Whether it is a prom, wedding reception, sports celebration, retirement or work related event you’ll find there’s always a reason for putting on a banquet. If you are the planner, then you will be working very hard to create a special night no matter what the occasion. Bringing everything together, food, decorations, presentations, with a theme is a great way to make everything work nicely in concert toward a shared goal.
There is a lot of creativity that can be put into the evening even if you are limited because of the nature of the event. The seasons can give you some inspiration for the décor and how to create the mood for the evening. While Christmas and winter will be foremost on your mind in December, a banquet in June may have you leaning toward a beach or vacation type of imagery and feel.
It is often a good idea to pull a few people together to form a committee to brainstorm ideas and find a theme that fits the banquet’s purpose and sets the right mood. If it is a prom or family type event you are almost unlimited in the variety of themes available to you. If it is a wedding reception or annual company Christmas party your possibilities may be narrower but you can create your theme around a color scheme or concept related to the company or couple to inspire creative ideas in the committee.
Prom banquets are frequently based on a popular song or current movie. Banquet themes such as Hollywood, silver screen, Arabian nights, Paris, Egyptian, Irish, Black Tie, Casino or Carnival are very popular. One of the most common banquets comes at the end of a kid’s sporting season. Celebrate a successful year with a sports related theme and food that kids love to eat such as pizza, burgers, soda, ice cream and cake. Acknowledge the hard work all season with awards or trophies and don’t forget the coaches! Most wedding receptions maintain an elegant and romantic banquet theme. Keep the individual taste of the couple and wedding party in mind when planning this one.
Surrounding yourself with a team of diverse talent is another positive of forming a committee. The practical folks will keep in mind what is allowable from budget perspective while the creative can dream up wonderful and magical theme ideas. Work to find a balance and you will arrive at a theme that is both fun and exciting but financially realistic as well.
Once you have settled on a theme it’s time to roll up your sleeves and delegate responsibilities to your committee members. Create a checklist and systematically go through it, such as organizing the guest list, picking and paying for the facility, and the caterer. Assign someone to coordinate the music or entertainment. Get a group together to assemble and place the decorations and lighting. When everyone works well together the end result will be a delightful banquet that will always be remembered by all of your guests.