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.
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.
Pair this with some artisan breads, such as sourdough, rye and gluten-free to keep everyone happy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instead of picture frames, you could also just have bunches of balloons in the spot where you’d like to take photos.
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.
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.
All that’s left to do is get the menus printed (glitter required!) and you’re all set. Enjoy!