With the fall season is on the horizon, it's time to plan or put the finishing touches on those important autumn events.
There are many elements that can an event planner incorporate into an event design to convey a fall theme for corporate events. A strong theme will drive color, decor, and catering choices.
It's the default position for fall events but there are many other possibilities.
Harvest Moon Festival
The closest full moon to the Autumn Equinox is early this year (September 18 - 19th) and looking ahead to 2014 when it will make an appearance on September 9 - 10.
Hunters Moon Festival
Let's not forget the Hunters Moon (October 18, 2013 & October 8, 2014).
Hunting themes with menus showcasing game meats are perfect when the Hunters Moon appears.
An equestrian hunt theme is also a good fit for the Hunters Moon
On September 22nd, when the sun hovers over the equator and night and day are of almost equal length main cultures have special celebrations that may be a source of inspiration for themes, decor and menus. (e.g. Moon Festival in China).
It's celebrated in the southern hemisphere on September 22nd, so an Australian or even a spring theme would be interesting to add some variety to the season.
- Harvest Festival
- Apple Festival
Agricultural fairs take place throughout US and Canada in the fall so this theme would be a natural fit.
Japan has a number of festivals in the fall from which event planners can draw inspiration.
- American or Canadian Thanksgiving
- Halloween/All Hallow's Eve
Former employees and CEOs can be invited to participate.
Fall colors (brown, gold, orange, and a touch of red) have become synonymous with autumn events but gold, shades of yellow and a touch of green that still appears in fall foliage can also work. Alternatively, choose colors that reflect your theme or make selections from Pantone's current unisex fall (and winter) palette that has considerable overlap between male and female audiences.
- Linden Green
- Mykonos Blue
- Deep Lichen Green
Think of autumn and leaves come to mind however, twigs, branches, bales of hay, corn husks, dried corn, scarecrows, pumpkins, squashes, branches, baskets, nuts, seasonal fruit, and seasonal berries will also fit an autumn theme. Experiment with wreaths, candles, linen, chair covers, china, flowers, and plants in the fall colors we have already identified.
When catering fall events, look for opportunities to infuse seasonal ingredients. Butternut squash, broccoli, turnips, leeks, and carrots are abundantly available in the fall. For main courses, add variety to your menu with the game that is available at this time of year including venison, deer, duck, pheasant, Cornish hens, and turkey.
Use elderberries, cranberries, blackberries, and blueberries for garnish and in sauces, glazes, and desserts. Seasonal fruit including apples, plums, pears, and pumpkins can be used for the same purposes. Nuts like acorns, walnuts, and hazelnuts, add texture to salads and flavor to desserts (for example a chestnut creme brulee is pictured to the right below).
By embracing the abundance that autumn, a season of harvest, has to offer, event planners can spice up just about any corporate event.
For more tips and ideas for fall events, also read Fun With Seasonal Centerpieces: Autumn, Corporate Events: Fall Fun in Toronto, Quebec City Fall Festivals, and A World of Fall and Harvest Festivals,