Salt Lake City is blessed to punch above its weight class in terms of convention and event facilities. We have a world class convention center and luxurious hotels that many cities would do anything to acquire. These facilities include two very large ballrooms that are perfect for formal events. But recently, we were faced with the challenge of finding a venue large enough for a sit-down Holiday dinner for 3,000 of our client’s employees and their guests. Our client wanted the event to be interactive and feature opportunities for dancing and mingling. Existing ballroom space was just not big enough, which forced us to utilize exhibit halls for the event. Our client was not too fond of the idea of holding their year-end soiree in a cold, gray box. We told them not to worry, we’d make the space seem just as comfortable as a hotel ballroom.
We presented several concepts to the client ultimately settling on an Art Deco/Great Gatsby theme. Turning the exhibit halls into a ballroom-worthy event space required:
- More than 900 linear feet of 25’ h drape
- 40,000 square feet of carpeting
- 18 custom bars
- 315 linens
- 2,680 chair covers
- 2,680 napkins
- 315 custom floral arrangements
- 5 custom 16’ long chandeliers
- 6,000 square feet of custom dance floor
- More than 2,400 man hours
The results were…well, judge for yourself.