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Seven tips for putting on a great corporate event

If you are planning to put on a corporate event, you’ve probably already been to quite a few others – we’re willing to bet that most of them were pretty boring.

CheesySmiles doesn’t do boring so here are some great tips for putting on an even greater corporate event, one that will make everybody love your company.

Don’t try to split people up too much

As your business gets bigger and bigger, the more groups of people your corporate event has to appeal to.

But don’t make the mistake of trying to split people up by funnelling them to different events. You’ll lose one of the great things about a great corporate event – they bring people together for a shared experience.

Try to not make your corporate event too exhausting

One way to give people a bad impression of your business is by tiring them out – towards the end of the event they’ll only be thinking about when they can go home.

So don’t overschedule your corporate event. Instead, make sure there are empty spaces during the day when your employees and other guests can just relax.

Use your corporate event to shine a light on your employees – let them speak

If your company has done its job properly in the hiring department you should have more than a few employees to be proud of.

So why not show the world how great your employees are by putting them on the stage. Let any employee submit a plan for a short presentation and pick the best ones to speak on stage at the event.

Get a good mix of speakers for your corporate event

Speakers at corporate events tend to fall on two sides – there are those who offer very practical advice which people can easily follow, and there are those who appeal more to people’s hearts and give more inspirational speeches.

Both kinds of speakers are great, but you should try to have a good mix between the two at your event.

Think about networking

Many corporate events give people an opportunity at the end for networking, which is great, but sticking a hundred or so strangers in a room isn’t always the best way to network.

Think about how you can make networking actually work – this is a time, for example, where you can ignore our first tip about splitting people up and group people based on interests or other defining factors.

Hire a photo booth for your corporate event

CheesySmiles is all about making corporate events fun – so fun, in fact, that everybody who attended will fall in love with your company.

We do that by hiring out photo booths for corporate events because they are a great way to bring all your guests together to have loads of fun.

And because our photo booths actually print the photos, your guests will leave with a reminder of how much fun they had at your corporate event.

Let your employees film the corporate event

Want more than just photos of your event? With CheesyMoves, we send you three cameras which you can then hand out to your employees so they can film the event.

Once you’ve sent them back to us we’ll take all the footage and edit it into professional but fun and unique videos showing just how great your event was.

Six reasons why you should have a photo booth at your party

So you’re planning a party. You’ve sorted the location out. You’ve bought more food and drink than your guests could ever consume. You’ve maybe even bought a brand new outfit for the party. You’ve remembered to send out the invites early, giving everyone plenty of advanced notice.

But hang on! There’s still something missing. You haven’t hired a photo booth for your party.

Here are six reasons why you should hire a photo booth for your party.

Photo booths are fun

People already have a lot of fun taking photos at parties, but imagine if you had a space specially set up at your party where your guests can converge to have fun together.

That’s exactly what happens when you hire a photo booth for your party – your party guests can come together and have loads of fun with some cool props (props are included with all our photo booth packages).

Photo booths give easy gifts

If you’re the sort of person who likes your guests to leave with a gift, photo booths are perfect for you because your guests get to print out all their cool photos.

You don’t even have to think about what to get people; everybody who uses the photo booth automatically gets a personalised gift in the form of photos of themselves having loads of fun.

Photo booths give you something to talk about

When people hire a photo booth from us it usually becomes a focal point of the whole party. It’s a space where party guests tend to congregate to have fun together.

This means that a having a photo booth at your party will give you plenty to talk about even months after the party.

Photo booths bring back the magic of photos

Remember the old days when photos were printed out on paper? You could touch them, you could share them, you could stick them on your wall, or you could stick them in a diary.

When you hire a photo booth you bring back some of that magic because your guests get to print out their photos at the party.

Photo booths are for all ages

Having a party with multiple generations attending? One of the great things about our photo booths is that they’re suitable for all ages, from new born babies (with adult supervision, of course) to 100-year-olds.

As well as making a party really fun, a photo booth is also a way to create some really fun and creative family photos.

Hire a photo booth that matches a theme

If you decide to have a theme at your party – maybe you’ve asked your guests to come in fancy dress, for example – a photo booth is a great way to continue the theme.

With a CheesySmiles photo booth you can opt to have the outside of the booth decorated in a design of your choosing so if you’re having a themed party the photo booth will match.

Well, those were six great reasons why you should hire a photo booth for your party – if they don’t convince you, nothing will.

How to put on the best party ever! Six great party tips

CheesySmiles wouldn’t exist if we didn’t believe in having lots of fun. And what’s the best way of having fun on a large scale? By throwing an amazing party, of course!

There are all sorts of parties: birthdays, New Year, Christmas, etc. Or, and we think these are the best kind of parties, you can have a party just for the sake of having fun.

Here’s our little guide to throwing an amazing party, one that all the guests will absolutely love, and a party that the people who weren’t invited to will feel soooo jealous (and then they’ll probably lie and say they were there).

Inviting guests

Don’t worry, we’re not trying to say you’re stupid – we know you won’t forget to invite guests.

But there are different ways you should approach party invites depending on what sort of party you want to host.

If it’s more of a casual party with lots of your closer friends, you’ll be fine with just making a Facebook event and inviting everybody through that.

However, if it’s more formal (maybe you want people to come dressed in suits, for example), it’s a good idea to send invites by post as this will help set the mood of the party, and give your invitees a better idea of the kind of party they can expect to attend.

Sort out your house before the party starts

Yep, this is the boring bit before the party actually starts.

We recommend doing most of this step the day before – if you do it on the day of the party you might be tired out by the time the party actually starts.

If you’re holding the party in your house, you need to make sure it’s up to standards.

Make sure it’s clean and tidy, and that you close off any areas of the house where you don’t want guests to go.

You probably don’t have doors with locks in your house, so stick up signs on any doors people should stay out of – some people will probably ignore them, but at least they’ll know they’ll be in trouble if they get caught!

Food and drinks…or no food and drinks?

You need to think about food and drinks at a party. You can serve alcohol and food at a party, but it’s not essential.

But what is important is that you tell guests on the invitation whatever it is you’ve decided so they know whether they should eat before they head to the party, and whether they should bring their own alcohol.

Setting the party mood with music

Music is one of the most important things to get right at a party.

If you’re hosting a party in your house, you probably don’t have a budget, so hiring a DJ is probably out of the question. However, if you do have a budget, it’s a good idea to hire one, since you’ll have much less to worry about and more time to enjoy the party.

If you don’t want to hire a DJ, there are a few ways you can go about choosing the right music. If your party has a theme, it could make music selection a little easier – just choose music that matches the theme.

You could also ask all your invitees to choose their favourite tracks before the party and then make a playlist using their suggestions.

Or, you could buy a Google Chromecast Audio and plug it into your hi-fi so that any of your guests can use their smartphones to play a track through Spotify or similar services.

Hire a photo booth to make your party extra special

Everybody has a camera on their smartphone these days, but that means a lot of the specialness of photos has disappeared.

CheesySmiles makes photos fun again, and in doing so makes your party even more fun. When you hire one of our photo booths for your party, you’ll get a space where your guests can have crazy amounts of fun with each other and with lots of props (included, of course).

Your guests will be able to print photos from the photo booth while they’re still at the party, and you’ll also get access to digital copies so you can post them all onto Facebook and Instagram as you usually do.

Get your guests to film the party

Another great thing about smartphones is that you can record video, which is great for creating memories. But filming the party on phones means you’ll have lots of little snippets of videos in all sorts of places, so it can be really difficult to see the big picture of how amazing your party was.

Our CheesyMoves service is the solution. With CheesyMoves, we send you three high-quality video cameras which you hand out to guests and let them film whatever they want (or whatever you tell them to film).

Then you send them back to us and we’ll edit them into fun and unique professional-standard videos that will really show off how much fun everybody had at your party.

How to make your wedding a day everybody will remember forever

At CheesySmiles, we’re all about having fun and creating great moments you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

And there’s nowhere where there’s more pressure to do this than your wedding day.

Our handy tips will give you some great ideas for planning a wedding day that all your guests will remember forever.

Leave each guest with a note – tell them how much you love them

Tell your guests how much you love them. You could try doing that on the day, but getting through every single guest is going to be exhausting. So a good idea is to write each guest a note before the wedding day to leave with their place setting.

Make sure your guests aren’t bored to death – keep them entertained

If your wedding day leaves your guests bored to death, your wedding will definitely be a very memorable day, but for all the wrong reasons.

So keep your wedding guests occupied by hiring in some entertainment. It could be anything from a comedian or artist to organising some fun games.

But our favourite (you’ll be absolutely shocked to know) is to hire a photo booth for your wedding.

Hiring a photo booth from CheesySmiles for your wedding is a great way to keep your guests entertained, and because everyone goes home with incredibly fun photos they’ll always be able to remember your special day with fond memories.

Use props for some great photo moments

Taking photos of everybody all lined up posed for the camera is all well and good but it can be a little too formal and doesn’t show what the day was really like, a day where people had lots of fun.

Try bringing fun props for your guests to use in photos and to help show what a great time everybody had.

Or better yet, save yourself the trouble and hire one of our photo booths for your wedding. Whatever package you choose, it will come with heaps of really fun props for your guests to goof around with.

Hire a videographer

This is the 21st century, and having only photos of your wedding just doesn’t cut it any more.

We’re talking about video. What better way to relive your wedding day over and over again than watching a video of the event?

But make sure you hire a good videographer because you don’t want the entire video ruined because the videographer didn’t really get your personality.

Or, better yet, get your guests to film it for you

Having a professional film your wedding can be great if it’s done really well, but it can often be a little too professional, with the film not doing a good job of conveying the personalities of you, your new husband or wife, or your guests.

So get your guests to films the wedding for you. With CheesyMoves, we send three high-quality video cameras for you to hand out to your guests at your wedding. When you send the cameras back to us, we edit the footage into, fun, creative, and intimate videos.

Take a break

Weddings can be exhausting, especially for the two people getting married. You don’t want to look back at your wedding and only remember how tired you were.

So plan a break somewhere during the day so you can come back refreshed and ready to enjoy all the fun.

Remember to have fun, and congratulations on your coming wedding!

We hope these tips were useful, and we hope you have a great, fun, and memorable wedding day!

If you want to read more about how hiring one of our photo booths for your wedding can turn a great day into an even better one, check out our FAQs.

How to run a corporate event that’ll make people fall in love with your business

You’re here for one reason, and one reason only – somebody has put you in charge of organising a big corporate event that’s supposed to show the public and/or the business’s clients just how amazing the company is.

So the first thing you did, in a panic, was to Google “how to put on a corporate event”. And here you are: an article on the CheesySmiles photo booth hire website.

Get comfortable because we’re about to tell you exactly how to put on the perfect corporate event, an event so amazing guests will be talking about it for years to come, and even people who weren’t there will claim that they were.

We’re going to show to how to organise a corporate event that will make people love your company.

Start at the beginning

One of the reasons you’re in such a panic is probably because you’re imagining the finished product – you’re wondering how you’re going to get from the bin overflowing with screwed up, abandoned notes to the actual event, which in your head is already in mid-swing and full of hundreds of people expecting a great time.

So start with the basics. What’s the point of a corporate event, exactly (don’t say that to your boss)? What are you trying to achieve? Who is the event for?

Don’t even think about making any arrangements for the event before you know who and what it’s for. Once you’ve worked these things out the ideas should start to flow.

Put yourself in their shoes

Our time is precious because we only have so much of it. So when you’re organising the event try to get in the heads of the kinds of people you hope to attract.

Is it an event that you’d get something out of yourself? Do you think it would have made all the effort it took to attend worth it? Or would you feel like you were wasting your time, and disappointed that the event didn’t have a CheesySmiles photo booth?

Get your colleagues to film the event to show how much everybody is enjoying themselves

CheesySmiles doesn’t just hire out photo booths for corporate events. We also have CheesyMoves where we send you three video cameras which you can give to your colleagues at the event.

They can then film the event from their perspectives, maybe showing how much they enjoy working for the business, or they could even interview some of the guests to get some great testimonials. They can be as creative as they want.

When you send the cameras back to us, we’ll edit the footage into professional, fun, and creative videos which you can use for marketing to really show how great your business is.

Hire better people

This guide is supposed to show you how to put on a great corporate event, but not everybody but not everybody has the skills to organise a corporate event, nor is Nigel from the IT department (the most boring man on the planet. Sorry Nigel from IT) going to make much of a barman at the event.

If you’re not capable of organising an event, the quicker you can admit it the better.

There’s no shame in hiring a promotions agency to organise and run the event. Once you’ve explained what the company is all about, and what sort of people you want to impress, the promotions agency will have all the right sorts of creative, friendly, and charismatic people to run an event that generates all the buzz you need.

Make the event fun

Most corporate events are boring.

But at CheesySmiles, we don’t believe in boring. If anything, we’d go as far as to say we’re pro-fun. We wouldn’t have started a company that lets people hire photo booths for corporate events otherwise.

Maybe you’ve attended a few corporate events and been bored to death and so you’re now wondering, what’s fun got to do with corporate events?

It’s got everything to do with it. The whole point of putting on a corporate event is to promote your business, and boredom isn’t something you want people to associate with your business.

Make the event even more fun (by hiring a CheesySmiles photo booth)

You should aim to make your event as entertaining as possible, and the quickest way to do that is by hiring one of our photo booths (we would say that, wouldn’t we?).

But seriously, our photo booth hire service for corporate events is an easy way to create a space where guests can let their hair down and be as silly as they want.

And what’s more, when you hire one of our photo booths you get the option to have your business’s branding on the booth itself, and on the printed photos, which makes it a great marketing tool.

People will look at the photos of themselves and the ridiculous amount of fun they had in the hired photo booth will forever be associated with your business.

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