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Event Decoration: Top Tips

When it comes to event decoration, we know what we are doing, but we appreciate it can be quite a daunting task for most people. With the advent of the internet, it is so easy to find amazing images of event decor online and think ‘oh my goodness I would love my event to look like that’, but when it actually comes down to it can be hard to recreate.

Don’t panic though, as we are here to help. We have years of experience in wedding and event decoration and have styled many different venues over the years.  To aid you in your next event we have pulled together some top tips to help you achieve the event that you want:

  • Existing Decor – Hopefully the room you are using for your event is decorated in a style that you like, and something that goes with the theme you are hoping to use. Take a good look at everything in the room and work out exactly what works for you and what you might want the venue to remove (within reason).
  • Existing Images – Have a search on the internet or ask the venue themselves, for pictures of the room you have hired dressed for various events. These can help guide you in what you might do for your event based on your likes and dislikes. For example, these pictures might show that low floral arrangements are lost in the room as the ceilings are so high.
  • Tableware – what does the venue provide? and does the tableware the venue provide work with your theme or not? For example, a lot of venues will have tablecloths that you can use, but they tend not to be floor length which isn’t ideal as exposed table legs can detract from the fabulous decorations going on on top. Of course, if you are lucky enough to be provided with floor-length tablecloths by your venue but aren’t sure of the colour, you can also dress them up by hiring runners and other table linens from us.
  • Lighting – Always an important one to consider, and something that is easily overlooked. Think about the time of day your event is taking place, as an event at 4 pm in the summer will be bright and light naturally, whereas in the winter it won’t. Lighting may also affect your colour choices as well, as pale colours may be lost in a dimly lit area and so you may need to change your colour palette to a brighter one instead.
  • Think Outside the Box – Table decorations are getting more and more adventurous, and we have worked with lots of gorgeous ideas recently including birdcages filled with flowers, glass cloches filled with flowers, and even piles of books. Don’t be afraid to really go all out on your theme, we have a wide range of decorations to hire which can really make your venue come to life.
  • Pre-plan – If possible, ask your venue if you can have a pre-event meeting where you can take a look at the linens and the place settings and make sure that they look exactly as you want. If you can get your florist to attend this will be great as well, as they can then get an idea of the venue and the other elements in the room and craft your arrangements accordingly.

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For more information on our event decoration services, please call us today on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or alternatively you can send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

Why Is Event Decoration So Important for Corporate Events?

 

When you think about event decoration, the first thing that comes to mind is probably wedding decoration, but corporate event decoration is a growing area of business for us. Whether you are pulling together a large trade show for potential clients or an awards ceremony for employees – first impressions count. What your potential customer or employee experiences when they first walk into your event, whether it be the flowers, the lighting or even the table setting – all of this will make a big impression on them and give them some indication of what is to come. For example, a large formal table holding an elaborate floral centrepiece will offer a sense of solemnity and potentially even intimacy. A more simplistic modern setting, on the other hand, is more likely to promote networking and enhance conversations. Some of the things you should think about when considering event decoration for you next corporate event are:

What’s At Floor Level?

If you are planning a large event, in a convention centre, for example, it can be such a large unfamiliar space that can make people feel overwhelmed or disorientated. An easy way to combat this is to use carpet tiles or some kind of flooring to lead guests to the most suitable path, and help them find their way. This can be expensive though, so you could also look at using things like lanterns or floor standing candelabras as an alternative. To take this idea further, you can then give your delegates a hint of what is to come by including subtle hints of what will be where in the collateral you send them before the event.

 

Special Spaces

Traditional room settings such as theatre style or classroom style will never go out of fashion, but more casual spaces which are more informal yet still support learning. Breakout sessions are becoming more and more popular as people like to be hands on and have more interactive sessions these days. For these types of events, the room layout and seating should be comfortable, loose and versatile in order to loosen people up in a way that invites them to participate. Dimmed lighting and starlit backdrops are a great way to ensure you are providing an inviting atmosphere.

 

Table Design

At any event, the meal tends to be the one thing that everyone looks forward to, and sitting down to a meal is a significant moment where event decoration can really make an impact. We are seeing more and more sleek and simple table designs, with just a splash of colour based on the event colour and theme. Many corporate events often have promotional materials that need to be incorporated into the decor and these can also be added to table settings as well.

 

Lighting

The majority of events these days are geared towards networking, and event decoration and design choices can help to encourage people to connect by giving a more inviting and friendly feel to a space. If you are planning an interactive session which you want people to be engaged in, then you need as much natural light as possible whereas for encouraging one-to-one connections you should opt for dimmer lighting for a more intimate feel.

 

From lighting to flowers, event decoration gives your delegates a taste of what to expect before your event has event started. There are many ways to decorate a space that can help delegates to navigate a space, feel more comfortable in a space, and help them feel involved and more engaged in the sessions they are attending.

To enhance the delegate experience at your next corporate event, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or by email to hello@thevenuestylist.com.

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Event Dressing Ideas for your Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah

Make Your Special Night Stand Out with Unique Event Dressing.

As an event dressing company, one of our favourite occasions to design a scheme for are Bat Mitzvah’s and Bar Mitzvah’s – the traditional Jewish celebration of a person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. Why do we love them so much? Well, they are often the first occasion where a person has the chance to have a bit of creative input into their celebration, and as it is such a joyous occasion the more unique the idea, the better! Having a themed Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah is a great way to ensure you end up with a truly memorable event that really reflects the personality of the person being celebrated, and so we have gathered together some ideas to help inspire you to create a magical event:

Arabian Nights

An event dressing theme that we have seen being used more and more recently is Arabian nights. This theme is heavily influenced by the colours and textures of Morrocco, so think lots of red and gold with luxurious touches. Arabian themes borrow heavily from the tales of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ so think drapes, curtains and lots of lanterns. To strike the right balance between colourful and relaxed think about creating a relaxed seating area with lots of large cushions and silver lanterns. In fact the more lanterns, the better! You could also add some fire-pits for a bit of a wow factor too. Why not get the guests in the party mood by hiring some belly dancers for a touch of glamour and sparkle, especially if you pair them with a person playing hand drums. If you are feeling really brave, you could hire a tarot reader to reveal people’s fortunes – all in the name of fun after all!
Candy Pop Party

If the guest of honour is a sweet lover, then how about a bright and bold candy pop party? Really grab your guest attention on the way in with a large candy buffet and vintage candy cart, featuring a wide selection of sweets, from retro to jellies & fizzies. Our candy buffets alo include candy scoops and bags in colours to match your event.  Dial up the colour scheme with red, purple, pink, orange or yellow tablecloths and chair sashes and add some decorative balloons to really add some wow factor. You can really make a feature of your Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah tables by adding a huge jar of sweets into the middle of them, or why not  vases sprouting fountains of brightly coloured ostrich feathers for a really eye-catching touch?

Night Club Theme

This is quite a popular theme as it allows the guest of honour and their friends to experience the thrill of a nightclub, despite not being old enough to enjoy the real thing! The great thing about having your own nightclub for the night is that you can add your own personal touches to the area. First things first is a great dancefloor with space for people to throw some shapes to the latest floor fillers on. You should also think about adding a bar, serving ‘mocktails’ and soft drinks of course and maybe some cute cocktail tables with a sequin or lace tablecloth and a lantern or crystal centrepiece. Having a chillout area might be a good idea as well, so place some comfy sofas and stools around and don’t forget to add some side tables, so people have somewhere to place their drinks.

Lighting is everything when it comes to creating a believable nightclub scene, and we have some fantastic lighting to hire that can really add a special touch to any event.  Coloured uplighters can add a splash of colour to any venue, and you can also add a starlight backdrop and some illuminated letters for a really cool look. The thing that will really make or break your event though is the music, so you need to make sure you source a DJ with the energy and personality to get everyone up on the dance floor. To really make sure the night goes swingingly, why not get the guest of honour to put together a playlist on Spotify, which you can then pass on to the DJ who should then incorporate their choices into their playlist of music for the evening.

Secret Garden

Create a magical another worldly feel with starlight backdrops, decorative trees and tall candelabras. Decorate some of your tables with sequin tablecloths and others with sequin runners for a beautiful sparkling effect, and dot some lanterns around to give a ‘walking through the forest at night’ feel. Why not tie some green sashes around the chairs as well to add to the woodland feel?

These are just some of the ideas we have for event dressing themes for your Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah, but if you would like to chat through your requirements please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com.

How to Plan a Baby Shower

Ideas and Inspiration for Baby Showers

As a company who deal with event decoration, it isn’t just weddings that we deal with. More and more frequently we are being called to help with birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and baby showers. Baby showers are one of our favourite events to help with as no one deserves a party more than an expectant mum! Throwing a fun and fabulous baby shower can be a great opportunity to step away from the troubles of daily life for a bit and make some lovely memories.

As with any other event, a baby shower takes a little planning and preparation, so we have pulled together some of our top tips to help you make your baby shower a roaring success.

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Setting the Date

Date and time matter more for this event than any other, because if you set the date too early and the mother to be then has complications it can turn happy memories into sad ones. So, it is better to be on the safe side and pick a date in the third trimester. Remember to also pick a date that is a few weeks before the actual due date in case the baby decides to make an early appearance – because you don’t want the mother-to-be going into labour while she is opening her presents!

Guest List

It is always best to consult the mother-to-be about who she would like to have at her baby shower unless it is a surprise and then you will just have to do the best you can. A general rule is to invite family and close friends, but the mother-to-be may also want to include work colleagues or fellow mums she has met at her birthing classes. Traditionally, baby showers are ladies only events, but you may want to buck the trend and invite the father-to-be and other male friends as well. Also, keep in mind that the more people you invite, the harder the planning will be, for example, for a party over 15 you will have to consider a larger venue and perhaps hire a professional catering service.

Invitations

These should be sent out no later than six weeks before the date of the shower, giving guests time to RSVP and shop for a present! Make sure you give clear information on the venue, the date and the time to save on questions later.

Refreshments

Traditionally baby showers are held in the afternoon, and so in recent years’ afternoon tea has become a popular refreshment choice. However, modern lifestyles dictate that this tradition is not necessarily one to be followed, and it is perfectly acceptable to plan the shower for a time of day that suits the mother-to-be more. You should also discuss the refreshments with the mother-to-be and take your cue from her taste and preferences.

Hosting a baby shower is a great way to show a friend just how much they mean to you, but it does take a little planning and hard work. We can help you with all aspects of event decoration, though, and so if you would like to know more about our services, please call us on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com