Winter is a beloved season in the UAE. It is when everybody feels most comfortable spending time outdoors because of the milder weather. Likewise, the winter marks the closing of another year.
Year-end celebrations are popular events, especially in multinational communities. Fun festivities are planned to seal the year with a bang and welcome the new one. There are concerts, festivals, and even intimate parties.
If you are tasked to organise such an event for your company, community, or even just your big family, there is no shortage of fun possibilities for you. If you visit popular social media sharing site Pinterest, you will find a great abundance of activities that both the young and old can enjoy. Lifestyle magazines also offer creative ideas especially if it’s a more intimate celebration you’re planning.
But, if the year-end celebration you are given the responsibility to organise is expected to be a grand one, perhaps like a fair or carnival wherein variety is a must, listed below are six ideas that can ensure the success of the event.
1. Rent bouncy castles and other big play equipment
A carnival-type of celebration such as a community picnic is not complete without giant inflatables such as bouncy castles and other big play equipment. Young and old love them for a bit of thrill. Plus, if you are expecting children to come to the event, you automatically provide them something to busy themselves with for hours.
On top of that, there’s nothing like the sight of giant play equipment to automatically provide people with this sense of fun and childlike playfulness.
2. Bring in food trucks
Events within an event, which is what carnivals are, require a large selection of food. People love to munch on things while exploring the different offerings of the affair. Plus, food never fails to bring attendees together.
So, curate your choices of food trucks and other food vendors to get for the event. Make sure that everybody will get a kick out of the selection because it is not composed of typical options. Likewise, ensure a variety of flavours to satisfy everybody’s unique preferences. If there are gourmet desserts from a popular bakery, there should be savoury options, too.
Additionally, throw in a lot of “crazy” junk food. These never fail to attract curious gastronomes even if these offerings do not always taste the best, such as fried butter and blocks of French fries.
3. Provide “chill” areas
Include a setup where those who just want to kick back and relax can do so. Seating or lounge areas near a stage for acoustic performances are perfect. Consider setting up an outdoor theatre, too, and show classical movies because here, people will just sit, relax and enjoy the show for at least two hours.
4. Hire performers
Magicians, singers, and dancers up the excitement of any affair, especially if their performances are interactive. In a lot of communities that hold year-end carnivals, square dancing is quite the rage because the dance steps are easy so even children can dance alongside their parents and grandparents. Plus, the music simply puts people in a happy mood.
Magical shows, meanwhile, are also quite fun. Everybody delights in the combination of theatrics and tricks.
5. Hire mascots
Mascots walking around the venue, ready with treats for attendees of the event are a warm, welcome sight. Children love to hug them and families like to have their pictures taken with them. They are definitely a nice addition to the celebration especially if they are popular characters that kids are sure to love.
6. Invite local businesses for a showcase
It is always nice to show support to your community by inviting local novelty businesses to set up shop at year-end events. Even if your company is its own business, creating a friendly business atmosphere is a great way to show community spirit.
Bring in small-time entrepreneurs, artists and artisans to display their work. Hopefully, they will attract some buyers and benefit from being invited to your event.
This effort will serve you well, too. In the future, these other business-minded folks may also lend their time and effort to help you out.
With all of these ideas (plus, an organised security system), you can ascertain everybody’s good time during the last few days of the year.
AUTHOR BIO :- In 2008, Managing Director and Founder of The Big Moo Events Lorate Hamzeh left a successful career in Human Resources to venture into the niche market of children’s entertainment. By introducing the UAE to Singing Telegrams, Lorate attracted the attention of the children’s entertainment market with a collection of fun mascots. Within a year, Lorate added children’s entertainers and bouncers to the company’s ever-growing list of services, and the rest was history.