Engaging the Senses
From the sight, to touch, taste, smell, and hearing, your five senses allow your body to take everything in. Research shows that the more senses used, the better the memory is stored. So why not throw an original and exciting event around the senses?! If you’re planning an event and want your attendees to feel every aspect of it try incorporating some of these ideas.
Sight: Seeing is Believing
First impressions are everything! When guests first arrive, we want to blow them away with presentation, decor, and design. But let’s take the sight aspect of your event a step even further. To really get your attendees’ sight sense going, excite employees with incredible visible entertainment.
Try out The Illusionists for an eccentric touring magic production, with magicians there to absolutely amaze your party. Guests will be engaged while they watch the magic and try to interpret the mind-blowing tricks.
Or, choose 3D mapping. A crowd favorite, 3D graphics are projected onto 3D objects (such as buildings, blocks, cars, ships…) where the graphics match the dimensions of the surface, creating the illusions that the object came to life!
Speaking of lights…Light shows are also a great way to bring life to your event. Perfect for a gala, anniversary, or even a holiday party, the lights and music are synchronized and can create images, art, or can even be in the themes and colors of your company and its logo. Just check out this holographic entrance used at a company’s anniversary party!
Take your guests to whole new worlds with a virtual reality game. These can be set up anywhere and customized for your event’s theme.
Other Ideas to Visualize
- 3D Mapping Shows
- Lasers and GOBO Lighting
- Holographic Entrances
- Dance Shows
- Circus Soleil Performances
- Stilt Performers
- Virtual Reality Games
- Photo & Interactive Media
- Beautiful Decor and Event Design
Touch: Tangible Memories
As people, we always have the impulse to touch the amazing things around us. Touch takes things from the abstract and solidifies them to our memories. Often times it is the little things that our subconscious adds together to reinforce a feeling. The feel of a cloth table cover over a paper or plastic turns a party into a gala worth remembering.
At your next celebration, incorporate this sense with fun activities like “guess the item”, where guests reach into a box and try to guess the objects they feel. For manufacturer companies, this is a great activity. For appreciation parties, add massage stations to allow your guests to sit back and relax. Another great way to add a tactile sensation to your event is with textures and materials. Incorporating different fabrics such as silk, velvet, and shag adds warmth and elegance to your party while bright colors add fun and excitement.
- Glass & China Tableware
- Premium Cloth Tablecovers
- Weighted Silverware
- Feathered Centerpieces
- Selfie Photo Booth
- Palm Reading
- Touch Screen Integrations
Smells Like Success
The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. Harness the power of this emotional invoking sense to create a powerful connection to your guest’s memory. This is especially great for events like product launches. The olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory: the amygdala and hippocampus.
The most commonly used scent at an event is the smell of the food cooking in the back. However, the smell of a tennis shoe fresh out of the box, a clean and pressed clothing line, a new perfume, any product can have a scent associated with it.
- Scent Station (Make your own perfume!)
- Herb & Floral Centerpieces
- Glowing Aromatherapy Diffuses
- Scent-ational Foods Like:
- Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls
- Steaming Chicken Pot Pies
- Sausage and Peppers
- Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce
- Roasted Meatballs & Tomato-Tarragon Sauce
- Herb Crusted Tri Tip
Taste the Joy
Let’s be real, the best part of any party is always the food! Carving stations, on-site cooked BBQ, pasta stations, and herb and crusted studded rack of lambs is reason enough to show up. While fine cuisine is expected from any event, our event planners take our catering a step up by creating food that is also entertaining.
Create a sensation with a food wall where guests create their own unique flavors. Now there is a novel idea! Or be daring and include a gourmet cheese tasting board with cards for them to match up to the type of cheese.
If your event is more cocktail style, mix it up with some signature cocktails and flavor-packed mini appetizers. Some ideas include our mini shrimp served with a ball of fresh avocado spiked with a mini pipette of vinaigrette for a burst of tantalizing zing.
Top Taste Testers
- Food Walls
- Around the World Cheese Board
- Action Food Station
- Food Walls
- Cooking Classes
- Hand-Passed Hors d’oeuvres
- Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar
- Signature Cocktails
- Mini Bites
- Make-Your-Own Dishes
Hear them Cheer
We often take for granted the significance of our hearing. After all, it is how we communicate, understand our surroundings, and also a huge part of our enjoyment. For example, the right kind of music at your company’s event makes all of the difference.
Music can bring people together, make guests dance, and brighten the mood and atmosphere of your entire celebration. At your next company outing, choose a live band, trio, or musician to really get the party going.
Or what about a great headline act like a comedian? A comedian is a great way to break the ice and get your guests laughing and enjoying themselves.
We also love company karaoke as it allows employees to let loose and get outside their comfort zone. Add fun masks or costumes for audible laughs.
- Live Bands
- DJs and MCs
- Acapella Singers
- Classic Jazz Band
- Classic Trios
- Game Shows
- Fortune Tellers
Stimulate Your Senses
Ready to begin planning an unconventional and unique party that your guests will remember for the rest of their lives? Need assistance when it comes to great catering, entertainment, and decor? Contact an event planner today for more great ideas. We can take care of all of your event planning needs from start to finish so you can focus on the best part – attending!