In the category "Best Decor: Total Decor Budget Under $20,000," San Francisco-based Events of Distinction wins the nominee nod for "Chinoiserie Chic," a wedding reception honoring a couple's Chinese heritage and love of all things French.
Dramatic floral from Events of Distinction's "Chinoiserie Chic."
Magic Moments of Norcross, Ga., wins the "Decor Under $20,000" category with "Friday Night Lights," a 40th high school reunion that was low on budget but high on fun. The event took over a house, fashioning rooms to be the "teachers' lounge," complete with ashtrays filled with stubbed-out cigarettes, and a "restroom" with a ready-to-graffiti wall.
A truck ready to cruise the boulevard in honor of "homecoming" stands before the venue at "Friday Night Lights."
Two timeless "lunch ladies" man the buffet line at the "cafeteria" during "Friday Night Nights." Note the menu featuring "Jell-O Supreme."
USA Hosts of New Orleans and Fancy Faces of Covington, La., team up in the "Decor Under $20,000" category to nab a nomination for a fam trip keying on the color yellow, to stand for New Orleans' vibrant lifestyle. The title: "We Live Life in Color."
Monochrome floral sings at "We Live Life in Color."
A close-up of floral at "We Live Life in Color."
In the category "Best Decor: Total Decor Budget $20,000 to $49,999," Tamar Productions of Chicago wins a nomination for "Rock the Mile in Style," a tribute to Chicago's fashionable shopping area--Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.
Vibrant decor in neon colors at "Rock the Mile in Style."
An ever-changing light show coordinated with the rhythm of the band to create a rocking party at "Rock the Mile in Style."
In the "Decor $20,000 to $49,999" category, All Occasions Event Productions of Lexington, Ky., is nominated for "A Timeless Celebration," honoring the long-awaited reunion of two prestigious horse farms.
Yellowed newspaper clippings, used here to decorate vases, underscore the historic significance of "A Timeless Celebration."
Dramatic red floral sets a lush scene at "A Timeless Celebration."
Warner Bros. Special Events of Burbank, Calif., wins in the category "Decor $20,000 to $49,999" for its "L.A. Screenings" event.
Citrus hues sing at "L.A. Screenings."
The Peter Max-inspired rooftop at "L.A. Screenings."
Montreal-based Alison Silcoff Events and Decor and More of Oakville, Ontario, earn a nomination in the category "Decor Budget $50,000 to $150,000" for the legendary Daffodil Ball, this time featuring a "1,001 Arabian Nights" theme.
The "Arabian Nights" event includes Middle Eastern marketplace vignettes in the cocktail area.
An oversize Aladdin's lamp adds to the mood at the "Arabian Nights" Daffodil Ball.
Hello Florida of Orlando, Fla., brings home the Gala win in the "Decor $50,000 to $150,000" category for "100th Anniversary" event. A 1929 Packard car, symbolizing the company's gas stations, stands at the venue entrance.
License plates baring the company's logo make for effective branding elements at "100th Anniversary."
In only 14 hours, the event teams transform the Hard Rock in Orlando with logo "license plates" for "100th Anniversary."
In "Fusion," the event team shakes off the "ballroom" look by breaking the room into quadrants that surround a custom bar.
Dramatic gobos add movement in "Fusion."
In the category "Decor Above $150,000," Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts Events wins a nominee nod for "Reign," a New Year's Eve party suggesting the splendor of Czarist Russia. Some 1,600 guests are transported across a custom indoor "tundra" spanning more than 1,500 feet, which leads them to the "palace."
Dramatic lighting adds to the wintry, regal mood of the sleigh set piece at "Reign."
Centerpieces echo gorgeous Faberge eggs at "Reign."
MGM Resorts Events wins another nomination in the "Decor Above $150,000" category for "The Power of Love," a fundraiser rich with hearts and other romantic emblems.
Lip prints decorate the backs of chairs at "The Power of Love."
Got to love her: Arms bearing glasses of champagne for guests reach through wall panels at "The Power of Love."
MGM Resorts Events wins the "Decor Above $150,000" category with the grand opening party for the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, which keyed on an "East Meets West" theme.
Decor elements include rickshaws, taiko drummers and Asian fans at the Mandarin opening. Here, tabletops suspended from the ceiling with cables seem to float in mid-air.