To operate within such a tight time line, every part of the event set up that would not interfere with hangar operations was done days before the event. Lighting and wall decoration were especially important.
The client had recently rebranded itself &wanted it's corporate colours readily seen. Giant lengths of coloured cloth were hung along hundreds of feet of wall. and back-lit with a thousand feet of coloured rope light. Pipe and drape was used at floor level and 500 potted chrysanthemums added more colour yet.
The corporate colour scheme was carried through the huge ice sculpture used to display dessert fruit and extended through the icing on the giant chocolate cakes.
The result was spectacular.
Using an Airplane as Dinner Decoration
Not very often is a $20 million aircraft used as a banquet decoration. Although the opportunity for creativity is
enormous, so is the responsibility. Everything on the plane from wing tip sensors to engines, fuel tanks & instruments is sensitive to whatever a caterer might do.
To maximize guest seating the Boeing 757 had to be shifted to one side of the hangar. But the tail fin could only fit through a narrow slot in the hangar wall, limiting maneuvering room. Jockeying the plane back & forth across the hangar floor took a crew of 6 two very careful hours.