Top 3 Trends that Redefine Galas in 2020

Sometimes it’s totally acceptable (and absolutely encouraged) to forget tradition and make your own rules. Galas are timeless events that can feel tired if you aren’t careful. While there’s a lot to love about the formality of a traditional gala, the Mugwump team encourages you to embrace the new trends. From surprise guest appearances to on-theme food choices, we’re here with some unique recommendations that will wow your guests.


Opt for a Cocktail Hour in Place of a Formal Dinner

Traditionalists may have a hard time with this one. Just hear us out! Formal dinners are a beautiful idea for certain types of events. While galas used to be strictly black-tie affairs, they have evolved into outstanding parties with open bars, bustling dance floors and great music. 

A social hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and a flowing bar are ideal for younger crowds or hosts who crave a party. This is also a great way to keep costs low. Various appetizers will fill people up and keep the party going, while a sit-down dinner often changes the mood. 

Replace Lengthy Speeches with Interactive Entertainment

People and organizations often host galas for a purpose. Whether it’s to raise money for a good cause or honor a certain attendee, a speech or presentation is always on the docket. We’re not here to discourage you from a speech or presentation, but we do encourage you to mix things up. 

Traditional galas often feature one speaker after another, totaling over an hour of downtime from dancing and hobnobbing. Limit the serious portion of the evening to no more than 15 minutes to keep the party going. Resurrect the mood with some live music directly following a speaker. 

Stay On-Brand through Every Element of the Event

Go all-out with your theme this gala season! There are so many unique choices when it comes to event themes in 2020. From a mysterious masquerade to a groovy 1960s bash, the theme you choose completely shapes the experience. 

We love when hosts inject their theme into even the smallest elements. It’s easy to stray from your vision for food, cocktails and entertainment, but we encourage you to stick with it. Work with your Mugwump event planner to bring your theme full-circle. 

Partner with Mugwump to Throw a Gala to Remember

Everyone is dying to attend a party that puts all others to rest. What does that kind of out-of-this-world, dream-about-it-for-years event even look like? Well, it doesn’t look like all the others you’ve attended! It comes down to expert planning, curated decor and an outstanding timeline of events. 

That’s where Mugwump Productions comes in. Our team of professional planners, event designers and AV experts are here to create the perfect gala for you. If you’re ready to discuss ideas, contact our team today