Setting the Scene

August 23, 2016

A Presidential themed gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza brings to mind when John F. Kennedy was president and the Kennedy’s were considered New England royalty.

Inspired by the 1960s and the classy dinners the Kennedy’s hosted while in office we chose deep navy linens with gold scrollwork. White hydrangeas and white roses filled rectangular gold vases along with gold votives, which elevated the décor, and bright white plates and napkins added simple elegance.

If you swoon over the 60’s you’ll adore the Mad Men inspired cocktail reception that preceded our gala.

Mid-century modern soft seating was selected, along with a fabulous shag rug, potted palms, perimeter uplighting, and one of a kind vintage details transported our guests.

Finding the right balance when designing an era into a modern space is all about the details! This coffee table is sleek and clean, while the golden peacocks are just perfectly glam.

Vintage inspired candy “cigarettes” featured in vintage ash trays really set the scene. These candy cigarettes were also displayed in martini glasses on high cocktail tables. Guests took part in some sweet puffing before heading into the gala.

Here is a real working vintage phone we used as a prop by the couches. I’m sure the kids these days wouldn’t know what to do with this relic!

Everyone had a blast getting into character. A roving Marilyn Monroe impersonator mingled with guests, staff wore ‘Kennedy for President’ buttons, and most of the attendees dressed the part as well!


Setting the scene takes details, planning and the right location! The venue, Fairmont Copley Boston is steeped in history and beaming with classic charm, it was the perfect venue for this 60’s cocktail affair and gala!


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