Corporate gala dinners are a regular feature in the event calendar of most organisations nowadays. Whether it’s an awards night, a milestone celebration, a presentation or just about any important occasion, a gala dinner party is an important part of the event.

Gala dinner events have evolved greatly over the last few years as event managers are increasingly experimenting with a wide range of entertainment options, themes, catering and venue ideas.

Here are 10 of our favourite gala dinner themes which are perfect for your next corporate event:

The Casino Royale Theme

When it comes to the ultimate in excitement and glamour, not many gala dinner nights can compete with a Casino Royale themed-night. In the Casino Royale theme, the focus is on sharp and sophisticated dressing, elegant décor, focussed lighting and all things VIP.

A Casino Royale theme party is a high-class affair – it calls for suits and black tie for the gentlemen, gowns and heels for the ladies. Other important components of the theme also include: full-sized gaming tables, gaming chips, professional croupiers, casino props, creative stage sets, Las Vegas show girls, bouncers and body guarding services, flame machines and exotic car displays.

Moulin Rouge

Entertain the guests with plenty of ballroom dancing, live acts, immersive costumes, elaborate sets, a décor with deep red and black shades and dim velvety lights. The Moulin Rouge theme is a glamorous affair featuring top hats, feathers and a lot of oomph.

The Black and White Formal

Normally you’d think of black and white as dull and boring, but leave it to the event managers to make this themed gala dinner a classy affair to remember. Perfect for high-level corporate gala dinners, the theme allows event planners to play with the contrasting colours, subtle lighting and classic décor to create a unique atmosphere that looks and feels very high end.

The Oscars

An Oscars-themed gala dinner complements your organisations awards night very well. The prestige associated with this grand event theme will wow your guests and attendees. Red-carpet entrance, photo walls, bright lights, paparazzi, theatrical costumes, Hollywood-inspired entertainment and props will surely add the charm and glamour your gala night deserves. You can get creative with the awards night décor, whilst the contrasting dim and bright lighting around the stage will create an amazing atmosphere.

Vegas

The Vegas theme is about fun, colours and sounds that transport you to the city of lavish and luxurious. Red, black, gold, silver are the theme colours and there is song and dance, bright lights and vegas-style entertainment to amaze the audience. The décor heavily features card games, dice games, slot machines, and other casino-related props and centrepieces making for an immersive setting. Vegas-style entrances and archways adorn the theme for an overall glitzy environment.

Classic Grand Gala / Gatsby

The 1920s-style evening and Gatsby-themed gala evenings are always classy affairs with stunning grand centrepieces, elaborate décor, sophisticated dressing and refined entertainment. The setting calls for rich yet subtle colours – white, silver, gold, beige and grey, whilst one can get very creative with the lighting and ambience (we’re talking luxurious chandeliers). The set design comes to life with shiny gold and silver props. Classical black tie attire, elegant dresses, feathers and masks adorn the evening.

Nature

A growing trend for gala dinners, the nature theme, brings a refreshing change from the usual. Nothing communicates your company’s social responsibility better than an event which puts nature and sustainability at the forefront. Starting from the organic food to the recycled items to the green natural décor and soft ambient lighting, the nature-themed gala dinner is great occasion to promote concepts of reuse, reduce and recycle. The theme could involve use of subtle earthy colours, whether it’s for the dress code, centrepieces or furniture, and natural elements like organic floral centrepieces, nature-inspired photo walls and living gardens could add a degree of natural splendour.

Hawaiian / Caribbean

Bring out the good times with the idea of an island getaway theme for your gala dinner. An outdoor or rooftop event complete with natural rustic décor, bright shades inspired by the ocean, exotic flower centrepieces and a seafood menu will transport your guests to the tropical climes. Entrance and archways feature traditional straw gates and coconut trees, whilst head bands, garlands, beads and hats are the order of the day. When it comes to fun and games with the emcee, hoopla rings and limo dance are quite the favourite.

Medieval

Take a step back in time and bring back the era of the kings, the queens and the knights. A medieval theme adds a distinct dimension to gala dinner events where prop armaments, coat of arms, elaborate costumes, house banners and staged acts create an atmosphere to remember. The dinner event also features ballroom dancing, royal décor, grand lighting and rich expressive colours.

Secret Garden

Take your guests on a journey of mystery and wonderment with the secret glow garden theme. Whether you choose a real garden setting or recreate a garden in your event space, the contrasting dark backdrops against glowing outlines of the garden’s décor elements add an amazing feel to the evening. Illuminated garden elements like trees, foliage, night creatures and flowers complement the spot-lit stage, seating and table centrepieces.

If you would like to know about more gala dinner theme ideas or share some of your favourite gala dinner themes with us, please get in touch at marketing@geventm.com. We’d love to hear from you.

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