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NACE Experience! Awards Gala

, , - August 03, 2015 - by: miguel

NACE Experience! Awards Gala

Concept: All that Shapes Us: Modern, geometric centerpieces in jewel tones

Client: National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)

Event: NACE Awards Gala

For this luxuriously modern event, the client requested eight unique centerpiece designs. With a theme that was equal parts edgy and elegant, they also required that each centerpiece feature some sort of geometric element. With these requirements in mind, we crafted eight distinctly different centerpieces; six chevron, five triangle, eight round, two square, five rectangle, and seven pentagon (3 low, 4 high). In total, 225 containers were used throughout the whole event. It was a BIG undertaking, but our amazing team didn’t miss a beat!


Centerpiece #1 – Tower of Gold

Design dilemma… centerpieces cannot be higher than 14 inches tall.

Solution: drop the center of the table down!

This table was one of our favorites to design. We stacked a variety of 11 gold vases on top of each other to create a gilded tower. Each tier was crowned with jewel-toned carnations and stock, vibrant dahlias and cockscomb, and tempered with lightly colored roses and allium giganteum. Click here to see a time lapse of our full design process.

pentagon wedding table


Centerpiece #2 – Subtle Chevrons

Kim from The Event Essentials designed these beautiful chevron pattern menus. To echo this design element, the tables were arranged in a zig zag pattern down the length of the room. With the geometric requirement satisfied by the placement of the tables themselves, we decided to go for a simpler, more subtle look for the centerpieces. This way we were able to accent the incredible table style and make it the focal point of the design.

chevron theme tablescape-2


Centerpiece #3 – Defying Gravity…sort of

With the help of clear wire, individual orchid, coxcomb, and allium giganteum blooms seemed to magically float in the center of these gold pyramid centerpieces. No one said geometric had to mean symmetrical! The skewed structure of the pyramids added dynamic edginess and intrigue to the design.

Repeating the powerful pyramid motif, the 3 rectangle tables used for this area were arranged into a triangle formation. These Lucite tables were simply adorned with our minimalist centerpieces and paired with a sparkling gold glitter table runner.

gold triangle geometric wedding table idea


Centerpiece #4 – Deconstructed Cube Clusters

Nothing says ‘modern’ like deconstruction. You’ve probably noticed this term in other industries too, like cooking and fashion design. Essentially, to “deconstruct” means to divide something into its most basic parts and arrange them in a new way. The goal is to create something new that may change the way we understand the original.

We deconstructed these centerpieces into their basic floral parts and rearranged them into homogenous bunches. What does this mean? Each vase contains only one type of flower in one color. By arranging them this way, it makes the color scheme stand out and it allows you to see the unique texture and shape of each type of flower. This way, the flowers themselves become part of the geometric theme. Pretty cool!

geometric rectangle floral centerpiece


Centerpiece #5 – Stilt Sculptures

We love how these elevated centerpieces looked when paired with the LED Lucite table from Kool. Party Rentals! When lit up, it looked just like the centerpieces were floating on a wave of light. The effect was beyond dazzling! Glowing furniture certainly makes an impressive statement!

Clear Lucite table - lights up!


It’s all in the details.

We absolutely LOVED the table numbers from Creative Occasions. Clear, mirrored, or with bling, each table number was completely different. Classic Party Rentals provided stunning chargers that added a whole new dimension to every tablescape. The gorgeous table linen from Creative Coverings really pulled each look together nicely, acting as the perfect canvas to show off each centerpiece. Thanks to a strong design concept and color theme, each element worked together and the finished room looked fabulous!

diamond table numbers and gold tablescape details


The piece de la resistance… stage floral.

We may be a little biased, but the stage display was our favorite detail of the night! We created a piece with modern flare using geometric sculptures adored with floating flowers. Orchids bared all with their roots hanging out, while calla lilies added a contemporary element as they appeared to “float” alongside the gold boxes. Tall stalks of purple allium giganteum towered over a bed of dahlias, giving a whimsical twist on the garden box concept. We had so much fun letting our imaginations run wild as we brought this design to life!

gold and plum geometric floral deisgn


Thank You!

LUX Florist Team

Meet part of the LUX team that help create a spectacular event! Note pictured: Cynthia and Kathleen


A special thanks for everyone who donated their time and services! It was a thrill to work with all these talented vendors.

Linen: Creative Coverings

Decor: Kool. Party Rentals

Table Numbers & Draping: Creative Occasions

Chargers: Classic Party Rentals

Menus: The Event Essentials

Entertainment: Champagne Creative Group

Committee Members:

Kate Patay – Gala Event Co Chair/Owner of Kate & Company

Jennifer Starr – Gala Event Co Chair/Owner of J.Starr Stylized Weddings

Amber Allen – Phoenix NACE President/Director of Catering and Restaurant Sales, Gila River Gaming Enterprises

Dawn Peterson – Phoenix NACE Vice President/Regional Sales, Phoenix Bride & Groom

Ronnie Anderson – Director of Catering Phoenix Airport Marriott

Nicole Jorgenson – Senior Event Manager Santa Barbara Catering

Jennifer Cotsonas – Accountant Executive Kool. Party Rentals

Cheryl Denham – Owner/CEO AZ Family Florist LLC/LUX Wedding Florist/WedAZ Magazine

Cynthia Pottinger – LUX Florist

Rob Hinkle – General Manager Alive

Lori Apt – Event Director/Designer Fred’s Signature Floral Events

xoxo LUX

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