Tips & Trends


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

Pairing wine with cheese: A quick guide

Pairing wine with cheese: A quick guide The modern day’s cheese and wine events aren’t new - in fact, records indicate that cheese and wine pairings have been around for generations. With that being said, most of us are still unsure as to which cheeses pair well with which wines. We often end up muddling everything, and not really ... More