebratory events. This 2,800-square-foot facility seats 180 guests and is air-conditioned for those hot summer days. It’s equipped with commercial refrigeration and an ice machine. Your rental would include tables and chairs. All you need is your guests and food, then you’re good to go!

East End Market
Located in the Audubon Park Garden District, East End Market is an indoor marketplace that supports small and local businesses, with an emphasis on the culinary. It houses food and retail businesses, such as a full alcoholic bar, a farm-to-table chef-service cuisine, a craft coffee roaster, inspired floral shop. Get comfy in their courtyard while sitting under string lights and among a collection of cacti. The venue is perfect for indie events markets that can showcase local food trucks, vendors, artists, authors, musicians, and more.

When you use these tips to increase registration, Orlando event planning can be simple. Contact us online today to find out how we can help.

The AV Glossary

The jargon and fine details of the AV industry can be overwhelming, especially as you’re planning your next event and realize — you don’t know what anything means! Don’t struggle through your AV quote without grabbing this handy cheat sheet!

The Gear
Rigging Points: These are specific spots in the ceiling where things can be safely hung.

Rig Plot: This diagram shows where the rigging points are located. Ask your venue for this if it was not provided!

Truss: This is the framework of the structure. Motors are connected to the rigging points and the truss, as are the lighting, projectors, and speakers.

Motors: Attached to the rigging point and truss, the motor allows the truss to be brought down so you can attach any equipment.

The Microphones
Handheld: These are great for speeches, Q&A sessions, or presentations. Opt for a handheld mic when your entertainment is stationary and won’t get tangled in a cord!

Wireless: Wireless mics are popular with public speakers, interviewers, and stage performances. You’ll also see these referred to as lav mics, lavalier, or lapel mics.

DPA — Headset: Choose these when you prioritize superior voice reproduction, comfort, and easy setup over concealment.

Combo Kit: Your AV company might allow you to utilize both handheld and wireless mics!

The Lighting
Gobo: A pattern you can insert into a light to project that pattern through the light. These can be used to add texture effects on walls and scenery, or projected through haze as an aerial effect.

Spot Fixtures: These hard-edged lighting fixtures are versatile and flexible. They can project color, spinning lights, or gobos, and are great for spotlighting people or objects while leaving the rest of the stage in darkness.

LED: LEDs are significantly more energy efficient than other bulbs. They can transform a space by color washing walls or decorative elements with multi-colored light, and since they don’t require any warm-up time, they can be quickly turned on and off for different effects.

Beam: While these moving lights may look like lasers, they are actually just very tight beams of light! You often see this kind of light at big concerts.

The Projectors
Rear Projection: While this is a great option because there are no rigging costs — since the projector is on the ground — you need to make sure you’ll have enough space for the equipment and projectors behind the screen.

Front Projection: Placed in front of the audience, these take up floor space unless you choose to have it rigged (although it will cost you to do so). Consider if any people or objects will obstruct the projector at any time.

It’s vital that you sit down with your AV company and ask them to walk you through the contract, explaining each piece and answering all your questions. For more information on Orlando event management, give us a call at 407-955-4949.

Pick the Best Tech For Your Event

Figuring out what technology to use for your event can be tricky. You have to consider your event and organization goals, your demographic, and your budget. No matter what your needs are, we can help find a solution to your make your event a success!

Monkey See, Monkey Do
If you’re thinking to yourself, “My competitor is using this technology, so we should too,” or “I read somewhere that VR is the next big thing, we should try it,”  then don’t do it. It’s more important that you implement the right technology for your event rather than just doing it because someone else is.

Know Your Goal
Before deciding on what technology to use, it’s important to know how exactly you’ll use it. There should be something about it that grabs your attention; it should be an asset to your event. How does the technology connect with your goals? How can it benefit the needs of your customers and the organization? Look for technology that offers a competitive price and consider how it relates to your end goal.

Types of Tech to Implement

  1. Smart wearables
  2. Facial recognition software
  3. Live streaming
  4. RFID technology
  5. Event app
  6. Collaborate app
  7. Audience response app
  8. Social media campaigns
  9. Virtual/augmented reality
  10. Artificial intelligence

Understand Your Audience
It’s important to understand your audience. Although we live in a world of technology, not everyone has the same technical abilities! If your audience includes people of all professions and backgrounds, consider how this can influence the technology’s effectiveness. Take the time to get to know your audience. Take into account things like their age, profession, and even gender, and examine potential social media platforms, opportunities in virtual reality, and phone apps based on these demographics.

Understand Your Event
Consider how technology can be accessible to your target audience and employees. Use different social media platforms to generate publicity and to encourage more people to register. Create social campaigns through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and post videos from previous events to improve brand awareness. Establish partnerships with other companies to help increase revenue and your return on investment.

Stick to a Budget
If you want something to be successful, investment is crucial to your success. Before planning your event, it’s important to have a set budget that prioritizes your goal.

The Four Questions
As you’re considering technology, ask yourself: Does this technology add value to my event? Does it make things simpler? Does it solve problems? Do the pros outweigh the cons? If you answer yes to these questions, you should likely move forward.

If you’re struggling to find technology that meets your needs, reach out to the Orlando event planning experts at Fun Planners. We can guide you to the best choice! For more information on how we can make your next event great, call us at 407-955-4949.

 

The Power of To-Do Lists

To-do lists are imperative for any Orlando event planning agent. A list of things that need to be done in advance can be the difference between having an event take the world by storm or end in disaster. To learn more about what should be on your event planning to-do list, keep reading.

4-6 Months Before Event

It’s important that four to six months before your event, you have the event goals, objectives, date, and venue established. If you don’t have the finish venue yet, keep a running list of backup plans so you don’t end up with an event and no venue. It’s important that you have an idea of how many event managers, committees, and volunteers you will need to set off the event. This will help you develop the brand of your event, the publicity you want to surround the event, and more.

2 Months Before Event

The two-month mark before your event, you should be sending reminders to your guests. Along with reminders, you will want to make sure you are briefing any of your hosts, greeters, or volunteers; you can do this by planning run-throughs so your team will know exactly what time, plans, and events are in place throughout the night. This is the time you will start planning for photo, interview, and video opportunities as well. You will want to discuss and plan how you want your event to be shared and executed over social media.

Event Day

The day of the event, you want to make sure all of your ducks in a row so everything goes swimmingly. Check in with each committee, each volunteer, host, or speaker to make sure they are prepared. You can provide them with print outs of their speeches, their job duties, and a timesheet for better record keeping and to keep everyone on track at all times throughout the event.

If you need help planning the equipment, this could include inflatables, activities, carnival rides or more, Fun Planners is an Orlando event planning agent’s best friend. To learn more about how we can help take your event to the next level, contact us today at 407-955-4949.

How to Make Your Event More Interactive

When it comes to Florida corporate events, Fun Planners has all the answers. From our stock of interactive games to custom branding, and tips on marketing your event, we’ve got it all. Check out these cool and unique ways to help make your corporate event and attendees more lively.

Consider Your Audience

Is your audience younger? Are they older? Is this for an intimate celebration or a bigger networking event? Is team-bonding one of the main goals of your event? These are all questions that event planners have to ask. These answers will give you a better idea of what props, what games, and what type of atmosphere you want to create.

Encourage Memories

No matter what individual goals are present for an organization’s event, they almost always have at least one common goal: to be memorable. One simple way to encourage your guests to make memories is with a photobooth. As one of our most popular rentals at Fun Planners, photo booths are a great way to get attendees to participate. As an added bonus, you can encourage them to share their memories and their photobooth pictures on social media using a common hashtag. This will not only make your event more interactive, but it doubles as a great marketing tool!

Throw a Raffle

Guests of all ages agree that one important way to garner interactivity at your corporate events is with a good, old-fashioned raffle. Many people believe that raffles and giveaway need to be huge, but that’s not always the case. In fact, raffles don’t always have to be a huge part of your budget. Gift cards, branded merch, or small things you can buy wholesale often work just as well.

When it comes to planning any Florida corporate event, it’s important to keep in mind that events should be fun and unique. Some small ways that you can create a positive atmosphere at any event is often by making it interactive. From team-building icebreakers to photobooths, and traditional carnival games, Fun Planners can help any organization put on the event of the year. If you need help, feel free to call us today at 407-955-4949.

Food Trends For Your Next Event

One easy way to spice up your fall events is with food. Paying close attention to food trends is the best way to integrate a fun twist for your attendees. As your Orlando event management experts, Fun Planners is your one-stop shop for creating and hosting the best corporate, networking, birthday, or team-building event in the Central Florida area. Here are some tips on how to make food trends a staple in your upcoming events.

Raw Vegetables

So long are the days of finger foods like french fries and chicken nuggets. Nowadays, conscientious-eating is a part of any household. Event attendees are paying close attention to what they’re eating and most of the time, they’d choose something fresh over something fried. To ensure that your event has food for everyone, opt for an equal balance of health-related foods and traditional snacks.

Restaurant-Worthy Foods

Along with health-conscious foods becoming popular among event goers, is the need for other quality meals. Attendees are looking for out-of-the-box delicious foods that make them feel like they’re at a top-notch restaurant. Opt for foods that are made locally while keeping an eye on farm-to-table restaurants that are looking to sponsor or market for varying events.

Moving Meals

A fun, interactive way to incorporate new food trends is to make it more interactive. Attendees often like to see how their meals are made. Try integrating cooking demonstrations or even “fresh food here” signs to let people know that what they’re eating was made fresh with quality in mind.

As your source for Orlando event management, Fun Planners is dedicated to giving you the best advice to creating and hosting interactive and unique events. If you’re wondering how we can help you set up and market your networking, team-building, or corporate events, contact us today at 407-955-4949 or read our blog for more information!

The Importance of Hiring the Right Event Staff

One of the biggest challenges that Orlando event planning experts face these days in hiring the right staff who are qualified and driven. Here are our some of our best techniques for finding like-minded, proactive, and successful planners for your company.

Pay Special Attention to Requirements

One way to ensure you’re attracting the correct applicants is by triple checking your job requirements and duties. A quick rule of thumb, if you’re not spending time to craft your perfect job descriptions, your applicants won’t either! Take time to lay down day-to-day duties and what your company culture is like. This will encourage applicants to be detailed and exact when sending a cover letter or resume!

Ask Applicants Specific Questions

The more mundane questions you ask in an interview, the less you’ll really get to know your potential employees. Be sure to ask them specific questions about their experiences so you know what to expect. You can even throw in questions about how they would handle potential situations, that way you can get an idea how prepared and proactive they can be.

Guide Potential Employees

Not only are employees looking for mentors and growth, they are also looking for responsibility. It’s important for employers to start slow, create incentives and rewards to encourage responsible actions and make sure you give positive feedback. However, if employees aren’t handling their job tasks efficiently, don’t be afraid to tell them! Often, if employees are doing something wrong or incorrectly, they want to learn and understand what their employers are looking for.

We understand that hiring the right Orlando event planning professionals for your company can be difficult. That’s why we’re here to help with event planning needs! If you want more tips or tricks, feel free to contact us anytime at 407-955-4949.

3 Ways to Make Party Planning Easy as Pie

When creating something, it’s best to follow a recipe! Orlando event planning can be done the same way. To help you plan the best possible event, we’ve laid out a party recipe that’s as easy as pie!

The Crust

First, you’ll want to roll out an outline of what you want your party to look like. Budgeting, though tedious, is essential in hitting the goals you need to hit for your event. Allocate funds to each category in your party plan. Shape your event by prioritizing things you need versus things you want to have. If you max out without planning out each aspect, adjust your plan so that you can afford all necessities. Maybe you need a few more dollars for catering because you forgot to include drinks in your plan? Pinch a little from each other category until you have the perfect budget. This framework will be the structure your party needs!

The Filling

Using your budget, make a list of everything you need to acquire before the day of the party. By getting all your ingredients together ahead of time, there will be less room for something to go wrong. A great way to eliminate confusion and chaos is by selecting a theme. A theme will keep everything unified and look great. In addition to that, themed party supplies are usually sold together or near each other, making your job easier. Be sure to plan out music, catering, entertainment, schedule, and favors! Filling your event with the perfect decorations, supplies, and attendees are essential for success.

The Topping

Whipped cream, streusel crumbles, and powdered sugar—yum! The final touches of your party pie are essential. Setup for your party should be finished at least two hours before showtime, to make sure nothing is missing and nothing goes wrong! This will allow ample time for you to look at everything put together and assess last minute touches. And of course, take the perfect photo before everyone digs in!

When aiming to plan the perfect party, your structure, decorations, supplies and finishing touches are all important pieces. If you properly execute these three categories, your Orlando event planning will truly be as easy as pie!

How to Plan the Perfect Outdoor Party This Fall

Ahh… the breeze is picking up, the nights are chilly, and it’s the perfect time to plan a party. While the Florida fall weather can be a bit unpredictable, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an outdoor party! Check out these great Orlando event planning tips to make your fall wonderland come to life.

Situate Your Seating

Will your event be in your backyard? At a park? After deciding on a location, the first step is to gather seating for all of your guests. You’ll want to make sure guests can choose where to congregate and not worry about awkwardly standing around.

Cushioned seats around a fire or in clusters in a yard work very well for providing comfort. It’s best to have a focal point, such as a fire pit or table where groups can set plates or cups and even kick their feet up to relax. If during the day, umbrellas are a great addition to outdoor table seating, to keep Florida’s heat from beating down on your guests before dusk.

Assemble the Activities

A fall party is all about the theme. In addition to festive food and snacks, it’s important to assemble the perfect fall activities to entertain your guests and ensure they have a great time. A fire pit can double as entertainment, a dessert station, and seating! Guests will be able to relax next to the fire, keep warm if it’s chilly, and roast some marshmallows for the perfect s’more treat.

Yard games like cornhole, ladder toss, bocce ball, or even a potato sack relay are great for events with younger attendees (and even grown-ups!). For a fun twist on documenting your event, try a fall-inspired photo booth, complete with accessories and costume pieces, a cute backdrop and a tripod!

If planning a bigger event, there are tons of items you can rent to take your event to the next level! From inflatable movie screens and dunk tanks to cotton candy makers and popcorn machines, there’s anything you can imagine! Guests will love these added touches.

Set the Mood

Fall is a time to feel warm, cozy and relaxed. For your event, you want to make sure the lighting and music set the perfect mood to allow your guests to get into the fall mood! Find an acoustic, unplugged playlist to play throughout the background of your evening. If you have extra time, you can even create your own and throw in some guest favorites. Grab some cute lantern or Christmas lights and string them through trees, around seating areas and even on the floor to really set the ambiance. Larger lanterns, tea light candles, and even tiki torches are other great ways to light up your outdoor space.

Throwing a fall party doesn’t have to put your Orlando event planning skills to the test. With the perfect mood, great entertainment, and ample seating, your guests will feel relaxed cozy, and ready to kick back and enjoy the season with you.

 

4 Tips for Your Fall Corporate Events

Wondering how the end of 2017 got here so fast? November is in full swing and it’s finally beginning to cool off. If your fall event has snuck up on you, don’t worry! Here are 4 tips for planning the perfect Florida corporate event.

 

Spice Up the Menu

Odds are, your guests have been to a few company events in their time. They know the usual event menu, so it’s time to spice things up. Pumpkin spice, that is! Foods like pie, pumpkin dishes, apple cider, sweet potato casserole, honey ham, etc. can breathe comfort into your guests and maybe even ease awkward office tension. Seasonal catering is a great way to set your event apart.


A Comfortable, Balanced Venue
Florida weather is virtually unpredictable. To combat rain, heat, or an unexpected cold front, try a venue with indoor and outdoor seating options! You’ll get the safety of the indoors, but also allow your guests to venture outside to a porch or garden and enjoy the cooler weather. By renting a dual venue, you’ll also double your decorating options! With an outdoor area, you can include hay, a scarecrow, some lanterns, and less formal seating around a fire. These options are great for making your event feel festive and homey.


Plan Around Holiday Travel

The countdown to the holidays has begun! When choosing a date for your business event, it’s best to stray away from busy holiday travel times. By choosing a less busy weekend, not only will you increase your event attendance, but your vendor rates will most likely be cheaper. We recommend choosing one of the weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving, possibly on a weeknight, to ensure the best attendance for your fall event.

 

Toss the Stress

After a long day at the office, don’t spend extra hours sifting through caterers, entertainment, and endless event details. We know you’re busy as the holidays are approaching, so bring your essentials and fall ideas to an event planner and let them handle the rest! By hiring a professional, you’ll ensure that your event runs smoothly no matter what. Your boss will be impressed and your coworkers will rave about your event for weeks to come.

We know you need the perfect event for your team. Fun Planners is your one-stop shop for planning and hosting the best event at any time of the year. Contact us for a free quote today! With festive catering, a comfortable environment and our team at your aid, your Florida corporate event is sure to be a success.