Are you planning a corporate kickoff party? Looking for ideas and service providers to help make this year’s event extraordinary? You’ve come to the right place.
Event Solutions has planned and produced thousands of events for businesses just like yours. What we have learned from our most memorable events is that putting your company’s culture at the center of your planning process is key to success. Kickoff meetings and parties are the first steps to a successful year/project – so it is essential to make the right impression on your attendees. It sets the stage, so to speak, for what is to come.
This is why our event planners take the time to get to know your company, the event goals, and your vision. From that information, we carefully create a proposal that is as unique as your team.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach in our world, but a lot that can be gleaned from what others have done successfully before you.
Here are some of our favorite kickoff party ideas and themes for businesses:
Behr Paint and Home Depot kicked off their annual sales and marketing meeting with a virtual party themed “Positioned to Win.” After many successful events, their 2021 annual corporate kickoff was moved to a virtual setting due to safety concerns with the pandemic. Branded with their unique color scheme and slogan, they painted a bright future with a foundation in teamwork, integrity, and plain hard work. Throughout the event, a rowboat with the team mid-row graced the background with the slogan “Positioned to Win” above it. Though a simple image and concept, the message was a powerful one.
AltaMed appropriately themed their company-wide meeting “All-Hands” and energized their 2,000 employees with a rockin’ luncheon mid-way through sessions. Fueled with good food and live tunes, they returned to their breakout sessions ready to learn, laugh, and live their dream jobs. This event included branded t-shirts and draw-string bags filled with informational packets, swag, a scavenger hunt, and a detailed itinerary for the full day’s events.
A Palo Alto SAP tech company kicked off their conference with a party that was unlike any other. Themed “Build Things that Matter,” these inspirations of the tech world envisioned a LED/blacklight futuristic party with entertainment that matched their innovative attendees. They crafted with light on a giant Lit Bright board for the world to see, played ping-pong against a LED light backboard, and battled for the coveted initials of “Top Score” on Pac-Man. No one left without a printout of the best build of all; a photo of them painting with light!
Mellanox kicked off the New Year with a holiday party and meeting combined. Themed “What’s Next” they celebrated their accomplishments while looking to the future for even better things to come. Perfectly paired, their logo colors blended seamlessly with blues and whites of the holidays. GOBO lighting projected their logo and slogan into moving snowflakes on all services from the floors, walls, and ceilings. Elegant and clean, this meld was a perfect blend to enjoy over iced cocktails!
Not all kickoff parties need to have a particular theme. In fact, sometimes the focus is simply the company and its people. EW Bank is a perfect example of this. Their theme was simply themselves! Corporate and clean, their logo were displayed on paper centerpieces, ivy-covered walls, and an extensive LED background for the stage. Uplighting highlighted their logos and focused not on the frill but on the event’s goals to educate and gather their officers together for their meeting. Of course, refined refreshments and uplifting entertainment (which, we should mention, was made up of singers from the company staff!) pulled the whole thing together. Read about it here.
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