The glamour of the 1950s was the theme for the Irvine Company Office Properties 2013 Awards. This yearly event highlights the division’s achievements, and to honor their successes, Jennifer and the SAVVY team set out to produce not so much a party, but an experience, transporting attendees to a time when big band music defined an era.
Held at the Lyon Air Museum, guests were welcomed to jazz and swing tunes the moment they stepped into the venue. Vintage cars and warplanes displayed throughout the space made for the perfect (and not to mention impressive!) backdrop. Irvine Company executives and event staff dressed the part by donning pilot uniforms and Rosie the Riveter jumpsuits, setting the tone for what would be a fun, celebratory evening.
The awards ceremony kicked off with a grand entrance made by the Irvine Company Office Properties executives. Dressed as pilots, the executives were escorted to the hangar via a B-25 airplane, and entered through the open hangar doors that led directly to the stage as the soundtrack from Top Gun played in the background.
Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, SAVVY staff quickly transformed the ceremony space into a lounge and dining area, styled according to the theme with vintage furniture and props. Thank Goodness It’s Sofia (TGIS) Catering offered something for everyone, from crabcake sliders to pancetta and truffle mac and cheese. Dessert included ice cream from Sweet Lucie’s and made-to-order doughnuts from The Fry Girl.
In addition to dining and socializing, guests explored the museum and took advantage of the evening’s special access inside a vintage American Airlines DC-3 cockpit.
As a parting gift, guests made personalized flipbooks, provided by A Little Scene. Props including mustaches, glasses, and red bandanas encouraged everyone to tap into their inner child in front of the video camera, which would then use the movement to produce a flipbook. From the venue to the styling to the personalized touches, Jennifer and her team succeeded in delivering a fun, one-of-a-kind evening.
A select group of brokers were treated to a bird’s-eye view of Orange County’s coast to celebrate their success as Dealmakers of the Year by Irvine Company Office Properties. The festivities kicked off with a spread of artisanal cheese, sliced baguette, and fruit, complete with a champagne toast at HeliStream in John Wayne Airport.
Following the toast, the guests were prepped and ready for take off.
Upon landing, everyone was directed to Canaletto Ristorante Veneto in Newport Beach for a cocktail reception and dinner. The private Casanova dining room proved the perfect setting for this intimate gathering. The window-lined room lent an al fresco feel, while the floating candles and large, open fireplace made the space warm and inviting. Savvy used soft metallics in shades of blue grey and bronze for the table linens. Centerpieces utilizing gold branches; mercury glass; silver lanterns; and floral arrangements with red, lime green, ivory, and plum blooms decorated the tables.
Awards were gifted and speeches were made to honor the brokers’ accomplishments. Good food and great conversation made the evening a fantastic way to reflect on a job well done. To the dealmakers — congratulations on all your success!
We at Savvy have experienced quite a whirlwind of activity the last twelve months. “Busy” fails to accurately describe the variety of events that have kept us on the go, which run the gamut from corporate gatherings for hundreds to intimate cocktail parties for thirty. Regardless of size, the goal for every event we produce is to deliver on our clients’ needs, express their respective personalities, and rise up to the challenge of executing events that are creative yet tasteful, sophisticated yet without the fuss.
As we consider our work, we’re proud to say that our team has worked hard to achieve this goal time and time again. Now, we’d like to take the opportunity to share with you, dear reader, some of our favorite events from the recent past. This week, we begin a series called Savvy In Review. We’ll feature some of our most memorable events, which capture the diverse range of Savvy’s events. In the mean time, here’s a sneak peek of the series. We hope you enjoy looking back with us.
– The Savvy Team
Photos by (in order of appearance, from left to right): Christine Choi Photography, Taek Photography, Savvy Staff, and Brandon Kidd Photography
As businesses seek greater opportunities for putting green initiatives in place, it only seemed appropriate to design an event centered on sustainability. For this corporate mixer, SAVVY ensured that every element – from the food to the tableware and décor – reflected eco-friendly practices.
Sapphire Laguna provided rustic farm-to-table catering with a menu that included Vietnamese beef noodle salad, tuna sashimi tacos with pickled vegetables, and fresh mozzarella made on site served with California olive oil. Attendees also enjoyed California artisanal cheeses with a variety of local brews. The menu was served al fresco using bamboo tableware.
While the food was fantastic, the main attraction was the Tesla Roadster. SAVVY arranged for Tesla — a California-based company — to share the way innovation can lead to environmentally responsible (and fun!) products. Everyone was encouraged to experience this firsthand with test drives of the Roadster. It was a great way to close the evening. And who says corporate events can be staid?
On January 24, 2013, The Irvine Company unveiled its newly available office suites at 4675 MacArthur in Newport Beach at an exclusive brokers’ only event. For this opening, The Irvine Company asked SAVVY to produce an event that highlights the property’s contemporary design in a welcoming atmosphere.
The original plan was to utilize the updated courtyard for the event, however, rain expected the day of the event required a last-minute (in this case the day before!) change of location. Jennifer chose to move the event to the building’s lobby, and it proved to be the perfect space for the occasion – the lobby’s floor-to-ceiling panels of glass overlook the property’s attractive courtyard, and tables set both indoors and outdoors invited guests to tour the property freely and explore its many amenities. To showcase the building’s sleek, modernist design, tables were arranged with bouquets in eye-catching, rich winter hues.
The night’s menu, provided by Jay’s Catering, included a charcuterie platter, filet mignon sliders, shrimp mascarpone, and made-to-order grilled pizzas, served with cocktails and tasty cookies and cakes. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres as DJ spun easy hip hop beats, encouraging guests to take in the space, the food and one another’s company.