I’ve just discovered a fascinating booklet written by Nicky Ingram of English Heritage, who clearly has a lot of experience in putting on events in historic properties.
Practical Conservation Guidelines for Successful Hospitality Events in Historic Houses offers 12 pages of sensible ideas in checklist format, from arranging access through your building to protection ideas: it may seem obvious not to allow red wine, for fear of staining, but it’s also worth banning loose berries and soft fruit from the canape menu. Other ideas are practical for any venue with flower arrangements, such as the suggestion that when dealing with lilies or other flowers with staining pollen, you should simply remove their stamens off-site.
You can download the booklet for free from this page on Collections Link.
Are there any resources you’d recommend for other people keen to stage an evening event in their venues? Do share any links on the comments!