How to put on the Very Best Corporate Summer Party of 2017

Put on a great corporate summer party this year.

Yes, it’s that time of year again, the planning of the annual corporate summer party. We as a nation are spending more time outside in the open air and now it is the time for businesses to embrace the fact that we don’t have to hold corporate events in uninspiring hotel spaces.

Christmas comes but once a year, but summer parties are on the rise so it’s a good time to take advantage of longer hours in the sun – lacklustre corporate parties can leave staff feeling bored and under-valued but corporate summer parties are a great way to boost employee morale and encourage team building.

And as Katherine puts it: "I have noticed a steady increase of Moroccan parties this last season. I think its because it presents an all-encompassing theme where you can really let your imagination go wild"

Corporate hospitality is a major part of a company’s profile and at the Arabian Tent Company we have highly trained technicians assembling a wide range of fun, exotic and memorable solutions for every kind of outdoor event.

More and more businesses are coming to us wanting their summer events to be that little bit more special – holding a corporate summer party means you can make the most of the British summertime, so why skip the opportunity to maximise the impact?

This is why corporate summer parties are becoming increasingly popular; being able to host outdoors with complete stylistic freedom means more fun.

Corporate summer parties vary enormously and we have found that it's great to encompass all manner of outdoor activities – creating areas for children for example, or perhaps a stage or area for presentations and awards.

So, the first thing to do is decide on a theme – let your mind run free!

Create your own mini-festival

Embrace the fact that festival culture is increasing (let’s face it, a large percentage of your guests will have attended at least one of the major events on the festival calendar) and it’s time that businesses break the mould, crate their own mini-festivals and enjoy the benefits of bucolic fun.

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Set up the decks and get your party moving! Credit: Light Trick Photography

And with our own background in outdoor parties, we understand what is required to create a festival area that people will be drawn too and enjoy using. From the 'Rabbit Hole' at Glastonbury, the 'Lucky Cat' at Camp Bestival, we can accommodate over 400 people on daybeds, pouffes and sofas, as well as our extensive range of props and furniture to really create that festival ambience.

Our strong links with the festival world means we continue to hire backstage festival tents each year to Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Glastonbury, Brighton Pride and many others, meaning we are well equipped for hosting a corporate summer party.

corporate summer party yurts

We can also provide yurts for the real glamping experience!

See what else we have to offer on our festival page.

Rise in Moroccan style parties

Here at The Arabian Tent Company, we have noticed an insurgence of Moroccan style parties - and its not hard to see why as its all encompassing theme means you can embody food, drink and entertainment into the theme whilst creating a warm, cosy and laidback atmosphere for your party.

We would suggest the Arabian tent with food as the main attraction – there are a lot of options when it comes to Mediterranean cuisine – such as chicken cooked in Moroccan spices can be served in tajines, as well as vegan options including cous cous and salads with lemon zest.

Traditional Moroccan thirst quenchers like mint tea and spiced cocktails will go down well with the food menu.

Viva La Tropicana

Cocktails – what better way to get people to let their hair down than a tropical-themed party?

A tropical beach themed party will ensure that your corporate summer party is genuinely well received. Encourage staff and clients to celebrate colour with Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts and flip-flops. If your party is missing a beach or a pool, you can create a tropical vibe with our Tikki Hut Tent, kitsch inflatables and a colourful cocktail selection.

A great example is our Viva La Fiesta tent – this bold, Mexican-inspired tent is the most recent addition to the collection, was inspired by travels in South America and has ‘Day of the Dead’ and Frida Kahlo inspirations.

Casino Themed Party

A little more sophistication? Then try a Casino-themed party in the La Rouge Marquee, our plush and glamorous Casino-style festival tent perfect for any high-stakes night. It’s hard to match the excitement of a night at the tables, which is why the casino corporate event theme is one of our favourites. Make everyone feel like a winner with an evening of Blackjack, Poker and Roulette. Opt for black-tie, greet guests with dry martinis, and your corporate party will be on to a winning streak.

Bollywood theme party

Great Gatsby

Or how about Great Gatsby Themed Cocktail Party? The 1920s were an exhilarating time to be alive. Jay Gatsby’s style of opulent hosting met with that era’s aesthetic elegance makes the Great Gatsby a dazzling corporate event theme. Hire classic cars and celebrate the golden era of romanticism at your corporate party with an Art Deco styling – flapper dresses and feather boas for the ladies, smoking jackets and spats for the gents. Add champagne towers and live jazz to the mix and your corporate event will go down in history.

See more of our 1920s themed party ideas in the gallery.

It’s all in the details!

In addition to tents and furniture, further inspiration will come from our huge collection of fabric and props to transform indoor spaces such as offices, hotels, conference centers and meeting rooms, as well as help with the catering, entertainment and be on hand for advice at all stages of your event. Of course, if your corporate summer party is to be in a location other than your business address, we will source the right venue for you (we can satisfy any request from farms to country manors) from then we can provide:

Tents and furniture

Dress the venue to impress and think outside the corporate box – our tents range from English Tea, Cornish Cream and Pearl Tents to exotic Arabian, Raj and the Purple Palace below – there are no limits as to how much your corporate summer party can impress clients or treat your staff – let your imagination go and we’ll do the rest.

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The plush Purple Palace. Credit: Light Trick Photography

Draping and props to transform offices, hotels, conference centers and meeting rooms.

Luxury Loos

Not often would you find yourself complimented on your loos - step in the Beach Hut and Gypsy Wagon luxury loos!

Original entertainment

No evening is complete without some original entertainment - in the past our tents have seen fire acts, burlesque acts and a magician!


Catch the moments inbetween with Megabooth photobooths!

LED dancefloors

Turn your dancefloor into a twinkling odyssey with LED dancefloors and our twinkling trees.

Once you’ve decided from the extensive Arabian Tent Company catalogue, it’s over to us to ensure that everything runs smoothly, on time and with minimal disruption. Our process ensures that your summer event will proceed smoothly with no fuss.

We love to collaborate with clients who have specific ideas, and always jump at the chance to create a new bespoke party marquee, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and share your vision – we’d really love to hear from you!

0800 193 5229

Thank you to photographer Light Trick Photography.

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