In business, we don’t like doing things by halves and this attitude extends to our social events. A clear demonstration of this took place on November 8th as GForces’ staff, friends and guests descended on The Ashford International Hotel for a truly glittering Great Gatsby themed event.
Celebrating the company’s year-end and acknowledging staff achievements over that time with the fabled ‘GForces Awards’, our Quarter Four update was a fantastic evening of (generally) well-mannered frivolity, and the ideal opportunity for everyone to unwind and celebrate another year of a job well done.
Critical to any themed event run by GForces is making the experience feel as genuine as possible. Our Great Gatsby party had to be as close to The Cotton Club as we could get, taking our guests back to the ‘roaring twenties’ without overstating theming items like a large martini glass and oversized instruments. Chiefly responsible for creating this illusion was our events partner, Get Out the Office, which organised the party from set-up through to clear-up, working tirelessly to ensure everything ran smoothly.
As our staff and guests entered the venue, all following a strict 1920s dress code, they were welcomed with a jazz lounge atmosphere, complete with chaise lounges, silhouette backdrops, an illuminated cityscape poser wall with jewelled trees and a coupe glass champagne reception.
When prompted by our evening’s compere, guests moved to the main room which was dressed to look like the courtyard of Gatsby’s mansion. Helping to bring the room to life was the centrepiece; a real fountain. Adding to this were trees, street lamps, balustrades, large floral arrangements and fairy lights hanging from the ceiling.
During a sumptuous three-course dinner, we had entertainment from a modern cabaret act called ‘The IT Girls’, who have performed at many prestigious events. They used the whole room to perform, interacting with audience members and really making everyone feel part of what was a lavish show.
After dinner we conducted the GForces Awards to celebrate the efforts of individuals throughout the year. Each award was shaped like a diamond to fit-in with the theme. From there, the party continued well into the early hours and we’re pretty sure that Gatsby himself would’ve approved.
Having proven to be such a success, we can share some top tips for hosting a Great Gatsby themed event which will do you proud:
- Champagne Coupes instead of flutes
- Colour scheme of gold, black and cream
- Tiffany lamps as centrepieces
- A big, opulent centrepiece, such as a fountain or a chandelier
- Lots of sparkle in the form of glittering backdrops, fairy lights, diamond confetti, glitter cannons and candles
- 1920’s dress code
- Fireworks (if you can)
- Entertainment – like The IT Girls – that would’ve been popular in the roaring twenties
- Have cigarette box girls going round with a delightful treat such as Hershey’s Kisses
1920’s props supplied by Event Prop Hire