Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Paris by Night

Last month, my team and I produced the Health and Wellness Brand Building Awards for Procter & Gamble. I love working with the Health group! They're always up for something new and fun. The photos just came back and I was excited to share them...

The event was held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati. Guests arrived to a stylish foyer designed in black, white and red to feel Paris Chic.

The Cocktail Hour was Themed "Streets of Paris." I wanted people to feel like they were outside at dusk walking around Paris.

Bistro tables lined the Paris streetscape, while bicycles were parked by the street benches and light posts. The bicycle baskets were filled with fresh flowers and baguettes, of course!

What's a Paris party without a guy in a red beret playing the accordion?!

Look at this amazing lighting on the ceiling!

The menu, developed by the head chef at the hotel, was to die for! Chicken Confit, Gnochi, Foie Gras Tenderloin... all perfectly Parisian!

From the cocktail hour, guests moved upstairs to a second ballroom for the Awards Show, where the past year's great marketing achievements were recognized.

The Awards Show entertainment featured Aerial Experience Productions. Fantastic!

The After Party was Themed "Nightlife in Paris." We wanted people to feel like they walked into a French nightclub! We replaced the bistro tables from the cocktail hour with black and white bench ottomans, brought in a black and white dance floor, a D.J and turned all the lighting to red.

One of the best parts about the After Party was performances by breakdancers!

But the truly best part about the After Party was the desserts... they were all fabulous, but one stood out among the rest: THE CREPES, freshly prepared on site! I may have had 1 or 2... okay, FIVE! :)

Other wonderful desserts included eclairs, Creme Brulee and raspberry tarts.

The event flowed so smoothly that I was able to enjoy it as it unfolded, which is not always something I have the opportunity to do. I'm usually running around behind the scenes, putting out the fires that come along with an event this complex. But thanks to a great team, including all of the wonderful vendor partners involved, the event was seamless and we all enjoyed some crepes, nodding along with the great French rap music!

Guests left the event with a bottle of French wine and a beautiful custom Eiffel Tower wine stopper. They then moved down the street (and a little south of the border) to the AFTER After Party at NADA, the mod, stylish Mexican restaurant and bar where the party continued until 2 a.m.!

Woo! What a night!

All images by tm Photography.


amo said...

Yay! It looks so fun. Love the red and black. You did a great job. I am wanting one of those eclairs right now!

isha said...

Fantastic looking event! Congratulations to you and your lucky client.

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