Pandamonium!!!

It has taken me much longer than expected to share this event with you, but May and June were two crazy busy months and I’ve just returned from a much needed two week break! But better late than never right?

I’m overwhelmingly proud of this event which took place back in May in the stunning Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. About two years ago, myself and the team in Davis Events pitched this concept to Dropbox for their Christmas Party. Unfortunately, we lost the pitch to another agency that year but were told by the client that they loved the theme and they hoped to use it for another event. True to their word, they knocked on our door when opportunity presented itself and we finally delivered ‘Pandamonium’ to celebrate their 10th anniversary!

Having worked with Dropbox before on numerous projects, we knew that their internal company mascot was the panda. I noticed one day while at a meeting in their office that loads of their employees had panda teddy bears on their desks, and so Pandamonium was born! This event was a real passion project, and what’s really special to me about this event is that the Pandamonium concept was not only used here in Dublin, but also executed across ALL their European Middle East and Africa offices, and even their Sydney office! #ProudMoment

The concept for the event was simply a black and white masquerade ball.

Pandamonium Mood Board

I’ve always been a stickler for attention to detail and so the black and white theme needed to be evident across every touch point of the event, from the invitations, to the food, the furniture and of course the decór. I previously featured a post on the ‘please inflate and save the date’ invitation which you can see here!

The venue provided a beautiful gothic backdrop with exposed brick walls, so to create a nice juxtaposition, the event design was clean and modern with lots of LED lighting to make the space pop against all the black and white.

Smock Alley Theatre Banquet Hall
Event Design

All the furniture was black and white including sofas, ottomans, coffee tables, pod tables and the dance floor. The bar and DJ booth were white perspex lit from within using LED lights. Both the bar and the DJ booth were branded with the Pandamonium event identity icon. We used an array of 3ft paddle balloons in black, white and clear with tassels of gold, silver and black to add an extra dimensions to the event design. Smaller balloons with the event identity logo were also dotted around the venue.

Upon arrival to the venue, guests were greeted by two Panda mascots dressed in formal wear who handed guests a glass of blackberry prosecco. As guests filtered in, the DJ spun some great tunes on the decks.

The black and white theme was carried through into the food. It was surprisingly hard to think of black and white foods so we had to get creative! As the panda originates from China, we also wanted to put an asian spin on the food offering, so we served salmon sushi rolls to start (yes I know that’s Japanese), followed by dinner bowls of chicken curry, truffle risotto and fish and chip cones. For dessert, we served black and white marshmallows, cupcakes and brought out a special birthday cake to mark the 10th anniversary celebrations!

The live entertainment featured Ireland’s award-winning dance troupe called XOD who donned the panda heads and stormed the venue to perform a high-energy routine that had everyone dancing! They encouraged audience participation by teaching guests some fun moves before finishing with a conga-line around the venue! After this, the event really kicked off with an awesome DJ spinning the decks until late!

It’s such an amazing feeling seeing all your ideas come to fruition, it’s what I love the most about this job! A HUGE thanks to my right hand Michelle, and Sarah for helping make this event amazing! And of course to Jonathan, Maria and Paul for believing in our ideas and allowing us to bring this idea to life!

Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

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‘The Dropped Box’ A Pub Themed St. Patrick’s Party!

The Dropped Box was one of my favourite theme events I put together this year!

I’ve written before about St. Patrick’s Day (read here) and how I feel it often misrepresents Ireland and how the commercialism of the holiday is cheap and tacky. So when I received the brief for this event, I really wanted to bring the true essence of Ireland to life!

The brief was to deliver a St. Patrick’s Day celebration for Dropbox and their 200+ employees in their Dublin offices. Here’s what we delivered…

The Event Identity

The concept we pitched was a Traditional Irish Pub theme called ‘The Dropped Box’, a play on the name Dropbox! Sophie, our talented designer, created the below event identity which was used across pre-event promotion, beer mats and backdrops!

Irish Pub Themed Event Identity
Event Identity Design

Theming & Decorations

The office was totally transformed into an old Irish pub using authentic Irish furniture, props and warm ambient lighting.

Irish Themed Stage Set up
Stage Set-up
Whiskey Barrels and Stage Set-up

Props such as whiskey barrels, bottles, crates, wagon wheels, milk churns and old bicycles were carefully placed across the venue. Uplighting in hues of green were used to light the stage and warm orange lighting was used across the remainder of the venue to create a cosy pub atmosphere! Finally, we designed and produced bespoke beer mats and tent cards with fun facts about Ireland on each one.

Food & Drink

Guest could indulge in a fun, authentic Irish food buffet with local favourites such as Tayto crisp sandwiches, chicken fillet rolls and Guinness glazed ribs! Bottled beer was self-serve from an Molly Malone style cart.

Entertainment

Entertainment for the evening consisted of a potato peeling contest, a Guinness pint pulling experience, beer pong, a live trad band with sean nós dancer and bodhrán player and board games such as scrabble, operation and jenga!

Hipster Bar Tenders
Guinness Pint Pulling Experience

Please leave a comment with your feedback, would love to hear your thoughts! x

An Enchanted Evening at the Hilton Garden Inn

For the past couple of months myself and the team have been working on an exciting project with the Jurys Hotel group in Dublin. The popular hotel, located on Custom House Quay, has recently undergone a refurbishment and has been rebranded under the new name Hilton Garden Inn.

As part of the rebrand, the hotel group wanted to throw an exciting launch event to showcase the property to over 150 exclusive guests, clients and media.

Davis Events were tasked with delivering a unique themed event that would WOW guests at every turn! Last Thursday, all our ideas and hard work finally came to fruition and I’m excited to share with you what we delivered…

An Enchanted Garden

The original brief was to deliver a Garden Party theme event, in keeping with the Hilton Garden Inn name. When I read the brief, I knew this was a pitch we had to win! We decided to take our creative response a step further and proposed an Enchanted Garden theme for the event.

I know an Enchanted Garden isn’t the most unique or original idea in the world, but the potential was there and we really sold the idea to the client! We would transform the venue into a colourful and magical place filled with tiny creatures, blossoming flowers and unique entertainment for the guests!

Entrance

As guests arrived into the venue, they were met by our stunning forest fairies! These gorgeous girls had their make-up done by the talented Ruth from L.A Make-up Academy! Guests received an ice-cold glass of bubbly before they were led down our grassy green entrance-way, subtly lit by hurricane lanterns and draped with bunches of morning glory flowers.

Venue Dressing and decòr

To give the garden a truly enchanted feel, we removed all natural light by installing black star-cloth drape into all the window bays, and lit the venue in hues of pink, purple and turquoise.

At every twist and turn there was magic in the garden; tiny creatures, butterflies, birds, statues, flowers and foliage! I especially loved the golden birdcages and the gold iridescent pod tables wrapped with ivy!

Ice sculpture

The pièce de résistance was a giant basket of flowers made entirely from ice and filled using a fresh floral arrangement from the incredibly talented team in Appassionata! I was absolutely delighted how this turned out, although my photos don’t really do it justice!

Entertainment 

In keeping with the theme, an interactive Enchanted Mirror took full length photos of guests and printed them on-site as a keep sake! A Live DJ and Saxophone duo played smooth house music while an illustrator curated beautiful portraits of our guests!

The four seasons

The final part of the event that we curated was the decorative food displays. The theme for the food was The Four Seasons; spring, summer, autumn & winter!
The venue managed the food themselves, so I can’t take credit for that!

I can however, take credit for the beautiful food displays you see below! For spring we used terracotta pots with springtime flowers, pink gingham table cloths and artificial grass. For summer, we used bright and bold flowers such as hot pink, orange, yellow and green in a pineapple vase surrounded with banana leaves.
For Autumn, we used earthy tones and textures such as wooden crates, pinecones, autumn leaves, apples and pumpkin floral centre pieces (this was my favourite display by far)!
Finally, for winter we used pillar candles in a glass vase with a wreath of festive greenery, red berries, cinnamon and frosted branches to create a crisp, cold winter feel!

 

This was such a fun event to work on! Thanks for Hilton Garden Inn for believing in our ideas! And thanks to Michelle and Jenny for helping bring this all together!

I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Nikki  x