Decorations at an event are necessary for setting the mood, framing the emotion and underscoring the importance of the event. From crepe paper streamers to professionally-designed displays of color and beauty, decorations generally work within a theme determined by event sponsors and coordinators, setting the stage for the bulk of the event proceedings.

Decorating for large events can prove daunting, requiring equally large displays to be seen among a sea of people, vendors, event booths and accompanying equipment. Colors must be chosen and established for the event in keeping with the chosen theme, reflected in promotional materials, advertisements and floral arrangements, tying the whole together into a feast

for the eyes, as well as imparting a visual sense of cohesiveness.

While decorating is often the most exciting part of event planning, it is one area where too many cooks can spoil the broth. The décor relies on collaboration among event coordinators to arrive at a common agreement of what the event theme is all about, then punctuates the idea with décor that is intrinsic to the theme.

Decorating can be simple, or as extensive as coordinated colors of tablecloths, napkins and the colors of clothing event personnel wear. Decorating with flowers is always a winner, and lends panache to banquet table centerpieces and anchors stage backdrops. Flags, banners and posters lend upward interest when hung from the ceiling, while floor-level display easels post information about event times, welcome messages, and directions to specific meeting rooms.

Not to be overlooked is the instant atmosphere suggested by clusters of balloons, centerpieces of fruit, or large urns flanking a main walkway. Ribbon streamers and bows also lend opulence to the affair, particularly when utilized as trimmings on tables, stages, or around entry doors.

Not to be overlooked is the manpower needed to decorate a large hall for a special event, and the bucket lifts, ladders, tape, wire and tools to fashion an event to remember. A good source for experienced, and often free display artists can be found among the ranks of high-end department stores, whose extensive inventory of display items might be available for little more than an appreciative mention in the local newspaper.