A Singles Event like No Other!
Last month I shared my experience visiting the Canberra Railway Museum. Soon after my visit, I was given the opportunity to help organise the Romance on Rail Singles Train, which was held on the evening of Saturday 28 March. I was very pleased to play a big part in organising such a wonderful and unique singles night where many lasting connections and memories being made were witnessed!
There were two main sponsors of this event End2End Events (Me!) and Red Hill’s Pet Concierge (Belinda Dorsett).
Together Belinda and I as the major event sponsor worked very closely to create an incredible night for our guests. We started the night off at The Canberra Railway Station with an icebreaker game and champagne on arrival. I enjoyed seeing the connections that a simple icebreaker, choosing a favourite Cadbury’s chocolate and finding someone with the same treat to speak to, made.
To create a fun atmosphere for the guests and to give them the illusion of travelling back in time we had chosen a 1920’s theme combined with the Great Gatsby look. Everyone embraced the theme and looked amazing in their outfits. On arrival to the station, there were feathers and fur capes everywhere, not to mention a few gangster looks! When the train pulled into the station at 6 pm with live music playing from the dance carriage the theme we had chosen for the event came to life… Guests waiting at the station happily selected the carriage of their choice to ride in.
The train and the carriages we chose to put together for the event were mainly from the 1920s. I included a bar carriage, trivia carriage, dance carriage, conversation carriage and a photo booth carriage. Our guests really had fun with the photo booth carriage where photographer Garry Chiu of Garry Chiu Photography took photos of our guests posed with fun props from the 1920s. I also organised a roaming photographer to take action shots throughout the night. Michelle Kroll and Bill Guthrie from Another Happy Customer helped capture the atmosphere in the different carriages throughout the night.
On arrival to Bungendore, guests were given the experience of participating in a murder mystery which Garry Reynolds – Marketing Manager at Canberra Railway Museum had organised to test guests’ wit and attention to detail!
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Canberra. Guests dined, wined and danced to their heart’s content on the train ride back to Canberra. By then connections were well and truly underway! When the train pulled back into Canberra Railway station at 9.15pm guests were still in party mode and happily trotted to The Rum Bar on the Kingston foreshore who hosted our 1920’s inspired after party.
Guests were greeted with more canapés and 1920s inspired cocktails. From beginning to end, the 1920s theme really helped our guests get into the spirit of the evening. I created an intimate atmosphere for the guests which matched the intimacy of the train. I used vintage props in the carriages, including a vintage French 3 seater sofa and Louis XV Wingback Chairs from ‘A Vintage look’ I created mood lighting throughout the various carriages by cleverly combining vintage lamps and reusing vintage wine bottles with battery operated fairy lights throughout the train. I organised vintage inspired tablecloths, bunting and rugs to create a homey vintage look on the train that made the guests feel cosy and added to their overall experience. I also had bowls and bowls of garden rose potpourri mixed with strawberry potpourri in all carriages which also added to the overall look and feel of the Romance on Rail Singles train.
Our guests had a wonderful night and it really was a singles event like no other! To be a part of the next event, check- out the Canberra Railway Museum website and be sure to check in with the End2End Events Facebook page to see where we’ll pop up next!