Tips & Trends


A trendy table

“The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift” - Laurie Colwin Delight your guests with a beautifully set table during the holidays. Gallagher Convention Centre’s professional tip for ... More

Upscale Interior for Gallagher office space

The interior of the office building on the Gallagher Convention Centre property has recently been redesigned to have a more contemporary look. The interior design of an area sets the mood and atmosphere of that specific area, after all, Saul Bass said; “Design is thinking made visible”. With this in mind, a team was assembled to create ... More

Office space, Your way

Conveniently located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, in Midrand, the Gallagher Convention Centre property offers 10360 square meters of lettable office space. The three-story office building, sporting timeless marble cladding on the exterior as well as in the general areas, hosts an eclectic mix of tenants ranging from international ... More

A breakdown of the most common dietary restrictions

Food is usually an indispensable part of any event. Ensuring you take the different dietary requirements that your guests might have into account is not just considerate, it is required when serving food at an event. To make it easier to plan the menu at your next event, ensure that you ask guests if they have any of the most common ... More

Brighten your next event with these creative lighting ideas

Never underestimate the effect good lighting can have on any event. It goes without saying, really: the right lighting ensures you highlight décor elements, performances and tables, all the while ensuring your guests can always find their way around your venue. Before you even start considering some of the lighting options below, you need ... More

The ultimate party planning checklist

Planning an event sounds like loads of fun, until the night before, when you start remembering a ton of things you never ordered or planned for. Whether you are planning a bigger event for 1000 people, or a small get-together for ten, planning is everything. For some extra peace of mind, we’ve compiled an in-depth party-planning ... More

Outdoor décor to make your next event blossom

Spring is here! While the coming months will be the hottest and most unpredictable weather-wise, spring brings the opportunity to create truly memorable outdoor event experiences under the big blue sky. When planning your outdoor décor, why not take ideas from nature and gently weave them into the design of your event? Be bold! Bold, ... More

The humble Caffè Americano has a mysterious history

The humble Caffè Americano has a mysterious history Having a strong cup of premium-blend coffee at Harold’s Bar is one of our guest-favourites at Gallagher Convention Centre. The gardens in this part of Gallagher allow you to forget that you are in the city, and if you’re lucky, you will even receive a visit from the resident peacocks... More

The perfect glass for every drink

There’s one simple décor rule that I absolutely live by, and that is: when in doubt, add glass. Without trying too hard, glass always manages to give a table a sense of elegance. You can add glass with your table’s centrepiece, placemats and even place card holders. When planning your table layout, the simplest place to start is by ... More

A quick guide to setting a formal table

There’s a memorable scene in the movie, Titanic (which was released in 1997, making it 20 years old!), where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jack, sits down to a fancy, first-class dinner for the first time in his life. Noticing his discomfort at the various pieces of cutlery on the table in front of him, Molly Brown (played by Kathy ... More