Mirage Events used 25,000 yards of translucent fabric on walls and ceilings to create Bedouin tents for the 1997 New Year's Eve gala at the Mirage in Las Vegas. A tufted revolving platform became the stage for Arabian dancers, while 12 "flying carpets" on tracks swirled about the ceiling.
For a Chinese New Year party in 2000, King Dahl Event Design, based in Agoura Hills, created three 32-foot long serpentine tables decorated as Chinese dragons. Dragon masks were placed at each end; black fabric overlays embroidered with gold dragons topped red table linen. Custom crimson chair cushions sat on black chiavaris.
For New Year's Eve 1999, the event team at Whistler/Blackcomb Resort on Whistler Mountain in British Columbia created the "Galactic Gala" for 800 guests. Ice carvings depicting the galaxies and telescopes were focal points of the fresh seafood and dessert stations; hundreds of star lights lit up the room.
For New Year's Eve 1999, Rare Indigo and Eclipse Productions, both of Vancouver, British Columbia, created a "Time Travel" party, starting in the Ice Age. An 8-foot ice table mounted on carved ice pillars and lit from beneath held ice turrets bearing blue and lavender resin bowls filled with caviar. Projections of icebergs on vellum decorated an ice wall.
The next step in the Time Travel party, a "time tunnel" led guests from the reception to the dining room.
The Time Travel party ends on a futuristic dance floor.
Burbank, Calif.-based Center of Attention won a Gala Award for this 2002 New Year's Eve party for heavy-metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon. The party also served as a 50th birthday party and the renewal of the Osbournes' wedding vows. The ceremony took place in a room decorated in shades of cream and ivory, including a curtain covered in more than 10,000 fresh roses
For New Year's Eve 2005, MGM MIRAGE Events helped the Bellagio in Las Vegas celebrate the way-hot "2006 Degrees" party. Dressed in a vivid color scheme of red, orange and kiwi green, the event space used a two-tier raised platform to encircle the ballroom, ensuring that each of the 950 guests felt as though they had a great seat. Polycarbonate walls were decorated with more than 300 Versatubes, broadcasting constantly changing video images. Flash pods, confetti blasts and virtual flames accompanied the moves of dancers
L'Affaire, a 2005 New Year's Eve party from MGM MIRAGE Events and MGM Grand Productions at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, showcased a sexy French style, homage to the property's newly opened Joel Robuchon restaurant. Decor for the pre-function spaces mixed stately floral with sultry models, including one beauty perched on a velvet swing in a wrought-iron cage. Guests entered a ballroom featuring 14-foot-tall, pod-like structures and dramatic floral chandeliers enshrouding performers. A balloon drop heralded the new year.
For New Year's Eve 2006, MGM MIRAGE Events in Las Vegas took 1,800 VIP guests to "Nirvana," a theme inspired by the newly opened Cirque du Soleil/Beatles show. A "tunnel of enlightenment" led to a lush garden and reflection pool in the ballroom foyer. Layers of bright saris adorned the event space, which featured elevated, rotating lounges. Guests seated beneath batik umbrellas dined on a five-course meal, and thousands of rose petals lined the edge of the dance floor.
The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., brought back the 1970s for this 2007 "'70s Disco" New Year's Eve party. Sonny, Cher and John Travolta impersonators entertained, while 11 DL.2 projectors provided groovy lighting against disco beads. The event required a 100-foot-diameter circle truss to house the lighting and sound system in the square room.