A love of art and celebration inspired an over-the-top 50th birthday party. The event--which brought 140 guests together for a pop-up art gallery, cocktails, dinner, dancing and more--took place in the client's own working warehouse, which was transformed into glamorous event spaces.
As the guests entered the venue, they signed in and were greeted by a bubble art wall, which consisted of a female performer in a bodysuit painted to blend into the background. She offered the guests sparkling wine keeping with the “bubble” theme of the backdrop and was a fun photo opp for the guests.
Hors d'oeuvre were served, and a specialty flavored lemonade station offered flavors such as basil, jalapeño and strawberry.
Creating the gallery
The theme of the party was “art,” with an actual pop-up gallery created for that one night.
The front part of the building (the offices) became the space for the cocktail hour and art gallery.
All the office furniture was hidden with drape as well as one entire side of the room to create a clean white palette on which to hang the art and to give the room warmth.
The main seating area was themed in a French-garden style. Topiaries and hedges created warmth in the area with seating pods of banquettes and Tuscan chairs.
Once the cocktail hour was over, guests were led into the huge warehouse space through a corridor created with art hung on either side.
The buffet station in this area had an industrial look with open wood and metal shelves. The food was served on small plates and displayed on these shelves, as well as small pre-made salads in mini Mason jars.
There was also a cheese and fruit station with Mediterranean dips and sauces. Truffle fries were also served in mini paint cans keeping with the art theme.
Once they passed through to the main area of the event, guests were presented with an illuminated cocktail bar backed by a 6-foot three-dimensional face with changing images continually projected on it.
View of clock
Another view of the clock face.
The main space of the room was long and narrow with three large gold chandeliers hung from the ceiling.
The big surprise of the night was the birthday cake that was hidden in the center chandelier.
At a predetermined point in the night, the cake descended from the ceiling with 50 LED candles that were controlled remotely, so they could be lit and blown out at the press of a button.
The cake lands
The cake hits its landing spot.
Once the cake was cut and the guests thought they had seen everything, the desserts were presented.
Even though there were desserts on display already, another theatrical moment was created when a silhouette of a ballerina appeared from behind one of the draped walls.
The wall then opened to reveal a 20-foot dessert spread of more than 400 individual treats.
Ballerina, then dancing
As the guests enjoyed their sweet treats, they viewed a performance, which created a magical moment in the night.
Once desserts were served, dancing began with images of different art forms and mediums appearing on floating boards above the DJ’s head.