5 Creative Theme Ideas for Gala Dinner Events

5 Creative Theme Ideas for Gala Dinner Events

Want to host a Gala but don’t have a theme selection? Here’s a list of the most essential themes that make it a night to remember. Select a theme or call us today to help bring your concepts to life at 3 West Club.

1. Masquerade


One of the most popular gala themes is the masquerade. Its stylish nature supports the black suit, black dress attire and the atmosphere is already commonly associated with countless formal events. Red carpet, stylish décor, live music, acts, masks, and ballroom dancing are all elements of the masquerade theme.

2. The Oscars


All of the glamour associated with these prestigious award ceremonies supply a great building block for a gala dinner. Theatrical costumes, entertainment, and props will spark up your dinner and draw enormous praise from everyone and shock both, the art and entertainment lovers. The decor should involve a variety of elegant props such as the red carpet implemented in award shows to give your guests that authentic Hollywood feel.

3. Grand Gala



Stunning centerpieces, grand lighting, red carpets, and beautiful décor offer a sophisticated atmosphere for your guests. Select a rich color and have it paired up with either silver, gold, or other solid classic colors. Centerpieces will play a vital role in the execution of this gala them and they can be as simple as confetti to top hats, feathered masks, or silver decorations. Live entertainment can feature ballroom dancing, singing as well as stage shows.

4. Christmas



Depending on the time of season, the theme could be just decorating for the holidays. A Christmas theme offers an opportunity to take donations for your cause, or incorporation of gifts into the night. Centerpieces ideas can be limitless (fake mini Christmas trees, candles, basket filled with ornaments, flowers etc.) and empty boxes wrapped in wrapping paper provide inexpensive decorations that can add a stunning element to the affair and bring the Christmas spirit to even the meanest of them, Mr. Grinch!

5. Broadway



Nothing yells bright lights like Broadway. The Broadway Gala theme should include stage acting, rich colors, and an innumerable of lights. Broadway-themed events often feature a lavishly decorated stage with live either musical or theatric performances. White lights and black drapes make perfect decorations for the walls and windows while centerpieces can include anything theatre-related such as that of a playbill, a director's board, film etc.

Source: https://holidappy.com/party-planning/theme-ideas-for-a-gala-dinner-event


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3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

10 Classic American Dishes

10 Classic American Dishes

At 3 West Club our chef, chef gary and co., know nothing besides how to serve up the best dishes in the city on a daily basis. this week we bring you 10 classic American dishes that every American has tried at least once in their life time. try one of these classical dishes and more at one of your planned events or stay at the 3 west club.

Pancakes



When it comes to typical American breakfasts, there's one front-runner: pancakes. Variations abound, but you can't go wrong with a short stack of tender, tangy buttermilk flapjacks.







Club Sandwich



While its exact origins may be a bit of a mystery, there's no denying the club sandwich's place at the American table. This turkey take on the delicious double-decker adds sliced avocado and honey mustard to the mix for an extra tasty bite.



BBQ Ribs





Regional barbecue styles vary widely, but one of our favorite meaty menu items has to be glossy beer-glazed baby back ribs.




Macaroni & Cheese





It's creamy, it's cheesy, it's downright divine — it's macaroni and cheese.








Steak






Sometimes a steak is best served simply — generously seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked hot and fast for a burnished crust. Follow this technique for stellar results; the accompanying miso mustard sauce is merely optional (though delightful).







Mashed Potatoes



Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays, so it's only natural that its most popular side, mashed potatoes, is considered by many to be one of the United States' signature dishes.









Cheeseburger






It's on nearly every American restaurant's menu: the cheeseburger. This must-make take boasts gooey cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a zippy pickle-spiked sauce.








Pulled Pork Sandwich





Piled high with juicy, melt-in-your-mouth pork and crisp coleslaw, the pulled pork sandwich is a Southern standby.





Pumpkin Pie






Another beloved Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie. This Fall favorite is creamy, perfectly spiced, and oh so American.









Apple Pie




The idiom "as American as apple pie" says it all. This homey dessert deserves a home at any American feast.





Source: http://www.popsugar.com/food/Traditional-American-Dishes-13400225#photo-13400309

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3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

BizBash Live The Expo NYC 2016

BizBash live the EXPO NYC 2016


On a yearly basis, thousands of event and meeting professionals gather throughout the country in cities such as South Florida, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. for BizBash live experiences. Although these events are once-a-year, one-day events, they are where the most influential names in the industry network, collaborate, discover, and become inspired to create incredible events.

What is BizBash Live Expo? It is the ultimate trade show and conference, packed with today’s hottest vendors, new ideas, thought-provoking education, and the latest trends in events.

This year promises a lineup of speakers to discuss the latest ideas, inspiration, and strategies for executing top-level events.
The forum and workshops will cover several topics, from advancing in your career to crafting successful event sponsorship strategies, plus insights on rites, rituals, and protocol from celebrated event designer David Monn. Addtionally, a luncheon on over-the-top events will feature a history of legendary New York fetes from Donald Albrecht, curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York, and an insider’s look at a recent $3 million bar mitzvah by Michael Cerbelli, C.E.O. and president of Cerbelli Creative.

The 3 West Club will be exhibiting at the bizbash expo. Come to our booth and learn more about what our venue has to offer your business for meetings and special events.

Follow the link below to register:
https://bizbash.swoogo.com/expony/12356

When?
November 15, 2016

Where?
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Source: http://www.bizbash.com/see-whos-speaking-at-bizbash-live-the-expo-new-york-2016/new-york/story/32890/#.V_aI4-TrtPY


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New York, NY 10019

2nd Annual Holiday Boutique

3 West Club

cordially invites you to our

2016 HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

November 10th, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join us on November 10th from 4 to 7 PM for the 3 West Club’s Holiday Boutique. The 3 West Club’s Holiday Boutique showcases local retailers and artisans for your holiday shopping pleasure. This event is open to the public. We invite you to join us for a night of shopping, refreshments and delicious food.

Featured Vendors Include:



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New York, NY 10019

10 Tips to Improve Panel Discussions

10 Tips to Improve Panel Discussions



1. Carefully choose moderators and panelists. Skilled moderators bring out the best in panelists. Planners need to make sure in advance that moderators are knowledgeable about the industry.

2. Interesting and articulate panelists. diversity. the panel should have a wide range of speakers in terms of gender, age, background and viewpoint. there should be at most four participants who are all to be well-prepared.
3. Get rid of the long, draped table. Many agree it creates a barrier between panelists and the audience. one possible solution is for Speakers to be seated in a shallow semi-circle with a small cocktail table either in front or to the side of them.
4. Stress preparation. The moderator and panelists have to do more than just show up. The moderator should develop an agenda and prepare welcoming remarks, introductions and some initial questions. Panelists should do background research on the topic, and formulate both their key messages and talking points.
5. Formal rehearsals are unnecessary; however, the moderator should brief panelists on the process as well as ground rules for the session. it is likely that Spontaneity will be lost if the discussion is rehearsed in advance.
6. Structure the discussion to be more like a conversation. heavily Emphasize that the panel should be a lively discussion among experts sharing their thoughts and opinions, rather than a series of presentations.
7. Limit the number of slides. slides are to be used only to grab the audience's attention or make an abstract concept more understandable. detailed information should be displayed in a web link or printed handout.
8. Engage the audience early. Create a catchy title for the event, and make sure the topic is both trendy and fun. Create a buzz, even before the event. email marketing or social media can be used to ask attendees to submit three questions they would like to hear discussed.
9. Encourage participation. it is not recommended to wait for a Q&A at the end of the presentation to engage the audience. Today’s attendees want to participate immediately. the Use of technological tools will encourage participation.
10. Make it entertaining. most would consider it a known fact that the majority of People today have short attention spans. Every five to six minutes, do something interactive to stimulate the audience, such as a poll or a game.


Source: http://www.smartmeetings.com/meeting-planning/91957/10-tips-to-improve-panel-discussions


3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

SUMMER’S OUT AND FALL IS OFFICIALLY IN!

SUMMER’S OUT AND FALL IS OFFICIALLY IN!

In today’s weekly blog, we bring you our top three 2016 Fall Cocktails. In a season full of sweaters, leaves dropping, fright, giving and pumpkin picking - take some time to enjoy these lovely drinks.

APPLE CIDER MIMOSAS

INGREDIENTS:
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 c. apple cider
1 bottle Champagne

DIRECTIONS:
On a small plate, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip champagne flutes in water to wet the rims, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture.
Fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider, then top off with champagne.

LEFTOVER PECAN PIE BOURBON SHAKE

INGREDIENTS:
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 c. milk
2 oz. bourbon
1/2 c. chopped pecan pie
DIRECTIONS:
In a blender, combine vanilla ice cream, milk, bourbon, and chopped pecan pie.
Blend until desired consistency. (Add more ice cream if mixture is too thin, more milk if it’s too thick.)
Pour into glass and garnish with crumbled pecan pie.

PUMPKIN SPICE WHITE

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 oz. heavy cream
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. coffee liqueur
Whipped cream, optional
Chocolate syrup, optional
DIRECTIONS:
Shake together pumpkin pie spice and heavy cream to combine.
Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream mixture.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired.



3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Looking to Host a Meeting in 2017?

Looking to Host a Meeting in 2017?

Welcome to the 3 West Club Blog. We look forward to educating you on tips and trends on the meeting and events industry. check back weekly as topics will change.

2016 proved to be a fruitful year for meetings and events.

Top trends for 2016 Include:

1) Hotels Flex Their Muscle
North American hotels retaining the upper hand in price negotiations.
2) Lead Time Becomes Scarcer
As a result of the strengthening seller’s market, planners are going to have to work harder to convince their meeting owners to commit to events farther ahead.
3) F&B Gets Healthier & Pricier
Planners are facing a bit of a double whammy when it comes to food and beverage budgets.
4) Meetings Morph into Experiences
​Need to create a compelling meeting experience for attendees.
5) Mobile Apps Matter
Mobile meeting and convention apps are becoming ubiquitous for all but the smallest gatherings.
6) Virtual & Hybrid Meetings Multiply
Planners use virtual/hybrid meetings to save on costs, reduce travel and time out of office and to reach a broader audience.

Most Popular Meeting Types

TYPE OF MEETING
NUMBER PER RESPONDENT​
Training 15.7
Internal Team Meeting 14.7
Sales/Marketing 12.2
Conferences/Trade Shows 10.0
Senior Leadership/Board Meeting 8.1
Advisory Board 7.6
Incentive/Special Events 6.2
Product Launch (Internal/External) 5.1


Source: Successful Meetings (http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/Meeting-Strategies/Top-Meeting-Trends-2016/)


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