October 4th, 2012 | Published in Our Blog
Parties with themes are FUN to attend and CHALLENGING to create, especially when the theme elements are designed to be SUBTLY and UNIQUELY presented. At Levine Fox Events, we strive to create a party environment where the theme comes alive in unexpected ways. No theme is too challenging. First we come up with a list of elements that pertain to the theme at hand and creatively incorporate them into the party’s decor and design: the following photos are some examples from our past events . . . .
The Entry Design: The use of vignettes is a great way to present the theme at the party’s entrance. These decor statements whet the guests’ appetites and encourage them to go inside and see more of what the party’s theme might be.
Foyer Vignette Design: Custom designed decor accents, especially vignettes, work beautifully within the party too: a colorful candy store filled to the brim with real candy given out to guests later in the evening, is the perfect foyer decor for a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme (Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner). A grouping of colorful lockers dressed with sports paraphernalia adds a great touch to a “sports” party theme (Four Seasons, Los Angeles).
The escort cards are always designed with the theme in mind and relate to the party’s color scheme and invitation font. They often incorporate theme elements Examples include the golden ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and mini baseball caps with cards attached for a sports theme.
The Table Design – Centerpieces should be grand in scale, varied throughout the room and dramatically designed. We like to incorporate some theme elements for an understated yet striking presence rather than have the entire centerpiece reflect the theme: fantasy floral arrangements with candy accents for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mark’s Garden) and jungle foliage and African props for a safari theme (Edge Flowers).
Table names related to the theme can be detailed with descriptive information which adds interest such as names of baseball fields, their locations and teams or simply caricatures of comedians which are fun and different for a comedy theme (Lehr and Black). Custom designed menus and napkin treatments too are other ways to relate thematic colors and elements to the table decor.
The Room Design- The color scheme plays a significant part in the ambiance of the ballroom. We love to design lighting gobos featuring theme elements, especially if the theme is challenging to visualize: gobo “words” such as wit, laughter and humor promote a comedy club theme or gobos of silhouettes of dancers in varying poses are perfect for a dance theme (Images by Lighting) (Beverly Hills Hotel). The use of over sized posters or other custom designed artwork representing the theme positioned around the ballroom’s walls is another way to visually enhance the theme. The dance floor can be tied into the theme colorwise and by adding decals or gobos to represent visual elements of the theme (Hillcrest Country Club).
The Stage Design – This is the prime area of the party where the theme should be emphasized in a dramatic manner since the stage is the focal point of the event. Elements such as bold signage, “over the top” floral displays and sometimes a live feed screen featuring a customized party logo and related graphics are dramatic and pleasing to the eye.
We are continually challenged to come up with new and exciting ways to create amazing room designs based on our clients’ chosen themes! It’s a fun and inspiring process and the results are always IMAGINATIVE and ENCHANTING to behold!