Denver is a very culturally-diverse city and there are a lot of things to celebrate.
While there are already a number of festivals happening annually, there is always room for more.
After all, who would say no to more festivals?
That said, organizing a festival is no small feat. It takes an insane amount of planning, coordination, and logistics to get it done.
But if you are up for it, here are some tips on how to plan a festival in Denver:
Determine the reason or purpose of your festival
A festival without a reason or purpose is just a pimped-out party. A festival is a celebration of something.
Denver can give you a ton of reason for celebration. You can center your festival on relevant issues like gender or racial diversity. You can celebrate the natural wonders around Denver or the state of Colorado in general.
You can even celebrate a festival about weed because Denver is the pioneer in its legalization in our country.
Plan the lineup of activities and performances
Once you know the reason or purpose of your festival, you should have an idea of the kind of activities you want to go on during the festival and the kind of artists you want to invite to perform on your event.
You want them to be relevant to the purpose of your festival.
Decide on a location based on expected turnout
Be mindful of the scale of your event. You have to have an idea about the expected turnout for your festival.
You do not want your place to be too small for a very big crowd, but you also don’t want your place to be too big that it would look like you have a very low turnout.
Plus, it should be appropriate to the theme or purpose of your festival too.
Know the things you have to buy or rent
Make a list of all the things you need to buy or rent for the festival. The stage, the banners, the chairs and tables (if needed), audio equipment, etc.
Also here’s a lit of some event rentals that can take your event to the next level too.
Make sure that you have everything covered.
Most likely, you will need extra funding for your festival. It would be easier to offset some costs by getting sponsors for your festival.
But getting sponsors is not easy. You have to plan the different levels of sponsor packages that includes how much advertising they can get from your event.
They may also ask if they can place booths at your festival or give away their own merchandise. Again, this will depend on the kind of sponsor you will offer them.
Market your festival
No one will come to your festival if no one knows about it. So, make sure that you have an extensive marketing plan to spread awareness about the festival.
Aside from traditional advertising options like newspaper ads or features, and radio and TV ads, consider digital options as well. You can spread the word through different social media channels.
The festival is about having fun. So, while you are being mindful of the execution of your festival, make sure that you are having fun too.
This way, the event won’t feel like a chore but an accomplishment on your part.
If you have not noticed, most events from birthday parties and family gatherings, to wedding and corporate events have one event rental in common.
The photo booth.
Yep, this is the ultimate event rental as it serves so many purposes for your event.
In fact, here are the reasons why every event should have a photo booth.
Your guest will be lining up to get their pictures taken and it will be one of the highlights of the event.
Add on the funny costumes and accessories that most photo booth rentals have and your guest will be taking the time to pose their wackiest.
If you will notice, nobody leaves the photo booth sad. Everybody is smiling.
Want your guests to have something to talk about? Well, the photo booth gives everyone something to talk about.
From the booth’s appearance, to the wacky poses and the fun experiences, up to making fun of the other people’s pictures, people will always have something to discuss about it.
Want to build camaraderie, bring everyone in a photo booth. It is an exercise of friendship and team building.
Team building how? Well, you and dozens of your friends have to figure out how all of you are going to fit into the frame.
Now, tell me that is not an exercise in strategy and cooperation.
Souvenir for guests
This is an instant souvenir that your guests can bring home. And unlike most of the things you can come up with, this is very personal to the guest and something they can cherish.
After all, this is something to remember the event by.
Souvenir for celebrant
And the souvenir is not only for guests. It is for the celebrants as well.
A suggestion, ask your guests to take photos twice. The first print will be for them to take home while the second one is for you to keep. They can even add a note on the prints for you.
It will be a blast looking at all those pictures and reading the notes left by your guests for you.
If the two-print option is not practical for you, you can always ask for a soft copy from your photo booth provider.
This way, you can look at the photos from your computer or mobile phone.
As said above, the photo booth is the ultimate event rental.
No party is complete without it.
Planning to host an event like a wedding, birthday party, or a corporate event?
You are probably already thinking about the big-ticket items that you have to consider like venue, food, and even entertainment.
However, there are simple things that you can add to your event that can have a big impact.
Take a look at some at these 5 event rental items that you should consider for your next event.
A popcorn machine
A popcorn machine gives your event an instant fun way to give your guests some snacks and to distract them as well.
You would think that a popcorn machine is only for carnival, circus, or movie-themed events. You would be wrong.
You’d be surprised at how many events works with a popcorn machine on hand.
It provides nostalgia and it gives people something to snack on while waiting for the event to unfold.
The best part is that it is not too messy that it can ruin formal clothes during formal events.
A photo booth
Another great addition to any event is a photo booth. This is a fun way to get your guests more involved in your event.
Your guests get to have fun doing wacky poses in the booth with each other plus they get an instant souvenir for their trouble.
Best part, you can get a soft copy of all the pictures that you can use for a collage or something else to remember the event.
A jumpy castle obstacle course
You would think that a jumpy castle would only be for children. You would be so wrong.
You will be surprised at how many adults will be excited to bounce up and down like little children on these.
Plus, since it is an obstacle course, there would be some competitive people who would want to take it to the next level.
Next thing you know, you have a Jumpy Castle Obstacle Course race to add to your itinerary.
You may think that any tablecloth for your event will do but your tablecloth will actually help you set the ambiance of your event.
Make sure that your tablecloth matches the motif of your event. If not, it will really be obvious because you will see the contrast between the venue design and your tables immediately.
Also, make sure to use fancy linen. Your guests will quickly notice if you use cheap ones because they will be directly touching the material.
A cool centerpiece
Like your tablecloth, a cool table centerpiece also helps set the mood and ambiance of the event.
Imagine having tables with barren design except for the tablecloth. The table will look too blank.
A cool table centerpiece helps you fill that blank space in the table with something that is desirable to look at.
Plus, it can also be a cool conversation piece for guests, especially if it is really unique.
These are just some of the cool but simple rentals that can elevate your next event.
Do you have other suggestions? Sound off in the comments section!!
Tired of boring formal dinners for friends and family? Maybe it’s time to spice it up, and in this case, somewhat literally.
For your next get-together, why not host your own Taco Fiesta Party!
That’s right, spice up your lunch or dinner and make it more fun with a Taco party that lets your guest go DIY on their own tacos.
But how do you plan the perfect Taco fiesta party? Where to start?
The venue or location is not that important. Unlike formal dinners where you consider everything from the table to the table napkins, Taco fiesta parties don’t require a formal set up.
It can be done indoors or outdoors and everyone is guaranteed a good time. You just need a long enough table for your DIY Taco bar, put some colorful designs, and you are set.
Tables and chairs are even optional.
The best part about Tacos is that you eat it with your hands. Aside from some plates, there are no utensils required.
But just in case, better prepare a few knives and forks. There’s bound to be some guests who would like to go fancy on a non-fancy gathering. Bless their souls.
What you should really stock up on are disposable napkins.
DIY Taco fiesta parties tend to be messy in a good way. People will be stacking up their tacos with as much as they can and spillage is to be expected.
Disposable napkins will be everyone’s best friend.
Your guest’s diet
The best part about hosting a Taco Fiesta party is that you can accommodate different diets because the hosts can DIY their own tacos.
The vegans won’t have to touch the proteins like chicken and beef, while the carnivores can ignore the veggies as long as they want.
The picky-eaters can then choose only those that they want. That includes me, no beans for me, thank you.
The actual tacos
What’s great about Taco Fiesta parties is that the food is not exactly delicate. A lot of it can be prepared beforehand and kept in crack pots, ready to be reheated at a moment’s notice.
Best part is that because it’s DIY, you get the chance to combine different combinations to see what works best.
While you can actually cook up a lot of the ingredients, it might be more convenient to just hire a Taco Fiesta Bar caterer.
You get to have so much variety on your choices and it makes it easier for you to focus on the other stuff like the venue and entertaining the guests because the food is being taken cared off.
Heck, they can even take care of the cutlery and napkins if you want them to.
The arrangement of the ingredients
Now, how do you setup the Taco bar?
Well, you always start the line with the plates. Whether your guest want to take those plates or go plate-commando is up to them. At least, you gave them the choice.
Next up is the tortillas. Try to offer a variety like corn and flour. You can even include tortilla chips for variety.
After the tortillas, you present the proteins like shredded chicken and ground beef. Guests can then move to the greens (or if you’re vegan, go straight here).
After the greens, comes the sides like black beans, avocado, and Mexicali rice.
Last is the salsa and sauces. Give them some guacamole and even some siracha. The more sauces, the merrier.
The perfect party
You might be asking, what about these tips make this a perfect taco party. The answer is nothing.
That’s because a perfect Taco Fiesta party is about it not being perfect. You want people to be messy and spilling things left and right.
After all, a clean taco party is a sad taco party. This is not Monica’s party, people!!
Below is a little more info about the event from the Mile High United Way website.
“This past August, Mile High United Way hosted a brand new event called Altrooizem in collaboration with WeWork- Union Station. The event was created to provide newcomers with tools for inspiration and activation in local philanthropy. The goal was to introduce guests to community issues in a networking format and empower them to create positive change in the community through a Kindness Passport. The passport allows for self-kindness by rewarding our guest with local offers to restaurants and other fun places that make for a sweeter journey.”
Get more information about how you can get involved with Mile High United Way at http://unitedwaydenver.org