This year, why not start the PTA season off right with a gala at one of our resplendent banquet halls in Orlando? Hosting a Parent Teacher Association gala is an excellent way to introduce newcomers to organization veterans. It will also help set the tone for the year and allow everyone opportunity to show off their seasonal finery.

Because the event will likely take place on a Friday, consider starting the festivities around 7 p.m. That should give parents time to change into their party clothes as well as get the kids ready for the babysitter. Teachers and school administrators will likely appreciate the few hours of downtime as well.

If you decide to go with the 7 p.m. start time, ask our banquet hall staff about party packages within the four to five hourrange. Four to five hours is generally enough time for everyone to get settled in, introduced to each other and served a fabulous meal. Plus, parents will likely be able to get back home in time to relieve the babysitter at a reasonable hour.

Also consider choosing banquet hall packages that include passed hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail hour. Why? Cocktailhours tend to encourage mingling among parents, administrators and educators. Furthermore, they make entering an already crowded room easier for parents and educators who may have arrived at the PTA gala later than expected.

With that said, think about scheduling the best DJ during the gala’s cocktail hour and using the banquet hall’s built-in sound system to play background music during dinner. Generally, that’s enough ambient noise to make everyone at the PTA gala feel comfortable without stymieing conversation among their chatty table mates.

To learn more and book banquet halls in Orlando for your school’s next 2015/2016 PTA gala, please contact the Crystal Ballroom staff today.