A long view of the Kogod Courtyard, the event setting, which features 28,000 square feet and a magnificent glass and steel ceiling.
The dinner was hosted by an international corporate client, who was entertaining C-level company executives and partners along with their spouses. The guest count: a mere 58 persons, notes Lenny Talarico, MGM Resorts Events director of events. "The venue chosen, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, provided an unparalleled opportunity for these individuals to experience the city on a truly grand scale," he explains.
A neutral palette
Allowing the venue to be the focal point, the decision to keep the color palette neutral was established from the onset.
The building, the original U.S. Patent Office, was the third federal structure to be constructed in Washington, preceded only by the White House and U.S. Capitol. Events aren't unusual at the venue as it was the location of President Lincoln's inaugural--"It's good to see it still hosting top-tier events," Talarico says.
"We utilized platinum twist linens from Cloth Connection, coupled with elegant black dining chairs sourced through Luxe Event Rentals in New York. China, flatware and glassware in neutral platinum, silver and white were supplied through Occasions Caterers," Talarico explains.
Partnering with Twigz Designs and Amaryllis Florists, floral featured a tonal design of creams, whites, purples and lavender.
Multi-layer collections of glistening crystal candlesticks and glass risers added just the right amount of height and drama to the table without impeding the guest sight lines during dinner.
View of tabletop
A closer view of the tabletop.
Menu from Occasions
Occasions Caterers oversaw the menu.