Last Thursday I attended the Canadian Special Events Expo down at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Vendors were to showcase their ideas and inspiration for event planners. Among the crowds, I did find some elements that I found interesting. In this first post, I have grouped together some ideas that I came across that focus on interactive elements, one way to create a memorable and interesting event.

Picasso Painters had a great demonstration of a model getting painted in a great body paint. They do everything from henna to makeup FX to full body paint. Imagine having this guy walking around greeting guests or handing out the specialty cocktails. It’d definitely be a cause for conversation and would make for a fun photo opp too.

I found a few booths that specialized in providing entertainers at events. This one caught my eye because I love dogs. This little poodle did a variety of tricks and really drew a crowd. Beyond entertainment, Wonderful World of Circus also holds circus workshops that would be great team-building events.

Beyond the human entertainers, there were a few food-related interactive elements at the expo. Many booths had candy buffets like this one that drew people in. This booth actually is a booth for a printer but they had a great spread of candy that drew me in! Aulward Graphics were promoting their special printing techniques like the special white and orange box you see. There are many custom options available for favour boxes out there, and this is a great example.

I actually had my eye on the tiny cupcakes, only to realize the arrangement next to them were made of cupcakes too. They looked really beautiful with the sparkles and pretty colour scheme. Decor that is edible is a great idea!

Guess what these are? They are hamburger macarons! They were pretty delicious too. Along with these, C2 Catering Couture had really unique ways of presenting and thinking about food. Food that makes you curious is always good for events and weddings (as long as they taste good too!).

This booth had a make your own chocolate bar station set up. It was a bit slow to get your basic chocolate bar to put ingredients in and it took time to chill before you got it. This would really cause a hold up at a large event, but it’s an interesting idea.

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