The 1,300 guests walked through an "ice tunnel" to enter a crystalline wonderland, a remarkable transformation of 50,000 square feet at the Montreal Convention Centre.
A highlight of the decor were the "shimmeliers"--6-foot-square hanging frames with beaded crystal panels dropping nine and 12 feet. Two 3-foot crystal spheres are set inside the square frames.
A long view of the party space. Decor & More was part of the decor team.
Lighting played a major role in the look of the event. The space was divided into zones via changes in overhead lighting, the spandex pieces were hit with streaks of changing saturated color, and buffets and bars were zoned washed and pin-spotted.
The area with cafe tables.
Communal tables and cruisers.
The event featured three lounges on three levels.
One of the dramatic buffets. All were dressed in white, floor-length crinkle satin and icy shimmer satins.
Buffet floral included white hydrangea, dendrobium, phalaenopsis orchids and callas.
A buffet centerpiece.
A dramatic buffet centerpiece.
A buffet topped with white roses.
Montreal's famed Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth provided catering services.
Another view of buffet tables.
The dining tables were a mix of 60- and 30-inch rounds covered in white crystal pleat or shimmer cloths; centerpieces were white roses and orchids in ice vases placed on mirrors, or white orchids surrounded by floating candles along with gel "snow" and a scattering of "diamonds." Clear Ghost chairs completed the look.
More buffet floral.
Along with the dining rounds, the event team offered white and chrome rectangular communal tables and cruising tables.
Groups of trees decorated the room, including 8-foot metal trees with crystal-encrusted branches, 10-foot white iridescent pines and 10-foot sparkling conical trees.
A centerpiece of white hydrangea in an ice vase surrounded by votives.
A view of the 8-foot ice bar. Barmen on rises poured three different martinis down the ice luge so guests could choose their favorite.
The white dance floor is bathed in light.
A "glice" skating rink (at right) is ready for skaters ...
.. and they perform for guests.
Montreal's "mystical percussion" group Insolita wows guests with a demonstration of "water drumming."
Cocktails featured blue or clear LED "ice cubes."
Native sons the Barenaked Ladies appeared after a dramatic Kabuki drop.
The catering team from the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth--brought in expressly for the event--including rack of lamb, Thai chicken, Cajun shrimp, coulibiac, gravlax, vichyssoise, short ribs, "snowflake" salads and snow-white desserts.
A highlight: Chefs at the cold fusion station use liquid nitrogen to morph raspberries, yogurt and meringues and to create sorbets from cider and coulis.
A guest "gets frosted" with a crystal tattoo. For another winter wonderland event, click here. For more beautiful Photo Galleries, click here.
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