The 750 guests dine in nine separate spaces at the Corcoran Gallery, and are served from three Occasions kitchens.
Yours Truly provides the dramatic lighting.
The ball's directors gave Occasions the task of creating "unique and special" dining rooms in various art galleries. The central space features an installation based on the works of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol, which sparked inspiration of oversize flowers and brilliant colors.
The stunning results. Perfect Settings handled linens and rentals; Jack H. Lucky Floral Design created floral; and Design Foundry created the large decor elements, including the hanging flowers shown here.
Another view ...
... and another. The white chairs provide a cool contrast to the rich color palette.
Fun floral from Jack H. Lucky Floral Design ...
and more ...
A large part of the fun at the event is the opportunity for guests to wander from gallery to gallery to see other designs.
Here, a more formal design.
A closer view of a more formal tabletop.
The rotunda is designed to look like an upscale Cinco de Mayo party with hanging colored lights and custom-embroidered cloths.
The upscale Cinco de Mayo table linen.
The cool elegance of the cocktail area.
Another gallery, another gorgeous look ....
and the tabletop.
A dramatic ceiling treatment.
And the pretty tabletop.
The approach to another stunning gallery.
A beautiful ceiling treatment created with light.
The beautiful tables.
A closer view.
The fun of dining in a real art gallery.
A cozy dining area in a paneled gallery.
An elegant tabletop.
In recognition of the event's honorary ambassador--the Australian ambassador to the United States--the menu salutes Australian-inspired cuisine, including this lobster and chile-pickled crab salad with watermelon radishes.
Dessert is a Pavola with lemon curd, passionfruit sauce and kiwi sorbet; here, the sweet finale.
For another Corcoran Ball from Occasions, click here.
For the story of the Michael twins behind Occasions, click here.
Occasions Caterers masterminds the legendary Corcoran Ball at Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art, where guests dine amid masterpieces. Photos by Pepe Gomez.
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