August 9th, 2018
One of the world’s largest aerospace companies and leading manufacturer came to us with their event management needs., They chose CLI to assist with the creative event decor of a biennial gala in appreciation for their suppliers. The event took place at the Portland Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
Dissatisfied with previous preferred vendors, our client insisted on working with CLI for the upcoming biennial gala. The corporate meeting planner needed an event management company to provide creative décor that would meet demand and quality expectations while providing cost-effective solutions.
The attendee list had tripled to 1200 people from the previous galas. CLI was faced with the challenge of finding chairs that were high quality to protect the corporate brand, but cost-effective and with a natural look that the client appreciated. Over several years, certain wood, chameleon chairs had become a staple for the gala, but the vendor had gone out of business and after sourcing alternatives, there was still a need for two-hundred more chairs than available in the area.
Another challenge of this gala event was the delivery of unseemly tables. CLI was able to make last-minute adjustments to add linens and runners to resolve the challenge. Our global event management team is experienced with last-minute changes and we work day and night to guarantee guests and clients leave happy with their experience.
CLI was first connected with our corporate client during an event at a Seattle hotel in 2013. Our event management team at CLI continued the relationship through transparency, prompt communication, and flexibility to meet specific needs. When dissatisfied with the service of other preferred vendors, the client insisted on working with CLI.
With a vendor out of business and a shortage of two-hundred chairs, CLI took the opportunity to add a creative flare to the décor. By substituting different style chairs and tables, this created a clean look with a unique twist on a traditional event. Our expertiserenting all types of event furniture nationwide allowed the CLI event team to act quickly for our client.
Prior to the gala, our team was able to make last-minute changes to the runners and linens and coordinate with the catering manager. Upon delivery of the tables, CLI added navy blue linen with lime green runners to the event décor. CLI also coordinated with the catering manager to plan an early delivery for flatware.
To truly engage guests, CLI encourages our clients to consider creative decor themes when hosting events. A “Land Meets the Sea” theme was selected to coordinate with the venue’s LEED certification as a platinum sustainability destination. This theme inspired an array of custom table designs and color schemes. To represent the “sea,” our team used moss-colored linen with shades of blue reflecting off of a mirrored centerpieces. The “land” tablescapes incorporated a swirled natural elements tabletop, highlighted with succulents and dried tree branches. Each elegant table was completed with chiavari chairs with ice blue cushions.
From beginning to end, the gala was a beautiful success, an impressive event for the aerospace giant, and a great way to thank their suppliers.
CLI provided creative event décor, including linen, chairs, glassware, flatware, silverware, centerpieces, bar fronts, and cocktail reception décor to create a remarkable event that would help nurture Boeing’s relationship with their suppliers.
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