The most important aspect to keep in mind when decorating banquet tables is the overall theme of the event. For example, when creating tables for a wedding banquet, keep in mind the bride's choice of colors for the wedding. You would also want to use any specific themes the bride may have chosen for the event. If you are decorating the event in a specific season, you may also want to take that into consideration. Fall events can inspire beautiful tables in oranges, yellows, and reds. Winter events can inspire tables in blues and whites. Holidays may also determine event themes, especially Christmas. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you do not want to take the theme overboard. Use hints of color and accessories that keep an overall elegant feel to the banquet tables, while at the same time blending in with the rest of the event.
Height is an important aspect when decorating banquet tables. Using accessories and decorations that have varying heights creates depth and interest to your decor. However, guests need to be able to see each other. If you want to achieve dramatic height, choose centerpieces that are thin at the sight level and then expand at the top and bottom. This will keep the view open while still creating drama. When in doubt, keep your centerpieces below eye level.
It is important to keep the line between elegance and cliche without sacrificing creativity. Use interesting textures and volumes to create beautiful arrangements and centerpieces. Play off the dinnerware and servingware patterns and colors to attract your guests' eyes to the decor.
No matter how many decorations you use for your tables, make sure that your guests and the serving staff can still operate around them. Is the food accessible? Is the seating comfortable? Does it feel crowded?
Candles and burners are essential pieces of banquet table decor. Candles provide a warm glow and elegance, and burners help maintain food at the proper temperature. They can create safety hazards. Do not place flammable decorations near open flames.
Using long table cloths on your serving tables can provide much needed hidden storage for extra napkins, plates, cups rolls, or even foods that do not need to be refrigerated or kept warm, for quick and easy access. Just slide any extra items underneath the serving table and let the long cloths hide them.