How to Decorate Events
Canapé spoons, forks and bowls in glossy white china or sleek stainless steel are ideal for making a fantastic first impression on your event guests. Pair your canapé cutlery with a striking metallic bowl for a modern touch, or opt for a classic glass canapé platter in a modern rectangle shape. Our premium wood or slate trays are a unique and stylish way to serve your hors d’oeuvres and are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Wondering how to decorate your event in an elegant and striking way? Adorning your tables and displays with silver or gold charger plates holding candles or posies in curved votives is a wonderful way to bring warmth, light and romance into any room. Beautiful hand-blown glass teapots can be used to brew flowering teas, which unfurl and will fascinate your guests during the most decadent of tea parties, while a low glass bowl can be used to display floral centrepieces or crystal beads that catch the light and shimmer beautifully.
When you’re planning which glassware to use for your wedding toast, retirement speech or corporate event, it’s essential to select a style that reflects your event’s decor. One of our top experts tips is to select a practical range of glassware that meets the requirements of your drinks menu and reflects the theme of your event. Cut-crystal champagne glasses are always an elegant option for weddings, while a modern curved crystal glass is ideal for contemporary settings.
Beautiful Banquetting Accessories
When your guests sit down to their meal, give them a sense of wonder and excitement by adding silver candelabras with tapered candles to each table. A truly elegant centrepiece, the candelabra looks wonderful next to cut-crystal champagne glasses, and you can complete the look by opting for the finest quality table linens.
Quick Event Planning and Management Tips from Our Experts
Now that we’ve inspired you with some suggestions on how to decorate your event, here are some general tips on organising and budgeting for your event.
Define Your Budget and Stick to It
It’s so tempting to overspend on event decor, catering, party favours and entertainment. Once you’ve set your event budget, try to stick to it and make sure that you allow a contingency fund for breakage, loss, excess or damage.
Set a Date That Works for You
Always give yourself enough time to plan and budget — you don’t want to rush to put on an ill-prepared event just because you’re excited to host it. Also think about the type of event you want to host and the best time of year to do so — nobody wants to attend an outdoor event in midwinter, and while summer weddings are spectacular, an indoor venue with no air conditioning will prove uncomfortable for guests, especially during peak temperatures.
Select the Right Venue
A concert, banquet or wedding venue that is too small will make your guests feel cramped, whereas a venue that is too big will be harder to decorate and more expensive to hire. Make sure your venue is affordable, reliable and has all the practical amenities you require — is it heated, for example? Does it have air conditioning, will it provide a professional bar service and does it offer catering? These are all questions you should be asking to ensure that the venue works brilliantly for you.
Always Check the Small Print
Every service contract comes with small prints. When signing on the dotted line for venue hire, professional bar services, catering or entertainment, make sure that you’ve read the contract thoroughly so that you don’t experience any surprise charges or last-minute changes that impact the success of your event.
Hiring Rather Than Buying Event Equipment
You can make dramatic savings by hiring your event furniture, equipment and accessories, rather than purchasing them. Arnold & Walker offers all-inclusive event hire packages with discounted delivery charges. These packages include everything you need to host a successful event and can be customised to suit your requirements.