Event Peeps: For Live Event Industry Professionals

Event Peeps: For Live Event Industry Professionals

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Travis E.

What is the best way to keep people around after the event concludes? Specifically for outdoor type events, like an after party with awards?

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  • June 20, 2012
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  • Sonia D.

    Sonia

    Sonia D.

    Principal, Hotfusion Communications Inc., Marketing and Events

    Keep the host bar open, have food available (desserts or appies, depending on the time of day) and turn or keep the music on. Having celebrities or award-winners stay beyond your official end-time will also encourage others to stick around. Depending on your budget, you may want to add entertainment that works with your overall theme.

  • Carol K.

    Carol

    Carol K.

    Business Development at Ride On St. Louis, Inc.

    If you have enough outdoor space, try holding a balloon glow. (message me and I can tell you more) It's like icing on the cake after a daylong outdoor event.

  • Vanessa C.

    Vanessa

    Vanessa C.

    Communicator | PM | Business Strategist

    All of the above (beer, food, warmth, dry, family/dog-friendly)...but also consider a bomfire...it's incredible how long people stick around when there's a fire too stand around :)

  • Honoria M.

    Honoria

    Honoria M.

    Marketing & Campaigns Visionary | Deloitte CFO Vantage Program Manager | Events Experience Expert

    Hi Carol cursious as to what a balloon glow is? Agree with all of the above especially keeping the food/drink and music flowing.

  • Clare H.

    Clare

    Clare H.

    Organiser of fantastical shows through FirePoise fire performance company

    I agree that added entertainment can certainly keep the evening going.

    We've offered fantastic choreographed fire shows for awards/gala nights in the past - that can work if you're looking for people to stay for an extra half hour or so.

    If you're looking for people to stay for a few hours, I'd recommend a good, well-known DJ or band as well as circus-style entertainment.

  • Fawn F.

    Fawn

    Fawn F.

    Producer.Director.Writer, Sugar Media Inc. (Canada)

    In addition to the host bar staying open, I agree, have dessert as part of the "after" event rather than at the rounds. If budget allows, I'd suggest making the after party the highlight of the evening with a headline band.

  • Carol K.

    Carol

    Carol K.

    Business Development at Ride On St. Louis, Inc.

    Hot-air balloons light up at night. With their bright colors against the night sky, they are breathtaking. Balloonists are tethered to the ground and they can work out a pattern of firing their burners in some sychronized way (I used walkie talkies between me and about 8 balloon pilots). Quite a lovely effect in the dark. People will bring lawnchairs, photographers will love the photo op, children and adults ooh and ahh, and hot air balloon pilots are happy to share their passion with interested people. Perhaps you have a hot-air balloon club in your city or county. Mine was awesome and I did three years worth of "glows" with my local club of hot air balloon pilots. Many of them could walk you through it, how much space required, tips, etc. or you could google some hot air balloon glows to see more. They're relatively short events. Watching the set up is fascinating and on an open field it really works on its own as an "attraction" while people are collecting for the coming balloon "glow" portion (this part is usually around 45 minutes because of the heat generated by the balloon burners). But, seriously, it's a great "topper" for an event.

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