There is nothing at all wrong with simplicity at Club Night. One year (in Philly) we did a fairly ornate booth. We had a great theme and it was an artistic success. But it was also a h.u.g.e. pain in the rear to set up. And then there was the break-down part. Never again. (It didn't help that the convention center in Philly seemed like it was a mile-long hike back to our rooms.) That part was almost as fun as filling out I.R.S. forms (we don't do that, either).
My personal m.o. as a Club Night consumer, is to taste anything that sounds different, or if someone tells me they tasted a great beer at a particular booth. Rarely have I been disappointed.
On pre-screening beers before going, we have never done that. Someone in our club wants to serve a beer to the country, I trust their judgment, and no one around here wants hurt feelings if someone thinks another member's beer is unworthy. The only thing we have done is to try to avoid having duplicates of the same style.