The snow will soon return, if it hasn’t already, to destinations in North America, Europe and Asia. Rather than fighting the cold, enjoy it with a winter-themed event.
If the event budget is high enough, a top-notch event design and decor company can work its magic at any venue. Some venues readily lend themselves readily to winter themes — greenhouses, glasshouses and chalets are a perfect canvas.
Another option is to reduce or eliminate decorating costs by renting a snow house or ice cafe. Ice rinks also work well and figure skating for entertainment won’t break the budget.
Northshore Magazine’s third annual winter gala was an excellent example, showing how event planners can convey a winter theme without going over the top. The event demonstrated that subtle touches like boughs, white balloons, paper lanterns, twinkling lights, white flowers and strategically placed snowflakes are all you need.
Even when planning events outside the Snow Belt (primarily the northeastern and midwestern United States) the right venue can be transformed into a winter wonderland with the right touches. Here are eight tips for planners on a budget:
1. Bathe the venue in white. Use white draping, white tablecloths and white chair covers.
2. Encourage guests to wear white.
3. Add a wintery backdrop. You can pick them up affordably at Backdrop Outlet (search for winter) or rent or buy them from Backdrops Beautiful, Backdrops, which specializes in stunning hand-painted winter wonderland backdrops.
4. Project winter scenes on screens.
5. Place crystal or white plastic candelabras on tables.
6. Create atmosphere with candlelight.
7. If your budget is high enough, add ice sculptures or an ice bar.
8. Menu and music choices. These will go a long way toward creating a festive winter atmosphere.
How do these tips work for you? Can you share other ideas? Please use the comment box below.