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Top 7 Party Themes + Chef Reveals Most Popular Canapés

A theme for a party is a fabulous way to bring your celebration to life and an excellent way to make it memorable and enjoyable! We can’t wait to celebrate with you post COVID. Place your trust in Doltone House to ensure you make the most of every occasion.

We have developed comprehensive catering packages for parties to suit all celebrations and gatherings both large and small. Our spaces can be transformed using stunning décor, drapery, props and lighting matched with our award winning catering. You’ll find the perfect space to match your tailored package, with contemporary and dynamic rooms and world-class Sydney Harbour views.  

We’ve hand picked some of our favourite party themes that our clients have hosted in our venues. Here are some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Let The Party Roar

Circus fever is the rage! Turn your party into a carnival with extraordinary styling featuring striped ceiling drapes and lots of balloons. Props including popcorn stands, light up letters, vibrant florals, ferris wheels, twinkling lights and (faux) circus animals.


2. Up In The Air

Celebrate with a high! We’ve hosted events that took creativity to the sky. Use large pieces of cotton to mimic fluffy clouds and net large helium balloons for hot air balloon centrepieces. Fill up the stage or room with an abundance of white balloons!


3. Forever Young Ladies

Pink isn’t just a colour, its an attitude. Decide first – peachy pink or cool rose pink? Then coordinate your flowers, balloons, cake, centrepieces and styling decor so they follow the same tone. Add neutral colours such as white, cream and rose gold to balance.


4. Boys Turn Into Gents

From superheroes to race cars to man caves, we’ve see our spaces transformed in many creative ways over the years. After you’ve set your theme, discuss with our friendly team which of our venues would best suit your idea!


5. Metallic On Neon

Get the party vibing with bright lights, neon signs and metallic finishes. Consider using creative lighting solutions to add colour and ambiance to your event rather than traditional florals, balloons and backdrops.     


6. Tropical Like It’s Hot

Tropicana or Havana? Go for green featuring large assorted palm leaves, flowers such as orchids or frangipani, colourful cushions, and blue/green vases.


7. La Dolce Vita

Celebrate the vibrancy of Italy with a strong colour palette of red, white and green. To bring the beautiful Amalfi Coast into your party, introduce elements of yellow, whether it be through plentiful lemons or blossoming floral centrepieces. Further the look with gingham tablecloth. Extra Tip: large tomatoes tins make great platter stands!


Canapés // Chef Favourites

Impress your guests as soon as they enter by satisfying their tastebuds (and tummies – because who doesn’t arrive on an empty stomach and are starving before they’ve even said hello?). While we offer over 80 canapé selections, our chefs have narrowed down their top favourites to get your party planning rolling.   

1. Pumpkin gnocchi pistachio nuts, parmesan cream, fried sage
2. Wagyu beef slider, fontina cheese, tomato relish
3. Tartare of hiramasa king fish, compressed apple, finger lime
4. Arancini balls, butternut pumpkin, sage, basil mayonnaise
5. Risotto of sweet pea shaved aged pecorino
6. Flathead goujons chunky fries, wasabi mayonnaise
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Venue Highlight – Manhattan, Doltone House Hyde Park

Contemporary intimate space with a designer New York twist. Silver and cream decor punctuated with tones of sapphire blue. Interior design by leading architect Koichi Takada features an abundance of natural light with crystal fixtures and window draping.

Perfect for special occasions such as high tea, bridal or baby showers, cocktail parties, intimate birthdays or various religious occasions.

We are open! Come and meet us at our venues. The team and family at Doltone House welcome you back for private venue tours to view our spaces by appointment only. Enquire about your event or organise an in person/virtual meeting today!


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