The 2014 Austin Children’s Services Gala took place on Saturday, October 25th in the Hyatt Regency’s new Zilker Ballroom. The theme chosen for the organization’s largest annual fundraiser was “The Flying Wunderkinds & the Amazing Feats of Giving” inspired by the German word “Wunderkind” meaning someone who achieves success or shows great talent at a young age, and by the whimsical nostalgia one feels when reminiscing trips to the circus as a child. Premiere Select was chosen for event design, decor, and rentals.
A 1940s circus theme was reflected in the décor. The ballroom foyer was lined with vintage circus posters. White and red striped linens covered the cocktail tables. Cracker Jacks and cotton candy served as the cocktail tables’ centerpieces. Guests were welcomed by greeters in red top hats. Festoon lights were strung in the foyer where guests partook in the silent auction and carnival games.
The doors to the ballroom were draped with canvas fabric to make guests feel as if they were entering a tent when entering the ballroom. Inside the ballroom, the décor theme transitioned into “backstage at the circus”. Fabric hung from the ceiling to create a tent canopy look. Purple uplighting surrounded the perimeter of the ballroom. The dining tables were draped with burgundy velvet linens adorned with one of two centerpiece styles. One style featured a top hat surrounded by roses. The second style was the upright frame of a mirror surrounded by roses to make the guests feel like they themselves were preparing to perform. Sandbags hung from the stage backdrop to complete the “backstage” look. There were round stages throughout the ballroom so the speakers and live auctioneers appeared as ringmasters. Austin Oddities preformed throughout the evening, and Dysfunkshun Junkshun brought the house down.
The décor objective was not only to develop a plan and provide the rental items needed to carry the fundraiser’s theme to fruition, but to also create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for the 680 guests in attendance, which in turn would increase revenue raised for the organization. Funds were raised and guests were treated to a magical evening, and we can’t wait until the next one!
Rentals, Event Design, & Decor: Premiere Select
Venue: The Hyatt Regency
Band: Dysfunkshun Junkshun
Entertainment: Austin Oddities
Lighting: Ilios Lighting
Photo booth: My Event is the Bomb
Marketing Design & Material: lookthinkmake