Spring has arrived in New England! The trees throughout Boston are lush, the grass is at it’s greenest and the flowers are bursting. The energy and vibrancy of the season is what we tried to encompass when Newton-Wellesley Hospital approached us to design their 2012 gala with a delightful idea in mind – butterflies.
With the need to expand their silent auction and cocktail reception space, this year’s gala was held in the Westin Copley Place’s Essex and America Ballrooms and Foyers. Riding the escalators up to the third floor, guests were met with a butterfly-infused entryway leading them into the silent auction space. On either side of the draped corridor colorful butterflies glistened in the transparent columns, while monarch gobos fluttered on the walls.
Once inside, guests found themselves amidst a butterfly garden – simple silver lanterns rested on sophisticated shimmer linens, while silent auction categories were identified using over-sized balloons to hold vertical signage. And in the center of it all – a fully functional three-tiered fountain surrounded by lush greens and budding plants!
Upon silent auction closing, guests hopped aboard the escalators just one floor up where they were were welcomed into a neon garden created from abstract spandex flowers, green carpet runners and enhanced lighting.
After venturing through this quirky entry way, guests found themselves in the totally transformed America Ballroom – a glimmering floral oasis complete with butterfly accents. Over-sized flowers hung over the dance floor – a true garden coming to life. Elements of spring continued onto the dinner tables draped in shimmering linens and seasonal centerpieces. Guests enjoyed a three course menu, voraciously participated in a riveting live auction and were entertained with an interactive sing-a-long to commemorate Jack Connors. Favorite local band Kahootz had guests on the dance floor ’til the end.
While some guests elected to dance others chose a more relaxing end to their evening. Soft seating invited conversation and a lounge singer crooned classic jazz songs in the transformed after-party “Butterfly Lounge.”
Thanks to all who made the night so spectacular!