A chic-and-cheerful palette of amber, purple, cardinal red and turquoise will set the rhythm for the 2011 Academy Awards Governors Ball, themed to Latin nightclubs and music of the 1940s and '50s.
One of the "Latin" theme tabletops, with yellow orchids and tropical leaves accompanied by gold votives; a turquoise overlay studded with paillettes adds verve. Mark's Garden will oversee floral.
The rectangular "Swing" table will feature amber under and overlays with floral including mirrored vases brimming with red roses, topical leaves and orchids. Unlike years past when towering centerpieces were the rule, the 2011 Oscar Ball will feature cozy groupings of low floral.
The "Classic Standards" tables will showcase purple orchids, succulents, votives wrapped in peacock feathers, and small table lamps with jeweled shades, all set on shimmering turquoise tablecloths. The sloping banquet suggests a chic nightclub.
Another view of the Latin table. Plates are simply clear glass, as is the classic stemware.
Decorative vases add charm to Oscar floral.
Amber, red and turquoise meet on Swing tabletops.
Chameleon chairs with simple chairbacks and cushions glow in rich cardinal red.
Another view of the Classic Standards table.
Paillettes shine on overlays.
Moet & Chandon will be the champagne of the evening; the signature "Silver Screen Punch"--with champagne, vodka, pink lemonade and pineapple juice--will be featured.
The design team's "inspiration board," which features stars ranging from Tyrone Power and Carmen Miranda to Esther Williams in her mermaid-worthy swimsuits and Barry Manilow in "Copacabana" ruffled sleeves.
In the last few years, the Governors Ball has included costumed servers; here, a saucy waitress.
The male server costume.
The stunning centerpiece, featuring 250 strands of Swarovski crystals.
Wolfgang Puck displays the dramatic dessert array, which includes lemon cheesecakes, raspberry cremieux, cassis gelee and the Valrhona Ivoire 24-karat chocolate Oscar.
Superstar caterer Wolfgang Puck shares details about his butler-served vegetable risotto "paella" with a reporter.