Wow everyone at your year-end function

Posted by admin on 07 December 2016 10:42:00 CAT

If your year-end function is around the corner, here are some ideas and inspiration to make it fabulous and fun.

Instead of a restaurant, opt for an outdoor picnic. Think lots of blankets and oversized cushions on the floor, which encourage unwinding. Here, the table setting is kept quite basic – and just a few lanterns are all that’s needed to take this from day to night.

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Placing huge platters down the middle of the table encourages people to help themselves, plus is easy to cater for all palates (vegetarians and more) with minimal fuss.

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Pair this with some artisan breads, such as sourdough, rye and gluten-free to keep everyone happy.

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If a picnic is slightly too casual for you, then an alfresco lunch under the trees is just as easy to pull off. Stick to a colour theme – yellow is lovely and summery – for a look that is impactful, yet simple. Proper seating is also imperative if you have older people who will be attending.

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If you’d prefer to have a plated main, you can still keep people mingling (and food fuss-free, so that waiters can attend to drinks) by having a cheese board or dessert bar to finish off.

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The most important thing to remember when you’re entertaining in the height of summer is to keep everyone properly hydrated. A dedicated drinks station with water and non-alcoholic drinks allows people to help themselves, plus mingle at the same time.

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If your function is happening in the evening, then a Gatsby theme requires relatively minimum input with maximum wow factor. Just stick to black and metallics − complemented by candelabra and crystal cut glassware – for an elegant look.

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For a day-to-evening function, incorporating white with the black will help to soften the look and ease the transition as the sun sets. You can still keep it simple. All-white flower arrangements and tea light candles (and bronze cutlery if you really want to smarten things up) are the only real compromises that you need.

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Forgot to book a photo booth? Just get some wooden frames and add extra table décor and props to make it a dedicated section. All you need is a blank wall for photos and a selfie stick or two.

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Instead of picture frames, you could also just have bunches of balloons in the spot where you’d like to take photos.

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If you’re worried that most people will simply don their LBD and old faithful black suit, then keep a few extra props at the front door for people to zhoosh up their outfits as they walk in.

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Remember that for a theme like Gatsby, it’s all in the details. But that doesn’t mean that it needs the overly elaborate. Even simply “dressing up” some biscuits will add a quirky touch to your party.

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All that’s left to do is get the menus printed (glitter required!) and you’re all set. Enjoy!

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