There was a time in party land where the most exciting theme was . . . Morocco! The lanterns, the rugs, the spices, the tents . . . but really, everyone has “been there, done that.” So . . . what is up next on the world decor itinerary? INDIA!
For New Yorkers for Children’s yearly Fool’s Fete, a very chic clothing shop on the Upper East Side called Soigne K was the evening’s presenting sponsor and the inspiration for all things Indian. We were delighted to have such a rich theme to explore when transforming the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Without a doubt, we had to be inventive with the budget, so the fullness of the décor schematic is not about lavishness. Rather, it is about INVENTIVENESS.
We turned traditional saris into table cloth overlays while an array of glimmering luminaries, glowing with hot, Indian color filled the room with magic.
We rolled papers into more elaborate, elevated lanterns to give the room an element of height and scale, and at table level, the papers were pinched into glowing paisley-like shapes, all surrounding standard glass cylinders of varying size that held candles. The pattern that appears in some of the lanterns was a great trick developed by Spencer on our team. Printed on an office copy machine onto acetate and lining the interior of the frosted paper so that the pattern romantically showed through, we utilized low-tech methods to create BIG impact.
Canopies of loosely woven linen unfurled over half the dining tables high above the guests heads, creating additional romance.
The guests, in their Indian designer gowns, added to the décor, floral leis handed out upon arrival were a lot of fun, and a troupe of Indian dancers got the guests onto the dance floor, but I do think that this was one of those occasions where the inventive décor set the stage for the rest of the elements to feel right on, and I am very proud of the magic trick. This was definitely one where we made a whole lot of somethin’ out of a whole lot of nothin’ – where the copy machine, a stack of paper, and a whole lot of elbow grease turned a hotel Ballroom into one of the most special nights of the Spring social season in New York.
A BIG Bravo to Spencer and my whole team of magic makers. I am constantly amazed by what you can accomplish.