Jill Cole and Sharon Abrams
Our holiday season began with the grand reopening of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The newly designed Atrium opens up the room and allows guests to view the great Columbus Circle view as soon as they step off of the elevators. Wood paneling, lighting and a brand new video wall all add to the feeling of a brand new public space that is as visually capturing as the rest of the venue.
Inside the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium.
The Atrium served as the red carpet for the In the Heart of the Sea premiere.
My highlight of the season was a company holiday party. The client was looking to throw a party that would be "classic New York" with elements from the different corners of the city all brought into the iconic New York Public Library. To achieve this, we created design components that were recognizable as NYC fixtures, from the Grand Central Station train timetable bar signs to the Central Park hot dog carts, umbrella and all.
Our entertainment came in from the streets of New York - buskers, break dancers, and a Broadway revue. The culinary experience rounded the evening out with stations themed to various Broadway shows, roaming bites (guests were greeted by dim sum carts and oyster shuckers on foot) and finally a spread of New York's iconic desserts!
©David Cross Photography
Rachel Hernandez, Plaza Team
Working at The Plaza, we get to take part of some amazing events! Although I enjoy every event, the Boys Club of New York was my favorite this year! The ballroom was completely transformed with a mixture of long and round tables, dark red and black roses complete with a smoky haze that filled the room. It was also my first time attending a Gala! Being able to help plan and then take part in the event is what made this so memorable for me. My colleagues and I enjoyed ourselves and was in awe of the transformation that took place in a room that we see on a regular basis.
Design by Van Wyck
This holiday season, we catered a party at the historic Apollo Theater. The client really wanted the evening to be filled with “moments” since it was taking place at such a renowned institution, so we tried to create many different “moments” throughout the evening to wow guests. From the instant they entered, guests were welcomed with sparkling prosecco and butlered hors d’oeurvres to the live tunes of a jazz trio.
As they made their way into the theater, the red curtain was raised to reveal an Amateur Night at The Apollo winner belting out her rendition of a Dreamgirls classic immediately followed by four burrata carts rolling onto the dance floor to signal the opening of the dinner stations. Since the seats in the orchestra were removed and the stage was built out for the reception, guests had the feeling as though they were performing on the stage themselves, and the night continued with more live “moments” including a children’s hip-hop dance troupe and an 80’s cover band. Capping off the night were not one, but two different shots from confetti cannons followed by late night bites of chicken & waffle sandwiches and mini margarita pizzas. All-in-all, it was quite the evening!
Erin Wiggins, Plaza Team
After a year of many extravagant events produced by my fellow associates and myself, my favorite to have serviced personally was September 24th’s World Childhood Foundation Gala. Not only was the client a delight to work with but all the energy and efforts were put towards a great cause. As the organization was founded by Queen Silvia of Sweden, Her Majesty hosted a Royal table, one that would make many envious! The evening concluded with an aerial performance; not just typical aerialists but children ranging in age from 6-12 years old. Overall it was simply fabulous; all 350+ guests had an amazing experience while helping an incredibly worthwhile cause.
Rob Arango, Plaza Team
Monday, November 2nd 400 guests honored legendary Tony Award actress Bernadette Peters for the Centennnial Gala of The Drama League. The NYC Gay Men’s Chorus said it best about Bernadette “Whether a Dame at sea, a Mable to a Mack, Dot on an island in the river, a Witch in the woods, a singing and dancing Emma, Annie with a gun, Rose taking her turn, Sally losing her mind, or Desiree sending in the clowns, we have always loved you.”
A few months ago, I started my journey with Food52. We began our relationship on a sailing trip around the Statue of Liberty and somehow ended up at the old Union Square Starbucks location at the corner of Broadway and 17th Street, which would become their newest endeavor, The Food52 Holiday Market. On Wednesday, December 2, we partnered to create the Grand Opening Evening for the Holiday Market, their first-ever pop-up store. While the store was only open for 18 days during the holidays, we did a series of six events that highlighted recipes from their collection from Driscoll’s Raspberry Pie for Breakfast to Shopping Happy Hour Hors D ’Oeuvres and Cocktails. Working with Food 52 was a perfect way to round out the holiday season!