High Impact Entrances

When guests arrive to an event, you want them to be wowed! Creating an impactful event entrance can set the theme and the tone for the rest of the night. There are many ways to create a grand entrance for an event, and we want to show you a few of our favorites.

This rose covered tunnel definitely makes a “wow” statement. This entire structure was covered in red roses and lead the guests into the ballroom where the rest of the event was held. Paired with a red carpet, guests feel like they are getting the royal treatment. Another way to create impact is to drape the doors or entryway for your event with a bold print fabric. We love this simple black and white stripe, but a bright red or pink would also have a great effect.

Rose entryway inspired by: When Geeks Wed Striped entryway inspired by: Style Me Pretty

Rose entryway inspired by: When Geeks Wed
Striped entryway inspired by: Style Me Pretty

If you are having a themed event, dressing up your entrance is a great way to carry the feeling of the event from start to finish. For example, Keith Watson Events used blue and white draping along with fishermans netting, seashells, and starfish to bring the feel of the ocean to the entrance of this room. For a 75th anniversary dinner, we chose blue and white striped draping for the entrance. Coordinating the rest of the linens with the entryway gave a cohesive feel to the space.

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If you are wanting something with a more neutral pallet, white draping accented with flowers is always a great idea. We love this stunning flower arrangement paired with white draping at the entrance to this tent. The flower detail on the drape ties the two pieces together. Covering a boring hotel hallway with white fabric completely changes the feel your guests get when they arrive at your event. The crystal chandeliers add sparkle and glamor.

White floral draping inspired by: My Wedding Concierge Chandelier and draping inspired by: Colonial Event

White floral draping inspired by: My Wedding Concierge
Chandelier and draping inspired by: Colonial Event

These next designs are great for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. This balloon tunnel was created for a circus-themed Bar Mitzvah. The red drapes create drama and make you feel like you are walking into a big-top tent. For a nautical themed event, try hanging blue and white paper streamers just inside the door where guests walk in. If you are having a winter event, rows of white drapes accented with blue lighting make you feel cold just looking at them. The white snowflake light designs on the ceiling add a subtle winter detail.

Balloon entrance inspired by: Caplan Miller Streamer entryway inspired by: Kojo Designs Ice blue entryway inspired by: Power Station Events

Balloon entrance inspired by: Caplan Miller
Streamer entryway inspired by: Kojo Designs
Ice blue entryway inspired by: Power Station Events

If there are multiple entryways for an event, dressing them all the same unifies the look of the event. For these entrances, Keith Watson Events decided that ceiling-high draping would make the entrance feel grand and have high visual impact. The topiaries to each side add interest and draw the eye up, accentuating the height of the drapes.  Using props at the entrance is a great way to announce the theme for your party. For one of our events, we stacked vintage suitcases on each side of the entryway for a travel theme. If you are having a party with a more rustic style, consider using burlap at your entryway. For our event, we combined burlap, red draping, and wagon wheels to set the feeling for the room.

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For an all white event, these two entrances are sure to please. Combining white roses and white draping creates an entryway that is far from boring. The candelabras lining the walls adds impact and glamor for the guests.  Using white striped drapes and mirrored columns create a gorgeous modern entrance. The white flower arrangements in crystal vases soften the look. This entryway is clean and elegant but definitely high impact.

White and mirror entryway inspired by: SpecialEvents.com White and rose entryway inspired by: TheKnot.com

White and mirror entryway inspired by: SpecialEvents.com
White and rose entryway inspired by: TheKnot.com

What do you think of these designs? Do you know of other high-impact entryways?

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Great Gatsby Themed Party

A Great Gatsby or Roaring 20’s themed party is full of glamor and sparkle! Following the recent release of the movie “The Great Gatsby”, 1920’s themed parties have become a hot trend in events. Creating a party that takes your guests back to the Prohibition Era is easy. Start  with a classic pallet of black and gold and embellish with touches of crystal. For your tablescape, use simple patterned linens as a base and accent with gold rimmed charger plates or goldware for a more opulent feel. For the table numbers, opt for an art deco style cutout with a clean font for the numbers. Continue your art-deco feel with your food. Choose a clean geometric pattern for cakes or serve hors d’oeuvres on gold dishes.

Tablescape inspired by: Camille Styles  Table number inspired by: Style Unveiled Cakes inspired by: Lael Cakes Goldware inspired by: Ashley Bee Blog

Tablescape inspired by: Camille Styles
Table number inspired by: Style Unveiled
Cakes inspired by: Lael Cakes
Goldware inspired by: Ashley Bee Blog

We love these 20’s themed details that add that something special to the party. Instead of traditional chair sashes, consider a chair cover with beaded fringe, reminiscent of flirty flapper dresses. Pearl accents on napkin rings and in the floral design add a soft feel to the room.  For a more grand centerpiece, this feathered arrangement with orchids and crystals becomes a focal point in the room. We can’t forget the champagne! A champagne tower is a wonderful design element and is always a great hit with guests.

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Pearls inspired by: A Positively Beautiful Blog
Champagne tower inspired by: Champagne Macarons
Chair cover inspired by: Style Unveiled
Feathered centerpiece inspired by: Absolute Perfections

For a fun way to get your guests in the spirit, provide the male guests with fedoras and the female guests with long strands of pearls when they arrive. Continue the 20’s feel with a costumed live band to keep guests on the dance floor long into the night.

What do you think about throwing a Gatsby themed party? Are there any other ways to create a 1920’s feel?