The Secretary Magazine

Top Tips on organising a corporate dinner event

Especially if your event is not happening on a peak date, such as a Thursday. Proactive venues will offer you a discount for a Monday & Tuesday, others will not.

Put your table plan in alphabetical order, surname first!
Ideally table plans will be in alphabetical order. We strongly suggest avoiding name place cards on the table. Scanning for your table in a sea of 400 names can be very time consuming.

Think about tables!
Round tables of 5ft or 5ft 6in are the best for social talking. Any larger than this and it is difficult to engage with everyone at the table.

Don’t block heads with the wrong shape table centres.
These should not act as a block across the table. Again this makes it easy for guests to chat with those around the table. Most good florists or light installers will appreciate this.

Keep your guests entertained.
Having some form of entertainment during dinner can lift the room and give it a shot of energy. Dance acts,opera singers, west end performers etc all work; it really depends on your audience.