Midnight on the Boardwalk

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Ding! The clock strikes midnight. Guests enter the Fairmont Copley Plaza to find an elegant nighttime boardwalk. An old-world feeling permeates the room; in the background, old carousel music sets the scene.

After checking their coats and receiving their name badges, guests passed though blue rope and stanchion into a unique holiday party filled with amusements. A large distressed mirror bar sat in the center of the ballroom with a 20 ft. tall truss structure wrapped in candy cane stripe custom fabric.

From the central structure, 6” chrome dipped LED light bulbs alternated with 6” frosted LED light bulbs. These oversized lights were all individually controllable which allowed for the lights to catch the beat of the music in the air. Guests felt as if they had walked inside a vintage merry-go-round with cutting edge technology.

A mixture of blue and silver textured linens covered the guest tables. Food stations were set with old cinema marquee light boxes; whimsical floral arrangements, carnival tickets, and tin wind-up toys brought life to the room. Mirror vessels recalled the mirror of a carousel and sat well in the Fairmont Ballroom with the mirror paneled doors. Lucite carnival cocktail tables were brought in to add a pop of secondary color to the space.

The soft seating areas were elegant and set with a screen and 9mm projector while It’s a Wonderful Life played in black and white on a screen.  A carnival cart of popcorn popped excitedly while waitstaff served up small blue paper boxes of the buttery goodness.  Areas were styled with throw pillows, plush blankets, and warm votive candles.

A focal point on the far end of the ballroom was the rich velvet draped enclosure reminiscent of a high-end carnival booth.  Platinum and royal blue fabric swagged this area tied back with elegant silver tassels.

The booth was divided into two areas, one side hosted the ever-popular flip book photo station where guests make a short 7-second video and a few minutes later are presented with a flipbook to take home of their cinematic fame. The other half of the carnival booth featured blue velvet arm chairs set on a round rug under an intimate crystal chandelier… perfect for the boardwalk-favorite caricature artist.

Over-sized graphics sat passively around the perimeter of the room infusing the theme a bit further into the space.  Guests perched, dined, and toasted to a year of achievements while the DJ played late into the night.


Ding! The clock strikes midnight.  Guests enter the Fairmont Copley Plaza to find an elegant nighttime boardwalk.  An old-world feeling permeates the room; in the background, old carousel music set the scene.
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