4 Fun and Simple Ice Breaker Games for Networking Events

Last week we provided suggestions for awesome corporate event venues and decor. This week we’re diving into the attendee experience. While some folks find it easy to strike up a conversation, others may feel overwhelmed or awkward. As event professionals, it’s our job to make networking as easy, natural, and fun as possible for all our guests, even the wallflowers. Here’s a look at a 4 Fun and Simple Ice Breaker Games:

1. Cocktail Trivia

Don’t worry, it’s not that kind of drinking game. But let’s face it, alcohol often plays an important role in networking events. This quick and simple activity challenges guests to find out fun info about the drinking preferences of their colleagues. We also like to tie the game into the event’s theme or venue. For example, the below event embraced San Diego’s recent “Tiki Takeover.” If your group isn’t into drinking, not to worry. We happily customize according to your specific demographic, venue, or theme!

icd breaker games - cocktail trivia

2. Samesies

Like our last activity, this ice breaker game also involves “interviewing” other attendees. However, Samesies takes it one step further. Now you must find people who have the same answers as you! Again, we love to create different variations based on your demographic, venue, theme, etc.

icd breaker games - samesies

3. Getting to Know You Bingo

There’s a reason it’s one of the oldest ice breaker games in the books…it’s highly effective, and people love shouting in triumph when they complete a task! Bingo is a great activity to utilize in cases where you can gather interesting information about attendees prior to the event.  These tiny topics help blow conversations wide open and often result in amazing connections between guests. To keep the game from feeling stale, we also like to include a few simple trivia questions and physical challenges.ice breaker games - beer bingo

4. Name Games

Nearly all of us have experienced that agonozing moment – we should know a colleague’s name, but we get caught checking their name badge. The shame! Joking aside, our Name Games actually encourage the name badge stare-down and provide quick and natural conversation starters for even the shyest of guests. The below example utilizes yearbook-style superlatives as a prompt, but the creative options are endlessly customizable.

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Ice Breaker Games – Need More Info?

If you’re looking for creative and affordable ways to enhance your upcoming networking event, contact The Event Team today. Our team of experts have been designing memorable and engaging ice breaker games for nearly three decades. We can’t wait to help you and your guests get the party going!

Cool for the Summer – 6 Fresh San Diego Tours and Activities

As summer quickly approaches, we’re highlighting some fun-focused tour and team building options for corporate groups. From animal lovers to art aficionados, athletes to brainiacs, there is something for everyone! Here are 6 Fresh San Diego Tours and Activities:

1. Falcon Interaction

Experience flying a trained bird of prey to the glove and learn about one the world’s oldest hunting traditions. During this activity, you can enjoy a basic falconry lesson, or opt for the more in-depth hawk walks for more adventure and glove time with the bird.

san diego tours falcon experience

2. Poolside You Build It Boats

Skip the sand and row, row, row your boat while sipping cocktails poolside. This high-energy team building event challenges guests to design, build, market, and race custom-built boats from the comfort of the hotel pool!

3. TOMS Style Your Sole

One of our most creative philanthropic team building activities, Style Your Sole is the perfect way to express your artistic vision and community spirit. Following this shoe-decorating event, each pair of TOMS will be donated to the local homeless population, plus TOMS will match your donation with shoes for kids around the globe!

san diego tours - toms style your sole

4. Room Escape

Now you can transform a hotel ballroom into a life-size puzzle! For this team building event, participants are “locked” in a room and must escape by exploring their surroundings to find clues and solve a series of puzzles within a set time limit. Depending on venue and group size, multiple rooms and variations are available. Unlock the fun and “escape” with your team.

San Diego Tours Team Building - Room Escape

5. Rock Against the Clock

One of our newest CSR team building activities is our music-focused Rock Against the Clock. At the start of this program, each team is given a guitar body with several missing parts (neck, bridge, strings, etc.). First, participants compete against one another in a variety of challenges to earn the missing pieces of their guitars. Once assembly is complete, teams will play a song using a tablet and instructional apps. After the mini-concert, a representative from a local Boys & Girls Club (and possibly some youth participants) will accept the group’s donation.

san diego tours team building rock against the clock

6. FootGolf 

Following the basic rules of golf, this game utilizes a regulation size soccer ball and 21-inch diameter cups. Don’t worry, we guarantee novices and pros alike will get a kick out of this unique activity.

san diego tours team building - footgolf

San Diego Tours and Activities – Need More Info?

If you’re in search of fresh corporate tours San Diego, contact The Event Team today! Our custom tour proposals feature options for every budget and demographic. In addition to San Diego, we also provide tours throughout Southern California. Additional destinations include Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.

3 Popular Outdoor San Diego Team Building Events

This week, we’re showcasing three of our most popular outdoor San Diego team building events. First off, let’s start by giving props to SoCal weather for allowing us to provide these programs year-round. Next, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to build team spirit while soaking up the San Diego sun!

Beach Olympics / Corporate Castaways

While our beach team building programs are structured similarly, they can be themed to match an Olympic or castaways style. (So basically, tell us if you prefer a regular volleyball or Wilson). Here’s a look at a recent beach event that we operated last month at Paradise Point Resort and Spa.

You Build It Boats

While we have hosted several You Build it Boats events on the beach, clients sometimes opt to “race” their final creations in the on-property pool. Naturally, this makes for hilarious competition! Check out our favorite moments from a recent You Build it Boats at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.

Gaslamp Adventure Rally / Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt

Last but not least, may be suggest a Smart Phone scavenger hunt? Guests always have a great time in the Gaslamp, seeking out historic attractions, posing in front of famous venues, and even performing random acts of kindness. Also keep in mind that The Event Team can customize a San Diego scavenger hunt just for you.

Need More Info on San Diego Team Building?

If you’re considering adding San Diego Team Building to your next corporate meeting or convention, don’t hesitate to contact The Event Team destination management company for more information, options, and pricing! Also, don’t forget to flip through our team building overview for more inspiring ideas and CSR options!

San Diego Team Building - You Build It Boats

San Diego Headquarters, (corporate event planning San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara):
2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

For US and International companies looking for a (DMC) in Southern California, call us toll-free at:
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A Winning Recipe: Culinary Team Building San Diego

Last month, we hosted a successful culinary team building San Diego event for 35 guests out of L’Auberge Del Mar. Located at The Curious Fork in beautiful Solana Beach, the program showcased San Diego’s popular foodie culture. Check out some highlights from the event below!

Appetizer Challenge

The event kicked off with an appetizer challenge. Led by a professional chef, guests worked in teams to prepare several tasty starter dishes including Lobster Bisque, Beet Hummus, and more.

Culinary Team Building San Diego appetizer

Craft Cocktail Design

Next up, a mixology class taught by our professional bartender/instructor. After learning proper technique, strategy, and approach, guests created craft cocktails utilizing fresh ingredients like persimmon, apple, pear, peaches, and fresh herbs.

Culinary Team Building San Diego mixology

Moroccan Themed Seated Dinner

Finally, participants sat down for a Moroccan-inspired catered dinner. On the menu, a starter of baby greens followed by Chicken or Vegetable Tangine, Saffron Quinoa Couscous, and Roasted Stuffed Eggplant, concluding with a dessert course featuring Honey Glazed Almond Pastries.

culinary team building san diego dinner

Need More Info on Culinary Team Building San Diego Events?

If you’re interested in gathering more information and pricing for a culinary team building San Diego event, please contact The Event Team destination management company today. We’ll factor in your budget, group size, location, and meeting objectives to source the perfect Southern California venue and tailor a program to meet all your needs. In addition, we can enhance your event with festive decor and dynamic entertainment. Finally, we can also incorporate food packing and donation options to benefit local food banks and charities.

San Diego Headquarters, (corporate event planning San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara):
2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

For US and International companies looking for a Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California, call us toll-free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

Team Building San Diego – Charity Bike Builds are Back

Hear ye, hear ye! Charity Bike Builds are back, and they’re better than ever! We kicked off 2017 with an impressive array of team building San Diego events, but one of the biggest highlights was our recent Charity Bike Build program at the Hard Rock Hotel. It’s true, bike-building events can be seen as somewhat of a dinosaur in the team building industry. But The Event Team bike builds remain popular for several reasons:

team building san diego bike build

High Energy Games and Friendly Competition

We believe great charity team building events are all about achieving results via experience. Whether you’re building bikes for youth organizations or assembling care packages for military families, we do more than just put you to work. We utilize dynamic facilitators and high-energy games to create a friendly but competitive atmosphere.

San Diegans Love Their Bikes

Don’t get us wrong, we want every child in the world to have a bike (and a puppy while we’re making wishes). But for team building San Diego events, bike builds especially make a lot of sense considering we enjoy some of the best biking conditions in the country. San Diego enjoys around 265 sunny days per year, plus we are one of the Top 10 “Greenest” cities in the country. Biking is practically in our DNA.

Direct and Immediate Impact

At the very least, we invite a representative from our local youth organization to accept your donation and speak on behalf of the recipients. In many cases, the children are able to attend the event and directly receive the bikes. So many of today’s kiddos don’t get a fair chance at a carefree childhood. While our Charity Bike Build program might not be the newest team building idea, it offers one of the best rewards possible: putting smiles on children’s faces.

Need More Info on Team Building San Diego Events?

If this blog “spoke” to you, or if you’re interested in finding more team building San Diego ideas, contact The Event Team today! Our San Diego destination management company is here to help you with all your philanthropic team building needs!

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):
2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

5 San Diego 5K Venues for your next Corporate Fun Run

January is here, and we hate to tell you, but it’s time to back away from the Christmas cookies. If you’re a meeting planner headed to San Diego, we suggest getting your team in gear with a Fun Run? This outdoor fitness activity is a wonderful way to re-energize your attendees while showcasing our beautiful city! Here are 5 San Diego 5K Venues for your next Corporate Fun Run:

1. Embarcadero Park North

An ideal choice for corporate 5K events, this outdoor venue is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center. Bordering Seaport Village, the course runs alongside San Diego Bay and features picturesque views of magnificent landmarks like the”Kissing Statue” and USS Midway Museum. Why we love it: Close proximity to the Convention Center and Downtown Convention hotels make it possible to hit the snooze button one more time before reporting to the early-morning starting line. 

San Diego 5K Venues Embarcadero Park

2. De Anza Cove Mission Bay

De Anza Cove is a tranquil park located within Mission Bay. Highlights include easy freeway access, ample parking, covered picnic space, and a winding pathway that is perfect for a San Diego corporate 5K. Why we love it: Peaceful and serene, you won’t even realize you just spent the last 45 minutes exercising.

de anza cove San Diego 5K Venues

3. Balboa Park

The nation’s largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo. Featuring gorgeous architecture and plenty of recreational spaces, Balboa Park is an excellent San Diego 5K venue option. Why we love it: We highly recommend a visit to Balboa Park on any trip to San Diego – you might as well get some exercise while you’re at it.balboa park San Diego 5K Venues

4. Liberty Station

Offering 28 acres of incredible, historic surroundings at the former Naval Training Center San Diego, Liberty Station encompasses beautifully restored buildings and lush landscapes.
Why we love it: The venue’s enclosed campus makes Liberty Station a safe selection for family-friendly 5Ks. liberty station San Diego 5K Venues

5. Coronado Tidelands Park

The largest San Diego Bay park, Tidelands Park accommodates events for up to 3,000 guests. Offering picturesque views of the beautiful Coronado Bridge, the park also includes a small beach, recreational fields, picnic areas and plenty of open space for a variety of outdoor activity. A scenic path extends from the Silver Strand to the Old Ferry Landing. Why we love it: 5Ks on Coronado Island provide a post-card-worthy view of San Diego bay. 

San Diego 5K Venues tidelands park

San Diego 5K Venues – Need More Info?

If you’re looking for San Diego 5K venues, our full-service destination management company will take care of all the logistics! From permitting to security to signage, we’ll jump through all the hoops so you don’t have to! Contact The Event Team DMC today to learn more.

 

6 Last Minute Office Holiday Party Ideas

If you’re feeling a little Ho Ho Hum about this year’s office holiday party, don’t fret! The Event Team is here with 6 last minute office holiday party ideas to make your event merry and bright:

1. Santa’s Workshop: Cookie-Decorating and Wreath-Making Stations

Whether or not their DIY game is on point, guests always appreciate interactive stations at work parties because they offer an opportunity to do something other than make awkward conversation about their holiday travel plans. Station options include cookie-decorating, wreath-assembly, ornament design, and more!

cookie decorating office holiday party ideas

2. Reindeer Games: Merry Minute to Win It and Caroling Karaoke

If your team is a more competitive bunch, we suggest hosting a good old fashioned holiday game night. Divide guests into teams and battle against the clock in a series of holiday-themed challenges in our Merry Minute to Win It game. After everyone has enough egg nog (aka liquid courage) break out the karaoke machine for our Caroling Karaoke competition.

Minute to Win it office holiday party ideas

3. Deck the Halls: Venue Selection and Holiday Decor Themes

Opt for all the traditional holiday trimmings, or get creative with a decor theme that matches your city, venue, or company brand. Some suggestions include a Christmas Beach Party theme at an oceanfront venue, a Winter Funderland circus/carnival theme at a local children’s museum, or a spooky Nightmare Before Christmas theme at a private estate.

nightmare before christmas office holiday party ideas

4. The GIF that Keeps on GIFing: Festive Photobooths

Photobooths continue to be all the rage at corporate events, and for good reason. Where else can you don a Santa hat and Groucho Marx glasses at the same time? There are no shortage of awesome photobooth variations to choose from. The Event Team can you hook you up with greenscreens, slow motion videos, light painting, photo flipbooks, and the ever-popular GIF booth, to name a few.

Photobooth office holiday party ideas

5. Do You Hear What I Hear: Carolers and Drummer Boys

Liven up your event with the sights and sounds of professional holiday musicians and entertainers. The carolers, drummer boys, children’s choirs, etc., have been practicing all year for this. Spreading cheer for all to hear is a job they take seriously, and your party will be better for it.

drum squad office holiday party ideas

6. That’s a Wrap: Volunteering and Holiday Bonding Activities

If a holiday party didn’t quite make it on your 2016 wishlist, there are still ways to sprinkle a little joy throughout your company. Take a day out of the office and volunteer your time toward a local community program. Gift-wrapping donated toys for youth outreach organizations or assembling  military care packages are perfect options for this time of year. The Event Team can also arrange a casual bonding activity for your team, such as a local brewery tour or a friendly game of footgolf (our team just did this last week and had a blast!).

san diego footgolf office holiday party ideas

Office Holiday Party Ideas – Need More Info?

Contact The Event Team destination management company today for more information on these and other office holiday party ideas!