Nog Nog. Who's there? It’s that time of year. Chestnuts roasting. Yule-tide caroling. Jack Frost nipping. Holiday parties galore. Some of our fondest memories at The Venue Report are from when our team is gathered around the table at the annual TVR company holiday party. We take our team gatherings very seriously and have learned over the years that the four key ingredients to a fantastic team party are: good music, good champagne, a good venue and a good team. If we have these key components, then everything else falls seamlessly into place.
The arrival of our holiday party each year marks the passage of thousands of table gatherings from the months before. Our team will have conducted countless brainstorms, meetings, discussions and will have exchanged thousands of ideas, pitches and thoughts with one another over the table. The table is our gathering ground. It’s only natural for us to come together at the end of the year at the ultimate festive tabletop to reminisce and celebrate the table – the source of our ideas and now our festivities, where we are now breaking bread together in celebration we have already broken ground together in progress over the year.
Visions of Sugarplums
Each year we come up with a theme for our holiday party. Some themes are based on a design that is inspiring us at the moment, some are dictated by the venue space and some have a deeper meaning based on experiences over the year prior. This year's theme and design vision was dubbed, 'The Great Frontier,’ in the spirit of blazing the road less traveled. We loudly applauded looking forward while also remembering how far we had come together as a team and company.
Our team arrived to our 2018 soiree in western-chic-meets-prairie-meets-dapper attire and were welcomed by a floor full of overgrown wild florals designed by Layered Vintage, symbolizing the overgrown trails that the team had bravely blazed through this year. The wild brambles of bushes, roses and tumbleweeds set the stage for three long white washed feasting tables surrounded by vintage mismatched chairs from Archive Rentals. The tabletop was adorned with 80 taper candles in colors of greige, ivory petal and mustard from The Floral Society. How fun it was to reverse the design and ‘think differently’ with florals only on the floor instead of the tabletop. This truly encapsulated the way our TVR team worked in 2018. We ran through adversity, leaned into ambiguity and went down the harder, less worn paths all year.
Baby, it’s cold outside. Chilly weather has it’s advantages like wearing long, chic trench coats and cozying up by the fire. It also allows for a homey, comfort food menu. The venue space and restaurant, Sidebar at The Rose crafted old standbys like shareable charcuterie with fresh newcomers of buttermilk biscuits and creamy saffron polenta. #YUM
We took our western shoes for a spin with The Great Frontier Spotify playlist we curated that you can find here. A mix of both mellow acoustic sounds and upbeat tunes by artists like Hurricane Love with songs appropriately titled 'Tumbleweeds' wafted through the venue space. Our media design manager, Nathan, is pretty much a mix master and curates all of our tunes for us. Have a listen and let us know what you think.
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