6 Trending Corporate Event Themes to Inspire Your Event Planning Creativity

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You’re organizing your umpteenth corporate event, and while you love being an NYC event planner, you’re left wanting for inspiration. How can you make this corporate event stand out from the rest? Below, we have creative takes on trending favorites that will make your next NYC event crisp and fresh.

Good Ol’ BBQ Corporate Event

If you’re looking for a slam-dunk corporate event theme, you can’t go wrong with BBQ. For one, everybody loves BBQ—and all the fixings associated with it. And these days, there are countless vegan options. 

However, a BBQ theme is a great option for corporate events for more reasons than the food. BBQ’s are laid-back, familiar settings that are sure to put everyone at ease. But that doesn’t mean your BBQ has to be humdrum. Everyone will want to come to your NYC event with a BBQ theme when you follow these tips.

  • Hire a catering company to come and roast a pig.
  • Set up a cornhole tournament, complete with a trophy.
  • Hire a DJ to play classic summer jams.

Casino Night Theme for NYC Events

Give everyone a chance with Lady Luck at a Casino-themed corporate event. Casino games are great entertainment for your employees and clients alike. You can take your casino-themed corporate event up a notch with these tips.

  • Layer on a Viva Las Vegas theme, complete with an Elvis impersonator. 
  • Hire one of several casino events companies to provide games and professional dealers.
  • Print play money with your corporate logo, then allow players to trade their winnings for fun prizes. 

Revisit the Roaring 20s with a Gatsby-Themed Corporate Event

Book your favorite Art Deco venue and vintage jazz band for a Gatsby-inspired NYC event. Gatsby brings fun and decadence against an opulent backdrop. Guests will have fun dressing up in 20s-inspired gowns and suits. Your Gatsby-themed NYC event will be the cat’s meow when you follow these tips.

  • Hire Cigar Girls to hand out candy, snacks, and desserts.
  • Hire actors to play Gatsby characters and interact with your guests.
  • Hire any number of 20s-era entertainment: Charleston dancers, Feather Fan dancers, and magicians, to name a few.

If your venue allows for it, bring in a vintage yellow car for the perfect backdrop for photos. 

Sports Game Day Corporate Event

Incorporate a sports theme for your NYC event. Sports can play into (pun intended) your corporate event in several ways. You’ll be a first-round draft-pick NYC event planner when you follow these tips. 

  • View live games with state-of-the-art AV equipment. 
  • Book a corporate suite at a stadium to watch a game live.
  • Organize a charity sports tournament and organize employees and clients into teams.
  • Hire sports celebrities to attend your event.

Create a Hollywood Night Theme for Your NYC Event

If you’re a NY event planner looking for a theme that is screaming, “Go big,” Hollywood is it. A Hollywood-themed corporate event will leave your guests gushing. Make your Hollywood-themed corporate event one for the A-list crowd with these tips.

Rent a red carpet and hire paparazzi to take photos of your guests as they enter the venue. 

  • Hire celebrity impersonators.
  • Book your corporate event at a lavish mansion.
  • Host an awards show. 
  • Create a scavenger hunt of movie-themed items.
  • Have a movie trivia contest.

Carnival-Themed Corporate Event

A day at a carnival is a perfect family-friendly theme for your NYC event. Employees and customers alike will enjoy booth games, clowns, and caricaturists at a corporate event designed to bring smiles. Create a carnival that goes down as the year’s must-attend event with these tips.

  • Offer all the fav carnival foods, such as corn dogs, elephant ears, and cotton candy. 
  • Cajole the boss to participate in a dunk tank for charity. 
  • Hire stilt walkers and jugglers.

Get Inspired When You Attend The Event Planner Expo 2024

Being an NYC event planner may be the best gig in the world, but sometimes you need an extra dose of creativity. Find inspiration and more at The Event Planner Expo 2024. Exchange ideas with more than 2,000 event professionals and hear more than 50 of the industry’s top speakers. Get your tickets today.  


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