20+ awesome creative event entertainment ideas

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Events are a great way to get new customers, to network or simply to enjoy yourself! To get you started to create a never-to-forget event we made a list of 20+ creative event ideas.

To give you an idea of what to expect, we included a price tag with each idea:

low <$200
medium $201 – $5000
high >$5000

LocationActivitiesFoodOther entertainment
RooftopCasino RoyalDining with fishPhoto booth
TreehouseGroup paintingCocktail barFireworks
Sky DinnerMagicianWine tastingAR
YachtCrazy quizClumsy waitersLive graffiti
CastleWiiFood trucksShadow show
CaveGolf simulatorCooking show 
 Speed painterFire eaters 
 Motiv. speaker  
 Improv comedy  

 

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 Location

This first category is about some creative event locations. Where can you have yours besides a big venue? Well, the answer is: lots of places!

Let’s dive right into them, shall we?

1. Level up with a rooftop location

Price range: high

Venues come in all shapes and sizes and this is only one of the many possibilities. When attending a lot of events, the great halls or an auditorium may seem so closed off. Lift the spirits up, bring your guests among the stars.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the view of a city at night time?

Want to go out with a bang? A personalized fireworks show might just do that! Your guests will have the best view possible.

Rooftop event location

  2. More in touch with nature

Price range: high

Is the outdoors more your cup of tea than concrete buildings? Make sure you keep the thrill of height to keep the experience, but watch the wildlife go on about its day in a huge tree-house. Who didn’t dream of one as a kid?

Or show the waves who’s boss cruising the nearby lake 😎

Although I’d like to note the tree house is not immensely big. I’d recommend using this as a more private event location. More than 6 people may become a bit unpleasant (but hey, if you feel like fitting 8, go ahead, people have done crazier things).

Treehouse event location

3. No coming down yet

Price range: medium

Don’t like either of the above? If you’re really looking for the thrill of it, keep your hairs dancing in the wind with your dinner in the sky. If it’s not the food, it’s the adrenaline rush that’ll make your event unforgettable.

It doesn’t have to stay at dining though. You can play a round of poker (although I’d advise not drinking too much alcohol beforehand!), watch a game of football, or even go golfing!

Want to read a bit more about how a dinner usually progresses? I had that too, here’s someone sharing her personal experience.

Golfing in the air event

4. I’m on a boat!

Price range: high

Feel like the Great Gatsby, or if you are a fan of our beloved Cpt. Jack Sparrow, why not sail the Seven Seas with him?

Now seriously, a yacht is perfect to have a warm, yet fancy atmosphere. It’s not for everyone, but it may be a great way to network with bigger clients. No expense was saved for them, perhaps they’ll return the favor as a customer?

If I may add an extra suggestion here, I’d recommend hiring a top-notch mixologist to get those dancing legs going. Of course a great DJ may help as well..

 

Event on yacht

5. Good evening, milord

Price range: medium

Why not rent a castle for once? Enjoy the grandeur of old English noblemen and dine with Queen Elizabeth I (you read that right).

For the more adventurous you can add a ghost hunt – that’s certain to break the ice next time!

Some practical information: The parking can stock up to 300 cars, the heated marquee comfortably fits 120 seats, or 180 theatre style.

 

Event at castle 

6. Cavetastic

Price range: high

As you may have guessed, it’s no ordinary cave. You can have up to 400 people in the Rum Store (mind you, it’s not really a room stacked with rum). As if partying in an underground cave isn’t enough already, there is a podium to let your favourite band play live.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be an ear-banging concert launching you back to your teenage years. A smooth jazz band will do just as well.

If you’re still not convinced, you finally have an excuse to make that group picture where everyone is wearing a hard hat:

Event in cave

Activities

Of course the location is important. But what attendees are able to do at that location is just as important. We tried to gather some of the more unconventional event activities. Let’s surprise them!

7. A casino table, no blind bet!

Price range: medium

Let your guests try their hand at a selection of the classic casino games. Poker faces are required, a red carpet is optional. It’ll help your attendants get together in smaller groups and give them an unforgettable experience. True event entertainment!

Not really sure where to start? Quickly refresh your memory on Poker, Roulette or Blackjack.

Casino event activity

8. Release your inner Picasso

Price range: medium (assumes a 20-person sized group)

Don’t feel like watching someone else do the painting for you? No problem! Switch it up and let your creative juices flow. Perfect for smaller groups to work around the subject of your event and find out how people are experiencing the evening or your brand.

Group painting event activity

9. Abracadabra…

Price range: low

We all love the be amazed. A bit of mystery blent with charisma and stirred with some amazement, those are the ingredients of your private event magician!

Who doesn’t know Dynamo nowadays?
Contrary to the magician, your event won’t go up in smoke.

Want some proof? Here’s how he gets out of a speeding ticket using only a rubix cube!

10. A crazy live quiz

Price range: low

We know it may not sound half as crazy as most ideas, but a live quiz can actually be very fun.
Add some silly questions like whether your attendees are cat or dog lovers, if they choose pita over pizza, … – it doesn’t always have to be that serious.

Display real-time results and add a host to pick up on them. Perfect for some informative insight or a bit of innocent fun!
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Quiz event activity

11. Release your audience’s inner child, play a game

Price range: medium

Current gaming consoles like Xbox and Wii have such a wide range of fun, educational and entertaining games to strengthen a group bond. They may not be directly relatable to the subject of your event, but hey, don’t we all just like a bit of fun every now and then?

   

12. Golfing… again?

Price range: medium

Luckily, you don’t have to rent an entire golf field, a simulator will work just as well (and as an extra plus, you don’t have to fetch that pesky ball every time!)
Because, why not? Impress colleagues with your backswing, score a birdie and aim for a Grand Slam with your upcoming event.

Golfing simulator at event

 13. A splash of color will make your event a work of art

Price range: medium

A speed painter is not someone you get to replace your photographer. It’s a performer that can engage your crowd with his own form of entertainment. Make the painting about your brand or let it deliver a message.

14. Let a motivational speaker take the stage

Price range: high

A motivational speaker, on whatever topic is suited for your event, can give the day a great twist. Often talking from their own field of expertise, it can inspire your guests and give them another point of view.

And who knows, perhaps you get inspired as well.

Motivational speaker at event

15. When is the last time you laughed so hard you snorted your Martini out your nose?

Price range: medium (although well-known comedians don’t mind going above $5,000)

Instead of hiring a standard comedian, turn it into an interactive improvisation experience. Engage the audience with challenges that the actors play out. It’ll be a night to remember.

You can choose between a signature 60-minute show, or get an entire custom show. Mind you, the custom show starts at $2,500.

Comedian at event

Food

Ahh, who doesn’t love food? If there’s one thing that bonds people, it’s the delicious smell of a perfectly made meal. Get your guests the treatment they deserve and treat them with a meal perfect for the occasion. Whether it be cocktails, Mexican or fish, you’re bound to score some points!

16. Dine with the star(fishe)s

Price range: high

No, you don’t have to be in The Little Mermaid’s film to share a table with fishes… Meet Ithaa, the underwater restaurant. Grant your colleagues or business partners an enchanting evening observing the sea life while enjoying a tasty dish.

Not surprisingly, most of the food served are fish. But if needed, requests can be made.

A good thing to know: feeding time is around 7 pm, so it’s best to book at around 6:30 pm to make sure you get the most value for your buck.

17. Cheers! Cocktail making and flaring

Price range: medium

Nothing will set the mood for your corporate event like a good drink and someone making it with flair! Great conversation starter too.
Want to really crank the heat up? Add some props as well!

Hey, and why not challenge your guests in flaring their drinks themselves? (Maybe only at the beginning of the evening… ).

Cocktail maker at event

18. Chardonnay? Bordeaux? Maybe a little bit of both?

Price range: low  (although fancy wines are an option, bien sûr!)

A wine tasting game is great to start off any event or to have a relaxing break. Swirling, sniffing and slurping in unison? I’m getting thirsty already.
Now that you’re entirely in the French atmosphere, keep your guests amazed by letting them discover the impeccable french cuisine.

Wine tasting event

19. Excuse me, waiter! … There’s a waiter in my soup

Price range: medium

Alright, perhaps this isn’t really about the food. But why not make your guests think it is. You have a fancy dinner, while you leave the creative event entertainment to another person entirely.

A comedy waiter will blend in nicely with the rest of the catering team until people start to notice how clumsy he actually is. Order yourself a night filled with laughter!

Silly waiter at event

20. Meals on wheels!

Price range: medium (this rating assumes 150 guests, more will obviously result in higher costs )

Food trucks are becoming immensely popular. And there’s no reason to just stick to a hamburger or hot dog. All types of fancy foods can be brought to your event with a food truck. Foodies will love you for this!

Event food truck

21. Yummy entertainment

Price range: medium

When hiring a caterer, why not incorporate this into the event entertainment and opt for a show cooking package? You find it in all types of foods and for all kinds of budgets. Combining essentials with fun, entertaining extras, bon appetit!

22. Maybe another type of eating? Like … Fire?

Price range: medium (there are performers who do it for less than $200, but these are often not very experienced)

Alright, not really food I admit, but it still works! If you want to go for a more glamorous evening (or should we say fiery?) the classic forms of true entertainment like dancers, acrobats and fire eaters is a great option.

To keep the evening spicy even after the show, an excellent Mexican Food caterer is always a good idea (and so the ones actually expecting food don’t go home empty-handed).

Other entertainment

As you may have guessed, this is for the ideas we didn’t really see fit for the other categories. These ones have a very wide range of applicability and price. As often the case, let’s start with a classic:

23. Say cheese at the photo booth

Price range: medium (a DIY booth can be below $200 though)

It might be an obvious choice, as photo booths are all the rage nowadays. But that’s because they work. Get creative with them by branding the prints, adding props or backdrops.

Already in a rush and don’t have a lot of time left? You can make one yourself in a matter of minutes:

If you want to add some extra life to your photos, we found easily printable props for less than $10.
Highly shareable and great for colleague bonding. Go practice that selfie-face.

24. Light it up!

Price range: medium (custom shows, however, will go above $5,000)

Not for every event, we know, but we couldn’t leave it out either.

Perfect to end the evening with a blast. Blue Star Pyrotechnics will customize the show to fit your requirements.

Firework at business event

 25. Augmented reality at your event? Surreal!

Price range: medium (prices range heavily, but around $800 is the starting cost)

We already discussed the photo booth as a fun extra for your guests. But things can always be taken one step further. What you see is what you get, until augmented reality kicks in.

With modern technology, it’s possible to create whole scenes of augmented reality around a person or stand while taking a picture. Making your pictures really come to life.

Event augmented reality

26. Your event as an urban canvas

Price range: medium

Anything urban is incredibly hip. Just like the food trucks and music, also the art is something you can bring into your event. A speed painter to brighten up your event came up before.

Provide one wall or big canvas and let a graffiti artist perfectly capture the atmosphere of your event. (Super cool if they work with glow in the dark paint too!)

27. Shadowy sophistication

Price range: medium

A quieter and softer form of entertainment can be the shadow art. Let figures and images dance to the music you play, let them tell the story of your brand or your event.

A performance that will move your audience for sure!

When you do use this list, make sure to invite us to the party, deal?

Have fun!

Comments

  • Alex Hourdequin

    August 25, 2017

    Nice article that gives an idea of what kind of entertainment to look for.

  • Zach Waldman

    June 14, 2017

    Hi Sofie! I loved this article, especially the augmented reality idea. You mentioned that a photo booth is obvious, but people love them. This is so true! However, I think the bigger point is that sometimes you don't have to have a creative idea, you just need to have the highest quality of whatever form of entertainment you choose.For example, hiring a comedian may not be original, but if you hire a great comedian, he or she will have people gasping for air and turning red from laughter.How do you all but guarantee that whatever entertainment you use is high quality? The truth is, you get what you pay for. I find it shocking that people will spend $100 and more per person for food and drinks, and then only want to spend $20 on a per person basis for entertainment. It's like serving McDonald's fries with filet mignon.Lastly, if I may be so bold, don't forget if you're looking for corporate entertainment ideas to consider a magician who can provide both close-up as well as stage magic. Most magicians incorporate comedy as well, so it's like getting two performers in one, like this - http://zachwaldman.com/corporate-entertainment/

  • TJ

    March 14, 2017

    Nice article! We always like when a photo booth is included!http://www.fastbooth.com

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