DISCOVER EVENT IDEAS

Hosting any event is fun! Just the sheer number of people and the excruciating amount of hard work that goes into organizing it to seeing it all come through on the day of the event can be one long but enormously fun ride. On top of it all, ensuring an adequate turnout while making it worth their while to attend, is a task in itself. This is where choosing the right event idea or theme can make a world of difference.

In fact, the best way to enhance any event is to tie it all together with a theme. From a trade show booth or activation to an employee appreciation celebration, here are some events that incorporated our games. These theme and event ideas are sure to get guests in the spirit of the party. Keep checking back to this page, we will continue to update with new event photos!

Claw Machine Rentals

Claw Machines definitely get attendees to your booth! Usually there’s so much going on at a tradeshow that’s it really hard to grab someone’s attention. Trying to attract more people to your booth to have time to create a bond? Claw Machine rental may be your answer! Phoenix Amusements provides a few different claw machine rentals to increase your booth attendance and allow your salespeople the additional time to speak to new prospective clients, as well as create a show floor buzz.

We work with you in deciding on prizes that you can provide or we can help out. If you’re providing the prizes, we just ask that you either provide us samples or understand that the claw itself has limitations. By us testing the claw machine with your prize, we’re able to ensure that the claw machine can pick up your prize and that the prize will fit in the chute. There’s a few ways to eliminate this concern by using either empty capsules that you place prizes into or we can stuff for you. Or you can use color coded prizing. Color Coded prizing allows you to coordinate the total look of your claw machine and the options to control how many prizes correspond to each color ball (stress balls, squishy balls, etc.).

If you wish us to provide the prizes, we will need some general direction from you like your budget for prizes, how many prizes do you plan on giving away and what kind of prize. For instance, stuffed animals can range from $1 to $75 each. It all depends on the size and licensing of products. We can work with you!

We also require tokens to be used with our claw machines. We have found through out the years, that by using tokens, it diminishes the motor of the claw machine from burning out. When you do not use claw machine tokens, the guest stays in front of the machine until they win the prize they want. This does not give the claw machine a chance to re-set the claw/motor and in-turn burns the motor out. By using tokens, you also eliminate your competitors playing and winning your prizes too! We provide generic tokens, but you can also customize too. One of our clients customized their tokens and then attached to a pre-printed card as a call to action that were placed in VIP gift bags in attendees hotel rooms to drive them to their booth!

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We offer two types of claw machines; the Prize Cube (white with LED lights) and the Grab N Go Claw Machine (black color). We have multiples of each type of crane.

We also offer custom wraps or branding for our entertainment to further promote your company. Working with our event specialists, we’ll suggest trade show traffic builders to fit your booth size, theme and budget. With over 50 years in business, we have the expertise, knowledge and skill sets to find that perfect trade show traffic builder for your next expo.

Carnival Event Ideas

Just the mention of a carnival event can build up anticipation as you start counting the days leading up to it. It brings up fun memories or at the very least evoke lovely images of people wearing colorful costumes and headdresses made of large colorful feathers, drums beating, music and dance, elaborate floats, crowds cheering, and all things fun and exciting. 

As fun as they can be, carnival events require planning and execution. The last thing you want is to build up excitement only to squash it with a poorly planned event or worse, a flop show. To make your event a smash success, choose a fun carnival theme event idea, a variety of games, and plan, plan, and plan, everything right from the decoration to the food and games! 

Carnival Event Planning Tips

One of the main draws to carnival-style games is the competition involved, and a shot at winning a prize. There’s little more satisfying than grabbing a prize in the claw machine, or earning a high score with Whack-A-Mole, or going head to head with a friend at a football toss game. 

Isn’t food one of the main draws? Some examples of fun foods to include are of course classic carnival foods like funnel cakes, peanuts, popcorn, pretzels, or even carnival-themed cookies. To liven up the venue and add a classic carnival touch, consider erecting tents to host the food stalls and decorate the venue with colorful pennant streamers, lights, multi-hued feathers, and lanterns. To really stand out, try out our Cotton Candy Vending Machine!  

Whether your event is a carnival theme party, a fall festival, or a spring fling, we have a variety of games to fit your needs. Let us know if you’re in need of prizing or just how to give away prizes. We can work with you and your budget to find the perfect fit. From customizing Zoltar fortunes to printing your own tokens for our claw machine, we have options to fit your engagement activity. Below you will find a variety of events that focus on this party idea. Hopefully it will help you in planning or give you carnival event ideas to help direct you in your game selections.

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Social Event Ideas

Social Events range from weddings, anniversaries or Mitzvahs. Family Gatherings like birthday parties, anniversaries and weddings, City Festivals, or even Corporate Picnics fall within this broad category. Most would consider a social event whenever a large group of people gather that require planning and coordination. Pretty vague but covers all aspects.

In the past, a social event centered around a more personal or family celebration, but it has evolved to include any and all gatherings. A trend for more interactive activities being included in these social events has risen in the last few years. We’re seeing wedding receptions with a carnival theme, corporate picnics with more than yard games and family reunions with Karaoke Machines and Skee Ball or Basketball Arcades! Birthday parties have become a major celebration along with backyard graduation parties.

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Tradeshow Ideas

AWESOME ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR TRADE SHOW!

Looking for ways to increase attendance in your trade show booth? Trying to attract more people to your booth to have time to create a bond? Look no further! Phoenix Amusements provides booth attractions to increase your booth attendance and allow your salespeople the additional time to speak to new prospective clients, as well as create a show floor buzz. Immerse your prospects in attractions that will be a positive memorable experience. We also offer custom wraps or branding for our entertainment to further promote your company. Check out our Custom Money Blowing Machine or Custom Claw Machine! Working with our event specialists, we’ll suggest trade show traffic builders to fit your booth size, theme and budget. With over 50 years in business, we have the expertise, knowledge and skill sets to find that perfect trade show traffic builder for your next expo.

Our inventory includes a wide variety of interactive games such as classic arcades from the 80’s to sports bar games of billiards, air hockey and electronic darts. We also specialize in traffic builders for trade shows. Along with arcade games, we provide photobooths, bleachers and other event accessories.

PARTNERING WITH YOU FOR MOST EFFECTIVE ATTRACTIONS

By listening to our clients, we find out what they are trying to achieve with a traffic builder or how they want to integrate with an existing theme or marketing message. Here are a few examples:

  • Postal Tracking Software Company: Client wanted to integrate their software with a customized and personal giveaway. We created a new custom postcard incorporating local landmarks of the city the trade show was held in along with the company logo and message. The postcard was pre-printed with the clients information and an additional marketing message. Pre-printed barcodes were added to each postcard so the client’s software could track its progress within the postal system. In addition, we utilized our SocialShare technology that allowed each participant to email their photo taken to himself along with any co-workers or friends.
  • Clinical Research Company: Client wanted to utilize 3D printing in their trade show booth but wanted a custom giveaway that would be used daily. Since the smaller printers used for 3D printing technology can not print in huge volumes, we worked with the client to create a custom 3D model with their logo and with their company’s website address. We pre-printed a few of them before the show and then during the show as a live demonstra tion to draw additional traffic to their booth. The client created a drawing with a custom hashtag to create a social media buzz.
  • Customer Appreciation Nights:  Look outside your booth and host a game night for your customers or prospects.  This envirnoment provides a more relaxed and more time for you to get to know your customers, prospects and other employees.  What a better way to end days of meetings, walking an exhibit floor than to play some pool, shoot some basketball or play some of your favorite classic arcades? Several of our clients through the years host a game night instead of a formal gala or a VIP room for a smaller initimate gathering for the duration of the conference.

CORPORATE EVENT IDEAS

What comes to mind when you hear “corporate event”?  Company picnic, sales meeting, and company anniversary are just a few examples.  What about employee appreciation, fun Fridays, or annual updates?  There are as many types of corporate events as there are occasions to celebrate or mark the corporate calendar, regardless of the type of organization or sector.

We know that corporate events can channel new peer or customer relationships but that’s not all. They play a vital role in attracting investors, retaining employees, improving team dynamics and collaboration, acquiring new clients, entertaining existing clients, building lasting relationships with vendors, and the list goes on.

As fun as they sound, corporate events therefore need thorough planning and execution given the vast business potential they can help uncover. Together, we can create events that provide an avenue of engagement, interaction, and lasting bonds. Not sure what you need or have an event idea in mind? Let Phoenix Amusements help you in your event planning.

Choosing the Right Corporate Event Idea 

Corporate events are a few occasions when your employees and clients can break free from work meetings, endless tasks, projects, balance sheets … you get the drift. So planning a fun corporate event that helps them unwind while simultaneously commemorating an occasion or achieving the intended business objective is a good idea.

Before brainstorming corporate event theme ideas, one of the most important steps is to identify the purpose of the event along with the audience. Will it be just a fun evening to give the employees an occasion to mingle, interact, and simply let their hair down? Will it be a formal event to thank a client for their continued business? Or will it be an annual organizational event, which requires mandatory attendance and as a result, special planning and execution?

Thus, establishing the purpose and knowing the audience can help set the context for selecting unique corporate event ideas. Some formal events would be a success by including keynote or guest speakers, panel discussions, or industry-related seminars. In contrast, other corporate social event ideas would involve recreational activities with annual retreats, ballroom dancing, or club socials. There’s no clear winner as it all depends on the occasion.

Liven up Corporate Events with Games

Looking for games for your corporate breakroom?  We can provide our games on a long term basis too. This service also includes us servicing and maintaining the arcade machines. What a way to keep your employees happy, engaged, and wanting to stay at the office! Our inventory includes a wide variety of interactive games such as classic arcades from the 80’s to sports bar games of billiards, air hockey, and electronic darts.  Here are a few corporate event photos to help you in your planning or to jump start those creative juices!

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RETRO GAME IDEAS

Throwing a retro party and don’t know where to start? Retro basically means in the past, so what means retro to you may mean something differently to others. In gaming, retro typically means the 80s when arcades became popular and hit the mainstream. “Video games were introduced in amusement arcades in the late 1970s and were most popular during the golden age of arcade video games, the early 1980s.” We carry both the 70s and 80s Retro Games that would fit any Retro Theme Party. Look no further for your Retro Game Ideas. Some of our retro games include: Donkey Kong Arcade, Ms. Pacman, Galaga and Frogger.  We have quite a few more!

“Other opinions place this period’s beginning in the late 1970s, when color arcade games became more prevalent and video arcades themselves started appearing outside of their traditional bowling alley and bar locales, through to its ending in the mid-1980s.[7] The golden age of arcade games largely coincided with, and partly fueled, the second generation of game consoles and the microcomputer revolution.”

Since Phoenix Amusements opened it’s door in 1959, starting off in the jukebox business, we’ve worked with the rental games that are the most popular, know the retro arcade games that have issues and know how to fix our own arcade equipment. Our Retro Classic Games are the most sought after for the classic retro party! And don't forget to add our Retro Carpet to kick it up!

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Kids Birthday Party Ideas

Throwing a kid's birthday party and don’t know where to start? Stay on top of trends and bring them to your birthday celebration. Look no further for your Retro Game Ideas.

One of the top Altanta Planners, Jahlil McAllister said, "I tell my clients all the time, it should be more than a pretty party,” she added. “It should be an experience, and as kids get older, they don’t want just a bounce house.”

Since Phoenix Amusements opened it’s door in 1959, starting off in the jukebox business, we’ve worked with the rental games that are the most popular.  We not only offer fun games but can customize to fit your birthday party theme. Some of the themes we've worked with include: Toy Story, Blippi, Jurassic World, and more.

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Golfing Event Ideas

Golf Events know no bounds! From golfing events at golf courses to hole in one events, we can help you with interactive golf games for your golf themed party. Want to drive engagement at your expo booth? Place a golf theme game in your tradeshow booth to spend some time with prospective clients. We carry a very unique 9 Hole Mini Golf Course that come in 3 different configurations along with the ablity to customize the course too!  From the longest hole, 3 or 6 hole courses we have one for you.  Another fun option is our PuttSkee putting games. And don't forget LadderGolf or Ladderball. Check out some photos of events that integrated golf event ideas into their interactive game activities.

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Awesome Superbowl Party Ideas

Great Football Themed Games and more for the next Super Bowl Party or VIP Room!

Whether your event is a Super Bowl party, a VIP room for the Game or a football themed event, we have a variety of games to fit your needs. Let us know if you’re in need of prizing or just how to give away prizes. We can work with you and your budget to find the perfect fit. From customizing pool tables with your team’s logo the felt, printing your own tokens for our claw machine, we have options to fit your engagement activity. Here you will find a variety of events that focus on this football themed corporate eventsfootball party ideas or activation. Hopefully it will help you in planning or give you ideas to help direct you in your football event game selections. For VIP rooms, we receive requests for a variety of games not only football themed for game day or week-long activities. Classic Retro games are a favorite along with games that fit a sports bar theme (foosball, air hockey, etc.). It all depends on the space available and your guests demographics. Give us a call and let us help you!

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