A Night Of All Seasons: Oklahoma Speaker’s Ball

Have you ever thought about using the four seasons of the year as your event theme? In collaboration with IES, About Last Night…event planning designed and produced the Oklahoma Speaker’s Ball this year utilizing that theme.

All seasons were draped and darkened for a later reveal in each corner of the Cox Convention Center ballroom. We placed our version of “Mother Nature” in the center of the ballroom which was an actor from The Living Garden performing in a working fountain. Each season was revealed to the guests every 15 minutes.

The decor, food, drink, specialty lighting and entertainment were indicative of each season. Artificial ice rink (yes, the guests could actually ice skate!), human snow globe for the perfect photo op, ice sculptures, s’mores and flavored coffees depicted the Winter season.

Spring was literally a “walk in the park” as this section of the ballroom was themed out as an arts festival in the park complete with floral and foliage pathways, wrought iron bistro tables, park benches and a jazz combo performing under a gazebo. The spring fare included, what else, but fresh fruits on a bed of “edible” dirt, individual garden salad-tinis and fresh fruit shortcakes. Fun entertainment was provided by a caricature artist and beautiful artwork on easels was displayed through the area for the art enthusiasts to enjoy.

Summer was bright colored umbrella tables, inflatable movie screen and car props for the drive-in movie experience, complete with concession snacks of popcorn, ice cream bars, sliders and sweet potato fries. Beach balls and sand pails filled with summer “stuff” served as centerpieces and the guests were entertained with “Dance Heads” and arcade games.

Stepping into the Fall season, the guests experienced a fall county fair. The room was filled with hay bales covered with quilts and rustic lounge furniture areas. There was deep fried bacon cinnamon rolls and mini pies for dessert that followed “stew on a stick” as the main course and corn cobbettes as a side veggie. The guests were totally entertained by the unique styles of fiddler, banjo and guitar players on center stage while they kept warm with hot apple cider.

The guests were blown away by such a unique event concept and it appeared that we certainly delivered the “WOW” factor for out client with this one! Check out some of the pictures from the event and let us know what you think!

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