Happy 2018! It’s honestly been a long time since I last blogged. No excuses here but what better way than to start the year by reflecting on an event I was so honoured and proud to be part of late last year.
Fete Chinoise is an annual event thoughtfully curated by Palettera, featuring an event full of Chinese culture, art and tradition, and the modern interpretations of it. Having attended as a guest in the previous two years, I was beyond thrilled and excited when asked by Deb and her team to design a room at the Shangri-La Hotel alongside Pink Twig.
This year’s Fete Chinoise centered around the theme of Luck and Ritual. The Osgoode Room was designed for a modern interpretation of an Emperor’s Birthday, and inspiration drew from the yellows and golds from an Emperor’s imperial silk robe.
The room was transformed into an elegant, exquisite and royally-inspired modern dinner birthday celebration. Ferris Wheel Press designed the invitation, menus, laser-cut placemats and wall decals, which was then continued into the stunning regal carpet provided by Reznick Event Carpets. With Amy from Pink Twig by my side, I knew her floral designs would be beautiful and compliment everything else designed in the room. We chose to use bamboo as vessel for some of the florals, since it symbolized longevity and vitality.
No birthday celebration goes without cake and desserts. The dessert table set-up was designed by the talented Joni & Cake, who hand-painted cranes (symbolizing longevity) and the intricate lace designs on the cakes and cupcakes.
Everything came together beautifully, and it was amazing to hear and see feedback from guests attending the gala event that day. It was truly an honour to be part of an event that showcased the traditions and culture of my Chinese heritage.
Thank you to all the partners who made it a successful design and execution! I can’t wait to see what Fete Chinoise 2018 has in store!
Florist: Pink Twig
Stationery: Ferris Wheel Press
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
Cake & Dessert Table: Joni & Cake
Carpet: Reznick Event Carpets
Wall & Column Decal: Event Graffiti
Chairs & Cushions: Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc.
Table setting & stemware: Plate Occasions
Table Linens & Napkins: Susan Murray International