As the saying goes, all that glitters is not gold. But in the event planning industry, this precious metal is making a comeback and—24 karat or not—its effects are positively brilliant. If you’re in the midst of planning your next corporate meeting or event, read on for savvy tips on how to fashion the ultimate gilded gathering.

For centuries, gold has been evocative of wealth and prosperity and stands today as the universal symbol of status and achievement. From stars for a perfect test score in grade school to Olympic medals, gold not only radiates in its natural form, but also represents the ultimate accolade. Landing one’s dream job can only be described as a golden opportunity, while a celebration of 50 years of marriage is referred to as a golden anniversary.

When planning a corporate function, try using gold to infuse the space with an aura of glamour. From a simple employee banquet or luncheon to a large-scale conference, seminar or networking event, gold can enhance a variety of meeting and event styles. The key is to mix and match color palettes and textures to achieve the desired look and feel of your event.

Go Bold with Black and Gold
For a black-tie affair, black and gold make for perfect statement colors. This combo creates a dramatic impression at large stately affairs because it’s both classic and sophisticated, celebratory yet dignified, and sleek yet weighty.

For décor, start with a gold sequined table linen and a black table runner. Gold flatware and gilded champagne flutes look exquisite when paired with solid black napkins and black or gold Chiavari chairs. For a scheme that shines, add twinkling votive candles or a globe centerpiece with faux gemstones to the tablescape. If you’re the DIY type, dip Champagne corks into gold glitter to create instant—and budget friendly—place card holders. Crisp white florals (think roses, ranunculus or anemones) top off this opulent tablescape.

Change it Up
For a modern twist on a classic option, start with a trio of black, white and gold. Add in small splashes of lime green or fuchsia to liven up the overall event décor. A solid color napkin against a black and white striped table runner looks fun and fresh, while gold charger plates and gold flatware add a hint of glamour. To finish, place a bouquet of bright colored blooms at the center of each table in a gold vase. This scheme works especially well for more casual events, such as networking or a luncheon, where a little jolt of color can energize a room and create an atmosphere conducive to socializing and interaction.

A Subtle, Cohesive Look
Although naturally radiant, the color gold can be softened when paired with creams, neutrals and white. For a more traditional event, choose a neutral color and use gold only in small doses to achieve a more subtle, cohesive look. A gold satin napkin paired with a crisp white table linen is understated, yet elegant. Gilded stationery and event signage also can add just the right amount of shimmer without looking too flashy.

From a small-scale assembly to a grand gala, add gold to your corporate meeting or event and you’ll be sure to dazzle fellow employees, clients and attendees with an exquisite exhibition of golden grandeur.

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Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs on top with sweatpants on the bottom became work-friendly outfits, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.

 

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.