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How Live Streaming Can Boost Your Events

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your Florida corporate events, look no further. We have your answer and it’s live streaming. Yes, as we transition into a completely technologically-advanced day in age, we must adapt our events in order to stay ahead. Here are some tips on how to make the most of these new technological advancements for your upcoming events

So Long Television, Hello Livestream

Recent research says that the majority of users in the United States, about 56 percent, watch live-streamed content at least once a month. With 48 percent of those users watching live streams weekly. Unlike television, live streaming seems to make users feel more like active participants. With many expressing a new sense of keeping up-to-date and informed.

Internet users are now demanding for their content to be available anytime they want, on whatever device they are on. Rather than the idea of sitting down at a specific time in order to watch something on live TV. From Facebook to Twitter, and now Instagram, videos and “stories” are finding their way to the heart of any event-goer.

One Stream vs. Many Streams

When it comes to the new age of technology and event planning, it’s important to know where your audience is, when marketing your event and also when hosting your event. Knowing their social media habits can also benefit how you reach that audience and in what ways you will attract attendees. Instead of sticking to one social media platform, take into consideration using multiple platforms. From Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook stories, to Twitter moments and live streaming capabilities, your options are endless!

Although live streaming is changing the way people attend and even market events, it’s still all about atmosphere and adapting to your audience. As your Florida corporate event experts, we’re here to give you some insight as to how to make the best of any event. If you have more questions or need a one-stop shop for all your event needs, feel free to 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.

Ways to Stretch Your Event Budget

As an event planner, you may constantly ask yourself, “How can I make the most of my budget?” We all know that attendees have certain expectations that need to be met, and although smaller events can give you bang for your buck, sometimes as your events grow, so does your wallet. To better help you budget, your Orlando event planning experts at Fun Planners are here to provide you with some ways to supersize your event without supersizing your wallet.

Get Creative with Your Space

Although Florida can be hot, as we get into the fall and winter months, it’s the best time to be outside. Instead of immediately renting a hall or a convention center, opt for an outdoor area. They tend to be cheaper, and hey, nothing says Fall in Florida like a cool, crisp outdoor event.

Don’t Serve a Full Meal

Eliminating the traditional meal service can help you save some room in your wallet. There’s a trend going around across the country, and especially in corporate, sporting, and various other events: appetizers. Appetizers are an event planner’s best friend; they’re cheap, there is enough of them, and you don’t have to sit down to eat them. For networking events, these are a cheaper alternative and gives time to mingle and be merry. For sporting events, no fan cheers while sitting! Appetizers are a win-win for everyone.

Use Sponsors
Using sponsors is one way to keep your budget and your wallet happy. Sponsors not only offer a fun and unique way to market events, but it also leaves it open to networking, mingling, and an overall positive aspect for your attendees. Finding local sponsors is rarely difficult, as the small business and entrepreneurial industry are popular in the Central Florida area.

When in doubt, Fun Planners can be your one-stop shop for fun, interactive, and unique ways to host an event. From top-notch audio-visual equipment to custom branding, and the best of the best in games, you know you can trust us. As your Orlando event planning experts, we’ll be sure to turn your event from drab, to budget-friendly and fab!

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!

Event Trends to Follow in the Fall

Are you looking to hold the biggest event this upcoming year? You’re in luck. We’re here to give you the low-down on what’s cool and what’s trending in Orlando event planning. Not only is the food and technology changing in event planning, but so is the way we gather attendees. Here are some of the most important things to take away from this evolution in event planning.

Catering
The food you have at your upcoming event is equally as important as the entertainment. When it comes to picking the right food, it’s important to think about what types of food people are interested in. The food trends rocking the event planning world as of current focus on local sourcing. Going to local butchers, locally grown, organic produce, and homemade artisan cuisines. This could be anything from sustainable seafood here in the Orlando area, to artisanal, fresh lemonade. People are thinking local, especially at events, so the closer you stay to the Orlando area, the better the outcome!

Technology
Technology is all the rage in event planning as of late. From 3D arcades to augmented reality, and even simple, real-time event management in the form of digital signage are what take events from mediocre to amazing. Luckily, Fun Planners has all the things you’ll need. From arcade machines to human foosball, any event is sure to be a hit with interactive, unique, and entertaining activities for all.

Attendance
The real change in event planning comes in the form of how to gather attendees. It’s important to ask yourself, “What event am I hosting?” “Who do I want to attend?” If it’s a birthday party, an event app is the way to go. If it’s a corporate event, an email blast to all the employees with the details is a great way to gather excitement and attendance. Event apps are crashing the scene will new and innovative ways to make RSVPing easy, sufficient, and effective. It’s time to forget the snail mail invitations!

As you can see, there are many ways event planning is evolving. It’s important as any CEO, parent,  or community leader to understand and adapt to the changes in times. So long are the days of e-vites, and it’s time to say hello to the world of apps, Facebook, and straight-forward communication. With adapted technology trends, the Orlando event planning experts at Fun Planners is your one-stop shop for planning and hosting the best event of the year. Feel free to contact us for a free quote today or read our blog for more tips and tricks.

Corporate Event Themes That Your Employees Will Actually Enjoy

Are your employees showing up to events with bored, tired looks on their faces? Some people think corporate events are a waste of time and would rather get back to work. We’ll prove to you how fun and engaging Florida corporate events can be with a few theme ideas..

 

  • Construction: Have a new wing to the office being constructed? Celebrate with a special construction day event. Have workers wear yellow hard hats and build their own property out of Lego’s while informing them about the new construction site. This theme can also work if there needs to be any team “building.”
  • Wedding: This event will be effective for the merging of two companies. Randomly pair people from both businesses and give them veils, bow ties, and other decorations to wear. All of the pairs should introduce themselves and their respective company. Have them participate in a “Newlyweds” challenge by competing against the other couples to win a prize.
  • Arabian Nights: Achievable indoors or outdoors, this Aladdin-like experience is sure to put a smile on employees’ faces. Decorate with Persian rugs and cushioned seating. For added effects, schedule this event to take place on a beach to imitate the desert or at a Persian restaurant.
  • Wilderness Survival: Make up your own obstacle course or schedule a wilderness retreat for your company. Separate people into “tribes” and make them participate in teamwork exercises. Being in the wilderness can inspire people to think of new ideas and learn how to “survive” in the workplace.
  • Homecoming: For special things like reunions, a homecoming theme will be sure to please. Invite former employees who have made a significant impact on the company. Reward people with work-related superlatives like “Most Improved”, “Best Team-Player”, “Tech Genius”, etc.

 

Replace frowns with smiles using our Florida corporate event theme ideas. The more appealing your events are, the more likely people will happily attend. Themes make event planning so much easier; all you have to add are food and activities relating to them. For additional theme ideas for your Florida corporate events, browse our website or contact us at 1-866-511-4FUN.

Video Games Are a Powerful Tool for Your Corporate Event

bikesgameThe purpose of a game goes far beyond its enjoyment. Research has indicated that humans express themselves and interact with one another through play–therefore, games of all shapes and sizes can help to unify a disconnected group. When planning a corporate event, your Orlando event management team should incorporate as many game-like activities as possible. An innovative game can help bring your ideas and goals into an actionable state.

Games are a great way to break the ice among a group of individuals who don’t know one another. Icebreakers are important to corporate events as they allow the shy attendees to connect and join in engaging conversation with those around them. Think of your childhood when you would stand around the arcade and watch others play a game that you’re patiently waiting to play. You engage in conversation with them as you pass the time, and sometimes you manage to make a connection with a complete stranger through that game. Even now, kids engage in playing video games when getting to know one another, as it allows for casual conversation with no awkward lag time. Orlando event management teams know the power of games, that’s why interactive games are considered an important component of an event.

There are a variety of games that can fit any event theme. If you’re hosting a western themed event, add a mechanical bull into the mix for some fun and exciting corporate downtime. If your event has a heavy focus on competition, incorporate the Go Racers for an interactive, motorized race through an inflatable track. If your event has no particular theme, add in an arcade for a fun-filled, end-of-day networking event. Unleash your event attendee’s inner child with 1980s themed arcade games, or let attendees race one another on Super Bikes 2 or SnoCross.

Whether your corporate event is featuring old-school arcade games, new-school arcade games, or virtual reality, the games will help unify the group and increase participation, motivate friendly competition and camaraderie, and it will create a pleasing and collaborative environment. If you’re looking to enhance your attendees event experience, contact the Orlando event management experts at Fun Planners.

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Inflatable Rentals are NOT Just for Kids

Orlando inflatable rentals continue to grow as a trend for events. But who said these inflatable rentals were just for kids? An inflatable ride is the perfect element to incorporate into your next corporate event, company picnic or team building event.

Summer is quickly approaching and with it the desire to feature outdoor corporate events and picnics for hardworking employees. Inflatable rentals are the perfect crowd-pleasing addition for any outdoor event. These air-filled amusements provide a fun and healthy way for your event attendees to compete for prizes and bragging rights, while letting loose and releasing their inner child.

Believe it or not, acting like a kid can actually inspire a sense of curiosity, promote open-mindedness and keep your mind sharp. Experiencing new things and having a fun recess-like time are two things that children thrive on–and adults can too! The physical activity keeps you focused, inspires creativity and delivers oxygen to the brain for added stimulation. While this may seem unimportant to an adult enjoying themselves during their company picnic–the intense stimulation and increase in creative thinking, created by those “childish” Orlando inflatable rentals, may help one of your employees figure out how to solve a problem that’s been causing them insurmountable stress all week.

For a child, playing is like a vacation, filled with pop noggins and other shenanigans. Think of all the good that will come if you allow your employees to take a mental vacation at their company picnic and play like a kid again. When we act goofy and play, we connect with others and stimulate excitement within ourselves. Using inflatable amusements as a team building game will also help your employees and coworkers become better problem solvers and inspire confidence and imagination.

Let your coworkers awaken their inner child by riding on a surf simulator. Have a competitive 12 rounds with your CEO in an inflatable boxing ring. If you’re looking for something with a bit less contact, look into renting an obstacle course. Your inflatable rental is the perfect way to bring your employees and managers together for an exciting and memorable day in the beautiful Florida sun.

Kids are not the only ones who flock to inflatable event rides. Fun Planners has the most extensive Orlando inflatable rentals selection. With only the highest quality equipment and the most affordable rental services, we’re the absolute amusements provider in the Central Florida area. You bring the people and we’ll bring the fun! Trust Fun Planners with your inflatable party rentals in Orlando, and we’ll never let you or your employees down.

4 Quick Fall Festival Planning Tips

It’s fall festival time, and it’s not too late to start planning your fall festival. Whether you theme is just an autumn theme, or you decide to go for a Halloween theme, there are several things you can plan for in advance to make the event management process easier.

1. Begin with a theme. A fall theme is fairly generic but you can choose to have an underlying theme; an old fashioned atmosphere with bobbing for apples or even pie eating contests can be a great start. If you are having a fall festival closer to Halloween, have people dress up and create a more spooky theme with Halloween themed treats and pumpkin carving contests.

2. Begin delegating tasks. Start by creating a list of volunteers and tasks that need to be completed. If you are creating decorations for the event or if you are in charge of making snacks or catering, make sure you have a deadline set in place to give people an expectation.

3. As an event planner, you have to think of how to fix issues that may come up. Create backup plans for some scenarios that might arise before or during your fall festival so that you are prepared in any event. If needed, ask volunteers what they think; sometimes getting the input of others helps solving problems easier and more productive.

4. If it’s in your budget, contact an event planning company. Professional event planners can assist with organizing your event, catering and choosing a venue location. If you’re short on time and can’t create booths and games in time for the event, you can also rent games and booths from an event planning company.

By planning ahead you can ensure that your fall festival will be a hit. At Fun Planners, you wouldn’t even have to worry about the details of planning an event because our event management company does it for you. For any type of special occasion or corporate event, Fun Planners is here to help. Call today at 1-866-511-4FUN to learn more about our services.

Why Hire a Professional to Manage Your Event

Many people underestimate the difficulties of event management. Of course, who hasn’t planned a birthday party or other small function? When it comes to larger events, the requirements are quite different, and nothing like you may have expected. To create a larger, and more successful event, professional event management can offer you benefits that you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of if you were to take on the project yourself.

Network of Providers

Professional event managers have access to a variety of vendors and suppliers that you may not. It’s their job to build relationships with these clients, and in time, they may be able to offer you a discounted price for being a loyal and trusting customer.

Experience

Every type of event is different, each with its own type of requirements and unique specifications. A professional event manager has experience coordinating events ranging from company picnics, to fundraisers and more, allowing every detail of your event to be planned appropriately.

Saving Time

You may think you have time to not only manage your business, but also plan a corporate event, when in reality, you don’t! Hiring an event manager gives you peace of mind knowing that someone is taking care of your event details in a timely and professional manner.

Eliminate the stress of planning your own event by hiring Fun Planners, a professional Orlando event management company that specializes in special events, team building, corporate events, fundraisers and more. Fun Planners organizes your entire event no matter what type of function it is. Book your next event today by calling us at 1-866-511-4FUN!