By their very nature, social events and gatherings are a chance to interact with others. But what if you took your social event to the next level and included interactive activities? And we are not talking the standard wine tasting and ice breaker games. Sure, those things are fun and a great way to bring some action to the party, but there are so many other ways to get your guests involved. We have gathered five fun ideas for an interactive social event that are sure to get your guests talking, laughing, and maybe even learning
One of the most classic ways to captivate your guests is by renting a photo booth for your event. Plenty of companies offer pop-up booths, and some even come with social media kiosks where guests can share their photos. Just do a search for local photo booth rentals to find one near you. And if you are the do-it-yourself type, you can set up your own booth using homemade backdrops, fun props, and a camera. If you would like to give it a go, or at least see everything that is involved in setting up your own booth, HGTV offers a step-by-step guide.
This traditional game is a fun activity for all ages and is easy to set up. All it takes is a little creativity and as many scavenger lists as there are teams. For the actual items that need to be found, think about what kind of event it is and if there is a theme. For example, if you are hosting a birthday party, think about what the birthday person likes and list items that relate to those interests. Or list totally random things that guests might find in the area where the scavenger hunt is taking place: neighborhood, mall, park, downtown, etc. If you need some inspiration, here is a list of over 100 scavenger hunt ideas.
Interactive food stations breathe new life into the basic sweet and savory table spreads. There is everything from brunch bars with mix and match juices and mimosas to build-your-own pizza and taco stations, cocktail mixing stations, tea blending bars, and grilled cheese buffets. The main thing all good food stations have in common is that they offer plenty of options for guests to choose from. Not only do interactive food stations get guests out of their chairs and mingling, but they are a creative way to display your event’s menu. Plus, it is much easier to please picky palettes when they have a variety of items to choose from. Super Mommy Club has 26 build-your-own food station ideas and My Domaine has 16 DIY food and drink station guides.
Even if you are having an intimate get-together in your backyard, you can include some entertainment that will really wow your guests and give them a party to remember. Think mini dance lessons (salsa, foxtrot, tango), craft tables, follow-along painting sessions, flower arranging, jewelry making, and fortune telling. You could even have someone on-site writing unique haikus for each guest.
Giant Jenga, Twister, bottle ring toss, card games, hula hooping, karaoke, limbo, Minute to Win It type games...the ideas are endless! Activities like these are especially great for gatherings that include people who do not know each other. Rather than starting the party with ice breaker games that typically leave people nervous and/or bored, spice up your soiree with activities that get people moving, mingling, and laughing.
No matter what kind of social event you are putting together, whether it be a get together with a few close friends, a baby shower, or a holiday party for the whole office, incorporate some interactive details to create an event that is just as memorable as it is entertaining.