1. Identify the purpose of the meeting
2. Determine the number of attendees, any special requests, gender & age mix
3. Identify a few dates that will work to host the meeting
4. Plan ahead & contact the event venue to ensure space
5. Visualize every detail of the business meeting from start to finish. Outline and define a schedule for the day: meeting start and end time, breaks, lunch, dinner, etc.
6. Outline all food & beverage needs. Be sure to account for meal times.
Consider all of these details and plan ahead. You'll be sure to host a successful and focused meeting!
All the best!
You’ve booked a 2-day meeting (hopefully through me at the Hotel Pattee!). The average 2-day meeting will have your attendees sitting in a chair for 7-10 hours a day covering a variety of topics depending on your company. Meetings wrap up and you’ve had dinner. Now you and your attendees have 3-4 hours in the evening. Below you will find 5 different activities that can be easily implemented into your evening to encourage social interaction between attendees. We’ve had great success with these activities at the hotel!
Ice Cream Team Bonding Activity
The group will be divided into competitive teams and then be challenged to develop a brand new ice cream creation. Before the activity begins participants will be given a few tips of advice from our Executive Chef. Teams must name their ice cream, develop a 60-second skit to sell their creation and design a table display. Teams will present their new creation to a panel of judges and three awards will be given: best flavor, best skit and best ice cream presentation. Activity duration: 1 hour
Mini Golf Team Bonding Activity
The group will be divided into competitive teams and then be responsible for building 1-2 mini golf holes. Each team will be given a variety of materials, a designated space within the hotel and a time limit. Once all golf holes are created, 1 person from each team will be selected to golf the course. Other team members will serve as score keepers and course marshals. Activity duration: 1-1.5 hours
The Hotel Pattee has a 2-lane bowling alley on the lower-level, which can be reserved for private events. We are happy to setup a bar and crank the music!
Winery Team Bonding Activity
The group is divided into teams and then each team becomes their own winery. Participants will be given a short intro to wine and sangria making before the activity begins. Then participants will put their knowledge of wine and sangria to test creating their own unique Sangria blend. Teams must name their Sangria blend, develop a logo and come up with a 60-second sales pitch. Teams will present their Sangria blend to a panel of judges and three awards will be given: best tasting, best sales pitch and best logo. Activity duration: 1 hour
Wine & Canvas Social
Wine & Canvas is a popular activity and a great way to end a long day of meetings! An instructor is brought in and will show your attendees how to paint a specific picture, while enjoying their favorite wine, beer or cocktail! We would be happy to plan an event with advanced notice to bring Wine & Canvas to the Hotel Pattee! Activity duration: 2 hours
Please do not hesitate to contact me publicly or privately with questions about the above activites or event needs.
All the best!
My name is Mahala McDanel and I am the Event Planner for the Hotel Pattee! I recently graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Event Management. How lucky did I get to land a job at the historic and beautiful Hotel Pattee? I know I count my lucky stars every day! I truly enjoy and have always enjoyed making things happen from behind the scenes. I hope to work with several of you to plan one-of-a-kind events!
I simply want to introduce myself for this first blog. I will be posting once a week; you can look for a new blog post every Monday. I will blog event planning tips, ideas, trends, etiquette, interviews with other industry specialists and much more event related information!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me publicly or privately with event needs, questions, special blog requests and suggestions.
All the best!