How to Plan the Ultimate EOFY Party! | Corporate Event Hire on the Gold Coast, Brisbane & Byron Bay

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With the end of the financial year quickly approaching, why not celebrate your team's success by throwing an EOFY party to remember? EOFY parties are a great opportunity to acknowledge the contribution and achievements of your team, while helping to maintain an amazing office culture and keep the morale high amongst your employees.

Here at Hampton Event Hire, we work with a range of different brands and businesses to bring unforgettable events to life. Keep reading for our guide on planning the ultimate EOFY party, including some event styling inspiration to get you started!

Image via  Soda Photography  / Designed by  PIM Group

Image via Soda Photography / Designed by PIM Group

Define your event style

First things first, take a moment to figure out the kind of experience you want to create for your event. From colourful cocktail parties to intimate long lunches or gala-style dinners, there are so many great options when it comes to throwing a truly memorable, fun and inspiring EOFY party for your team.

To help you determine the best event style to fit your needs, you’ll want to consider the number of guests involved, the atmosphere you want to create, and how you want different groups to interact. For a smaller group of employees, a long leisurely lunch or intimate dinner might be the best fit. For larger corporations, a cocktail party is a great opportunity to get your employees mixing and mingling for a more social affair.

One of the best ways to get clear on the right direction for your EOFY event is to simply ask your team! Gather some feedback, suggestions and ideas from your employees to ensure you plan a celebration everybody can look forward to.

Image via  Soda Photography  / Designed by  PIM Group

Image via Soda Photography / Designed by PIM Group

Image via  Soda Photography  / Designed by  PIM Group

Image via Soda Photography / Designed by PIM Group

Images via The Events Lounge

Find the perfect EOFY function venue

Once you know the kind of atmosphere you want to create, you can move forward with finding the perfect venue for your EOFY festivities! Your venue will set the tone for your entire event, so be sure to consider the overall aesthetic, layout and surroundings to help you find your perfect fit.

Your venue has the potential to influence the overall styling of your event, so keep this in mind if you already have a clear vision or theme locked in. For example, a lush garden venue would be perfectly suited for an alfresco cocktail party, while an industrial warehouse would work well for a unique gala dinner.

As you search for the perfect EOFY function venue, don’t forget to consider these practical details, too:

  • Guest capacity

  • Accessibility

  • Location and distance from your employees

  • Bump in and bump out times

  • On-site event coordination

Here in South East Queensland and Northern NSW, we’re pretty spoilt for choice with a diverse selection of event and function venues dotted across the region. Need some local venue inspiration? Check out some of our top venue picks in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Byron Bay to get started.

Image via  Gabriel Veit  / Styled by  Celebrating in Style

Image via Gabriel Veit / Styled by Celebrating in Style

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Create a memorable atmosphere with furniture and decor

With your venue locked in, it’s time to bring your EOFY party to life with furniture, decor and creative styling! Furniture and decor can really help to set the scene, transform the space and create a cohesive theme for your EOFY party that reflects your vision. Different colours, textures and furniture styles can all be used to create a memorable mood and atmosphere for your EOFY festivities.

For example, a modern tropical setting could be brought to life with bright pops of colour, seagrass umbrellas, bamboo furniture and plenty of lush potted plants. For a black-tie gala dinner, you could opt for dark moody tones, sophisticated furniture and luxe metallic accents. Or for a Hamptons-inspired cocktail party, lots of crisp whites, natural textures and soft linens would be the perfect fit. The styling possibilities are endless - you can check out our different furniture collections right here for some creative inspiration.

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Images via The Events Lounge

You might also choose to personalise your event design to reflect your brand colours and logo, too. Why not create a custom photo backdrop with your business branding, or personalise your bars with creative decals and signage? Here at Hampton Event Hire, our team can work closely with you to create custom designs to suit your own unique vision, and can put together creative furniture concepts to bring the ultimate EOFY party to life. Learn more about our custom build options here!

Image via Princess Polly

Image via Princess Polly

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Incorporate unique entertainment

Something else to think about is how you want your EOFY event to flow from beginning to end. Consider incorporating interactive entertainment for your guests like live music, unique performances, photo booths, DJs or cooking displays to break up the formalities and create a truly memorable EOFY experience for you and your team.

Image via  Soda Photography  / Designed by  PIM Group

Image via Soda Photography / Designed by PIM Group

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Images via  Kate Robinson Photo

Celebrate your success

Above all, your EOFY party is a celebration of your achievements together as a business and as a team. Make sure a portion of your EOFY event is dedicated to thanking staff for their hard work and success. You might choose to present awards, make a personal speech, or even put together a video reflecting on the milestones achieved over the last financial year and goals for the future. Use your EOFY event as an opportunity not only to celebrate an amazing year, but to motivate and inspire your team for the financial year ahead!

We love working with a diverse range of brands and businesses on their exciting corporate events, and have a creative designer on board to help you with your event concepts and themes. Get in touch with our dedicated team right here for more information on our corporate event hire services across the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay.