The world of corporate event planning is one of change and creativity. Generating fresh, innovative event solutions can help both clients and staff maintain efficiency by increasing both interest and sales. While corporate events can be networking focused, they can also be a chance to bring old and new clients together. Here’s the inside scoop on the biggest corporate event trends this season.

Event Location

Many corporate parties are moving their celebrations into their office as a type of open house or client appreciation. With this personal setting, guests can move around socializing and enjoy themed stations specific to season, sports, food style or cuisine. If the event is to be held at anoutside venue, consider a lounge or cutting-edge club scene that will ooze sophistication.

Menu

Trending along the culinary scenes is the farm-to-table movement that many companies will be including and promoting during their events. Utilize locally and seasonally grown produce. Caterers, restaurants, and hotel venues are featuring menus full of whole grains, organically grown selections and “hormone free” meats. Buffet-style serving is old news. Nowadays, in the know chefs are encouraging family-style meals, using smaller plates and a larger variety of dishes.

Entertainment

While larger budgets can handle booking live music, many companies can cut costs by using local DJs, or even a Pandora music station. However, adventure trips and out-of-the-office excursions are also on the rise. By exploring some of Indianapolis’ most popular destinations, clients and staff have the opportunity to build relationships, be active and experience something new. Local event options include hot air ballooning, wine or microbrewery tasting, watching the Pacers, Colts or Indians play a game or a private tour of the Indianapolis Zoo.

If planning becomes overwhelming, consider hiring a corporate event planner to aid you in your preparations. Share your corporate parry planning ideas and experiences with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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