10 ways to the perfect gala ball experience

Our 10 tips for the best gala ball

A little bit of prep and planning for the perfect party always pays off. And, as we are no strangers to the gala ball experience, we've come up with 10 top tips to make sure you have a ball, quite literally...

Leave the car at home

It's fair to say that drink usually flows at these charity ball events so relax and enjoy youself then take a taxi home. You really won't want to be one of the few drinking in the sober saloon.

Get to the ball early

There's usually a champagne reception you don't want to miss out on and it's often a good chance to mingle and network, as well as find out more about the charity.

Seating arrangements

Early arrival at your gala ball also allows you to rearrange the seating plans for your table and ensure you sit next to who you really want to. You'll just have to hope there's no permanent seating plan around to highlight your handy name card shifting work.

Look the part for your gala ball

Make sure you dress well for your gala ball - most are usually black tie affairs. With a 'Best Dressed' title possibly up for grabs, you want to make sure you are in the running.

Learn to dance

Formal dancing may mean that your Michael Jackson moves look out of place on the ballroom floor so putting in some preparation pre-ball may ensure you appear more Fred & Ginger instead of Stan & Hilda.

Go hungry

It's not uncommon for people who have paid not to attend the gala ball, so usually there will be more food (and wine) available than you'd anticipated on your table, so take advantage by turning up to the charity event hungry. After all, it will only go to waste!

But don't overdo the food and drink

With all that moving on the floor to come, the last thing you want to do is be the person who displays their skill at puking, rather than their prowess on the dance floor.

Be prepared to be papped

Ok, so you're not exactly a top celeb, but these gala ball events tend to have photographers to capture the evening so be prepared to be captured for all to see in whatever state you are.

Don't over bid in the ball charity auction

It's far too easy for the wine to take over and for your bidding finger to get trigger happy and leave you and your wallet nursing a hangover the day after your gala ball event.

Participate in everything at the ball

Whatever entertainment is on offer, lap it up. Whether it's a casino experience, bucking bronco, or strictly ballroom, make sure you give it all a go. Go on and have a ball.

If you're looking to get involved with a gala ball expereince then check out our charity gala ball listings.

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