Whatever your motivations for planning an Irish Night, rest assured that there are a handful of hints and tips that you can follow to ensure that your event is a roaring success.
1. Plan, Plan, Plan
You can never do too much planning when it comes to organising any event. Every little detail counts, from the guest list to the room styling, catering, drinks availability (Guinness is essential) and of course, pricing.
2. The Guest List
Speaking of the guest list, one of the very first things you should do is consider who will be attending your event. If it’s a corporate fuction, you should plan your event with a business focus goal in mind. If it’s a private party for something like a Birthday, then you can be a little more relaxed, but you still want your guests to have a great time. Being laser focused on your event’s audience will ensure success every step of the way.
3. Book a good band
The earlier you book a band the better, and the better the band is, the more fun your guests will have. If you’re flexible on your dates and times you’ll no doubt get a good deal, and you’ll have more money to spend on catering, decoration and goodie bags. If you’ve never booked a band before you’re looking in the region of £400-£500 for two sets of 45 minutes to an hour each. That being said, if you aren’t booking a key night (Saturdays are always full price) and you can convince the band that they’ll get future business because of how awesome your event is going to be, you should be able to bag a reduction in the price. Always speak to friends, family and local venues to see who they would recommend, and if possible, see them in action before paying any kind of deposit.
4. Go all out on the theme
We know your event is going to have an Irish theme, and you want to communicate that to your guests. The choice is yours, you can be classy and suble, with little touches such as dressing the room in a green, orange and white theme, using things such as white chair covers with green and orange sashes, or you can go all out and fill the room with dozens of flags and all kinds of bunting – the choice is yours.
5. Guinness is essential
Guinness is an essential part of any Irish event. Clearly communicate your requirements to your venue. If they don’t offer Guinness then they need to get it in for your event, otherwise you may need to look elsewhere. Irish-themed cocktails also go down really well, and it’s in your chosen venues interests to come up with a few ideas to keep your guests drinking.
6. Hire an expert
We’re experts at planning an awesome Irish-themed event, and our live music nights are highly successful. It’s best to check our our Irish Events Package, which typically offers everything you need for hosting an awesome Irish night, including our start to finish event management service.