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.
Christenings, Naming Days and first birthdays are very special family events you want everyone to enjoy. But it can be difficult to find a way to entertain the older children while the adults are having fun.
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park has the solution with an array of entertainment options designed especially for your junior guests. There is a huge choice depending on the age and interests of the children attending. They are also amazingly cost effective.
You’ll be surprised by the possibilities
With WatervieW’s high ceilings and spacious rooms, some parents opt for jumping castles, ball pits, pirate ships or play centres to keep the junior guests entertained. Other popular options are face painting, magicians, super heroes, Disney characters and fairy princesses.
One of the main advantages of providing children’s entertainment at a first birthday, Christening or Naming Day is that everyone is able to have fun. The children are close by, entertained and involved in the celebration while the adults can relax and enjoy the whole event.
Everything is done for you
Another advantage is that everything is done for you. The experienced WatervieW team will help you with every aspect of planning your special occasion – including the children’s entertainment, children’s menu, sumptuous meals for the adults, cake and room decorations. In fact everything you can imagine for your special celebration.
To discover more, click here. Inquire online or phone 02 9764 9900
There’s always a lot of anticipation and excitement in the lead up to your school formal. But you can take the excitement to a whole new level by adding a theme. Masquerade themed school formals are popular because of their flexibility, elegance and touch of mystery.
Go back in time
The first masquerade balls date back to the beginning of the Renaissance period in Venice, Italy. Use this as the inspiration for the décor at your school formal. Include flickering candles and candelabras as table centrepieces or make an entrance through a floral topiary trimmed with fairy lights.
For entertainment, you could consider including a group dance lesson on how to waltz. You might even play a little classical music at the beginning of the formal to set the historical scene.
What to wear: Renaissance masks are elegant and often include gold or silver trims. Some styles of Renaissance mask are mounted to handles and simply held to the face rather than worn.
Make it a Rio Carnival!
The world’s largest masquerade party happens every February in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Take inspiration from this vibrant event by decorating the room with lots of bright colours such as purples, bright pinks, golds and greens.
Scatter glitter or sequins on the tables and consider playing salsa music on arrival to set the Carnival mood. For extra fun, hold a group salsa lesson to get your classmates on the dancefloor
What to wear: Carnival masks are always colourful and often include feathers. Popular masks depict birds, native head dresses and mythical creatures.
Hold a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras
A Mardi Gras masquerade formal maintains the colour and vitality of a Rio Carnival theme but is traditionally more relaxed than other types of masquerade parties. It also gives you the flexibility to ask attendees to wear costumes rather than formalwear.
To create a festive mood, decorate the room with hanging masks, large artificial blooms trimmed with glitter and giant strings of beads. Play lots of jazz music throughout the evening to add a New Orleans vibe.
What to wear: When it comes to a New Orleans Mardi Gras mask, think lots of bling, glitter, sparkles and beads. Nothing is too flamboyant or bright for this colourful masquerade theme.
Planning your school formal?
Whether it’s elegant, casual or themed, WatervieW in Bicentennial Park has the expertise to help you create a memorable School Formal. Enquire online or call 02 9764 9900.
Title: Celebrate the West
HIGHLIGHT Event – Your Invited Friday, 20 March, 2015
Join Bryan Brown, Nathan Hindmarsh, Darren Percival, Tracy Bevan and other special guests as we Celebrate the West.
An inspiring event filled with moving stories, laughs, entertainment and, of course, superb food. It’ll be a day to remember so treat yourself to a fantastic afternoon of fun.
1 Medium sweet potato
100gms rocket salad
1 tsp sea salt flakes
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
20 pieces of toasted walnut halves
100gms fresh raspberries
2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Mix all vinaigrette ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
- Preheat oven 180◦
- Wash and peel sweet potato and cut into dices approximately 3 x 3cm. Make approximately 20 pieces (5 pieces per portion).
- Put diced sweet potato on a baking tray, season with sea salt flakes, black pepper and olive oil, then bake for approximately 25 minutes or until tender.
- Remove the sweet potato from the oven and place in a large salad bowl. Let cool for approximately 10 minutes.
- Place rocket leaves into the salad bowl, sprinkle walnuts on top.
- Dress the salad with prepared berry vinaigrette before serving or alternatively present in a bowl on the side.
Title: Red Invite Back
Another perfect creation Chef Tik!
Congratulations to our Chef Extraordinaire Tik, his wife Amy and son Daniel on the safe arrival of little David.
WatervieW’s Executive Chef, Tik Tong Lu has been creating great food here at WatervieW for the past seven years and has a twenty five year reputation as one of the hospitality
industry’s most experienced and talented international chefs. Chef Tik welcomes the opportunity to create for you and your guests at your next WatervieW event!
Visit us at the ‘Sydney Olympic Park’ stand at inspireEX, 18 – 19 August 2014
Why: A chance to meet the Sydney Olympic Park team and learn all the park has to offer, you’ll be inspired.
Discover: The very latest in business and event industry trends, products and services.
Establish: New contacts face-to-face.
For more information on what to expect, http://www.inspireex.com.au
Cookies & Craft and Pizza & Pasta
Cookies & Craft and Pizza & Pasta are two of our most popular School Holiday activities.
To avoid disappointment these school holidays we have opened the bookings early this season.
For more information visit our website
COOKIES & CRAFT
10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, 1 July : Friday, 4 July : Tuesday, 8 July : Friday, 11 July
PIZZA & PASTA
11:00am to 12noon
Thursday, 3 July : Thursday, 10 July
Melbourne Cup Save The Date
Save the Date, Melbourne Cup 2014, Tuesday, 4 November.
Don’t forget to pencil it in your calendar, the best valued Melbourne Cup Luncheon in Sydney.
Every year guests are wowed at Sydney’s Premier Melbourne Cup Lunch, WatervieW’s annual
fundraiser for Special Olympics Australia. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event.