What Are Popular Corporate Event Themes?

Corporate events can be fun and memorable with the right themes. With so many options, finding the perfect one for your team can be simple. Planning a successful corporate event involves knowing your audience and creating a detailed plan. Consider who will attend and how to make the most of the event space to create a night no one will forget. 

Corporate event themes in 2024 are embracing interesting ideas and creativity. From fresh concepts centered on popular television shows to revamped tried-and-true themes, there are many ways to introduce a unique twist to your event. 

1. Seasonal Themes

Seasonal themes for corporate events are among the most popular ideas because they leave so many options for activities throughout the year. It’s important to understand who will attend the event and whether they celebrate some holidays. For example, many corporate offices host annual Halloween or holiday parties for staff and clients, so choosing one of these themes is likely to be a hit. However, there are many other seasonal themes to embrace and many ways to bring a unique twist to your annual gatherings.

Consider these themed corporate event ideas:

  • Creating “A Christmas Carol” scene complete with ghosts and European village aesthetics
  • Introducing a murder mystery game into your Halloween party
  • Making a winter wonderland rather than focusing on a specific holiday
  • Having a Cinco de Mayo party with festive drinks and food
  • Embracing all things green, including food and drink, for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Offering chocolate and wine tastings for Valentine’s Day
  • Hosting a Memorial Day event with a burger and hot dog bar

2. Classic Potluck

A classic potluck or barbecue can be an excellent way to go during the warmer months. Park tables, string lights and checkered tablecloths embrace the theme and create a friendly atmosphere. You can provide all the food for the event or ask each team member to bring their favorite dish. People can bond over recipes, favorite food choices and delicious drinks while having a good time. This is an excellent event for networking or instilling company-wide team-building.

3. TV Shows

With hundreds of popular shows at your fingertips, you have the opportunity to bring your favorite characters to life. There are plenty of opportunities to recreate characters and sets from shows like “The Office” or “Friends” or twist other ideas. You could make a play on words for popular movies and shows, such as making a “Write Club” event that reflects “Fight Club” or celebrating recent company wins by hosting a “Success Things” event with “Stranger Things” decor.

4. Carnival Fun

Carnivals can encourage your team to let loose and get competitive. You can create game stands, face painting booths and other fun attractions to encourage team building and having fun. Encourage attendees to wear bright colors and create a space for photos with large feather masks and other colorful props. For a truly memorable event, you can also hire performers to entertain attendees as they enjoy the fun music and delicious food. 

5. Game Day

Encourage attendees to get excited about the upcoming sports season — this corporate event theme idea encourages everyone to let loose and bond over their shared interests. Whether you want to host a March Madness party or invite your team to participate in a fantasy football event, you have tons of ideas to choose from. You can also celebrate your favorite local teams by focusing on MLB playoffs, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup Playoffs or any other major sports event.  

6. Luau Vacation

When you want to embody a tropical feeling, a luau theme is the way to go. You can easily transform venues to embrace a beach theme and offer fun activities like volleyball or hula hoop contests. Decorations can be bright fruits and grass table skirts. Attendees can wear Hawaiian shirts or resort attire like cargo shorts, sundresses and sandals. 

7. Hollywood Gala

Hollywood Gala

If you’re looking for elegant corporate event themes, ask everyone to dress their best for this theme — including their finest suits and gowns — as you roll out the red carpet. For activities, consider showing a recent movie release, having a photo booth with props and hosting an award ceremony to highlight big team wins. 

8. Wild, Wild West

Transform your venue into a western escape with hay bales, horseshoes and double swinging doors. Classic games like cornhole and horseshoes can entertain guests and encourage team building. If you’re offering a family-friendly event, consider adding a petting zoo for children to enjoy. 

9. Comedy Night

Everyone loves a good laugh, and you can encourage your team to bond over shared experiences. Whether you invite a comedian to be the star of the show or ask attendees to prepare their own hilarious material, you’re sure to experience some laughs. You won’t need to supply many decorations for the event but will need to have enough comfortable seating for every guest as well as good acoustics for the microphone audio. 

10. Murder Mystery

This corporate event theme ideas list wouldn’t be complete without a murder mystery. A murder mystery event can be an excellent icebreaker, and there are many ways to get festive. For instance, you can encourage attendees to dress up as their murder mystery characters to transform your venue into a regal space. You can hire a company to perform the game or have one of your guests play the role of the killer. Your decor should reflect the theme to bring the game to life. 

11. Un-Award Ceremony

A classic award ceremony can help your team feel your appreciation and enjoy recognition for their hard work. For an exciting twist, host an un-award ceremony. Categories like “most interesting laugh,” “messiest workspace,” and “most likely to be five minutes late” can earn some laughs and encourage your attendees to have fun. Offering some clever prizes for those with the most awards can add even more interest.

12. Office Olympics

Get competitive by hosting a fun-filled night of office-themed games. You can create an obstacle course with office chairs, host an I.D. badge toss and offer similar fun activities to lighten the mood. Offer prizes for winners, like gift cards, time off or other items your attendees will be excited about. 

Use Hancock Hotel for Your Event Venue

Every corporate event needs a beautiful venue to bring the theme to life. The Hancock Hotel is an excellent place to gather for your next event. Only steps from downtown Findlay, Hancock Hotel offers many opportunities for fun-filled days and nights. 

We want to help you create a one-of-a-kind experience for your team, and we have the space to make it happen. We offer amenities, including valet parking, on-site dining and complimentary Wi-Fi so you can create a memorable night. We offer several entertaining spaces, including a ballroom, dining room and patio, so you have your choice of the best space for your event. 

Book your corporate themed event at Hancock Hotel today for the perfect space for your gatherings

Use Hancock Hotel for Your Event Venue
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