16 Corporate Function Ideas & Team Building Activities
Looking for corporate function ideas? Let’s be honest good ones can be few and far between. Between trying to wrangle the whole office together and lock down the one day a year everyone is available (not including Michelle from accounts who seems to be permanently on holiday in Bali) and locking down a semi-decent venue, you’re way too knackered to even consider coming up with some fun corporate activities that don’t involve stapling things to Kevin from ITs forehead.
Corporate team building isn’t often viewed as the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s what you’ve gotta do to create and maintain the A team you dream of at work. If you’re struggling to come up with corporate function ideas and team building activities that won’t solicit a unified groan from everyone in the office, look no further than this list of our favourites.
Corporate Function Idea 1. Make ‘em laugh!
Corporate catch-ups can be dry events at the best of times – especially when the boss has been stingy with the bar tab – so if you’re looking to keep the team’s spirits lifted during the day, consider hiring a comedian to lighten the mood. But if you’re planning to get the host to take the mickey out of your boss remember to keep it light and funny (mannerisms and expressions are funny) not personal (bald spots and their wife are not).
Corporate Function Idea 2. Play that funk-tion music!
Put some serious groove into your corporate entertainment with a talented and funny musician to break up the day. Whether it’s a mean mariachi band, a barbershop quartet (yes, they’re still a thing!) or an acoustic musician with a great sense of humour, this is a corporate function idea that is guaranteed to break the ice. Bonus points if you can get them to make up a song about the company or the industry you work in.
Corporate Function Idea 3. Once upon a time…
As anyone that has been stuck in a slow elevator with the office lothario knows, some people are blessed with the gift of the gab…others not so much. But when it comes to corporate entertainment with a little more depth, there’s nothing like hiring a truly gifted story teller to capture the office’s attention. For a truly successful event try getting your MC to weave a message about the goal of the event or meeting through the whole day.
Corporate Function Idea 4. Look into my eyes.
Whether you’re looking to get your boss to cluck like a chicken or dying to get to the bottom of who has been leaving smears of butter in the vegemite, booking a hypnotist can provide a serious element or a comedic tone to your corporate activities. But be warned, effects may take…bwark…some time…bwark…to wear off.
Corporate Function Idea 5. Local hero to the rescue!
Coming up with a great corporate function ideas can feel like a task fit for a superhero, but sometimes just a local hero is enough to get the job done. Tracking down an inspirational speaker, local athlete, celebrity or award winner to host your event can give the inspirational edge that you need to capture the crowd’s attention.
Corporate Function Idea 6. Trivia with ‘tude
If there’s one thing you can be sure everyone has in common it’s work, and that means you’re all experts on the office. Come up with a list questions specific to where you work and see who knows the office so well they’ve memorised the colour of the kitchen tiles.
Inspired by one of Australia’s favourite past-times why not borrow a tip from your local pub with a creative game of corporate trivia. Featuring industry specific topics including questions about the company’s history and staff it’s the perfect ice breaker to kick off your catch-up!
Corporate Function Idea 7. Do you trust me?
Sometimes you just need to get your team up and about to them excited for the year ahead, so why not borrow from some tried and true corporate activites like blindfold challenges, back to back drawing and balloon sculptures? If all else fails you’ll at least get a great giggle out of watching Michael from head office try to rig the three-legged race by constructing a third leg out of cotton wool and a pair of old panty-hose.
Finally, the best way to guarantee a creative entertainment experience is to have the performer or performers customize their acts to your event or meeting. This creates a memorable experience guests are sure to remember for a long time.
Have our ideas got you excited to lock in your next corporate entertainment? Let our friendly team take care of all the minor details so you can focus on the task of finding a musician who can rhyme ‘banker’ with something other than ‘w….’ nevermind.
Corporate Function Idea 8: Coat of Arms
Get the creativity flowing and get groups of four to use nothing but pens and paper to create a coat of arms for the office. Get them to include things they think visually represent the company and the office, and give an added incentive to ace it by putting the winning design on display in the office.
Corporate Function Idea 9: Cocktail Hour
Getting everyone out of the office is always a popular idea, and nothing bonds people more than some delicious food and a drink or two. Make the most of your team building time in our Parkview room with a mid-week midday cocktail hour. Enjoy some nibbles and order from your own private bar. We promise the office will be lively that afternoon.
Corporate Function Idea 10: Drinks on the Deck
If a mid-week cocktail hour doesn’t work, it’s the perfect excuse to cut the work short on a Friday and enjoy some early after work drinks in our Baines St room. Nothing boosts morale like a team outing, especially when there’s a drink or two and a park view involved.
Corporate Function Idea 11: Scavenger Hunt
An oldie but a goodie, a scavenger hunt is the perfect way to unite the whole team with a common goal. Make it interesting by telling everyone to dress in a team theme (like all red, or all stripes) and send them on their merry way with a list of clues or items to find.
Corporate Function Idea 12: Think Outside of the Box
Lateral thinking is an invaluable skill in the work place and out-of-the-box corporate team building activities are the perfect way to encourage it. Try a paintball session, hire some sumo suits or even give human mattress dominoes a go. Whatever idea you go with, we guarantee everyone will be pleasantly surprised.
Corporate Function Idea 13: Karaoke
Let’s face it, karaoke is a classic, and it’s not going anywhere. Assuage the anxiety of your colleagues who are less than confident in their singing abilities by running a duet or ensemble challenge, but keep it open to individuals as well for some truly priceless memories.
Corporate Function Idea 14: Create Your Own
Finding it hard to come up with corporate team building exercises that’ll suit everyone? Take the pressure off and let your team decide. It’ll test their collaborative skills, critical thinking and encourage teamwork, plus no one can complain if they choose the exercises themselves.
Corporate Function Idea 15: Paper Planes
Why does anyone ever stop making paper planes? Revive everyone’s love for carefully curating sharp angles and aerodynamics and get teams together to create the ultimate paper plane. Not only will the design process test your team’s collaborative skills, it’ll be an activity you can contest on a regular basis in the office too.
Corporate Function Idea 16: Make a Mural
For an artistic twist on corporate team building, get everyone together to paint, draw and decorate a large canvas that will find a home on the office wall. It’ll encourage creativity, collaboration and problem solving, and you’ll get a visual reward for your efforts too.
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3 Reasons the Pineapple Hotel should be your next corporate function venue
We’ve all felt it, that inevitable clenching feeling in your jaw when you know you’re due for another corporate catch up. That awful time of year when you and all of your colleagues get rounded up and dumped in a cold and boring corporate function venue with nothing but a tray of sandwiches and some name tags to keep you occupied – the horror!
It doesn’t have to be this way, picking your next team building venue in Brisbane is super simple when you leave it our capable hands. Forget the stuffy old corporate snoozer, we’ve got three reasons why casual corporate functions are the best kind of functions.
What are the Benefits of Corporate Team Building?
The big bosses sure do love to throw those two words around don’t they? But everyone knows that corporate team building is better with a drink in your hand and smile on your face. That’s why picking the right corporate function venue in Brisbane can make or break your next bonding session. At the Pineapple Hotel you can choose from our three unique function rooms, so whether its cocktails and nibbles in the Parkview Bar, a sit down spread in our Plantation Room or beers and banter on the Verandah, you are guaranteed to get your team bonding over the great views, good food and friendly atmosphere at the Pineapple Hotel.
Corporate Team Bulding Benefit 1: Increased Motivation
The closer we get to the silly season the harder it can be to get your team motivated – and face it, a tray of party pies and some balloons just isn’t going to cut it! Inspire your co-workers with a fun affair at Brisbane’s favourite corporate functions venue! Our extensive range of food and beverage packages are sure to please from moreish canapés to gourmet BBQ’s (no dodgy snags here, think juicy fillet steaks and tender herbed kebabs), it’s a sure fire way to make your next corporate function a hit.
Corporate Team Building Benefit 2: Increased Productivity
A happy office is productive office and nothing makes us happier than a smashing party at a great functions venue. Reward your hard working team with a killer spread like our buffet menu, loaded with fresh seafood, whole roasted legs of ham, festive salads and finished off with a range of decadent desserts like salted caramel and sticky date puddings. Throw down a little extra and shout your team a 4-hour beverage package complete with their choice of beer, wine and spirits. Nothing says #1 boss quite like a fully loaded corporate function with bar tab to match.
So, ditch the stuffy digs and throw those nametags in the trash, because when it comes to picking a corporate function venue in Brisbane, you just can’t beat the Pineapple Hotel.
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So you got stuck planning your bestie’s hen’s night? We feel your pain, between trying endless slices of cake, searching for function room reviews and coming up with a creative hen’s party theme is the last thing on your mind. Thanks to our clever team at The Pineapple Hotel, we’ve done the hard yards crawling through Pinterest to create the best 6 hen’s party ideas to help you get through the planning process and we promise you’ll like them so much, you’ll want to put a ring on them.
Hens Night Theme 1: Disney Princess
There’s a little princess inside all of us (yes, even your Uncle Kevin, trust us we’ve seen the photos) so why not take the opportunity to celebrate the bride-to-be finding her very own prince charming with a Disney hen’s night.
Want to make it past the stroke of midnight without turning into a pumpkin? Then you are going to need to make sure you’ve got more than a poison apple to keep you going. Make your hen’s party in Brisbane really stand out from the crowd with a selection of fairy tale inspired cocktails and canapés. Love your Little Mermaid? How about tender grilled scallops served on the half shell, the best part is that once you’re done eating you can DIY your very own shell bikini a la Ariel.
Speaking of shell bikinis can we take a moment to discuss the costume opportunities, because when it comes to nailing those hens party themes there’s nothing like a killer get up to help you get down. But be warned, a little prior preparation can go a long way to ensure that your Disney princess hen’s night party doesn’t become an impromptu Elsa from Frozen reunion. As much as you love to keep your costume a surprise, you should probably ‘let it go’ and make an effort to co-ordinate your outfit before the big night, and avoid any embarrassing double ups.
Looking for a little hen’s party inspiration to make your venue really stand out? Pump up the atmosphere of your function room with some Disney inspired décor and decorate your tables with custom tiaras, fairy floss and bubble blowers. Just because you’re a little bit grown up doesn’t mean your hen’s party has to be.
Speaking of grown ups, did somebody say party games? Make your hen’s night in Brisbane one to remember with some Disney princess games. Think pin the kiss on the frog, Cinderella’s slipper hide ‘n’ seek and musical magic carpets.
Hens Night Idea 2: Hollywood Superstars
Is your bride-to-be mad for Tinsel town, why not throw a hen’s party fit for Hollywood royalty?
If you’re looking to throw an elegant hen’s party worthy of an academy award, then you’re going to need the menu to match, so nothing less than cocktails and canapés will do. From fresh oysters and miniature beef mignon to individual bruschetta with fresh Roma tomatoes, don’t let your Hollywood hen’s night go without the decadence it deserves.
It’s kind of a no-brainer that a Hollywood Superstar hen’s night theme is not complete without some killer costumes. But a word from the wise, when it comes to pick out the perfect costume aim for Audrey Hepburn not Kim Kardashian, you’ll thank us later.
Transforming your hen’s party venue into your very own Hollywood away from home is a breeze as long as you aren’t afraid to get a little creative. Think popcorn, cameras and video screens playing old black and white classics.
When it comes to picking the perfect party games for your hen’s night in Brisbane we think the wackier and wilder the better. Why not make your friends act out the brides favourite movie scene (did somebody say ‘insta-famous) or pin the arrest warrant on the celebrity?
Hens Night Idea 3: Pokémon
The bride to be may have caught her perfect match, but that doesn’t mean she can’t still ‘catch ‘em all’ at her very own Pokemon themed hen’s party!
While you might be hard pressed getting your hands on a roasted Pikachu at such short notice, at least you can have the very best gourmet BBQ this side of Brisbane. With a huge selection of fresh seafood, grilled vegetables and tender marinated meats to choose from you may just need a pokedex to help you keep track of the variety.
You can’t help but admire the bravery of someone attempts to pull off the ‘naughty bulbasaur’ look.
Make your hen’s night venue really pop by turning it into your very own bride-to-be Poke-gym! Then grab your Pokeballs and get ready to battle it out for to be the very best bridesmaid like no one ever was. Bonus points for creating your own challenge badges *Cue theme song!
Want to earn your title as the best Poke-bridesmaid of all time? Then it’s time to step up your hen’s party in Brisbane with your very own set of challenges. Catch a Wild Turkey shot from the bar, tame the hottest guy in the venue and level up your evening by evolving it into a week long party. Tequila shot, I choose you!
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Hens Night Idea 4: Mad Hatter Tea Party
Don’t be late for this very important date! Give your Brisbane hen’s party a touch of magic with your very own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – BYO White Rabbit.
So much more than just your run of the mill morning tea, a proper Mad Hatter’s hen’s party calls for menu with a little more mystery and magic. Think fluffy scones with house made jam, hand crafted finger sandwiches and sweets. Don’t forget to add miniature ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ signs for maximum effect.
The bride to be might the Queen of Hearts on her big day, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose your head coming up with a great costume for her hen’s party. From Alice to the Cheshire Cat there’s no shortage of iconic characters to portray. Just remember to keep it classy – no one wants to see the jabberwocky in fishnet stockings.
Whether you’re looking to recreate that famous house of cards scene or capture an enchanted forest in full swing, when it comes to function venue styling, this creative hen’s party idea the sky is the limit. Keep it fun and off-beat with vintage tea cups, mismatched cutlery and twinkling fairy lights.
While traditionally a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party would call for croquet, it can be tricky to find willing flamingos at the last minute (and without getting into a whole lot of strife with PETA). Instead opt for games like ‘Pin the grin on the Cheshire Cat’ or unleash your creative side and ask all of your guests to paint their very own whacky tea pots.
Hens Night Idea 5: It’s Tiki Time!
Looking for a hen’s party idea straight out of Mad Men? Then give your hen’s party a glamorous retro makeover and go tiki!
If it’s the real taste of the South Pacific you’re looking for then you simply can’t go past a gourmet seafood spread. Think smoked salmon blinis, freshly shucked oysters and sticky garlic glazed prawns. Just be sure to wash it all down with a range of tropical rum cocktails served in hollowed out pineapples or coconuts.
This one is a no-brainer! If you’re going to pull off the perfect tiki hen’s party theme then you go hula or you go home. Dust off that coconut shell bikini and get ready to flaunt that tan, because nothing beats a hen’s party full of sexy hula dancers. Just remember to bring some spare double sided tape, you never know when a wardrobe malfunction will strike.
Want to really capture the spirit of the tiki? Then styling is everything! Think tiki torches, tropical flower arrangements and enough palm fronds to transform your space into your very own tropical island paradise. Can’t get your hands on the real thing? Then add a tongue-in-cheek element with some cheeky inflatable palm trees and tiki totems.
A great tiki themed hen’s party demands the games to match! Why not show off those yoga skills with a limbo competition, or get ready to shake your hips with a hula hoop competition. But be careful, make sure you’re well stretched before attempting anything too strenuous – otherwise you might find yourself hobbling down the aisle on crutches.
Hens Night Idea 5: Where’s Wally
Want to add a little mystery to your hen’s party? Then we’ve got the ultimate theme for you! Channel your inner adventurer with a Where’s Wally theme that’ll capture your guest’s imagination and jog your inner childhood.
When it comes to catering for a wild and whacky Where’s Wally hen’s party you can’t go wrong with a tasty red and white theme, Think red and white frosted cupcakes, white chocolate dipped strawberries and just enough Aperol spritzes to lubricate the whole “Wally vs Waldo” argument.
If you’re looking to nail your hen’s party costume, then don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Sure you could all dress up as Wally or Wenda, but don’t forget about some of the other loveable characters that make the series so exciting like Wally’s nemesis Odlaw. Or better yet make the ultimate statement with a sexy take on some of Wally’s closest pals – because nothing says “BAM right in the childhood” quite like the Wizard Whitebeard in drag.
Whether it’s adorable red and white striped drinking straws or fun balloons, you styling your Brisbane hen’s party can be as simple as picking out the right decorations. However, if you’re really looking to make your theme stand out from the crowd (or in Wally’s case, not) then consider filling your party venue with cardboard cut outs for guests to hide amongst so you can recreate your very own Where’s Wally game.
Go all out with your hen’s party game and recreate the magic of Where’s Wally with your very own groom hunt. All you have to do it strategically place pictures of the groom around the venue and bar and encourage your guests to collect as many copies as possible, the team with the most pictures at the end wins!