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Jackie Sparrow
07-29-2010, 01:09 PM
My line manager and I have to organize the annual event for our Division. The event will be hosted for about 100-150 people. One idea we have is that we hold some sort of Murder & Mystery Dinner.
We are looking for more ideas.

Have any of you ever organized/attended such events? Just share any idea, recommendation, comments that you have. Would appreciate it :)

Cheers, The Captain!

orbitz
07-29-2010, 02:16 PM
That sound like too much effort. Just have an open bar, and people will congregate :lol:.

Jackie Sparrow
07-29-2010, 04:45 PM
That sound like too much effort. Just have an open bar, and people will congregate :lol:. Well, last year's event was a huge success. I'm sure everybody expects something similar, not sure if an open bar would make them happy.

PDilemma
07-29-2010, 05:04 PM
My husband and I would shoot each other in the feet to get out of attending a mystery dinner as a work function.

His company has a Christmas dinner with a buffet, two free drinks per person and a lot of door prizes most of which are cash, and a picnic at the end of summer with buffet, drinks and lots of door prizes most of which are cash. Everyone loves it.

Jenny
07-29-2010, 05:17 PM
One thing I have done many times for large and small events that's always fun is a quiz that asks people to guess who each clue is about.

Each employee (or perhaps just the managers in a large group, if people don't know everyone) contributes a secret fact or two about themselves, you write them up, and people guess who's who. Secret facts might be things like having a special talent, being related to someone famous, something stupid you did as a kid, a hidden tattoo, a crazy phobia, or perhaps that someone is a huge figure skating fan who has traveled extensively to attend competitions ;)

You can hand out the quizzes earlier in the day so people can start working on them, or even do it live at the event - it's fun to do the reveal in front of everyone so that whoever it is can "confess" that it's them.

Stormy
07-29-2010, 05:18 PM
My line manager and I have to organize the annual event for our Division. The event will be hosted for about 100-150 people. One idea we have is that we hold some sort of Murder & Mystery Dinner.
We are looking for more ideas.

Have any of you ever organized/attended such events? Just share any idea, recommendation, comments that you have. Would appreciate it :)

Cheers, The Captain!

Yeah, a mystery dinner would be not so much fun, IMO. One event we used to organize for my old company was casino night, where we brought in craps tables, poker, blackjack tables, etc with dealers. You didn't play for real money but it was still a blast. We had it after a dinner with an open bar.

Bostonfan
07-29-2010, 06:13 PM
What is the event for? Just a general "let's get together" employee feel good event? Is it a team building event?

I organized a photo scavenger hunt for a management meeting that was meant to be fun and blow off steam after a particularly difficult 6 months of hard work on a series of projects. It was met with skepticism at first but ended up being a wild success. I could PM you the details if you'd like.

KCC
07-29-2010, 06:29 PM
I think it us generally nice to have activities that encourage more interaction (as opposed to watching something), but in the end, your activity should mesh with the personality of your coworkers. Some will like karaoke, some would prefer the murder mystery, and others may like a dinner, open bar, and/or dance.

A few activities and themes that we had over the years that I thought were kind of fun: a 60's theme (including dress, decorations, commercials (of our business) and music); dress and act like a favorite cartoon character or super hero; one activity gave each person a secret identity that was tagged on their back and we had to ask yes/no questions to figure out who it was; we had a nautical theme complete with displays of jumping dolphins and mermaids; graffiti (create your own wall art); casino nights and carnival games/food always were hits; limbo and simple ball games (like shooting baskets) were always popular. Come to think of it, we had a lot of costume themes -- mono color; 1 square yard of fabric and biggest hat wins; wear all white and everyone signs your clothes. Costume themes always seemed to be a huge hit for the 20- and early 30-something crowd.

ETA: we also had palm readers and fortune tellers at one event -- all in fun, of course.

Bev Johnston
07-29-2010, 06:59 PM
A variation on the quiz mention above is to have people list three facts about themselves, but only one is true. That was a great icebreaker and conversation stimulator. I found out our dept. vice president (a woman) played ice hockey growing up!

Do you have a local museum or such facility that lets groups rent it out for parties? One time my company booked the local science center and had our holiday party there. That was awesome and probably one of my favorite company parties of all time. Everyone got to run around the place and do all of the activities, plus there were several open bars and buffets scattered through the place. Another company that I worked for had a party at the children's museum. Very cool.

Another fun event I've been to had a bunch of those things that I call "large activities" - a bungee run, velcro wall & suit, sumo wrestling with a big huge suit on, and one of those things where you stand on a platform and try to knock each other off with foam sticks. This may or may not be appealing, depending on the culture of your company. I only tried the bungee run, but it was fun to watch people try the other things.

There are companies that specialize in organizing these kinds of functions. Maybe you could do some surfing for ideas?

Gypsy
07-29-2010, 08:26 PM
Organizing a carnival or fair for a large group is a blast.

Fortune tellers, carnival food booths (cotton candy, corn dogs, etc), carnival style games, haunted house. Brings the kid out in everyone, and a casual atmosphere sometimes is what an office needs to have some fun.

Hedwig
07-29-2010, 08:47 PM
I seem to be the only one in this thread but I love the idea of a mystery dinner. It brings people together, they can solve the crime and interact with each other - I did it once and it was a lot of fun. We knew our role before and even dressed up for the respective roles. (That was a mystery dinner where you also took part in the mystery itself. There are different kinds of course.)

I would definitely prefer it to just an open bar and dancing. Dancing I can go myself whenever I feel like it and it isn't so difficult to buy yourself a drink. ;)

Jackie Sparrow
07-29-2010, 10:40 PM
What is the event for? Just a general "let's get together" employee feel good event? Is it a team building event?

I organized a photo scavenger hunt for a management meeting that was meant to be fun and blow off steam after a particularly difficult 6 months of hard work on a series of projects. It was met with skepticism at first but ended up being a wild success. I could PM you the details if you'd like.

I think my manager had a similar idea. Please send me a pm!
They just host a each year an event for the finance division. It should be fun :)

numbers123
07-29-2010, 11:10 PM
If it is a finance divison, maybe give a number to each person and a total goal number that must be must to win some sort of prize

Say that you have the number 3, I have the number 72 and we need to find others to make a combined total number of 120. That way you develop some team relationships and have some math involved in making your team.

You would have to figure out that there are enough combinations to make the goal number.

Jackie Sparrow
08-03-2010, 02:58 PM
I seem to be the only one in this thread but I love the idea of a mystery dinner. It brings people together, they can solve the crime and interact with each other - I did it once and it was a lot of fun. We knew our role before and even dressed up for the respective roles. (That was a mystery dinner where you also took part in the mystery itself. There are different kinds of course.)

I would definitely prefer it to just an open bar and dancing. Dancing I can go myself whenever I feel like it and it isn't so difficult to buy yourself a drink. ;)

Thanks for all the suggestions. There should be some team activity/interaction. There are around 300 finance employees in Zurich (not all of them will attend obviously) and the point is to get the people to know each other. It's not team building per se but it should get people of different departments/units go get together.
Of course there will be time for chatting and having drinks.

Hedwig, can you give me more info on how you organised the dinner? We would like to organise everything by ourselves :shuffle:

Jackie Sparrow
08-03-2010, 03:07 PM
If it is a finance divison, maybe give a number to each person and a total goal number that must be must to win some sort of prize

Say that you have the number 3, I have the number 72 and we need to find others to make a combined total number of 120. That way you develop some team relationships and have some math involved in making your team.

You would have to figure out that there are enough combinations to make the goal number. Great idea. They had an activity with numbers last year but quite different from your idea as far as I know.

There should be several team leaders who need to find other numbers (who will then help them to find more numbers) and the can add, divide, subtract, multiply. This gives them several possibilities but it makes it harder for each team to find the numbers to get to a possible equation. So you gotta be fast and try with anyone you find and exchange and negotiate :D