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

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Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String…

From a young age, I’ve always shown an interest in arts and crafts. As a child, most summers would be spent at art camps like Pine Forest and art was definitely my favourite subject in school (until they brought in art history, then the love affair turned sour).

Fast forward twenty years, and my passion for arts and crafts is as strong now as it was back then! Let’s not be mistaken, I am by no means ‘talented’ but those closest to me (specifically those who have lived or worked with me) will tell you that I have an obsession with buying cute crafty things and get very excitable about the little details when it comes to planning events!

That’s why I wanted to write this post, I find it fascinating how you can take something as plain and simple as brown paper and fashion it into something with an entirely different purpose.

The obvious benefit of getting crafty, apart from making an impression on your guests, is saving money as materials are typically inexpensive. The real difficulty, and this is where I struggle, is finding the time to do it. That is why I love websites like Etsy, because so many people (far more talented than I) have made a living by creating bespoke paper products that the high street stores just can’t compete with!

If I were to retire tomorrow, I would live a very happy life creating cute things out of brown paper and selling them on Etsy! But seeing as that’s not going to happen, I’m just going to share some cute ideas and creative uses for brown paper below!

Luggage Labels
Menu’s

Three unique ways of displaying menus using brown paper bags, sheet paper and brown card.

Table Plans

Because let’s face it- the ones hotels supply just won’t cut it anymore!

Pops of Neon

Brown paper is so plain, simple and elegant that a pop of neon adds a bold, playful touch!

Wrapping Fresh Flowers

The perfect alternative to cellophane, pairing fresh blooms with brown paper creates a rustic, ‘fresh from the farmers market’ feel!

Snack Bags

Whether you’re serving canapés, giving edible wedding favours or doing something new like these ‘midnight snack’ bags, be sure to serve them in brown paper packages! Add a personalised touch with branded stick-on labels.

Really the possibilities are endless…

Cutlery packs, bunting, confetti cones and wrapping paper, there’s really no limit to what you can do with brown paper!

For more, follow my board on Pinterest!

Love Miss Eventure x