'Banquet', a sumptuous feast often held in the honor of a person is an elaborate, and at times a ceremonious meal for numerous people. No longer restricted to the state and royal families only, banquets are now held with all the grandeur and the luxury to celebrate important occasions such as weddings.
A state banquet at the Buckingham Palace can be considered as the perfect example to emulate. Apart from the decorations around the room, creative banquet decorations contribute much to the elegance of the occasion.
Banquet Table Decorating Ideas
While one is used to seeing large; sometimes garish flower arrangements, it is not necessary to follow them. Instead, opting for arrangements like slim tall glass vases filled with calla lilies, blooms of only one color or shades of one color, square glass vases filled with hydrangeas or bunches of white roses bring a subtle, gorgeous and luxurious effect.
One unusual idea is to use a spherical floral oasis' and cover it with tulips. These can then be placed on stands, evenly spaced on the tables. Ensure that irrespective of the kind of arrangement you make, it is above eye level once the guests are seated, for it must not block their view of each other.
While using white flower arrangements is a common trend, you can use any color you like. You can set them in a fountain like arrangement in a pot, or add them to an arrangement of other flowers .
Many fruits, apart from being delicious, are also highly decorative. One can make a simple, but highly effective fruit display by slicing tangerines in half and filling a glass jar with them. Alternately, make a fruit display with attractive fruits such as strawberries (they smell great too!) and kiwis.
While a use of frosted glass lamps is a popular choice; a glass dish filled with water on which rose petals and candles float are almost always used as decorations.
Pretty candle stands/lamps are a great option for table center if money is not a concern. If it is, know that it is not very difficult to make pretty candles or lamps for the table. One of the best ideas is to fill champagne flutes with a pale yellow gel to create gel candles that suit the occasion perfectly.
Apart from these banquet table decorations, the tablecloths, napkins, cutlery, and crockery you use are very important to upholding a certain standard. At the Buckingham Palace, the linen tablecloths are made of finely woven damask, and the front of the Queen's table bears damask festoons.
Your napkins must be folded in a decorative fold, or into quarters and placed on the salad plate. Flatware comprises salad fork, dinner fork, dinner knife, and teaspoon, while glasses are usually limited to a water goblet, and a red and white wine glass. The dinnerware should include the bread and butter plate, salad plate on dinner plate, cup and saucer.