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Why Event Themes are So Important for Corporate Events

Date Posted: 21/01/2019 5:32:00 PM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

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When planning a corporate event, one of the first things you should think about is having a strong theme. A theme is optional for many personal events, but for a corporate event it's really a necessity. Here are some of the reasons why a corporate event can benefit from a theme.

Event Themes Offer a First Impression of the Event to Employees

Many corporate events can sound generic, such as awards ceremonies, or holiday parties. When employees are told that such an event is happening, they may not be able to get really excited about it: after all, they don't know what to expect. Having a theme gives employees something to latch onto and get excited about, offering a positive first impression.

Event Planners Can Use Event Themes for Decor and Design

Planning an event from scratch is very hard. An event theme gives an event planner information about what type of decor they should invest in. Certain themes lend themselves very well to specific colors, patterns, and decorations. All of this ultimately simplifies the process of planning. 

This is especially true of more common event themes, such as a "beach side or tropical vacation," as there are many examples of these themes that you can look at in design magazines, scrapbooks, and online. 

Event Caterers Can Design Menus Around an Event Theme

An event theme gives your caterer a jumping off point when designing your event's menu. Of all things in a corporate event, the food is arguably the most important. Food is what most people are going to remember the most. 

Your caterer can get creative about matching your food to a theme, potentially based on geography, appearance, ingredients, or season. An arrangement of exciting and unique food will not only emphasize your theme, but also give employees something to talk about both during and after the event.

Event Themes Are Memorable Compared to Events Without Themes

An exciting and whimsical theme event is going to be more memorable than an event without theme, as there's more to distinguish it. A generic corporate event just doesn't have a lot to remember, whereas a themed event can have unique activities, food, and design -- all of which will keep people talking about the event for years to come.

In the future, employees will be more likely to attend corporate events and enjoy them, as they already know that the event is likely to be engaging and fun. Corporate events that are non-mandatory can easily have attendance issues, while making corporate events completely mandatory often strips them of their fun. 

Event Themes Let Employees Work Together

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Deciding upon an event theme doesn't have to be the responsibility of the event planner alone. Rather, an event planner can have employees work together to decide on themes and add elements to the theme. This taps into the creativity of employees while also giving them a certain amount of ownership and engagement in the party. The more they engage with the party, the more likely they are to get a party that they enjoy.

Event Themes Can Be Used for Any Type of Corporate Event

A theme is an easy way to plan virtually any type of corporate event. It doesn't matter what type of event it is: a theme can be applied. Moreover, you can choose how much you want to apply the theme. Some events can be heavily themed, with costumes and events, while other themes can be a very light theme that involves only catering and decor. 

Event Themes Let Employees Get Creative and Involved

In addition to letting employees make decisions about a theme, employees can also get creative and involved in other ways. You can host contests that are related to the themes, have employees dress in costume, or have employees participate in making decor. This gives employees some time to connect with the theme of the event, while also giving them some fun things to do together.

Planning and engaging with a corporate event is an excellent team-building exercise, regardless of the type of event. If you're interested in helping employees work better together, having them participate in the planning of a corporate event can have some major advantages. In addition to this, it does reduce the amount of planning that the event planner has to do on their own.

All-in-all, an event theme essentially creates a framework for a corporate event. Meanwhile, employees are able to decide how much they want to get involved with the theme, as well as adding their own input to the event itself. If you want a memorable, exciting corporate event, you need a memorable, exciting theme. You can get started now by discussing your corporate event and your needs with Laissez-Faire.

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How to Organise Corporate Catering in Sydney City

Date Posted: 11/12/2018 1:43:48 PM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

With a thriving culinary scene and fantastic seasonal produce, Sydney City is rapidly becoming one of the best places in the world to organise a catered event. Whether planning a simple corporate lunch or an extensive corporate conference, the basics of organising corporate catering will remain the same.

How to Organise Catering for a Corporate Meeting in Sydney

  • Begin with a thorough schedule. When will the meeting occur? When will you send out invites and receive a final headcount? Having a schedule will help you manage the project more precisely.
  • Brainstorm ideas for the catering. Apart from a lunch or dinner, you will also want to consider corporate drinks and snacks. Is there a type of cuisine you want to feature?
  • Lock down the details. You'll need to know basic information such as how long the meeting is intended to be, what time it is going to be, and what the general plans will be.
  • Contact a caterer. If you don't have a specific venue in mind, you may want to contact a caterer first -- as they may have some ideas regarding the right location. Otherwise, contacting a venue and a caterer should be done as early as possible.

 

Finding a Venue and Caterer in Sydney

Often, a caterer should be chosen early in the process of organising a corporate event. Caterers will be able to work with you to make suggestions regarding the types of food seasonally available and the ones that are best-suited to your event.

Before you contact a venue and a caterer, you should know:

  • How many employees will be attending?
  • How large is the budget for this corporate event?
  • Is there a venue that's already desired?
  • Are you interested in a specific type of food?

Apart from this, your caterer can discuss your needs with you to better determine the right food and drinks for your corporate event. Caterers are able to suggest everything from venues to floor plan, and many caterers will be booked well in advance.

 

Tips for Organising Corporate Catering in Sydney City

  • Consider looking at your caterer's menu in advance, taking notes on the things that you find interesting or appealing. Your caterer can then learn your tastes and preferences, which will aid them in developing your menu.
  • Make sure to pin down the amount of employees early on, as a headcount will dramatically change the amount of food you need -- and consequently the food you can fit into your budget.
  • Don't forget about the drinks. Drinks are often as important as the food itself, as they complement the food. A corporate caterer can give you more information on the drinks available.
  • Consider a good variety of food. When it comes to corporate events, many people have varying dietary restrictions as well as different tastes. Having a large variety of foods is a good way to make sure everyone is taken care of.
  • Choose your venue carefully. If your caterer has a preferred venue to work with, this is usually the best choice -- caterers know which areas will suit them in terms of preparation and service.

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Are you currently planning a corporate event in Sydney City? Before you continue your organisation, contact the catering experts at Laissez-Faire. The dedicated chefs at Laissez-Faire can help you explore your options and simplify your planning.

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Hot Tips For Melbourne Cup Corporate Catering

Date Posted: 15/08/2017 11:32:51 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Hot Tips For Melbourne Cup Corporate Catering

Are you looking forward to celebrating the race that stops a nation? Punter or not, it’s an exciting day, and if you’re planning to host a party at your office or hire space elsewhere for your co-workers to enjoy the day, then take a look at our first-class service. We have perfect venues and delicious menus to make your function memorable.

Giddy Up, Corporate Catering By Experts

If corporate caterers do a good job, then they’ll leave behind a good impression. Delight your current employees or clients and maybe even impress prospective clients as well by partnering with caterers who listen and understand your needs.

Our team are experienced professionals with extensive knowledge in commercial catering. This means you'll have a catering team who knows how to prepare and handle all of the food properly. And you can take assurance in knowing all food dishes and beverages will be served with the utmost professionalism.

Let us do the hard work while you focus on having a good time at your Melbourne Cup celebration. With all of your catering needs handled by our professional team, you can keep your attention on other important parts of your party, including the race itself.

Here's a look at three of our most preferred venue options as well as a sneak peak at a couple of our available menus.

The Venue

Known for being one of Sydney's newest warehouse event spaces, The Venue is conveniently located between the CBD and the Sydney International Airport. This venue gives clients a large warehouse space to host a 5-Star event like the Melbourne Cup. The Venue has room to host up to 1,000 attendees.

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Harbour 220

Giving you and your guests a breathtaking view of Sydney Harbour as well as the Opera House and Botanical Gardens, the Harbour 220 venue has a pillarless ballroom with enough room to sit 100 people comfortably. A pre-drinks bar area provides the perfect welcome area for your guests and helps keep them entertained before and after the big event. This venue is located in the Hudson Building on the 15th floor, right in the heart of the CBD, and is excellent for corporate and private functions.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

Offering astonishing views of Darling Harbour along with the city skyline, the Australian National Maritime Museum is sure to leave you and your guests with lasting memories. This venue has many different rooms to host your event in, including the:

  • Terrace Room
  • Yots Room
  • Lighthouse Gallery
  • Theatre
  • Tasman Light
  • HMAS Vampire

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Menus to Choose from for Your Event

Your Melbourne Cup event is sure to delight your attendees.

Two of our best menus can be found below. Click on the banners and enter your details to download them.

Canapes Menu

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Platter Menu

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Contact the team at Laissez-Faire catering today to learn more about hosting the perfect Melbourne Cup event.