Team Building with Basketball Events

If your team loves basketball, basketball events could be the perfect team building activity!. As cities slowly start to open back up, you can throw small parties using our equipment. Games build people up and create a sense of chemistry between teammates. Take a leap by using these tips to throw a basketball event!

Building a Team
Don’t miss out on bonding opportunities. Every good team player has a squad. Score some points with your staff by coordinating team building activities. It gives your group the opportunity to communicate face-to-face (even at a six-feet distance or through a screen), building relationships with one another, encouraging motivation and creativity, and sparking some joy through fun activities. 

Get into the Game
Fun Planners has the entertainment you need for your event. From game rentals and inflatables, our equipment will give your team something to rave about. Kick it off on the court with our selection of games:

  • Basketball Challenge: Players compete side-by-side in a free-throw competition. The balls are standard size and the basket is at the regulator free throw height!
  • Basketball Connect Four: This inflatable game is a fun, interactive take on the classic game of Connect 4 that we all know and love! Your team will go head-to-head with their opponents to shoot basketballs and try to match four in a row.
  • Basketball Double Shot: A two-player basketball competition with scoring timed electronically.
  • Basketball Free Throw: Using mini basketballs, your event guests will enjoy hours of fun shooting.  
  • Basketball Hoop: Feel like you’re really in the game with this standard adjustable basketball hoop with standard-sized basketballs.
  • Hoop Fever: A 9-foot tall basketball game with full-size balls and basket with metal frames.
  • Hoop Shot: An exciting two-player basketball game. Players compete to see who can get three shots in their basket first!
  • 3-Play: A 3-in-1 combo sports game that includes Football Quarterback Toss, Soccer Goal Kick, and Basketball Hoop Shot Challenge.
  • Multisport Stadium: With the colossal stadium, participants will enjoy the space to bounce around playing their favorite sports, including basketball, soccer, dodgeball, and volleyball. It can be used for team games or free play.
  • Inflate-A-Hoops: Players compete side-by-side in a free throw competition. Don’t let this inflatable fool you, the balls are regulator size and the basket is at the free throw height.
  • NBA Jam: A 4-player classic basketball arcade game!
  • NBA on NBC: Retro ‘90s 4-player classic basketball arcade game with a flat-screen TV!

Virtual Free Throws
If you’re not ready to socialize with people in-person yet, that’s okay — you can throw a virtual basketball game online. Take your team-building to the internet, drink some brews, and play online basketball games. Then, when the pandemic is over, give us a call to get back into the game.

We know you’re itching for human-to-human contact. In time, we’ll all be able to get back to the party. When that time comes, call Fun Planners, the Orlando team-building event experts, at 407-955-4949, or contact us online. We have a plethora of different games that can help YOU with team building. Our team is always here for you, near or far, and can help you take your event to the next level!  

Plan a Golf Event with Simulators and Arcade Games

Golf fanatics, plan the event of your dreams. With modern technology, guests will feel like they are actually on the course hitting the ball. Fun Planners has a large assortment of game rooms and arcade equipment for any theme you are implementing. Use this information to get started on the planning process!

Golf Simulator
With golf simulators, players display their skills on the driving range, putting practice, or even play up to 18 holes on a virtual course!  Use a real club and hit real or practice balls into the screen and see as you ball flies through the virtual course. See immediate results on drive distance, swing angles, and speed projected on life size screen. A variety of clubs for left and right handed players are provided.

Golf Course
A good golf event should have golf courses, even miniature ones. Add a twist to standard golfing games! Guests can feel like they are on a golf course with equipment like these:

  • Miniature golf course Standard: The standard miniature golf course is a 9-hole course with obstacles, including miniature windmill, ramps, tunnels, and more. 
  • Miniature golf course LED: Our miniature LED golf course features none holes and black-light illumination with obstacles.
  • Miniature golf course Glow: The Glow edition of the miniature golf course is similar to the LED version, but includes neon clubs and balls.
  • Miniature cure ball course: The miniature cue ball course includes nine holes with obstacles, including miniature windmill, ramps, tunnels, and more. Players use pool cue sticks to hit golf balls through waist high course.

Aqua Chipping Challenge
The Aqua Chipping Challenge allows you to place a LED-lit floating golf green in the pool. It includes up to three chipping greens, 50 floating golf balls, and an assortment of clubs for left- and right-handed players. It’s a fun way to incorporate a good game of golf right in a pool!

Arcade Games
Arcade games are a great way to add fun into your event! Our golf-themes games include:

  • PGA Tour Golf is a game for four players that makes you feel right on the course!
  • Golden Tee Golf is a four-player arcade game with 42-inch monitors on a stick on truss. Choose from a variety of players, courses, and more. 

We know you’re itching for human-to-human contact. In time, we’ll all be able to get back to the party. When that time comes, call the Fun Planners experts at 407-955-4949, or contact us online. Our team is always here for you, near or far, and can help you take your event to the next level!

Tips for Live Streaming Events

While social distancing and rescheduling your events, we recommend you to take the time to do some research about event planning as we move towards digital functions. Many event planners are hopping on the internet to live stream their events. We’ve gathered some effective tips for live streaming your event.

Techy Tips
Start by making sure you have a good internet connection, duplicates of all of the cables, batteries, and connectors, and keep all of your devices charged at all times. If you don’t already have the equipment, you’ll need a good webcam, lighting, and microphone for a professional  sound and look.

Location
Think about where you want to live stream your event in advance. If it’s going to be outside, consider lighting and how sunny it will be. You’ll want a place with minimal background noise. Some microphones are built to help minimize any background noise. 

Marketing
Prior to the broadcast launch, get on social media and your website to promote your event. You’ll want enough time to build excitement and engagement before the big day comes. Advertising should start two weeks prior to the event all the way to the final moment you go live. Remember to record it so your audience can watch it later!

Livestream Platforms
Vimeo, Facebook, and Freeman offers platforms to livestream your events online. Additionally, LinkedIn just merged its livestreaming and event tools for all company pages’ virtual events. For tips on throwing virtual events, check out our most recent blogs, including a virtual Earth Day event and an online Star Wars party. Be creative with interactive methods, such as unveiling products, sharing announcements, playing trivia, and hosting a Q&A  segment. This keeps your audience engaged and likely to stay through the end.

We know you’re itching for human-to-human contact. In time, we’ll all be able to get back to the party. When that time comes, call the Fun Planners experts at 407-955-4949, or contact us online. Our team is always here for you, near or far, and can help you take your event to the next level!

How to Keep Your Guests Engaged From Home During COVID-19

As an event planner in the time of COVID-19, there is still plenty to do! Your audience is itching for interaction, and you should stay fresh in their mind. They will remember you for all the things you have done remotely. We’ve gathered some tips to help keep your network engaged during this time.

Get Your Voice Out There
You’re an expert, right? Experts share their wisdom. Your audience wants to hear your voice. Give a little light to the world right now with your words. If you don’t already have a blog or podcast, now is the time to get started. Feed their hunger with your knowledge, advice, and positivity. 

Host Virtual Events
With technology and the internet, we still have access to seeing people “face to face,” and have opportunities to host events virtually. Whether it’s a team-building event or a hangout for Star Wars lovers, the internet is the place to connect with each other these days and do all sorts of fun activities from afar.

Be Active on Social Media
This is a new process for all of us, so it may be hard to navigate, but we encourage you to keep showing up. Being active on social media shows your audience you’re not going anywhere and that you are there for them. There are so many benefits to being active on social media, which is a place where you can shine. For example, you can livesteam your virtual events right on social media! That way, your guests will feel nostalgic and be excited to attend again.

Keep Rockin’ and Rollin’
A part of being an event planner is the learning process. Use this time to research, attend virtual conferences, learn the do’s and don’ts of the industry, plan your event reschedules, and analyze data. All of the insight you accumulate now will help you in the long term when things pick back up.  

We know you’re itching for human-to-human contact. In time, we’ll all be able to get back to the party. When that time comes, call the Fun Planners experts at 407-955-4949, or contact us online. Our team is always here for you, near or far, and can help you take your event to the next level!

Throwing Your Own Star Wars Party

Star Wars fanatics, you can still have fun while in quarantine! If you have a team full of sci-fi aficionados, you can still participate in pop culture-influenced activities for the holiday. Even while living in lockdown, George Lucas has a way to connect people — something we all need right now. So celebrate May the Fourth Be With You online with these tips!

Buy Comic Books
While comic shops are closed, some are open online and need your business. Keep your eyes peeled for free comic books or other holiday specials. SyFy.com has created a list of ways to live the sci-fi life from your home. They even include an Alternative Free Comic Book Day on May 1st and 2nd! 

Attend an Online Conference or Convention
Cosplayers aren’t letting COVID-19 stop them from their con life. Virtual expos, conferences, and conventions are taking place all throughout May. Join the fun and read all the information on SyFy’s website.

Binge-Watch Shows and Movies
Thanks to streaming services like Disney+, we’ve got access to the Star Wars shows and movies right at our fingertips. From “The Empire Strikes Back” to “The Clone Wars”, you’ll have enough content to keep you busy all day long!

Cater Jedi-Themes Foods
What fun is a holiday without themed foods? The internet has countless galactic delicacies, such as roasted porg or a Stormtrooper cocktail. Don’t forget dessert; call up your local bakeshop or throw on your apron for wookie cookies.

Online Star Wars Games
We can’t even put a number on how many games are available on the internet. Though they don’t compare to the touch and feel of our pinballs, 3-D rail shooter, or pod racer, they will do in a pinch! Bring on the virtual competition, then before you know it, you’ll be back in front of the dynamic arcade games.  

Virtual Star Wars Hang Out
Set a time for your crew to come together. Dress up in character, grab your lightsaber, drink like a Jedi, and eat like Chewbacca. You can do all of the activities mentioned above, and then some. Either way, the force will be with you while building your team — online!

We know you’re itching for human-to-human contact. In time, we’ll all be able to get back to the party. When that time comes, call the Fun Planners experts at 407-955-4949, or contact us online. Our team is always here for you, near or far, and can help you take your event to the next level!

Volunteer Recognition Day: Finding the Right Volunteers for Nonprofits

Volunteering gives people a way to contribute to the community while giving event organizers a much-needed helping hand. An added bonus: Volunteering can be the freeway for networking, growing relationships, and retaining work ethic. Clients are looking for event planners with great reviews and an outstanding reputation — a part of which comes from volunteers. In celebration of Volunteer Recognition Day on April 20th, we’ve created a guide on how to find the right volunteers for nonprofit events. 

Recruiting Events
Productive and excellent volunteers are out there — you just need to find them! Start by searching within your organization or the organization handling the event. Typically, people who are connected to the event are the most efficient and willing to help. The internet is also a great tool for finding volunteers. Post to social media, your website, and community groups. Groups, along with college websites, can help you find individuals who are looking for opportunities in event management, customer service, and nonprofit experience.

Set Expectations
By properly establishing your expectations for volunteers, they are able to understand your needs, better assist you, and carry out their responsibilities. Giving detailed information and guidelines for their tasks sets everyone up for success. You can be assured that they will be more productive and reliable. Communication is key.

Communicate Effectively
Communication is the best way to build relationships with your volunteers. By doing so, volunteers will feel more confident when approaching you, which leads to open doors to success and clarity. Prior to the event, volunteers should meet each other to start building their own communication and work better as a team.

Follow Up and Feedback
Don’t end your event by simply saying “thank you” and letting them go. Take the chance to receive valuable feedback that can aid you in carrying out an improved event next time. Their opinions will give you the information you need on how to better manage events. Plus, you can even retain volunteers for future events.

Finding volunteers can be challenging, but setting aside time to find the right ones will help you in the long run. Properly planning and preparing will help both you and your volunteers. Whether you’re an organization looking for team-building activities or an Orlando event planning group looking to host an interactive, fun, and unique event, we are here to help. We are your one-stop-shop for every game, activity, and carnival ride out there. Let us bring new life to your event. Call the experts at Fun Planners today at 407-955-4949, or contact us online. Our team can help take your event to the next level!

Virtual Team-Building

This year, event planning has taken a unique turn. But that doesn’t mean team-building events need to be put on hold. With Skype and Zoom, you can bond with your team remotely! If you want to get those “cool boss” points this time around, try these fun out-of-the-box activities. Building a good team is key to your company’s success, and it shouldn’t take a backseat right now due to social distancing. Take these Orlando event planning tips so you give your employees something to look forward to!

Trivia
Round up the team for a little competitive trivia! Choose someone to be the host, and split the rest of the group into teams. The questions can be themed or customized to fit your company’s identity. Cater food and alcohol for an even better time. For better engagement, we recommend going live on your company’s Facebook page!

Hula Hoop Contest
Grab a hula hoop, and let the games begin! Each player can take turns in front of their camera to see who can spin the best and quickest. If your employees have children, this is a good opportunity for them to join in on the fun, too!

Bingo
Bingo is a great way to bond with your team and an easy game to play over video. Design or download a Bingo sheet from the internet. Grab some alcoholic beverages, and make the game themed. The winner gets a prize!

At Fun Planners, we want to help you plan the perfect team-building event with our unbeatable Orlando event planning tips. We can match your activities to a theme for your event, and provide all gaming and hosting means so that you can just kick back and enjoy. Contact us online, or call us at 407-955-4949 to find out how we can help.

Virtual Earth Day Event

Don’t put your Earth Day celebration on hold, even while social distancing! Fun Planners recommend you host a virtual charity — right from where you are! With the right tools, Orlando event planning can still be just as fun and entertaining. After the function, all the proceeds will go to an Earth-friendly charity of your choice — it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved! Keep in mind, a virtual event requires all the same planning, organization, and care as face-to-face functions. Use this guide to prepare!

Remote Entertainment
These days, Zoom and Skype calls are the main forms of communication. Even with technology, you can round up great entertainment and put on an engaging event. People are putting on all sorts of shows from the webcams. Bring on a singer, a stilt walker, a comic, and more! They would simply record from their homes. Include games like poker or Pac-Man that can be played online or remotely. Plus, support a local restaurant by having them deliver meals to each of the attendee’s homes, so they can eat while watching all the fun! To cherish the memories and keep your brand alive, encourage your guests to take selfies and pictures to post on social media using a branded event hashtag.

Spread the Word
A virtual event requires just as much promotion — if not more. Use sites like Facebook and Eventbrite to spread the word. Blast emails, and boost posts. Have your vendors, sponsors, and attendees share with their friends! You may need to up the communication to get the attention of a prospect. This shows your audience you still mean business, and they will remember you for it!

Donations
Because the event is remote, you don’t want to charge too much in ticket prices or sponsorships, but you still want to raise enough to donate. Luckily, because it’s a charity, people are more willing to provide their services, such as food or entertainment. If you decide to do a poker competition, a good gamble can benefit your charity of choice. Each time a person enters a game or tournament within your event, they can simply pay a small fee that will be donated. By doing this, people will be encouraged to keep playing for their money that will go to a good cause. 

This event is more than just fun and games; it’s about helping each other and making the world a better place. When it comes to Orlando event planning, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. While people are home, they are craving humanization and entertainment. Call the experts at Fun Planners today at 407-955-4949 for event planning tips.

Rescheduling Your Events

Event planners everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to continue without live events during the global pandemic. It’s important to remember that the world’s situation right now is a temporary — not permanent — disruption. Fun Planners, the experts in planning Florida corporate events, are here to help you continue implementing best practices, including how to move forward with rescheduling events.

Review Contracts
Changes in plans happen quickly and you need to be prepared to cover all of your bases. Review your contracts to make sure what’s covered and which policies can change. Some venues and service providers allow changes up to a certain amount of time before the event date. Hopefully, you’ll be able to recover some of the costs you’ve put down already.

Be Communicative 
Don’t leave your partners, sponsors, vendors, service providers, or any others who would be affected go without a word. Through personal notice, let your contacts know immediately of the changes to your event. Up the communication by 10 times. Showing proper communication and being open to discussing alternatives puts you in a good light, and they will continue to value you going forward. After all of this passes, they will remember who was a trusted partner and that rapport will be cherished. Don’t forget to make your announcements privately and publicly. Include the reason for rescheduling, the new date for the event, and a refund policy. Include a FAQ section to avoid answering any repetitive questions.

Don’t Cancel
The first rule of thumb: Don’t cancel your events. Reschedule your events. Don’t let your audience and partners assume this is the be-all-end-all. Letting them know that you are simply postponing the event shows them a light at the end of the tunnel.

Go Virtual
Certain events, such as ones for team-building, don’t necessarily need to be done in person. With electronic communication platforms, such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Zoom, you and your team can continue to connect even during social distancing. Have everyone grab their favorite drink, join the chat, and let the games begin!

As an event planner, you know to always have backup plans. Being adaptable is often the key to every event planner’s success. Fun Planners, the experts in planning Florida corporate events, can help you make a comeback after postponing your event. Call us today at 407-955-4949 to get a headstart. 

Easter Festival

Easter is quickly approaching on April 12th, so it’s time to brainstorm a fun event! With carnival game rentals in Orlando, you can make your Easter festival dreams come true. To help you better plan for your event, we have come up with some ideas that will come in handy when you’re in need for a little extra inspiration.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Searching for eggs is one of the many staples of the Easter day celebrations. Rather than the usual run-of-the-mill scavenger hunt, the Easter bunny can take things to the next level. With dozens of carnival-themed activities at your event, you can incorporate them into the scavenger hunt. Hiding the eggs within the carnival games, will make for a perfect activity that children and adults can both participate in. The winner can take home a prize!

Easter-Themed Carnival Games
Don’t be afraid to add some pizzazz to your event. By renaming traditional activities like a potato sack race to a “bunny hop sack race,” your Easter theme will stand out. Adding some prizes like chocolate eggs in big competitions and activities, such as a tug of rope competition, will also give your event the fun Easter theme feel you are looking for.

Keep the Classics
Just because you are mixing carnival entertainment with your Easter celebration, it doesn’t mean that you have to forgo your classic holiday fun. By incorporating your favorite activities to your event, you will have the best of both worlds. While some of your guests can paint eggs, others can play ring toss or even whac-a-mole! This will ensure that your guests are never bored, and that there is always something fun to do.

Easter is a great holiday for a fun and lighthearted celebration. So don’t be afraid to use carnival game rentals in Orlando to make sure that your celebration this year is everything your guests could have ever dreamed of. Planning an event doesn’t have to be overwhelming, especially if you plan ahead. Need a little extra help on preparing the most fabulous event? Call the experts at Fun Planners today at 407-955-4949.