Autumn is well and truly here and we can use this change in season to our advantage when it comes to event décor and ideas. Whatever style of event you’re planning, whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, awards dinner or a private dinner for example, we can use the rich colour palette and the autumnal associations as inspiration. So here is our edited 10 event ideas –
BRINGING THE OUTSIDE-IN
This is a trend that continues to be popular and what better way to update this look with the use of autumnal trees in burnt orange? This fabulous design would provide a superb entrance for a ceremony or these trees could be used in and amongst the tables of a dinner, or as part of a drinks reception.
WARM AND COSY LOUNGE SPACES
The change in season brings a change in mood and we can create a warm and inviting vibe through the choice of furniture at your event. Stylish pieces such as leather chesterfield sofas and burnt orange velvet armchairs work brilliantly well with copper and mirror side tables. The colours and choice of fabrications all evoke that cosy atmosphere – we particularly love Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood hotel in London.
The nights are drawing in and as we all know the simplicity of candlelight at an event always looks beautiful. As a modern take on this, you could consider using copper and glass candle holders in geometric shapes as shown below. These could then be nestled amongst a mass of fine branches and fairy lights and look incredibly striking.
RICH COLOUR PALETTES
Rather than just using the more obvious orange tones that autumn conjures up, why not consider introducing stronger reds and even purples into the mix. We also love introducing a warm mustard level which looks divine against the pinky-purples.
Rather than using trees to bring nature inside, hanging clouds of autumnal branches and leaves above the tables would create a real impact to any event. Subtle lighting then brings these to life with elegant candles on the tables themselves. Another take on this idea would be to have clusters of painted gold or copper leaves hanging from chandeliers or branches suspended in the room.
GOURMET SWEET TREATS
Toffee apples always remind me of my childhood and Halloween but they can be given a grown up twist and mini versions covered in nuts and chocolate would no doubt be very popular at a dessert station. These could be accompanied perfectly with salted caramel & praline macarons. A more interactive element could be included with the use of a toasting marshmallow station which has a variety of different topping and sauces for your guests to help themselves too.
We’re always on the lookout for unusual entertainment and we love the idea of using shadow dancers performed by highly skilled acrobats. By using elegant choreography and music with precise timings, individual silhouettes create shapes that illustrate achievements throughout history. This act could be adapted to incorporate a company logo to tailor it to your corporate event as required.
Tying in perfectly with the lounge area, the use of tweed cushions would work really well here against the leather sofas, but you could also provide cosy warm blankets for your guests in the evening should they wish to venture outside.
We’ve steered away from using the humble orange pumpkin for décor but we love this image of miniature pumpkins that have been sprayed gold and provide a fun way to style your escort card table. These have been arranged very simply with the addition of lanterns but they work so incredibly well.
AUTUMNAL DRINK CHOICES
It’s likely to be cold outside so presenting them with a warm drink upon arrival would be very welcome – consider offering mulled wine cider or winter Pimms. If you prefer the idea of a cold cocktail then what about a ‘Figa’ as created by bartender Charlie Hodge which uses fig-infused vodka and tea or an ‘English Harvest’ by mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald which mixes almond syrup with apple juice and apple brandy?
We hope that’s provided some inspiration for your autumn event. If you feel as though you need some further assistance with the design and/or planning of your event whatever it is, then please do get in touch. We’d be delighted to discuss your initial ideas and how we can help and offer a complimentary consultation to get the ball rolling. Please call one of our team on 0207 9474088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceremony tree decor – Preston Bailey (photographer unknown); Lounge areas, image 1 – from the Rosewood, London & image 2 as seen on The Cool Hunter. Candlelight, image 1 – from Oliver Bonas & image 2 as seen on Coffee Shop Comfort. Colour palettes – image 1 – as seen on Pinterest & image 2 as seen on In Colour Balance. Falling leaves, image 1 – as seen on Bizbash, forest-inspired laurel branches from David Monn & image 2 – as seen on Pinterest, image 3 – as seen on Pinterest, photographer Adam Johnson. Gourmet sweet treats, image 1 – Patisserie Makes Perfect, image 2 – as seen on Eighteen 25 blog, photographer – Cindy Larkin & image 3 – as seen on Belle the Magazine. Shadow Shows – Sternberg Clarke. Tweed, image 1 – Dessin Fournir Companies & image 2 – Bonsoir Direct. Gold Pumpkins – Image as seen on Pinterest, photographer – Colin Whitfield of Swank Productions. Autumnal drink choices, image 1 – Delicious Magazine & image 2 – Food & Wine