Valentine’s Day Events

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. According to ABC, over half of the country celebrates, and it generated $18.2 billion in the United States last year. Love is definitely in the air, so what better opportunity to engineer an extraordinary event? Check out these Orlando event planning tips to organize an incredible Valentine’s Day night out.

Free Childcare

It might seem simple, but the best thing you can give a tired parent is a night off – especially if it’s free. Budget appropriately so parents can drop off their children in a safe environment with trustworthy caretakers at no additional cost.

Be Unique

While there’s nothing wrong with a nice dinner date, use your event to offer couples an exciting, atypical night out. Contact a local improv comedy club or group and see if they are willing to perform at your event. Design a memorable meal with cooking demonstrations, special cocktails, and beautifully themed desserts. You can even offer a night of ballroom dancing lessons, providing silly props like feather boas and hand fans, and partner with a local florist to offer corsages as a fun throwback to prom days. Keep the dance lessons lighthearted to keep your guests feeling comfortable and at ease.

If you live somewhere where Valentine’s Day brings nice weather, take advantage of it and host an outdoor drive-in movie. Set up an inflatable movie screen, arrange twinkle lights in the trees, and decorate with wooden accents. Sell tickets to enter, and prepare a ‘cozy kit’ for each car, complete with blankets and pillows to stay warm. Stock concessions with popcorn, cotton candy, and old-fashioned Coke bottles.

Picture Perfect

Enlist a local, professional photographer to come and not only take event photos, but to take photos of each couple. Email each couple the link to where the photographer will share the edited copies, as well as with the hashtag they can use if they wish to share the picture on social media.

Share the Love

Valentine’s Day is a great time to shower organizations with love. Make sure your attendees know that you are excited to be donating partial proceeds from ticket purchases, flower purchases, or food purchases to a worthy and credible organization.

Feeling inspired to create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day event? The Orlando event planning experts at Fun Planners are dedicated to helping you make it a night to remember. Contact us online or at 407-955-4949.

3 Ways to Make Your Event More Interactive

Creating the best event for your audience is sometimes a big feat. With varying people, personalities, and ages, events can sometimes be a daunting task. There are a few essential tips that help an event go from drab to fab although, and this means for all participants. The Orlando event planning experts at Fun Planners know exactly what every attendee wants and needs, here are a few tips to curating an event that’s worthwhile.

Encourage Creativity
Deciding what activities will be the most entertaining and interactive is the most important, and most fun part of the job. Begin by picturing what kind of event you want in your mind. Does your event include bouncy castles? Does it include karaoke? What is one way to make your attendees never want to leave? These questions will put you in a great position to curate the perfect event. Remember, it’s important to keep in mind that the key to every successful event, is a little bit of a creativity.

Focus on Memories
What’s going to be even better than being at the event, is remembering it for the years to come. Creating something worthwhile for your attendees is the biggest challenge when event planning. You want something that will stay in their mind. Sometimes, this includes the biggest and the showiest events. On the other hand, sometimes it can even include really beneficial team bonding with coworkers. The path you take is up to you in the end, and by keeping in mind your audience and the setting, you will be sure to create the best path for your future event!

Souvenirs
Although it’s important to make lasting memories, tangible souvenirs never hurt either. Think of what your audience will enjoy the most. Whether it’s a gift bag for everyone at the end full of candies, gift cards, and more or even a photobooth at your event for everyone to try out and print their pictures to keep forever. Choosing what lasting gifts your audience will receive mostly depends on the type of event you’re throwing.

Here at Fun Planners, we always reinforce the idea that knowing your audience is a critical step in creating the best and the biggest event. From creativity to memories, and souvenirs, our tips and tricks are sure to help your journey through Orlando event planning. If you want to learn more tips, feel free to read our blog. Are you planning an event this year? Contact us today for a free quote!

Keep Your Corporate Holiday Party Enjoyable for a Diverse Audience

After suffering an intense food coma, battling the masses on Black Friday, and spending little Johnny’s college savings on Cyber Monday, it’s time to plan one of the biggest celebrations your organization will host this year: the annual holiday party. The office holiday party is the time of year when you can celebrate as a team; however, it’s important to remember that workplaces are a diverse space, filled with a plethora of people from various cultural and social backgrounds.

When planning your next holiday-focused Florida corporate event, remember these tips to appeal to your diverse workplace:

  • Emphasize what is shared. The whole purpose of this event is to celebrate as a team. Don’t try to recognize every culture or religion because it will not work. If you happen to leave one person out, there’s a big chance they will feel alienated and offended.
  • Draft a touching welcome statement. Start by acknowledging your workforce’s diversity in a nonspecific way. According to Sondra Thiederman, PhD, and author of Making Diversity Work, “Say [something like], ‘Look at the diversity in this room. Not only are we celebrating the holiday season and the end of the year and a job well done, but the fact that we’re all together in this room.'”
  • Diversify your food options. Contrary to popular belief, vegetarian options are a great, safe choice for holiday parties. If you have the budget, always offer both non-vegetarian and vegetarian options.
  • Leave Santa at home. Most people make the mistake of assuming that a holiday party is a Christmas party. Keep the Florida corporate event neutral by using balloons, snowflakes, candles, or other season-specific decor instead of reverting to reindeer, elves, and obese men in red costumes. Avoid including a different symbol from every culture, too.
  • Avoid carols. Keep the music neutral by playing oldies instead of trying to appeal to every culture, gender, or religion. Big bands from the 40s are always a safe and classy option.

If you’re looking for advice or assistance when throwing the perfect holiday-inspired event, contact the Florida corporate eventexperts at Fun Planners. We have the expertise to keep your event neutral and fun for every employee. If you’re looking to add a little something extra to your event, view our rentals online.

Does your organization host an annual holiday party? What’s your favorite part of the event? Share your input with us and we’ll share it with our followers.

 

Event Trends for 2014

With each new year comes the promise of new goals and challenges. Another exciting part of the new year is the prediction of upcoming industry trends. Orlando’s event planning trends evolve with the seasons, and it’s not always easy to stay ahead of a competitive crowd. However, we can get some idea of what will be popular in the months to come by taking a look at new and exciting developments within event planning.  Here are a few emerging trends in technology and social media specifically targeted to the event industry for 2014.

  • Fast and easy check-ins – Technology that speeds up the on-site registration process are a hot commodity for the year 2014. Event guests no longer have to stand in line for an hour, wading through a list of names to announce their arrival. While a tablet based check-in tool is not a new technology, it is being utilized more frequently to facilitate event planning in Orlando and to enhance guests’ experiences.

  • Seating event guests based on social connections – Seating charts are no longer generated by chance. Apps are being used to make table seating a social experience. This is also not a new phenomenon, but event coordinators will increasingly use this in the upcoming year as a tool to ensure that their guests are happy with their seating arrangement. Not only will guests be seated with their friends and colleagues, but these apps allow coordinators to place guests based on their networking requirements.

  • Sharing slides on event attendees’ personal smartphones and tablet devices – This will help keep guests’ focus on the content in front of them and will enhance their educational experience.

  • The importance of collective media – We live in a visual world. The internet is becoming more visual, so collecting pictures and videos by attendees and event staff is paramount.

  • Social responsibility – Charitable contributions will become a vital component to the event concept, especially for those working with non-profit organizations.

  • More efficient event websites – One-page websites will be used to decrease bounce rates, stimulate conversation and provide viewers with a visual story of the event.

  • Real time event analysis – Heatmaps, preferences and check-in based analytics will make a serious impact in 2014. The availability of live data will dictate what will happen next, rather than a prearranged concept.

Orlando’s event planning industry is continuously adapting to ensure that every event is a booming success. Professional event planners know that they need to stay ahead of trends to succeed.  That’s why at Fun Planners we’re always evolving our strategies to ensure that each event is perfectly tailored to each of our clients’ needs. Whether you’re planning a corporate fundraiser, team building exercise or a special event we have everything you need to organize the perfect experience. For more information on our services visit: http://www.funplanners.com/

 

Building a Successful Team

Every business wants to have a close knit team that understands key goals and tasks while contributing to the overall success of the company. Team-oriented environments require the collaboration of members to help reach a goal, but sometimes a team may not have clear sense of how a successful team can impact an organization. Building a lasting team can prove difficult, but with consistency, effort and even Orlando team building events, your business can create a team that will be seamlessly ready to tackle any talks.

Understand your team as individuals. They will play a significant role in creating an efficient business and being able to know everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. Knowing what keeps them motivated and the way they solve problems helps maximize results.

Define your team members roles and responsibilities. After you begin to understand your team members’ strengths and weaknesses, you can figure out where they best fit in your company and where they will be most successful.

Acknowledge what your team is doing and get feedback to help solve any inconsistencies and to help improve work flow. People take appreciation very well, and helps improve their quality and willingness to work.

Fun Planners created team building events in Orlando to help your business become reach their full potential. Plan your Orlando team building event today and learn how to better connect with your co-workers. Call us today at 407-880-3521 for information about the services we offer!

5 Tips for Planning A Successful Corporate Event

Many managers, business owners, and department heads have gone through the stressful process of planning a successful corporate event.  They don’t know where to start, how to budget, or what activities to include. We understand the stress that goes along with Orlando event planning, and we have devised a list of five tips for planning a successful corporate event.

  • Don’t overdo it.  Event planners tend to get carried away when planning something for their employees.  If it’s your first event, make sure to keep it simple and keep your employees in mind.
  • Identify a theme.  Make sure to identify a theme or a vision for the event before you start planning.  Keep in mind the objective of the event.  Are you throwing an employee appreciation luncheon?  A holiday party?  An annual awards ceremony?  An employee luncheon will most likely be a casual affair.  A holiday party will need festive decorations and activities.  An annual awards ceremony might be more formal, and timing will be everything.  These are all widely different themes with different planning processes.
  • Layout a detailed budget.  When it comes to Orlando event planning, budget is of significant importance.  Make sure to come up with a budget range, and stay at the low end of your budget wherever possible.  Also, research vendors to make sure you are getting the best deal.  Keep a spreadsheet of all of your possible budget combinations to create the most efficient expenditures of your event.
  • Identify your target audience.  It’s important to know who you are throwing this event for, and what they expect out of the event, so you don’t fall short.  Put together a small committee of your employees to help get them involved with the planning process.  That way, you can help to get ideas from your target audience, and not plan the entire event on your own.
  • Schedule your event at a convenient time.  Make sure you are not scheduling your event around the time of a major holiday or a time where many of your employees are out-of-town and taking vacation.  The last thing you would want to do is plan an entire event and have a low turnout rate.

When it comes to Orlando event planning, it’s important to remember to use all of the resources that are available to you.  Fun Planners can help you plan a fun and unique corporate event with various themes, activities and rentals.  Visit our website to inquire about our services.

Why Your Employees Will Love Casino Night

Casino parties are a great way to get your corporate event kicked off on the right track. Casino games are not only a blast to play with friends, but they are fun for everyone and are easy to set up with Fun Planners. Hiring a corporate event planner Orlando Company can help you get you set up with professional tables and dealers that are geared up to play.

Corporate events allow your company to have fun and to familiarize yourself with others and provide a great opportunity to build a stronger more connected team. The best way to get everyone energized and having fun is to bring into play casino tables with games for everyone to participate. Hire an Orlando corporate event planning company that will be professional and courteous to your guests while also encouraging them to have a fun filled friendly night. Not only are casino games enjoyable for everyone, they are also a great way to network and engage with others that you may not normally interact with.

With an assortment of games to choose from, including Blackjack, and Texas Holdem Poker, you can impress your guests with a memorable atmosphere. Guests don’t need to be experienced to have fun; the dealers will explain everything for you. They are made to entertain you and your guests and make the night fun for everyone!

Fun Planners is dedicated to making your corporate event an experience to remember no matter what type of theme you choose. If you’re looking for an event planner in Orlando that specializes in uniquely themed corporate and team building events, call Fun Planners today at 407-880-3521 to learn more about what we offer!

Photo Graffiti Wall

The Photo Graffiti Wall excites guests and gives them the ability to express their own artistic creation on a larger than life canvas.  A picture of the guest or guests is taken then applied to an infinite variety of back grounds such as brick walls, beaches or any image supplied by the client. Customization including logos and tag lines can also be placed over the Virtual Graffiti Wall image.

An HD resolution projection system puts the image onto a large 6’ x 8’ screen and the Photo Graffiti Wall comes to life!! Guests use a realistic spray paint cans to color the photo image using multiple spray brushes, paint splatter, and virtual spray paint stencils. After the guests have finished creating their “artwork” they receive a printed copy onsite. It can also be emailed or uploaded to social media.


Primary features:

  • Digital spray paint cans allow users to try their hand at painting on a virtual brick wall, photograph, or other sort of event theme-related backdrop
  • HD resolution projection system that employs the latest short-throw technology allows for a 6×8 foot Digital Graffiti Wall to only need 6 feet of depth off a wall.
  • Multiple spray brushes, paint splatter, and virtual spray paint stencils are all available for the user.
  • The integrated photo printing system allows each creation to be quickly printed and given to the guest via a professional photo printing system.

Fun Planners is known as one of the premier Orlando event rental companies and Orlando event planning and is dedicated to providing exceptional special events, arcade rentals, company picnics, corporate meetings and parties, fundraisers, themed parties, casino nights and much more in Orlando and throughout Florida. We create turnkey, impressive environments through professional means; a stress free and full service production that produces exciting, entertaining events and ensures gleeful clients and fulfilled expectations.

NBA All-Star Weekend

Did you miss the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) All-Star Weekend in Orlando in 1992 and immediately regret it? Well, this year your chance to partake in this exciting event is back! The NBA All-Star Weekend has returned to Orlando and the majority of events will be occurring at the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando. With a variety of happenings throughout the Orlando area this weekend, Fun Planners will keep you up to date.

The first major event will occur tonight with the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game. Following this game will be the Rising Stars Challenge, interestingly once called the “Rookie Game”. This event puts first and second year players head-to-head for an intense competition.

Saturday also brings a wide variety of events. At 2:00 P.M. the 2012 NBA D-League All-Star Game will begin; this event is one of the most widely talked-about games of the weekend. Saturday night will bring the All-Star Saturday Night, and will contain four separate events: the Haier Shooting Stars, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the Sprite Slam Dunk.

Sunday is quite possibly the most important day of the weekend; at 7:30 P.M., the 61st NBA All-Star Game will begin. This game contains the best players within the Eastern Conference against the best players in the Western Conference.

If you weren’t able to get tickets, don’t worry! With Fun Planners you can plan the perfect themed party, no matter how far from Downtown Orlando you may be. Don’t hesitate—call us today at (407)880-3521 or toll-free at 1-866-511-4FUN to plan the perfect Orlando event!

Corporate Super Bowl Parties in Orlando

With Super Bowl XLVI just a few weeks away, it’s time to start planning for your corporate Super Bowl party. The Super Bowl is a great occasion to throw a corporate party because it will give your employees the chance to come together and cheer on their favorite team, while bonding with their fellow employees.

Watching the Super Bowl is a tradition not only for football enthusiasts, but also for Americans throughout the country. Even if your favorite professional football team is not playing in the game, traditions that have been built around the game itself (such as viewing the commercials) make the Super Bowl compelling for any American to watch.

Fun Planners can create an environment to meet your company’s event objectives for your Super Bowl party. We offer a variety of entertainment to promote networking, reward and incentive programs, or as in this case – just plain FUN! Give our Orlando event planning company a call at 407-880-3521 to get started planning your Super Bowl XLVI party! We also sell party supplies for the Super Bowl at our Online Party Store.