It’s that time of year again – AWARDS BANQUETS! It’s the best kind of recognition – in front of, and with our co-workers! At the end of the year, employees have worked millions of hours and as a culture we like to celebrate after a job well done. This is a good time to set goals and create excitement as we look to the upcoming year.
Banquets can be memorable or humdrum. What makes a great banquet? A great theme where everyone participates and enjoys the event really helps Make it Memorable.
As an experienced provider of banquet awards for over 40 years, we have seen the best and the worst.
To help your banquet be the best it can be, here are some the most popular and engaging awards banquet themes:
Barbecue/Picnic-Relatively easy and relatively cost effective. This idea provides a casual setting for employees to feel comfortable while enjoying delicious barbecue! (Best if it can be outside – weather permitting)
Beach/Island-Everyone loves a vacation. It’s relaxing and a welcome change from the average routine! This theme helps make a fun environment where everyone can “escape” for a night!
Casino-Having games and prizes add a unique element of entertainment to a typical awards banquet. Casinos are fun and flashy, and this theme makes it easy to please the “full house”.
Decades-Afros, sock hops, leisure suits, or anything of your choice! This theme allows for total creativity and everyone to choose their favorite decade. A costume contest adds to the fun.
Mardi Gras-Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Cajun party? When you think of Mardi Gras you immediately think of fun and this helps employees lighten up outside of the workplace.
Nautical-This theme is fun for those who are on the ocean or lake when they’re away from the office. Having your banquet at a boathouse would add a nice touch to your celebration.
New York City-One of the country’s biggest tourist attractions is the City that Never Sleeps. Put on a fast paced and fancy replica of the place where everyone wants to be and celebrate your employees New York style!
Oscars/Grammys- Imitating a famous awards show provides a fantastic theme for your organization’s awards banquet. It’s nice to see co-workers in attire other than the regular “business casual”. Roll out the red carpet and show your employees you appreciate their “star” quality.
Patriotic- You can’t go wrong with red, white and blue, and make Uncle Sam proud at the same time. This theme would fit well if your awards banquet is a barbecue or luncheon. The theme would also serve well to recognize veterans or any military personnel within your organization.
Sports/Olympics- Whether you dress up as your favorite team or player or celebrate sporting events this theme appeals to the masses. Employees are the champions of your company; give them a “gold medal” banquet.
However you choose to celebrate this year – be safe and Make It Memorable.