Earlier this month we had the pleasure of producing an event for Agrana Fruit US, Inc. to celebrate the opening of their new fruit preparation plant in Lysander, NY. This, the company’s fourth plant, is the first in New York State and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to formally open the facility. The plant manufactures fruit preparations from fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, or peaches to be used in fruit yogurt, bakery items, and ice cream. The company has brought 60 jobs to the area and hopes to double that in the next three years.
To design this event, we used Agrana’s brand colors of a cheerful berry red, bright blue and white. We kept the look open and fresh and evoked the idea of a farm or orchard with a large wood table and fruit baskets as part of the decor around the tent and in table centerpieces. We worked with Karen’s Catering to customize a buffet lunch incorporating fresh fruit, yogurt, and local favorites to welcome the company to the area: Fruit bruschetta on toasted wheat baguette, Lively Run goat cheese, watermelon, and arugula salad, chicken spiedies, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que were all on the menu.
Here are some highlights from the event: (slideshow below)
Photos: James Peluso
Long banquet tables and rounds are the most traditional and popular options for events, but if you want to really mix it up and make a statement, consider more eclectic options.
Why not rent vintage tables and iconic chairs to create groupings perfect for conversation or networking? Depending on the decor you use to complete the look, your event can have a vintage feel or be very modern and design-minded.
Along those same lines, offering a mix of upholstered seating for your guests to sit on during a presentation or ceremony will make them more comfortable and your event will take on a totally different look.
Hay bales have become a popular way to create a casual lounge space both indoor and out. Just remember that hay can be pretty scratchy, so keep in mind that you may want to cover the bales with throws or cushions.
Grass-covered seating is certainly unexpected and will definitely have guests talking. Because green is a neutral, any color scheme you’re working with can be paired with this type of look for a fresh feel.
If you are not ready to move that far out of the box, maybe more traditional tables and chairs used in a different way is more your speed. Here chairs are mixed with lounge-like booths for a cozy atmosphere.
Instead of round high boy tables or the usual banquet set up, tall Lucite Parsons tables are positioned end-to-end with coordinating seating. The arrangement of the seating itself is traditional, but the modern material creates a clean look and the height adds visual interest.
And if you truly prefer the look of a more traditional event but are looking for a small way to spice it up, mix and match the table shapes. Here an event is set up with linens, lighting, and decor much the way you would expect, but just by alternating between rounds and a cross set up, the layout feels less staid.
Tweaking details like the seating and layout of an event can make it more lively and memorable.
We have designed weddings both indoors and outdoors and in some non-traditional or unconventional locations. Couples who aren’t particularly religious or do not want to have their ceremony in a house of worship still need to designate a place where they will stand and exchange their vows. So if you aren’t starting with an existing altar, how can you create a space that feels special?
Sometimes structures exist like a pergola or archway that can be adapted for nuptial purposes. Jewish weddings have chuppahs which are freestanding and can be in other indoor locations, backyards, or on beaches.
Depending on your ceremony site, you could stand in front of a variety of backdrops that can help carve out that space: a fireplace, a couple of trees, a window or interesting wall, or a fountain. We always do a lot of fabric draping for our events. Or, you can get creative and create something totally custom (or we can build it for you).
Last May, I went to my friend’s wedding and her brother, who is a blacksmith, created a beautiful archway for her and her groom to stand in front of for their outdoor wedding at a local art park.
Plus once you create a basic structure, the personalization options are nearly endless using flowers, fabric, or other kinds of materials. Here are a few gorgeous ideas we’ve seen online that can serve as inspiration.
Photos: 1 & 2) The Events Company, 3) Martha Stewart Weddings, 4) The Knot, 5) Green Wedding Shoes, 6) Style Me Pretty, 7) Pinterest
It’s now April, so your almost-graduate’s senioritis has probably kicked into full gear. While they’re finishing papers and projects, have you thought about the kind of graduation party you’ll throw to celebrate all their achievements?
In May, we’re producing a tented graduation brunch for a young man earning his degree from Colgate. It will be a lively outdoor party with great food, live music, and fun lawn games. Colgate’s burgundy and charcoal colors are the starting point for the decor elements; we’re even customizing a game of cornhole to feature the university’s logo. Plus, the family’s guests will get to try out our brand new giant Jenga game! As if that weren’t enough, there will also be a craps table and a strolling illusionist to keep everyone entertained.
The invitations and the signs that will be displayed around the party all have a chalkboard design.
Guests will be greeted with mimosas and champagne, and as they celebrate, they will get to feast on an array of delicious food. They’ll start with fresh fruit and pastries such as maple-pecan braids and lemon poppy loaf. The brunch buffet includes French toast with Bananas Foster Topping and a grilled island chicken salad with mangoes, papayas, strawberries, pineapple, and toasted almonds tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. A chef will also be on hand to make custom fritattas!
When the party ends, each guest will take home an individually packaged graduation cupcake.
Your graduate worked hard get to this point and would probably love a party where he or she can blow off a little steam and celebrate with friends and family before heading on to college, grad school, or the workforce.
Whether your party is for a large number of people or something more intimate, we can help you come up with themes and entertainment ideas that will be a hit!
Our team is pretty much over this cold weather. So while we cross our fingers hoping the end-of-month lambs replace the lions sooner rather than later, I'm taking refuge from the flurries by finding ideas and inspiration based on three beautiful spring palette combinations suggested in the latest issue of Brides magazine.
These combos work just as well at an indoor venue as outdoors and depending on the elements you choose, each palette is quite versatile: they can be very feminine, preppy, beachy, vintage, eclectic, or modern.
They’re also extremely mix-and-matchable: Gray and yellow are still a very trendy, yet classic, pairing. Sky blue and lime is fun, while peach and pink would be very romantic and feminine. Yellow and pink could be punchy, gray and lime could be sophisticated with touches of bright foliage, while sky blue and peach could evoke a sunrise/sunset.
For more inspiration based on these palettes and others,take a look at our spring color and color me pretty boards on Pinterest.
Is it an airport or a ballroom? With the right lighting and décor elements, any space can be transformed for a fancy event.
In January, we designed the décor for the Mayor’s Ball following the second inauguration of Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner. The ball was held in an exhibit area at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, the first time an event has been held there. The event was a lot of fun for our team, because the space was a blank canvas, so there were no restrictions on what we could design.
During a snowy outdoor inauguration ceremony Mayor Miner commented, “The weather is an illustration of who we are as Syracusans. We brace ourselves against the snow and the cold, and we brace ourselves against obstacles. We will never be defeated.”
The winter weather Syracuse is well-known for was reflected in a theme decorated with cool blues and icy whites. Tables were dressed in white damask or pale blue linens and paired with white Chiavari chairs. Rather than use the venue’s lighting fixtures, we lit the space with our own blue ambient lighting, creating a cool and sophisticated atmosphere for the mayor and her guests to mingle in.
Draped fabric walls created separations throughout the space, defining the dance and band area from the VIP room. Cocktail tables with a view of parked planes and a plane ice sculpture were the only hints at the lively party’s location.
The popularity of The Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, and Neil deGrasse Tyson are indicators that science is having a bit of a heyday in pop culture.
Last fall, we worked with SUNY ESF, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, to produce their Feinstone Environmental Awards program, which recognized Larry Leatherman, president of the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), for his leadership and contributions in advancing science education.
The dinner, which focused on the importance of STEM (science technology engineering mathematics) education, featured design elements highlighting these areas. Some of our inspiration for the design: hors d’oeuvres served on mirrors imprinted with math equations, cocktails poured from chemistry flasks, and floral arrangements augmented with tablet computers. Centerpieces incorporated books, beakers, and other lab equipment.
In the past, we’ve also treated guests to science’s sillier side when we hosted a mad scientist-themed event for a corporate client. Social events can fit into the equation, too. I love the clever Periodic Table of Elements made of cupcakes from this Bar Mitzvah produced by 2 Sweet LLC in New Jersey.
Any passion, hobby, or interest can be the starting point for a fun and exciting event, so don’t ever feel limited by traditional party themes. If you have an idea, we can formulate the details.
Bar Mitzvah photos: 2 Sweet LLC
We just had to share this event with you because we had so much fun planning it and then seeing it in action. This was a post-holiday party and 30th anniversary bash for a local company.
Jack Frost greeted guests as they arrived, while our team welcomed guests and wrapped a logo’ed scarf around their neck. They were then ready for the Cocktails On Ice party where hot toddies were served from the ice bar. Guests had fun playing pool on the Ice Pool Table made completely of ice except for the balls and cue sticks. The Dog Sled rides were a hit, too.
Inside guests experienced great food and entertainment; casino games, 60 second challenges, dueling pianos and our faux fire performer.
The evening concluded with an ice carving show revealing a stylized carved 30 for their anniversary.
Photos: Caitlyn Bom Photography
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