Event Type: Non-profit cocktail party
Attendees: 250 guests
What we did: Planning, Design, Production and On Site Execution
Venue: Carnegie Library Washington, D.C.
Theme: Gilded Garden of Versailles
RGI's Favorite Creation: The Artisan Bourbon Tasting Bar
Biggest Challenge: Figuring out how to rig all that draping without nails, screws or staples.
We are always so excited to return to the Carnegie Library - so when a private philanthropist entrusted RGI with the sixth year of his opulent holiday soiree, which, in addition to treating attendees to an awesome time - gives back to a local charity every year, we were of course, #stoked.
To bring to life the client's inspiration (taken from the Gardens of Versailles) lead designer Rachael Glaws, Principal (and Commander in Chic) at RGI event + public relations took her cues from fabled gardens of all kinds and took on the challenge of brining the outside, inside.
The event was designed around a palette of bold gold, greens and sleek white. Guests entered through a tunnel of greenery custom built on the steps of the Library, inspired by the entrance in the great literary work 'A Secret Garden'. Once through the doors candle installations flanked two columns supporting ornate draping and an oversized chandelier. Throughout the room RGI added in lush garden inspired decor such as: tree trunk side tables (painted gold of course), custom built bar canopies draped in green garland and sparking votives (courtesy of our great friends at Sweet Root Village) served as fascinating focal points. Guests were delighted by small details such as the organizations logo laminated in gold glitter on the dance floors, as well as prominently displayed on napkins and custom lighting elements throughout the room. The theme carried through to food and beverage focusing on mini portions of favorite comfort foods. Guests also enjoyed a social media photo booth, interactive video DJ, bourbon tasting bar, champagne cocktail mixologist and a confetti cannon at midnight.
1,200 toys and gifts were collected for youth support with the help of our hosts beneficiary partner: Beyond the Barb.
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