Before & After

100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation

While a retired Navy ship, now a maritime museum, was the obvious choice for this event, creating a glamorous and formal party on it was no small task. With the harsh lines of a steel infrastructure and the sterility of the environment, transformation became key to the client’s mandate of a glamorous, sophisticated, Hollywood-style event.

The two-day setup involved moving and storing the exhibits (vintage aircraft) that normally occupied the space. A dramatic custom multi-level stage featuring six reverse arches was erected for the headline entertainment as well as the evening’s presenters. Sheer satin chiffon panels draped the perimeter and were uplit with multi-colored LED lights. Reutilizing an earlier custom creation (see UPMC – Celebrate A Future Without Cancer for details), chandeliers were suspended above a 200’ blue carpet runner on which the gobo images of stars were projected along with the Foundation’s anniversary logo. Guest tables were dressed in ivory taffeta linens and finished off with stylized traditional floral. When doors opened, the final reveal was that of a space transformed from warship to an elegant dining and entertainment experience.