After the success of their 90th Birthday Celebrations, Barfoot & Thompson looked to Experience Group to work with them to host 16 of their organization's high achievers and their guests for an evening of 'Celebrating Success' in late 2014. The brief was to make their guests feel exceptionally special and value their outstanding input for the previous year. The event was to be intimate, classy and include significant 'wow-factor'.
The event was held in the Upper Mezzanine of the Cloud on Queens Wharf, which proved the perfect space for creating an intimate environment with a beautiful setting - overlooking the Auckland Harbour with floor to ceiling windows, this private space fitted the brief perfectly.
Guests arrived to a dedicated VIP entrance and were dropped by vehicle directly at the red carpeted stairs on arrival. They then made their way up the stairs which were decorated with varied sized candles which helped to create a warm, inviting ambience to the mezzanine area. This separate pre dinner space was highlighted with large doors opening to an outdoor viewing area which guests were able to enjoy. In this area white draping with soft lighting and LED bar leaners created a refined, relaxed environment. A solo pianist playing on a perspex piano provided background music as guests arrived. Draping on a pulley then 'revealed' the dramatic dining area for seating.
Six round tables were set high and under lit on fourteen tiered staging sections to give a view out to the water. Elegant centerpieces of crystal, silver and rich opulent red fresh flowers highlighted the tables. Guests were seated on clear 'ghost' chairs which took full advantage of the under lit staging sections. A hanging truss created a ceiling feature above the tables with crystals, lanterns and white lights adorning it and filling the venue.
A high end, exquisite 3 course fine dining menu was designed and presented by Celebrity Chef Nic Watt - SKYCITY Masu Restaurant & star of TV show 'Testing the Menu'
Nic oversaw all food preparation, as well as presented and described each dish as they were served and provided quality wine matches.
The event, delivered by Experience Group, went off without a hitch and assisted in providing a night of outstanding 'success celebration' for Barfoot & Thompson. We look forward to working with Barfoot & Thompson in the future.