Creating An Immersive Experience For Your Guests
Thinking of, or currently planning a themed party?! Marvelous! But, have you thought about taking it a few steps further to create a fully immersive party experience for your guests? You might be wondering… what is the difference?! Well, keep reading to find out!
Hosting a fully immersive party experience requires creating a rich, dynamic and riveting encounter that will transport your guests straight into another world. A World that blurs the fine line between fantasy and reality! An over-the-top event that will delight and engage all of the 5 senses in unanticipated and thoughtful ways. It has been our experience, with events we’ve been a part of, that doing so will result in a remarkably memorable celebration, that will wow your guests and will continue to live on and on in the stories they share of their experience!
Now it’s time to explore some of the immersive event elements to really make your party pop!
Create Mood With Themed Decor
Simply hosting a party based on a theme – instead of a more typical celebration – is one of the best ways to create an unforgettable experience for the guests in attendance. When everything from biggest reveals to the smallest details, are in keeping with the theme it can create powerful ways to immerse guests into the alternate reality you’re creating.
For example… you’re aiming for an enchanted forest party theme. In that case, you’re likely to plan on using different lighting effects as well as decor foliage to create the effect you’re after. But, if you want to really elevate the experience for your guests, you should also think of engaging their sense of smell with scented candles or essential oils in lively woods-inspired fragrances to create that mystical forest ambience you’re going for.
Moving on from there you can think about how to use different decor textures to engage the sense of touch. Maybe you want guests to feel compelled to reach out and touch things, if so, elaborate floral arrangements with contrasting textures, including branches, leaves and flowers could be set against gorgeous sueded or silk tablecloths to create both visual and textural interest, and to elevate the sensory experience of your guests while they’re seated at their tables.
Dramatic Lighting Can Make Your Event
Lighting and sound effects are incredibly important elements when hosting immersive experiences! They can be fine tuned to each of the different stages of your party. And, doing so will help to set the tone, pacing and energy of the entire event.
Exterior architectural lighting can also be used at your event venue to amazing effect by lighting up buildings (entryways, pillars, landscaping) as well as natural elements, such as trees, gardens, patios or water features.
Projection Mapping For The Win!
This amazing technology uses video projection to cover surfaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, the outside of buildings and even water features. Using projection mapping has the power to transform the event space into an eye-catching, startling, and immersive alternate reality.
Projection mapping technology is incredibly versatile – and becoming more elaborate all the time – and with the right expertise, and vendor, it can be tailored to any event! Think projecting the starry night sky onto the ceiling, think projecting swirling and bubbling water onto the floor, think projecting a mystical forest or creatures onto the walls. Sounds dreamy right?!
Actors! Yes… That’s Right! Actors!
Depending on the type of party, size of party and theme you’re planning, the use of real character actors is a clever – and often underutilized – way of truly immersing guests into your experience.
Maybe an Elvis impersonator does a set for a Vegas themed event, maybe Sherlock Holmes and Watson pop by to explain the rules for a murder mystery party, maybe Liz, the Queen of England stops in for a cup of tea at a garden party event!
The sky’s the limit. The main point to remember is that whichever elements you choose to include, the safety and comfort of your guests is always the top priority. As such, they should never feel that they’re being forced to participate in activities. And, actors can create those immersive experiences for your guests, while requiring nothing of them but to observe, and hopefully in the end, draw your guests into participating in the fun!
End Note: If you want a truly immersive experience for your guests, try a few of these ideas on for size! Whether you embrace one of them, or all of them, they will be sure to help you level up the party experience!
About the Author
Jake Nissen is a charismatic and refreshingly down to earth DJ who exudes good vibrations. A lifelong music and pop culture fanatic, and natural people person, Jake is passionate about teaming up with you to make your celebration amazing. Jake started his DJ journey while he was earning his Media Arts degree, and DJ’ing at local bars […]