Use these 4 easy tips to transform your next corporate event into a spectacular Gala Dinner.
Tip 1 – Make a great first impression
From the moment they arrive, your guests should know they are in for a fun, spectacular evening so choose decorations that create the WOW factor.
These days, event decorations are more than table centrepieces and chair sashes. They can include floral walls, trellised archways, plants and flowers suspended from the ceiling, chandeliers, candelabras, even tropical fish tanks and faux sand castles if they match the theme.
If you are hosting a themed Gala Dinner, the room decorations should immediately transport your guests. For example, if your theme is Under the Big Top, the décor should take your guests to the circus.
Tip 2 – A balanced mix of entertainment & conversation
Keep the WOW factor coming with carefully selected, jaw dropping entertainment. If your venue allows, consider aerial performers (they require high ceilings), acrobats, contortionists, fire eaters, stilt walkers and dancers. Hiring a comedian is another option to add fun and humour to your event.
Mix it up a little with a dance floor and music to keep your guests moving and energised. Depending on your budget, live musicians are always popular – especially if their music matches the theme of your Gala. Alternatively, hiring a DJ is a cost effective option and s/he will be able to play a variety of music to suit the tastes of your guests.
Try to balance all of this excitement with quieter periods so your guests can chat with each other and mingle between tables. Also allow time for speeches and presentations if required.
With many components to the entertainment, it’s a good idea to hire an experienced MC for the night. His or her role will be to direct your guests’ attention by introducing the entertainment and speakers as well as keeping the whole event flowing and on schedule.
Tip 3 – Choice of food and drinks
The food you serve your guests can make or break the success of a Gala Dinner so don’t skimp on the quality of the food served.
Table service is the norm, however some organisers choose dessert buffets as a way to get guests away from their table and mingling with each other.
Provide plenty of soft drinks to ensure each designated driver has plenty of non-alcoholic options. Soft drinks are also important for those guests who love to dance. They usually need a lot of rehydration.
Tip 4 – Ask for help
Gala Dinners require a great deal of organisation so ask for help from a committee or the venue itself.
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park provides a range of options for organisations wanting to hold a Gala Dinner. In addition, their experienced corporate event managers have the contacts to help you source anything you desire.
Enquire online for more information or call 02 9764 9900.
These days, table centrepieces are more than a few flowers popped into a vase. They have become key components in decorating a room for any special occasion:
- High table centrepieces or decorations hanging from the ceiling help to make the room seem full when only a few guests have arrived
- Centrepieces help set the mood and ambiance of your special occasion
- They can be used as gifts and mementos for your guests to take home
- Table centrepieces can bring the theme of your special occasion to life
- Impressive centrepieces can be conversation starters when guests don’t know each other
Here are our top tips to help you plan striking table centrepieces for your next special occasion.
Decide on the size and shape of the tables
While round tables are popular, you can also request square or rectangular tables. The shape of the tables will influence the style of the centrepieces.
For example, a single centrepiece will look great on a round table but lost on a large rectangular table. While a long, thin centrepiece can look fantastic on a rectangular table but will make a round table look cluttered.
Let the theme be your inspiration
Fresh flowers and votive candles are popular options for table centrepieces but there are many more possibilities available. Look to the season, reason or theme of your celebration for inspiration. For example:
- Tall vases filled with fabric or real autumn leaves add beautiful rustic tones to an autumn event
- Tall candelabras add drama and elegance to more formal celebrations
- Help your guests relive their childhood by filling large glass bowls with an assortment of chocolates and lollies and encourage them to indulge throughout the event
- For beach-style or summer celebrations, consider using large square bowls filled with sand, faux shells and starfish as well as other beach motifs
- For something different, how about small aquariums filled with goldfish that guests can take home
- For birthday parties, try anchoring helium balloons to small, weighted bags surrounded by fresh flowers
Using tall centrepieces will help to fill the room and give visual impact to your special occasion. However, care needs to be taken to ensure the centrepiece doesn’t restrict conversation around the table.
Tall candelabras work well because their thin base allows guests to look around them. While tall glass vases allow guests to see through them so they can observe everyone at the table. As a rule of thumb:
- Low centrepieces should be less than 30cm high
- Tall centrepieces should be clear or thin to a minimum height of 60cm
A perfect place to celebrate
Surrounded by beautiful parklands and waterways, WatervieW in Bicentennial Park has the space to help you realise your vision – whatever the occasion. Enquire online or phone 02 9764 9900.