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The Ultimate Guide To A Ballroom Theme Event

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The Ultimate Guide To A Ballroom Theme Event

Thanks to the popularity of competitions such as Strictly Come Dancing, the spectacle of the ballroom has made its way back to the mainstream – crowning it the perfect choice for an event theme.

A ballroom theme allows you to pair the sophistication of an Edwardian hall with the chance to get guests on their feet and dancing. It works well with a huge variety of events and is an excellent theme for designers and entertainers.

To really take your guests to a grand ballroom where they lose themselves in the evening and feel comfortable whirling around, you need to create an intoxicating atmosphere. To help you, we’ve created this guide to styling your ballroom event with ideas for decorations, lighting, venues, and furniture.

At Table Art, we’ve created many fantastic theme nights, from ballroom to beach parties, take a look at some of our recent events for extra inspiration.

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Getting Started

A ballroom theme can be as grand in scale as you want it to be. It can make an ideal theme for an intimate birthday party or couple well with a large formal dinner. You might want to consider it for weddings, end of year parties, bar or bat mitzvahs, or an award ceremony.

The event doesn’t even need to be centred on the dance floor as the fabulous ballroom style makes for a captivating atmosphere and can be used to put the spotlight on performers and entertainers.

The obvious choice for a venue is a baroque ballroom but it’s a theme that works well at many hotel receptions, winter gardens, and historic buildings. As long as there is clear floor space or adequate staging, you should be able to use your lighting and decorations to transform anywhere into a regal ballroom.

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Decorations And Designs

A ballroom theme is all about creating glitz and glamour for your guests. Take inspiration from great ballrooms of the past with the use of chandeliers, drapes, string curtains, columns, and baroque style images and decorations.

You want your venue to look opulent and you can help to do this with late 19th-century or early 20th-century furniture including buttoned-leather chairs, Venetian style lamps, or lit poseur tables that give guests space to mingle.

As many guests will be dressed-up, make sure to give them a selfie booth or appropriately-lit backdrop to take selfies and photographs. This is a good opportunity for your branding to get on social media.

To really get guests in the ballroom spirit, you can make use of light panels showing off dancing couples and other icons from the ballroom.

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Centrepieces, Lighting, And Colour Scheme

A typical ballroom colour scheme makes use of royal colours such as burgundy, gold, and deep purples to create that regal atmosphere. You can give this a more modern spin with blue and purple lighting that will construct a dance floor even shy people will feel confident on.

As well as spotlights, chandeliers, candelabras, and gas-style light bulbs you can make use of disco balls and lit furniture to bring some real energy to your night.

A custom centrepiece is a cost-effective way to take control of the lighting at your event. At Table Art, our centrepieces come with dynamic remote-controlled lighting and it can be used to highlight performers or bring down the lights when guests are ready to show off their own moves.

You can use the prop or statement piece on your table centrepiece to add height to your design and to keep your theme in the middle of the conversation. Consider using a disco ball, a twisting flame, or even an ice block as your centrepiece – we have a wide range of past creations to give you inspiration.

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Dance All Night, Sleep All Day

Guests always enjoy a ballroom theme but getting people up on the dance floor or into the ballroom mood requires an immersive atmosphere that transports them to a different world.

When done well, you’ll have an evening that guests will remember for years to come and will feature in beloved photo albums and online profiles.

To help you bring the elegance and meticulous design you need for a ballroom theme, get in touch with Table Art for a consultation. We can transport and install superb centrepieces and elevate the style of your event to the next level.


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