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The AFR National Tour is well on its way!!

Posted: 8.28.12

The AFR National Tour started with a kick off in Orlando on July 26th. “Countdown to Chaos” took place at Majestic Event Center, a new event venue in Orlando.  The theme was “the end of the world” and the décor welcomed the guests into a dark and edgy bunker bash with chain-linked fences, poison barrel, air-duct centerpieces that perfectly accented our Titanium covered Function pieces and Grammercy groupings.  Upon arrival guests were greeted by a 12 Foot Tornado display equipped with flying cows, cars and trees – the perfect backdrop for a photo op!  This doomsday event captured the interest of over 550 local industry professionals and 24 sponsors.  The caterers took their displays to a whole new level to accommodate our theme, some including M.R.E’s (Meals Ready to Eat) and on-site torched appetizers.  We also had our first annual Designer Challenge where the top designers in Orlando competed to create the best display utilizing assigned AFR pieces.  Raining Roses was our winner!

AMAZING video of our tour kick off in Orlando~ thanks to Voila Cinematic!

Some photos of Orlando’s event:

And, as if we aren’t crazy enough hosting events in 11 cities in 3 months…. On August 22nd we hosted 2 tour stops simultaneously!!!!

IN BOSTON:

The New England stop on the AFR National networker tour  was held last night at the beautiful Revere Hotel in downtown Boston. Keeping with the” Passport to Design theme” we transformed  the Revere’s new venue “Space 57” into 6 different Exotic destinations from around the World . As guests entered through Bora Bora  they got a first time look at our new Grass collection as they walked  through white palm trees reaching over 20 feet high. Next stop was a colorful display of Brazil’s Carnival  which featured our new Evoke  outdoor Collection along with our Imperial Purple and bright Tangerine benches. Venice (designed by VDA Productions) was right next door showcasing our Black and White Crystal Button collection paired up with black and white drapery and matching dance floor. Tucked back in  the corner was a lost treasure where you were taken  back to the Marketplaces of Morocco as you relaxed on our extravaganza slip covered chairs. Africa (designed by Future Affairs Productions) was on the horizon as the centerpiece of the room where Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras and Leopards surrounded our Outdoor Broadway collection.  Finally the last stop was back here in the USA as Nantucket Island (designed by Future Affairs Productions)  came to life with an array of beach like settings and guests were able to sample New England Clam Chowder, Homemade Potato Chips, Lobster roll sandwiches ,Mini  Burgers and hot dog sliders. Over 300  Event Professionals were able to enjoy this 3 hour  trip around the world thanks to  the generosity of 15 sponsors  which included 3 of New England’s top designers and our hosts AFR Event Furnishings and Rentals-Unlimited! Photo collage below:

IN MIAMI:

Miami hosted this year’s event at a new super cool location- The Dezer Collection.  This year we came up with a really fun way to give you an insider’s look at the creative process of their competing designers. Michael & Tiffany at The Beacon created short fun video clips of the designers hard at work creating their rooms. You can visit the AFR YOUTUBE CHANNEL to see these videos. Each designer was tasked with creating a room around one of the famous cars in the Dezer Collection. Cars included Mad Max, Scooby Doo, Batman and Grease Lighting.  Be sure to check out the videos!   A unique photo booth was constructed out of AFR LED Light cubes where guests enjoyed a taking photos that were automatically uploaded to instagram with the AFR hashtag #afrnationaltour – the feed was constant throughout the night. Have you ever eaten the same food a U.S. President and Pope John Paul II? Well 450 event professionals from South Florida did last night as the event was catered by Bill Hansen Catering and he only caters for the best! Another photo collage below:

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE SPONSORS WHO WORKED SO HARD TO HELP US SHOWCASE OUR FURNITURE IN SUCH A FUN, EXTRAORDINARY WAY! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ORLANDO, BOSTON AND MIAMI TEAMS FOR HOSTING SUCH SPECTACULAR EVENTS! ALL THREE TOUR STOPS WERE OFF THE CHARTS! WE’LL SEE YOU ON IN ATLANTA ON 9/6!