Ten Reasons Why You Should Work with Us to Theme Your Next Event

Ten Reasons Why You Should Work with Us to Theme Your Next Event

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So, you’re gearing up to host an event – be it social, non-profit, corporate or association. One thing’s for certain: you want your event to be unforgettable, leaving a lasting impression! And to achieve that, you need your event styled to match your vision and take your guests on a captivating journey. 

Let’s be honest – we’re a little biased. However, this blog will reveal ten reasons why opting for an event theming company, particularly us, is the right choice for your next event. 

1. The Vision 

Let’s kick things off with the fun stuff: your vision. Mood boards, colour palettes, custom props, and themes – we’re talking about turning your ideas into a visual masterpiece. Working with us isn’t just about dreaming big; it’s about making those dreams a show-stopping reality. Because we know events like the back of our hands, we know what’s possible, so we can help you create an event that will exceed your expectations. 

2. The Logistics 

Our team will work with you around your unique goals and budget – the nitty gritty stuff. Our knowledge of the event planning process means that we can develop your event to suit your vision, but more importantly the execution. In other words, we’re not just about dreams; we’re about making things happen. 

3. The Timeline 

Time is of the essence, and we’re here to master it. Juggling timelines, leading up to an event, is another speciality. Let us handle the scheduling, ensuring every decor and theming element falls into place seamlessly. Depending on the size of your event, the timeline will vary – so let us remove that stress from your plate. 

4. The Values 

We can work with you around your personal values or company values, whether its sustainability, inclusion, or corporate social responsibility, we’re in sync with you. 

We can make your event not just unforgettable but also aligned with your values. For example, if you have goals around having a sustainable event, we can work with you to make this a possibility through reusable materials and other earth-friendly décor elements. The possibilities are endless! 

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5. The Decor  

Let’s face it – you probably don’t have a secret room full of custom props, decorations, lighting, and arrangements. Lucky for you, we do! Cue reason five to turn to us for your event – we have the decorations you need to suit a wide range of event themes and possibilities. 

From Alice in Wonderland to Great Gatsby, or even Native New Zealand, we’ve got the decorations to match every theme, or we can whip up custom props that’ll leave your guests in awe, which leads us to our next point. 

6. The Props 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get better than decor, enter our custom props. From backdrops and centrepieces to fully custom-built props, we have everything you need to take your event from basic to breathtaking and make your guests say “WOW!” 

7. The Convenience    

Ever wish you could clone yourself to handle all the event planning tasks? That’s where our team comes in. We’re not just event stylists; we’re your partner on the journey.  

Working with our team means that you can focus on other event planning elements while we handle all styling and decor. We will consult with you on the vision while handling the sourcing, renting, transporting, setting up, and tearing down – conveniently removing that work from your long to do list! 

8. The Connections 

We’re not name-dropping, but we do have connections. Think venues and suppliers – we’ve got industry networks everywhere. With friends in all these places, we can bring a smile to your guests’ faces. 

9. The Expertise   

We know events! It’s what we do every day and have been doing for the last 20 years. You can lean on our expertise in event styling and management to create something truly special. We stay on top of the latest trends and what works well to help guide you in the right direction. 

10. The Team 

By now, you can see why partnering with us is a smart choice. We have the total package to make your event successful. But there’s one last special ingredient we bring – our personal touch. We don’t just plan events; we craft customised experiences reflecting our clients’ unique stories. 

Your event should represent you or your distinctive style, values and community. Our stylists take the time to understand what makes you special and infuse heart and meaning into every aesthetic detail. The result is an event that represents you, your community or brand beautifully. It creates an unforgettable experience your guests will rave about for years. 

Ready to make magic together? Let’s start planning your best event yet! 

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How Event Styling Can Help You Establish Your Brand

How Event Styling Can Help You Establish Your Brand

Welcome to the world of corporate events, where growth and connections take centre stage! Event styling, often overlooked yet incredibly powerful, goes beyond aesthetics. It’s a tool that helps establish and reaffirm your company’s unique brand identity. 

To unlock it’s potential, comprehensive event planning becomes the foundation of success. Join us on this creative journey, and together, we will transform your corporate event into a branded masterpiece! 

Event Styling 

Event styling has the power to make a significant impact on the overall event experience. It offers an opportunity to channel this impact towards specific objectives. Let’s talk about brand perception, for example. By leveraging event styling, we can elevate how your brand is perceived while focusing on your company’s key objectives. 

That’s where our expertise comes in. As a dedicated event styling company, you can count on us to help you achieve your branding goals. We’ll collaborate with you to devise a tailored event styling strategy, turning your brand vision into a tangible reality through the art of event styling. 

Remember, event styling at corporate events acts as the first glimpse attendees have of your brand. It should thoughtfully align with your corporate objectives, reflecting your company’s essence. 

We can’t wait to work with you and bring warmth, approachability, and friendliness to your corporate event! 

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Branding at Events  

Event branding is the heartbeat of creating a corporate impact. To leave a lasting impression and foster a genuine connection with your brand, it’s essential to weave a thoughtful brand styling strategy into the fabric of your events. 

So, what exactly is event branding? Well, let’s break it down. Branding, in its broader sense, creates cohesive advertising, messaging, and designs that set one company apart from another, making it easily recognizable amongst competitors. 

When it comes to event branding, we take it to the next level, specialising in these branded elements for live events, which may be virtual, in-person, or both. 

Event branding elements include logos, designs, theming, and messaging, which boost your brand identity and make your event memorable. Event styling complements this by enhancing your branding strategy, reinforcing your brand identity, and aligning it with your company’s broader approach. This synergy ensures a consistent and impactful brand presence for each event. 

It’s essential that all the branding elements come together harmoniously, resulting in a distinct and cohesive experience for your audience. This means the event should be able to stand independently while also establishing meaningful connections between attendees and the business. We believe in creating an atmosphere that feels warm, approachable, and friendly, ensuring that your audience feels welcomed and engaged throughout the event. 

Branding and Marketing Work Together

In the past, branding has been viewed as an optional component for businesses. However, in today’s dynamic business landscape, it’s clear that branding is a necessity for achieving success and enhancing brand visibility.  

For companies seeking to forge a genuine connection between their brand and their audience, branding and marketing strategies are central to their success. Event marketing provides people with insights into what to expect from an event. This reveals the importance of ensuring that the event experience aligns with pre-event marketing efforts.  

 

The Collaborative Approach  

At Activities and Events Unlimited, we understand that creating branded corporate events includes many aspects. That’s why we encourage collaboration among our event planning, event styling, and marketing teams. This team-driven effort not only streamlines the event planning process but also ensures a seamless brand experience.  

So, why choose us? We’re event styling experts dedicated to turning your vision into reality. By transforming ideas into actionable plans, we craft branded events that exceed your expectations. We also can collaborate with the Right Turn Agency marketing team to receive guidance on how to align our services with your corporate objectives.  

 

 

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Enhancing Your Brand’s Potential  

 

Incorporating event styling into your branding strategy might initially seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry! We’re here to provide actionable guidance to make it a reality. Remember, your styling choices should seamlessly blend with your brand’s identity.  

Investing in a branded corporate event yields both short-term and long-term benefits. Not only does it increase brand awareness and exposure to a wider audience, but it also allows you to connect with the right people who resonate with your brand and offerings.  

Beyond financial gains, a comprehensive event strategy serves various purposes for businesses and organisations. Common event branding goals include conveying the event’s vision, gaining recognition, attracting new prospects, securing sponsors and vendors, and fostering trust and loyalty.  

We believe that events are a dynamic tool for conveying your message. By engaging with customers and potential clients at events, you can establish personal connections that foster brand loyalty and humanise your brand. Events offer a break from the daily distractions, allowing you to capture your client’s undivided attention and showcase your brand.  

If you’re intrigued by the potential of an event branding and styling strategy to elevate your brand, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today. We are here to help you enhance your brand’s full potential through memorable events. 

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Making Waves at MEETINGS 2023: A Glimpse into New Zealand’s Event Scene

Making Waves at MEETINGS 2023: A Glimpse into New Zealand’s Event Scene

Our team at Activities and Events Unlimited had a blast exhibiting at MEETINGS 2023, Aotearoa’s biggest and best trade show for the events industry. This marked our third year attending the event, and we were excited to once again connect with industry peers and engage with potential clients at the flagship event.

Our team not only had the pleasure of exhibiting with the RotoruaNZ team, but we also played a significant role in creating and building the stand that won the MEETINGS 2023 “Best Regional Stand Award” as voted by the hosted buyers. The stand was truly a treat for all the senses, incorporating their captivating story throughout.

We were thrilled to be involved in building the Wharenui, which provided a culturally immersive entrance for the buyers. The stand was filled with photographs showcasing the iconic sites of the city.

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As an extra special touch, a bespoke signature scent was created specifically for the stand by Conan Fee, Professor at the University of Canterbury, and founder of Fragranzi Artisan Perfume Studio. Harnessing his expertise in chemical engineering, Conan worked alongside our Business Development Manager, Demelza, who was excited to be part of this creative and unique process. She describes the scent as a refreshing Redwood Forest walk, with the clean mountain air and nearby cold streams invigorating the senses.  

To complete the extraordinary sensory experience that RotoruaNZ provided for its buyers, a playlist was curated in consultation with Vanessa Wallace, the Business Events Manager. This playlist incorporated traditional Māori musical instruments, such as the Kōauau, adding an authentic touch to the ambiance. 

 

Unveiling MEETINGS 2023 in Wellington 

This time around, MEETINGS 2023 chose the vibrant heart of Wellington as its backdrop, and the result was nothing short of spectacular. The event unfolded at the brand-new Tākina Convention Centre, offering a dazzling display of networking activities and show-stopping exhibition stands. 

Organised by the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), the annual gathering is now in its 28th year. It’s an opportunity for professionals from various sectors to come together to explore fresh business opportunities. It serves as a vibrant hub for corporate conferences and incentive travel, packing two action-packed days with excitement and opportunities. 

Over these two dynamic days, our team was engaged in more than 30 scheduled appointments. We had the pleasure of meeting both domestic and Australian buyers, all eager for insights into corporate events, conferences, incentive trips, and gala dinners. 

MEETINGS stands out as the sole event of its kind in New Zealand, featuring a pre-scheduled appointment programme that offers exhibitors like us a golden opportunity to connect with qualified buyers. These face-to-face encounters provided us with the opportunity to answer questions about our services, showcase some of our most memorable events in our photo gallery, and establish valuable connections for their future events. 

Our Business Development Manager, Demelza Smith, was the face of our three companies at the event – Activities & Events Unlimited, Higher Perspective Conference & Events and Right Turn Agency. By joining forces in our exhibition, we had the perfect stage to present the complete range of our services, covering corporate conferences, event theming, incentives, and marketing. 

 

Deb director and demelza business development manager at Meetings 2023 Wellington

A Toast to Excellence 

MEETINGS 2023 wasn’t your run-of-the-mill event; it was a grand celebration of the exceptional work within our industry. It was a nod to the resilience and determination of businesses in our sector, especially after facing some challenging times. 

We cherished the opportunity to reunite with our friends in the event industry scene, including both suppliers and providers. It was an excellent excuse to catch up with our fellow event enthusiasts, and it was amazing to reconnect with each other. 

Our Director, Deb Wootton, had always dreamt of being a part of MEETINGS, since she began our company. So standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in New Zealand’s events industry was not only a dream come true, but also signified how far our young companies have come. 

The grand finale wrapped up with a fabulous gala dinner and awards ceremony, capped off with an announcement that Rotorua would host Meetings 2024. We’re all excited to get back together next year in our own neck of the woods! 

We want to extend a big thank you to the Business Events Industry Aotearoa, for putting together this incredible experience. Until we reunite at MEETINGS 2024, here’s to an exciting future filled with events and opportunities. 

 

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10 Ways to Take Your Work Christmas Party to The Next Level

10 Ways to Take Your Work Christmas Party to The Next Level

The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start planning your annual staff function – the much-anticipated Christmas party at the office. If you’re in charge of organising the festivities, you’re probably searching for fresh and exciting Christmas party ideas. No worries, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we’ll explore 10 fantastic ways to elevate your work Christmas party this year. 

We understand that this time of year can be hectic, but we also know that you want to reward your coworkers with a Christmas party that celebrates them this year. Picture this: as you step into your staff function, you’re greeted by captivating theming, sparkling lights, and exciting entertainment. The atmosphere would leave your staff feeling appreciated and valued. 

From decorations to food, entertainment, and more, we’ll help you create a memorable end-of-year function that your colleagues will love with these tips.  

1- Plan Ahead

Your work Christmas party should begin with careful planning. It may seem obvious, but starting as early as you can by creating a timeline and setting a budget will help you avoid last-minute chaos. Form a planning committee if necessary to share the workload and invite collaboration to the occasion.  

 

2- Choose an Exciting Theme

Make your work do stand out with an exciting theme. Christmas party decoration ideas are endless, and themes like “Winter Wonderland” or “Retro Christmas” can add a memorable touch to your event. If you‘re in need of theme inspiration, don’t forget to explore our dedicated blog post on unique corporate event themes. Simply click here to find the inspiration you‘re looking for.

 

3- Unique Venue Selection

Consider unique venues for your office Christmas party. It can be a game-changer for the overall atmosphere of the event. Think about hosting it at a local art gallery or a rooftop garden with stunning views of Auckland. The more out-of-the-box, the better!

 

4- Engaging Invitations

Create invitations that build anticipation for the Christmas party. Personalise them to match your chosen theme, and consider both digital and physical invitations for a broader reach. Digital invitations are a great, sustainable option that can still evoke excitement.

 

5- Fun Food and Drink Ideas

Impress your colleagues with Christmas Party Food in a buffet-style or a grazing table. Catering with a wide variety of dishes can accommodate different tastes and dietary needs. Don’t forget to include signature drinks for a festive touch, because you can’t go wrong with a Christmas themed cocktail!

 

6- Entertaining Activities

 Keep your work party fresh with engaging activities. Think of fun games, contests, and team-building exercises to ensure everyone has a good time. Plus, it’ll bring together teams of people who might not typically work together on a day-to-day basis.

 

7- Live Entertainment

 Consider booking live entertainment like a band, DJ, or a comedian. It can introduce an extra layer of excitement to your end-of-year function, offering a unique experience distinct from the day-to-day routine.

 

8- Creative Decorations

Set the mood with creative decorations. From lighting to table settings and props, the possibilities are endless when it comes to Christmas party decorations. This is where our expertise truly shines. We’ll collaborate closely with you to elevate your theme, décor, and planning, ensuring your Christmas party exceeds all your expectations.

 

9- Thoughtful Gifts and Favours

Don’t forget to show your appreciation to your colleagues with small gifts or party favours. Consider something personal that will make your coworkers feel appreciated for their year-round hard work.

 

10- Capture the Memories

Make sure to document the event with a photographer, a photo booth, or even a designated social media hashtag. Sharing memories with your colleagues is a great way to get closer as a team. Having a unique photo wall that matches your theme means the memories of your amazing event will live on beyond the night.

Consider a photobooth with props as an engaging and fun activity! Plus, people can leave with a photo from the night to take home. Our friends at The Photobooth Lady can help with this.  

With these Christmas function ideas, you can transform your typical Christmas party into a memorable work do that will have everyone talking for months to come. Start planning early, choose an exciting theme, and pay attention to details like decorations, food, and entertainment. With these tips, your work Christmas party will truly shine. 

We understand this time of year is busy. If you’re considering adding styling ideas to your staff function, reach out to our team. We can style events of any size and work with any budget.

 

Together, let’s make your Christmas party unforgettable!  

 

 

Need help to bring your ideas to life? Get in touch.

 

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Corporate Events Don’t Have to Be Boring: Reimagine Your Event with These Creative Theme Ideas

Corporate Events Don’t Have to Be Boring: Reimagine Your Event with These Creative Theme Ideas

Corporate events don’t always have to follow a strict or serious formula. In fact, they can serve as a blank canvas for bringing your creative ideas to life! Together, let’s explore some exciting theme ideas that can work like magic to transform your corporate gathering from mundane to marvellous. 

 

Creating Memorable Corporate Experiences 

A well-styled corporate event makes a significant impact, leaving lasting impressions. But what exactly defines a well-styled event? It’s the fusion of event styling and themes that create a unique event experience. 

When creativity meets the world of theming, the possibilities are endless! 

Now, you might be wondering, what’s the advantage of including a theme in your corporate event? Well, it’s not solely about having fun; there are other benefits. Themed events bring people together, providing everyone with a shared experience that a typical event simply can’t replicate. 

The Art of Event Theming 

Much like a skilled artist paints a canvas or a sculptor shapes clay, event theming is an art form! Here at Activities and Events Unlimited, we embrace event theming as a creative endeavour. 

The possibilities for event themes are only confined to your imagination. While there’s a common misconception that corporate event themes must tightly align with branding, we’re here to challenge that! Yes, themes can harmonise with your brand, but they can also transcend it, opening doors to unconventional, out-of-the-box ideas that enhance the overall event experience. 

With this vast array of corporate event theme options, we understand if choosing one feels a bit overwhelming. That’s where we step in. We’re here to guide you through the process of establishing a theme, showcasing a line up of creative corporate event theme ideas for 2023. 

 

Our Top 5 Trending Event Themes for 2023 

 Let’s explore some event themes that have been in high demand this year and are currently trending in corporate circles.  

One stand out feature is glitz and glamour. When organising your corporate gathering, it’s worth considering a glamorous theme, as it provides an opportunity for everyone to dress up and dazzle. Let’s take a closer look as we explore the top themes.

 

1. Celebrating Native New Zealand 

A Native New Zealand corporate event theme is a captivating journey that immerses attendees in the indigenous culture and natural beauty of New Zealand. It’s a choice that resonates with organisations committed to sustainability, as it embraces natural materials and native flora, showcasing Aotearoa’s unique beauty.  

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2. Stepping Back to the Great Gatsby Era 

A Gatsby-themed corporate event is a journey back to the captivating world of the 1920s. It’s an experience filled with luxury, elegance, and a touch of nostalgia. Dressing in the style of the Roaring Twenties elevates the glamour and shared experience. 

 

3. Embracing the Elegance: A Moulin Rouge-Inspired Corporate Event  

A Moulin Rouge-themed corporate event is a dazzling and glamorous affair that transports attendees to the world of 19th-century Parisian cabaret, offering an unforgettable and immersive experience. 

4. “Back to the Future”: A Nostalgic Movie-Themed Event 

There’s nothing quite like a movie-themed event, especially when it evokes nostalgia. “Back to the Future” is an incredible theme to take your event back in time. The venue transforms into iconic movie settings, and guests dress to fit the era. Enjoy themed food, trivia, and live music. 

 

5. Casino-Themed Corporate Magic 

Step into a world of excitement with a casino-themed corporate event. Think gaming tables, personalised chips, entertainment, cocktails, gourmet dining, prizes, networking, and photo opportunities.

Looking for More Inspiration? 

Explore our gallery of past themes by clicking this link. And guess what? If you have a unique theme in mind that we haven’t tackled before, we’re up for the challenge! 

 

Tips for Choosing a Theme 

Planning corporate events takes an exciting turn when you embrace themed experiences. Just because it’s business-related doesn’t mean you can’t be imaginative. 

Boost participation and engagement by aligning your event with trending topics. Whether it’s inspired by a popular movie, current pop culture, or a national holiday, a trendy theme can swiftly elevate the atmosphere. 

 

Event Styling 

So, you’ve made your choice regarding your corporate event’s theme. What’s the next step? Let’s dive into the realm of event styling. Event styling is the art of seamlessly integrating your chosen theme into every aspect of your event. 

From lighting to props and corporate event centerpieces, every element of your event styling will align with and enhance your chosen theme. Visual elements, such as stage setup and design, all contribute to the impact of your event styling. Even if you choose a fun theme for your event, you can still add elements of your company branding in a creative way.

 

Bringing the Vision to Life 

Feeling overwhelmed by corporate event planning? Let us introduce Higher Perspective Conferences & Events (HPCE), our partner for large-scale events. Our collaborative approach means HPCE handles the event management and logistics, leaving us free to focus on the exciting theming and styling elements. 

 

Leaving a Lasting Impression 

With a comprehensive approach to event planning and a dash of creativity, you’re destined to leave a lasting impression with your corporate event.  

Ready to turn your corporate event into a memorable masterpiece? Contact us today to explore the possibilities and bring your creative vision to life. 

 

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Storytelling through Styling: Bridging Culture and Creativity at the National Māori Housing Conference

Storytelling through Styling: Bridging Culture and Creativity at the National Māori Housing Conference

For the first time since its inception in 2010, the National Māori Housing Conference returned to Rotorua this year. The biennial event serves as a gathering point for individuals from all corners of Aotearoa, spotlighting regional leadership and contributions to the Māori housing sector. Functioning as a platform for exchanging ideas, networks, and solutions, the conference aims to advance the cause of affordable, quality housing for Māori communities. 

For our team at Activities and Events Unlimited, this presented an incredible opportunity to contribute our event styling and theming expertise to enhance the atmosphere.  Our Director, Deb Wootton felt honoured when The National Māori Housing Conference approached our team to take on the event theming of the conference held in her hometown, the cultural heartland of Rotorua. 

Cultural Connection and Purpose 

Our task was to seamlessly blend culture and creativity, giving visual life to the event. 

We rolled up our sleeves and got to work on some exciting projects. A custom-designed stage stole the spotlight, featuring a meeting house crafted from LED tubes. Greenery and local cultural elements were integrated throughout the event design. 

The gala dinner setup featured a meeting house on the stage, over the band and beautiful centrepieces for over 50 tables. Our designs reflected the event’s cultural richness and community spirit. Despite time constraints, our innovative approach to conference theming resonated, amplifying the event’s message of unity and heritage. 

Local connections and relationships were crucial in making the event successful under a tight timeframe. Collaborations with local suppliers and community groups were essential. 

 

Leaving a Mark 

The journey of the National Māori Housing Conference highlights the power of community-driven collaboration. Driven by shared passion between the cause and the community, this conference’s impact continues to grow, promising a brighter future for Māori housing. 

 

“If you are looking for an organisation that provides the extra details for your next conference, and sets the theme above your expectation, this is the place. I am in awe of the themes they delivered for our conference” 

Lauren James- Committee Co-Chair National Māori Housing Conference 

 

 

External Links

Conference Event Management by Higher Perspective Conference & Events

Event Marketing by Right Turn Agency

For more information on the Conference and to access the video archive, click here

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