Monthly Archives: October 2015

6 Different Company Holiday Party Ideas

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corporate holiday party ideasTrying to deviate from the same old company holiday party? Looking for new ideas for your annual company holiday party? Or are you looking to revive an old tradition of showing your vendors your appreciation? We’ve got a few ideas of company holiday parties that can give you and your guests a warm holiday spirit, even in the midst of our cold Wisconsin winters:

Give them a lunch break or afternoon off they won’t forget. Instead of making your employees get a babysitter or a date, book a local venue for a weekday afternoon with delicious appetizers and music or mid-day lunch off site. Find an entertainer to keep them entertained, and set up a gift exchange or company giveaway to give them an afternoon away from the office that makes them feel appreciated.

Treat your employees to dinner and a show. Deviate from the “normal” drunken holiday party with a night at the theater (though the venue doesn’t have to be a theater). At your holiday party, treat your employees to a nice dinner and a musical or holiday show.

Enjoy a tropical holiday. Give your guests that tropical holiday feel without the expensive plane tickets. Book entertainers that give the party a ‘getaway’ feel, such as a steel drum band playing holiday carols. Complete the feel with tropical decorations, drinks and food, and you’ve given your guests a holiday vacation in the Midwest.

Capture kids’ attention at Santa’s toy factory. Give your employees and their families a holiday night or afternoon full of Christmas spirit. Hire elves, a Santa Claus (or find one at the office), and some carolers for music. As everyone enjoys holiday food, bring Santa Claus out to distribute the elves’ packages for a new twist on the traditional holiday atmosphere.

Magical holiday party. Embody the spirit of the holidays with the traditional elements—snow, Santa, elves—and a bit of magic. Hire a magician for your entertainment who can get everyone in the jolly holiday mood by the end of their act.

Make your holiday party an after-holiday gathering. The holidays are a busy time, so make your company holiday party an evening winter wonderland in January or February. Give your employees a snow-themed event complete with an ice bar, hot cocoa sampler table and a warm feel of appreciation. To make sure they don’t have to find parking during our cold Wisconsin winter, book a venue with convenient parking.

Want to take your company holiday party off-site, and give your employees the chance to get away from the office? Contact us about booking 1451 Renaissance Place for your holiday company party. Our venue has a great location, excellent service, convenient parking, and a staff who can help make your holiday company party a wonderful token of appreciation for your guests.

6 Elegant Halloween Wedding Ideas

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elegant halloween wedding ideasAre you struggling to find Halloween wedding ideas that are both classy and elegant? Though some may think that sounds like an oxymoron, we’re here to tell you that an elegant Halloween wedding can be done—if you use ideas that bring the right Halloween spirit to your big celebration, and don’t send your guests howling for the door.

Elegant Halloween invitations

An elegant Halloween invitation is the perfect way to set the mood for your classy Halloween wedding. Think ribbons, dark colors, roses, Jack-o-lanterns…this is your time to set the direction of your Halloween wedding in advance (color scheme, pumpkin Halloween theme, masquerade ball, etc.) and carry it over into your Halloween wedding décor on your big day.

Trick-or-Treat candy table

Set up a trick-or-treat candy buffet with your favorite candies. Personalize the table with custom-made trick-or-treat bags or candy with your initials or pictures on it. If you want to give the kids something to do at your reception, set up a mini-trick-or-treat right after the dinner and send them table to table (perhaps a timed trick-or-treat to music?).

Jack-o-lantern décor

Set the scene for your elegant Halloween wedding with elaborate Jack-o-lanterns on the steps of your reception venue, down the aisle during your ceremony or in the entry way. How elaborate can you get with your pumpkin décor? Hire an artist to carve your initials, your names, images that are part of your décor—even your faces for a one-of-a-kind Halloween wedding décor.

Costumes for the photo booth

Want to give your guests the ultimate Halloween experience? Put out costumes and props for the ultimate Halloween pic in your photo booth. Think props, crazy wigs, sequins…make it fun!

Candles, refreshments & drinks

Create a Halloween wedding atmosphere with subtle touches in your décor and refreshments. Think fun Halloween candles (or Jack-o-lanterns-see above!), white pumpkins, lanterns, refreshments and drinks with a Halloween flare. Go on a search for fun Halloween drinks that fit the occasion (pumpkin ale, glow-in-the-dark punch or orange martinis, anyone?), and glasses (think glasses with a jack-o-lantern face) that set the mood. For refreshments, don’t get too gory—you don’t want to ruin their appetite!—but have fun with turning regular food into a fun and classy Halloween appetizer (such as mummy wrapped asparagus).

Haunted mansion

Choose a historic mansion (like 1451 Renaissance Place) and deck it out to the nines with haunted mansion décor. Give your guests a murder mystery to solve during or after dinner, and add all the props to set the mood. Hire entertainers that fit with your theme (perhaps as part of your murder mystery?), and give your guests unforgettable Halloween entertainment that they’ll never forget.

Masquerade ball

Turn your wedding into a masquerade ball. Make sure you tell your guests to come dressed for the occasion, and position lots of masks and feathers throughout the wedding venue. This is your chance to keep your Halloween wedding classy with an elegant ball fit for your Halloween date. Looking for the perfect wedding venue for your masquerade ball? Contact us via email or Facebook about visiting 1451 Renaissance Place, the perfect place your elegant Halloween wedding.