Instead of simply holding an event with a meal and a DJ, more people are offering special activities to entertain guests and make the occasion more memorable. Although the concept started as a way to distract children during long events, the trend has spread to adults.
From pottery to painting, more events are supplying guests with art supplies at the dining table and encouraging them to create something special. Although not required, some hosts are going as far as to bring an art teacher to the event to lead the group in a brief sketching class or glazing lesson.
With the prevalence of wineries in the Bay Area, many vineyards are happy to supply your event with a sommelier to guide your guests through a flight of wine. Typically, the free sommeliers will market wines only from their own vineyard, while a paid expert will use a variety of sources to showcase a broad set of options.
A natural fit for weddings, birthdays, and anniversary celebrations, hosts are now offering guests the chance to learn a few dance steps at the party. While some of the dance experts will teach a group dance, most will focus on brief one-on-one lessons for those interested in the standards like the foxtrot, waltz, and tango. Again, you might find a local dance school willing to supply the teacher for free given the likelihood that guests will sign up for lessons.