The Auction Table

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The date is set, marketing is underway, and the registrations are coming in…

Let’s talk a little about what happens even before your “Save the Date” goes out. Which comes first, your event’s theme or the venue? That’s actually a very important question. Some venues are a blank slate and some offer hosts and planners a magnificent “built-in” jumping off point for event design inspiration, like the historic Fox Theatre. When you host your fundraising event at the Fox, you immediately have an almost infinite palette at hand from which to draw inspiration for your event design.

Egyptian or Moroccan are obvious choices, but so much more is possible. Look to the rich colors in the walls, adornments, and even the carpeting. We’ve seen many successful event designs ranging from high-tech fun, to shimmering elegance, to over-the-top glamour.

If you’re hosting a fundraising event, do not neglect the auction tables! Their role is critically important to your fundraising success. Here are just a few ideas to take your tables up a notch…

  • Make each one of them one of the most beautifully dressed guests in the room—give them gorgeous linens;
  • Make them sparkle, so they’re absolutely stunning, inviting people to their side—add splashes of themed décor throughout; and
  • Give them a chaperone—a silent auction table host who can answer questions about the auction items and buying process could be the difference between a multi-thousand dollar bid and someone scratching their head and walking away.

There you go…a few things to consider when planning your next AFFAIRS at the FOX fundraising event.

Happy planning!

Travis S. Taylor


Travis S. Taylor






Director of Communications
Affairs to Remember Caterers

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