Facebook (Black@ Holiday Celebration)
Venue: Facebook Office Downtown, Cafeteria (approximately 150 guests)
Contact: Antoinette Asemota /480-492-0550
Project: I was tasked with converting Facebook’s Cafeteria into a “Winter Wonderland”. This was not an easy task, as the vision was grand and the timeline was short. Furthermore, we had a short window to get our gear up the freight elevator (only one elevator was available for the entire building) to the venue, and only three hours to get everything set up.
Yet, we pulled it off – every last detail, from a “Happy Holidays” message on the staircase, to floating snowflakes held up by helium balloons, to light-blue poinsettias built into the Winter Wonderland design, wall draping light with white lights, Christmas trees, golden reindeer, to snow across the entire staircase – handrails and all.
Though most contacts have left FB since the event, Antoinette (now working at TikTok) is happy to be contacted as a reference (and has attended the last three of Ballet Austin Gala’s).
March of Dimes Fundraiser
Contact: Cyndi Schultz / 210.382.3634 / email@example.com
Project: I worked with Cyndi Schultz to transform the Cookbook Cafe at the Austin Public Library into a tropical paradise, for a 150 person, March of Dimes Fundraiser.
The venue location changed just a few weeks before the event, causing us to have to start nearly from scratch, but the even was flawless. With a non-profit budget, I designed the event using a large amount of tropical greenery that was placed both indoors and out, and took into consideration that daylight was limited, and the event had to remain fabulous even as the sun set. We also strategically designed the flow to ensure auction items were in center-stage.
(Cookbook Cafe staff loved the tropical setup so much, they asked to keep the decor for a few additional days, post the event!)
Underwater Mermaid Birthday
Venue: Violet Crown Clubhouse (approximately 90 guests)
Contact: Krista Miller (Event Photographer) / 512.739.0656 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Project: One of my goals as an event designer is to provide guests with a memorable experience, not just a venue to celebrate. In this case, I converted the Violet Crown Clubhouse, which is typically a dull, dark event space for about 90 guests, into a magical under-the-sea experience.
Every detail was accounted for, including wall and ceiling draping, a seaweed chandelier, lighting to mirror a feel of being under-water, a cozy yet delightful craft table for kids, comfortable mingle-room for adults, and entertainment for adults and children, including a magic-show, a face-painter and a caricaturist. Music was also set up to make the sounds of waves crashing.
Krista Miller, the event photographer, has been photographing events I have designed since 2016.
Neil & Randi Shah, DDS – Academy of Dentistry – Dentist of the Year Nominee Celebration
Venue: Austin Dental Arts Office (approximately 100 guests)
Contact: Randi Shah / 512.589.9394 / email@example.com
Project: To celebrate Dr. Shah’s nomination (and generated new clients), we transformed Dr. Shah’s Dental Office into an event space for about 100 people.
I worked with Randi and the office staff in re-designing the layout of the office to accommodate the event, decorate and convert the space to feel celebratory yet crisp. We created a simple yet unique and fun photo-booth, combining Dr. Shah’s outgoing personality with a traditional feel.
Tony C’s Restaurants Holiday Decor
Venue: League Kitchen (3), Tony C’s (2), Tony C’s Beer Garden (1)
Project: I created three designs to go along with each of the Tony C restaurant styles. League kitchen was a classic, 50’s design with vintage looking battery-operated candles and delicate greenery. Tony C’s was a classic, clean look with a big tree, red bulbs and angels, and Tony’s Beer Garden became a clean Winter Wonderland with an assortment of snow-covered trees.
I expect to work with them again in 2021.
St. Edwards University Faculty Holiday Event
Venue: St. Edwards University (approximately 300 guests)
Project: SEU wanted to begin utilizing their campus as a celebratory space, vs. going to third-party venues. Their vision was to extend invitations to more faculty members and extend the length of time spent celebrating, while also incorporating lanterns, as one of their buildings was architected off a lantern vision.
I designed the setup up the tables – both cocktail tables in the hallways, and dinner tables in their conference room, and proposed three style options from initial vision guidance, of which they chose a red poinsettia/faux burlap feel. The venue was transformed for the evening, and their Holiday Christmas Tree was finally made to look beautiful (using their own existing decor items with supplemented/coordinating ribbon).
Kendra Scott: Custom Fabrication for Seton Fundraiser, Champagne Cart for Big Pink Bus Grand Opening
Austin Independent School District: Custom Designed Custom Centerpieces for Teacher Appreciation Event
Scholz Beer Garden: Converted event room into Candyland for owners son’s first Birthday Party
ABC Austin Kite Festival: Decorated Children’s VIP Section
EASB: Fabricated Decor for 1000 person event at Camp Mabry
Steve Tonella Wine Cellars: Complete setup for several 40-person Wine Promotion event at a private home
Private Events: Over 50 large and small scale private events (birthday parties, bridal showers, etc.)