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10 Awesome Corporate Event Themes that Draw a Crowd

The best company events start with a corporate event theme that dictates every detail and ultimately boosts attendance.

Wine/Beer Tasting

Local flavors and tastes are all the fair. For an adults-only event, invite your guests to sample local craft beers and wines (along with great company and cuisine). If alcohol isn’t on the menu, host a seasonal event with treats from local vendors (i.e. farms, restaurants, etc.)  

Throwback Theme

If the corporate event is an anniversary celebration, take guests back in time with a throwback corporate event. Set the stage for a night back in time with all the details—large and small—from the milestone decade. Complete the event theme with a presentation on the big screen that celebrates every accomplishment that makes this over-the-top event possible.

Casino Night

Guests enjoy the gamble of the ultimate casino night. This is the perfect theme for a networking event that leaves guests mingling and enjoying every detail. For a truly interactive and mobile experience, intermix the entertainment, drink, and food stations or separate both areas to provide endless opportunities for networking.

Charitable Community Event

These corporate events are popular among employees and corporate guests. Companies can host a collection of specific items for a local charity or gather employees for a specific endeavor (i.e. painting, reading to kids, etc.) The charitable component can also be incorporated into a corporate event, such as asking guests to bring perishable foods or books for a charity collection. Either way, guest comfort should be considered during event planning with a tent (to accommodate for the weather) and food service.

Ultimate Barbeque

A corporate barbeque can be a completely casual experience or a high-end tasting event. For a more casual flair, host a huge grill that leaves guests in awe and anticipating the experience that is to come. Surpass their expectations with activities, décor, and all the touches of the ultimate corporate event.

Night Under the Stars

This whimsical corporate event theme is deserving of every detail that completes the atmosphere. From the lighting to the dance floor, every detail should be checked off the list. There are many possibilities that come with this theme: dance floor, string lighting, table décor, projection screen, complete menu.

Sports Night

A sports-themed corporate event appeals to the most loyal and casual sports fans. This corporate event idea can be a casual viewing party with a projection screen and the best sports-themed snacks (i.e. popcorn, slushies, etc.) For a larger crowd, rent out a local sports venue or put up a tent adjacent to an outdoor sports field for the ultimate sports party. With the right combination of food and sports-themed activities, this corporate event idea is sure to be a hit with guests.


A carnival-themed event should be an all-encompassing experience under the big top (only the best tent is suitable for this description). This atmosphere can be created with the tent, décor, and entertainment that guests expect of a day at the carnival.

Night at the Movies/Theater

The best part of this corporate event theme is the versatility. A night at the movies theme can translate into an upscale event with grand theater décor or a less formal occasion with details from a favorite movie. The chosen theme dictates every detail: the type of tent, chairs, tables, layout, menu, and décor. (Contact event professionals to help select the right rentals for the theme.)

Trip Around the World

This event theme should feel exactly like the name suggests. An international theme should take guests through the best tastes, décor, and entertainment from a few select corners of the globe. This can be accomplished in a unique venue, such as a museum, or with a tent. For a more focused event theme, choose a country relevant to guests’ interests and incorporate the details that make that area unique.

Unique Chicago Holiday Party Rental Ideas

chicago holiday party with rentals floral centerpiecesDrawing a crowd is only part of holiday party planning; it’s the combination of the best holiday party venue and fun holiday party ideas that make a festive holiday gathering over-the-top. From the smallest touches that ensure guest comfort to creative holiday entertainment, these festive holiday party ideas make your gathering a holiday gathering guests look forward to (almost as much as the holiday season!).


Treat your holiday party guests to a large-screen event. Invite your guests to enjoy delicious holiday treats while enjoying the holiday movie classics on a big Hollywood-sized screen. If you want to make the event interactive, ask your guests to vote for their favorite holiday flicks then use their input to give them the ultimate holiday countdown.

Portable Bar

Give your holiday party a unique twist by serving specialized holiday drinks mixed just for the occasion or a tasting that guests’ll talk about long after the holidays are over. Depending on the guest list, decide the best tasting for the event; popular choices are wine, beer, or another popular beverage. Your unique bar can be the talk of the night (with the right look and linens), and the most popular holiday party entertainment by far.

Fun Food

If the goal of your holiday party is all about mingling, give them a chance to interact in more ways than just a buffet line. Add interactive food tables, such as a cookie decorating station or a cocoa with creative fixings. Position these tables, as well as tables with warm treats (it does get cold in Chicago, after all!), throughout the holiday party. Rent food service containers for those hot treats; your guests aren’t going to warm up with lukewarm holiday cuisine.

Sound System

Don’t make your emcee go hoarse at this year’s holiday party. Rent a sound system that can add to the professional atmosphere or give the event guests direction as they circulate and mingle. A sound system can also be invaluable for a live entertainment act; if the act is a band, add a dance floor to the holiday party rental checklist.

Popcorn Machine

Popcorn is a crowd favorite, making it a popular draw at the door and inside the event. A popcorn machine can be a great addition to a holiday movie party, holiday carnival, or any other themed holiday gathering.


A heater may not be the first holiday party rental idea that comes to mind, but it can go a long way toward ensuring your guests enjoy themselves—and that they’re comfortable. If you are using a holiday party venue that’s not suited for a cold Chicago winter, rent a heater to warm up the occasion; add fun holiday party ideas to make it a festive and memorable holiday event.