Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cool IACC Venue Tips: Special Banquet Set-Up

Written by Purvi Bhatt of the R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center in Durham, NC.

Purvi Bhatt is a member of IACC's Emerging Trends Committee, made up of young industry professionals under the age of 30. Purvi helps in creating and producing the "Cool Conference Center Tips." Enjoy these cool conference center tips and be as creative as possible!

With so many groups looking to have team building/interactive activities and adding some fun to their conferences, offering an option like cooking classes is always a fun idea. Guests can work in groups to create their own dinner and focus on improving their company team building skills. This offers something outside of the usual buffet setup and gives the group the opportunity to have some fun with their food!

Bouncing off of the idea of doing something different from the ordinary buffet setup, conference centers can also offer planners the option of having a family-style dinner with lazy Susan at each table. Planners who want their attendees to bond over longer conversations and make a connection, family-style meals is the perfect idea.

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  1. Pizza looks delicious. Sadly I still can't make them, good thing pizza places always have food delivery services.

  2. Well that sure looks tasty! Would be nice to have that at our next sales meetings! :D