Hooked on Themes

Dining hall themed events provide opportunities for staff's creativity to shine.

Sumner says the most important thing to remember when planning a big theme event is the amount of time it takes to plan.

"You don't realize the amount of time that goes into an event of this size," Sumner says. "We planned for more than six months, and this was a theme that we were all very familiar with. In some cases, we have started from scratch where you have to research for months before you start preparing. We do a lot of our own decorations, so taking the time to put all of those decorations together with a marketing staff of one full-time person and four student employees is a task."

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