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Plan a Dinner Party for a Corporate Event

Corporate Event

When planning a dinner party for a corporate event, there are lots of different factors to consider, from creating the right ambiance to entertainment and menu options. Unlike a dinner party for family and friends, a corporate dinner party requires more structure. The event needs to be focused and goal orientated, whether motivating a team, attracting new clients or rewarding hard work and success.

Choosing the right location to hold your corporate dinner is key, with conference venues and hotels a popular choice. Seating and table settings are also important in creating the right tone for any corporate event. Place cards and seating charts can be used to seat colleagues together or apart, depending on the focus of the evening. They can be used to seat together those who know each other well to relax outside of the workplace, or for those in different departments to get to know one another better. Before the dinner begins, it is a good idea to have a precursor of drinks and canapes. This enables colleagues to mix and unwind together before sitting down to enjoy the rest of the evening, and can allow new clients to be introduced and get their first taste of what your company has to offer.

Food is an integral part of any dinner party, and at a corporate event there are two main options in terms of service. Firstly, a buffet can be provided. This enables guests to mix together whilst choosing their food, and can eliminate the problems associated with catering for those with food allergies, as everyone is able to select exactly what they do and don’t wish to eat. The second option is to have waiter service, usually silver service, whilst guests are seated at their table. This is a more formal option and would suit a corporate dinner party for smaller groups, events aimed at new clients or for those in a more senior role looking for a something a little more elegant and bespoke. Whichever food option you decide to use, most catering companies will provide a sample menu, so you can taste a selection of food and drinks before making the final menu choice.

After dinner speakers are a great way to entertain at a corporate event, providing motivation and inspiration for existing colleagues and new clients alike. Whether humorous or topical, there are plenty of companies with a selection of different guests to choose from, ensuring the right speaker can be tailored for the look and feel of the event. Another great way to entertain clients and colleagues is with hired games. These can be anything from interactive quiz shows, to Murder Mysteries and character led dinners. Games are particularly good for in house team building, whilst guest speakers are a great way to impress new clients without putting them on the spot.

Whether your corporate dinner party is aimed at rewarding company success or taking on new business, it is important that the evening is structured well and provides great food and entertainment.

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