Breaks That Increase Productivity at All-Day Boston Events
The best Boston catering companies constantly look for ways to add value to corporate and social occasions. And at all-day events, this means designing menus and activities that sustain energy and enthusiasm. With this in mind, our creative event planners came up with some new ways to get more out of breaks, snacks and lunches.
Unique Break Ideas for All-Day Boston Events
Creative Music Break
During morning breaks, guests have lots of energy to release. So let their artistic spirits soar. One of our favorite ways to do this is through music activities—group- or individual-focused. Simple instruments like maracas are the perfect vehicles for guests to share their unique style or learn from an instructor. This is a great way to break the ice and show guests your company is all for trying new things—even if you aren’t a star at first!
Tip: If there is a guest you know has musical talents, set aside a time for him/her to perform for fellow attendees.
Innovative Lunch Buffets
After hours of work or learning, guests’ minds may begin to shut down. So make sure your custom lunch menu sparks the creative side of their brains and gives them the fuel they need to perform at their best. To satisfy guests in a trendy way, skip the ordinary sandwiches and opt for a chilled salad and protein buffet. Many people find that foods with a bit of a crunch and a lot of vitamins keep their brain firing on all cylinders.
Some of our favorite hearty and nutritious buffet options are:
- Grains of the world: Dishes like our Asian noodle salad, Greek-style orzo pasta salad and Moroccan pasta are a great choice for companies that value diversity
- Salads of the world: Our edamame and corn succotash, roasted chickpea salad and three bean salad prove vegetarian dishes can be incredibly satisfying
- Lean proteins: With the right seasoning, healthy cuts of meat are absolutely delicious. Guests love our grilled chicken breasts seasoned with lemon oregano as well as our roasted breast of turkey with garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme and lemon
Healthy Afternoon Snack Stations
It is tempting to include an afternoon break with coffee and sweets—but both come with a whole host of unintended consequences. As a diuretic and stimulant, caffeine is certainly not the ideal choice for all-day meetings. Instead, surprise guests with a healthy afternoon snack. Energy bars, kale chips and trail mix are all great pairs to a fresh squeezed juice bar.
10-Minute Recharge Break
When the battery in guests’ phones starts to run low, chances are their brains are beginning to wear down too. So invite them to visit phone charging refresh lounges where they can power up their cells while relaxing on comfy sofas sipping chilled cucumber water among upbeat décor.
Tip: Charging stations have really taken off since they made a big splash at political conventions. And you can take the experience up a notch using dynamic lighting and decorations.
Pause to Simply Breathe
Fortune suggests breathing and stretching exercises for all day-meetings, and for good reason—they are a simple way to help guests relax and refocus. This is especially important if your company will discuss intense topics that require sitting for long periods of time. Simply invite guests to stand up, leisurely stretch out any stiffness and take a calming breath together.
Physical Activity Break
We can’t highlight the importance of breaks enough. The brain gets fatigued long before you might realize it. We suggest short breaks every 60-90 minutes, and they don’t all have to be for snacks. In fact, physical activity may be just the thing you need to foster increased learning and retention.
If you select one of the scenic outdoor Boston event venues, guests may naturally take a short stroll during a break. But even a flexible indoor space can accommodate physical activities like a quick dance move or a few jumping jacks. Although a bit of exercise might seem silly, it is actually a great way to help guests wake up, laugh and smile together.
Tip: Among BizBash’s 9 innovative ideas for meeting breaks is an attendee-led fitness break—what a fun way to facilitate leadership!
Rewarding Final Break
When your all-day event is about to wrap up, bring out an array of sweet treats for guests to enjoy together or take for the road. Guests always love our !ndulge mini desserts like petite cupcakes, mini mousse shooters and mini pies that incorporate a variety of creative flavors like blueberry thyme. Such innovative sweet treats are the final touch on creative all-day events.
To work with our talented Boston catering team to design a custom menu and event that facilitates an exceptional all-day experience, contact us online or give us a call at (617) 581-1150.
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Devora is the Director of Sales at BG Events & Catering.