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1st Annual AFR Boca Raton Tour Stop Exceeds All Expectations

Posted: 10.03.13
Category: Special Events

We received plenty of requests for an AFR Networker event in Boca Raton. We headed there for a night of great networking, design and inspiration, which exceeded all expectations!

The Loft at Congress, a fairly new event venue in an industrial park, provided a great space in which to bring the event to life.  Many in the event industry hadn’t seen the venue, and it created a natural draw for guests.  If you are looking for event space Palm Beach area, click HERE and check it out!

With a theme of "Mix It Up,” the event came to life in a very creative way.  Guests entered the event via a blue custom AFR carpet. Off to the side, vignettes set in cabanas showcased our Beach and Parma Collections and provided guests with an immediate preview of what awaited inside.  Entering the pre-function area, the aroma of delicious cider donuts and freshly brewed coffee teased the noses of guests as they took in the venue filled with spectacular AFR furniture and sponsor offerings.

Rather than showcasing individual collections, we ‘mixed it up’ with unusual combinations, which created many different styling options.  We paired up some of our new 2014 Collections to demonstrate how they expanded our existing lines. Just take a look at how well the new luscious red Chandler Collection mixes with black Ibizia chairs, black metro cubes and Zanzibar tables!  An oversized lamp with a black and white damask patterned lampshade pulled everything together for a striking grouping.

Our new brown leather Parma Collection paired beautifully with Broadway tables.  Our new royal blue Regale collection made for a creative duet when combined with Mon tables.  Our classy Provence Bar and Bar was striking on its own.

In addition to our new 2014 lines, we focused on newer collections and showed guests fresh ways to use them when integrating with other lines.  We used the Grass Collection and Shanti Back Bars, Memphis Table with our Marcus Chairs, our outdoor Broadway Collection, the Navo Table and Beach Ottomans.  We mixed it up and worked it!

Our Design Challengers did a great job integrating combinations from different AFR collections, sponsor provided linens and pillows within their designs. The competition was fierce!

Exquisite Events created a Great Gatsby design using the Crystal Collection combined with our Acrylic Table.

JM Event Productions put their spin on a South Florida styled Christmas while using the Broadway, white Ibizia Chairs, our new Hex Tables and sassy red chandelier with an exquisite floral treatment.

Styled Events created an organic modern design and table scape using the Ashbury Collection and a side grouping of ivory Knob Hill chairs.

You can surely see why the competition was so stiff!  The guests voted, and JM Event Productions was declared the winner of the challenge.  Congratulations on a job well done!

Entertainment from a high-rise stage above the crowd featured a DJ integrated with a live percussionist and saxophonist kept guests entertained throughout the night.  Built into the front of the stage, an LED screen played music videos interspersed with sponsor logos.

A performance artist created custom artwork using a piece of “Tag It” furniture as his canvas and later in the evening performed while painting a portrait of Jimi Hendrix.  His act provided the perfect blend of music and art, which perfectly fit into the theme.

Additional interactive opportunities featured an Instagram station and a custom green screen with 3-D hologram prints for a take home memento.  A lovely Living Chandelier mingled and posed with guests for additional photo ops.

Local caterers showcased mixed pairings, which were delectable and creatively presented.  A tasty menu included a Craft Beer and Slider Station, an organic Farm Fresh Produce & Protein Bar with a plethora of options to mix your own salad and Mushroom Brie Soup Shooters, a Tapas Bar and fresh Ceviche. A Nitrogen Ice Cream Station offered six flavors of alcohol-infused ice creams for a unique  “mixology” dessert experience.  It was delicious and indulgent dining from beginning to end.  Lastly, we loved how the catering and bar service providers used our product in creative ways within the design of their stations.

Guess who is packing their bags for Nashville in January?  Cary Roman from Potions In Motion, that is who!  Cary won the drawing for The Special Event Conference package provided by our National Sponsor Partner, The Special Event!  Congratulations, Cary!  We’ll see you there!

Our sponsors have been such amazing partners this year, and Boca Raton was no different. Special thanks for all your hard work, creativity and commitment to creating an inspiring evening for the event industry! Not shown below, but equally notable is Get Gorgeous By Kelly!

We couldn’t have been more excited about the turnout and the reaction to and attendance levels for our First Annual Networker in Boca.  It was a fun evening filled with a plethora of design and inspiration.  We can’t wait for next year!!!

Our next stop is Sin City...Las Vegas, Nevada!  If you haven’t RSVP’d for a Networker event in your area, you can do so at AFR National Tour Dates!   And, please join in the social media conversation at #afrTOUR.