Just booked a company "winterfest party" (they leave the whole Xmas party theme out for religious reasons)
I was recommended by the venue (country club) that they are having it at.
And they want a party that peeps won't leave early after dinner and all the prizes are given out....as they have had in the past, with past DJs
I suggested spacing out the prizes throughout the night, and letting them know there will be a grand prize (a really great gift) drawn 1/2 hour before the end of the night, and they have to be present to win.
But they don't want to JUST pull names out of a hat for the prizes. They want some fun ideas on how to do that.
I suggested that they could pull two names out of a hat, and when they think they have won, say "sorry, it's not going to be that easy, you have to name this tune to actually claim your prize"
they liked that idea.
there are many other ideas, like the whole "check under your chair for a colored dot and you are the winner" thing.
Taping an envelope with a gift card for a restaurant, under a chair (or even one chair at each table), and telling everyone to check their chair.
hoola hoop / limbo / etc....contests would be another idea, but it's been done before. We're dealing with mostly peeps in their 40s and 50s, so it can't be TOO physically demanding, etc.
So, I would like to hear some other ideas on how to give away the prizes, beyond the simple "pull the name out of the hat" approach