Using the Five Senses of Citrus in Your Event Design
Let Omnience™ get your creative juices flowing with Citrus!
If your events have been feeling a little dull lately, a little citrus will brighten them right up. Incorporate touches of citrus throughout your decor, drinks and more to perk up your event and create a treat for the senses that is sure to impress your attendees.
Your attendees will marvel at the uniqueness that you will create with these natural beauties.
Engage their five senses with these sweet pops of color and fragrance with these simple, yet stunning decor ideas. sight, taste, touch, and smell.
Entice Their Sense of Sight
First impressions are key when planning an event. You want to grab your attendees attention the moment that they walk into your space. Bright tablecloths, in alternating citrusy colors, with simple glass vases are sure to put a smile on your guests’ faces.
Or, take a more subtle approach and use the one or more of the citrus colors as accents against crisp, bright white. Both tablescapes bring feelings of a fresh, cheerful event.
Centerpieces are a great way to pull a citrus theme into your event decor, without making it look too spring or summer feeling. Whole tangerines, oranges, lemons or limes look elegant in a crystal bowl, or you can choose chic wooden boxes for a more rustic look. These no-fuss centerpieces can be easily dressed up or down, making them ideal for any theme.
Indulge Their Sense of Smell
Not only are these sweet centerpieces visually appealing to your attendees, their fresh scents also have amazing potential to increase your guest’s experience. According to Jennifer Dublino, C.O.O. of the Scent Marketing Institute, “Scent is the only one of our five senses that goes directly into the limbic system of our brain. That’s where our emotions are housed and that’s where our associative learning and memory is housed, and because it is connected to the limbic system, you can have the scent on a very low level where people don’t consciously notice it, but it will still work.” The scent of lemon will keep your attendees focused and will improve their concentration. Oranges create an energizing and positive feeling through their scent. The scent of grapefruits relieve anxiety and stress, and can enhance memory. These sweet smelling fruits can bring your event to the next level and are a must-have for your events
Tickle Their Sense of Taste
There are so many ways to incorporate citrus into the food at your event. Start off with your favorite citrus-inspired drinks, like this orange creamsicle Shirley Temple or classic lemonade.
Serve fun, pre bottled citrus sodas, with whimsical straws or refreshing citrus infused waters that will quench the thirst of your attendees. These citrus drink ideas will kick your guest’s tastebud into high gear in anticipation of the delicious citrus foods coming up!
Choosing just a few delicious citrus foods to service at your event, might be difficult since there are so many options to pick from. These Whipped Ricotta Toasts with Winter Citrus & Thyme-Infused Honey appetizers are a crowd pleaser and will have your attendees coming back for more.
While deciding on foods for your event, make sure to chose something that is easy for your guests to eat while mingling with other attendees. Serving your guests these Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp skewers is a perfect hand-held appetizer that they will devour.
Or, go with these flaky Citrus Sausage Tartlets that intertwine smokey and sweet flavors into one delicious bite.
And finally, the grand finale; the desserts! There are so many citrus desserts to choose from; tangy sorbets, creamy key lime pies, lemon tarts and the list goes on. Wow your guests with a few desserts that are “off the beaten path” when it comes to citrus.
Candied Orange Dipped in Chocolate will feel like a little slice of heaven for your attendees. While these Key Lime Pop will bring the childlike wonder in your guests! The mini-lemon and vanilla cream parfaits are a perfect sweet treat, served in a perfect portion for your guests. And last (but certainly not least) these vegan and grain-free Marbled Blood-Orange Cheesecake Brownies will please the palettes of all your guests!
Don’t Forget Their Sense of Touch and Hearing
The two final senses might not be ones that you think of when it comes to using citrus decor in your event planning; but they are two very important ones when it comes to creating a multi-sensory event that will leave a lasting impression on your attendees.
The feel of the skins of these different fruits are perfect use in table numbers or place cards for your guests. Using edible ink transforms these humble fruits into unique place cards or party favors. Go one step further by adding motivational messages to keep your clients inspired.
Have your guests “pick” their place cards from trees brought into the space. Both playful and engaging, and encouraging your attendees to mingle about while looking for their seat.
And when it come to the sense of hearing, the positive and energetic feelings that these sweet fruits bring when you look, taste, hold, and smell them can continue in the sounds that your guests hear. Studies have shown that almost all music can increase moods, so by playing fun, pop songs throughout your event, your guests can enjoy a happy and positive experience, which can encourage their productivity and involvement.
These are just a few ways to use the Five Senses of Citrus to make your events pop! There are so many more options to explore and we’d love to heard other ways you would incorporate citrus in your next event. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips and tricks, and check out our blog and other resources for more!