Jaclyn Bernstein with Empire Force Events/Access NY Metro (www.empireforce.com) suggested this one… The event she described to me was staged at The Capitale, allowing the use of two large events spaces in a Beaux Arts venue, but it can be staged in many suitable locations.
The foyer area was turned into a street scene, with a carpet printed street and sidewalks and realistic police barricades and steam pipes. Burly doormen kept the velvet rope pulled tight allowing no entry except for recognized celebrities—portrayed by impersonators—such as Grace Jones and Liza Minnelli, and those selected as “the beautiful people” by a dead ringer for night-club impresario Steve Rubell. Of course this created just the right amount of anticipation as guests jockeyed for admission utilizing all of their wiles and charm to get through the doors and into the real party.
Signature lighting systems were recreated by some of Studio 54’s original designers, and the iconic Man in the Moon hung over a modernized illuminated dance floor. Caged go-go dancers flanked the stage and a practically nude Lady Godiva rode her white horse across the dance floor. The evening climaxed with a surprise appearance by original Studio 54 performers, The Village People.
Once again I say… tell your people in advance that they are going to a dress-up party… and have prizes for costumes. Get people to go beyond their comfort zone and reveal themselves to their co-workers as real people, not just the guy in the next cubicle or the voice on the phone in the district office. Build camaraderie, and at the same time create a buzz that they will bring back to their work world… I mean… Lady Godiva on a horse on the dance floor? The Village People? Cool.
OK… you get the idea. There are an infinite number of possibilities and I will continue to add them to our Theme Party Blog and to our Library Archive.
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