Party Planning is essential. Your conference gala dinner, 25 year celebration party or your charity fund-raising ball will all need to be planned with meticulous detail if the event is to successfully achieve its objectives.
You will need to have the right venue which may be the ballroom in the conference hotel or a public venue such as a museum or tourist attraction which will need to be transformed within a tight deadline into the glittering backdrop to your event .
If an external venue is selected then caterers will also be an essential consideration who will need to have the experience of working in that venue and have the right calibre of staff to deliver the quality of food and service levels as well as the right table linen, crockery and cutlery to impress your guests.
Lighting and sound production will be needed as bare walls subtly illuminated with up-lighters magically transform any space. And when the CEO makes the welcome speech a discrete spotlight picks him or her out as well as every word being audible throughout the rooms thanks to the strategically-placed speakers. All of this professionally managed from behind the scenes.
And of course no table is complete without an impressive table centre so florists will need to create a centrepiece which picks up the colours of, say, your corporate logo. The centrepiece has been designed to be stunning but also not to be too intrusive so that guests seated opposite each other can’t see each other. Finally, the table decoration will be picked out but a pin spot which has been installed by the lighting contractors.
And then comes the entertainment. You may be happy with a disco and a casino in a far corner of the room or you may want to have a live band to tempt your audience on to the floor. Alternatively you may want to surprise your guests by having your maitre d’ suddenly burst into an operatic aria.
Whatever combination suits your event each element must be carefully and scrupulously planned all to fit, of course, within your given budget.