• Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust Make for a Magical Tablescape

     
    POSTED January 30, 2019
     

    Peter Pan and Wendy vignette delivers happy thoughts at ILEA Denver Designer Showcase.

  • Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust Make for a Magical Tablescape

     
    POSTED January 30, 2019
     

    Peter Pan and Wendy vignette delivers happy thoughts at ILEA Denver Designer Showcase.

  • Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust Make for a Magical Tablescape

     
    POSTED January 30, 2019
     

    Peter Pan and Wendy vignette delivers happy thoughts at ILEA Denver Designer Showcase.

  • Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust Make for a Magical Tablescape

     
    POSTED January 30, 2019
     

    Peter Pan and Wendy vignette delivers happy thoughts at ILEA Denver Designer Showcase.

Groups of industry pros combined their collective brainpower to create vignettes that encapsulated famous couples at the annual International Live Event Association (ILEA) Denver Designer Showcase in April 2018. Competing teams chose Kim and Kanye VIP Backstage, Chip and Joanna’s Market, Finding Neverland - Peter Pan and Wendy, and Saif & Kareena’s Sangeet Night as their themes.

The groups transformed 20-foot-by-20-foot spaces into worlds that represented the couples. Finding Neverland won both the People’s Choice and President’s Choice awards. The team’s captain, Julie Gambrell, showroom manager for Chair Covers and Linens Denver, says the event was fun since “there were no limits on our imagination. Normally you have to cater to a client’s needs, but in this case we had complete creative liberty with project.”

Fun Productions designed the group’s shadow box booth, which included the use of luminescent paint and provided an opportunity to create a shadow wall. Visitors could pose for pictures in front of the paint, and the flash from the camera created a temporary silhouette, which reminded team members of Peter Pan and his mischievous shadow.

“The whole idea behind Finding Neverland is if Peter Pan and Wendy got married and went back to host a dinner party in Neverland at the Lost Boys’ tree house,” explains Gambrell. The vignette stood out because of the tiny and subtle details throughout the room, such as feather-shaped place cards at the table, small vials of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, overgrown moss, and vintage pieces. The team believed that Wendy would have incorporated small touches into the boys’ hideout, creating a unique blend between playfulness and elegance.

The menu included cleverly named dishes such as Mr. Smee’s Sliders, Peter’s Pan (mini cast-iron skillets filled with vegetarian tikka masala), and Tink’s Tarts.

While the team was incredibly pleased with the outcome of the project, they agreed that the best part was being able to transport visitors not only to Neverland but back to their childhoods, too. “One woman even teared up and told me that she was going to go home to watch the movie again!” Gambrell reflects. “Knowing that our design was able to generate that kind of emotional response is so special.”

The 2019 Designer Showcase will be held on Jan. 15.

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet. This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.

 

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs and sweatpants have become a work-friendly outfit, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.