Oriental silk lanterns, deep coral peonies and 1930s Shanghai inspired details create an elegant backdrop for over 500 guests at this year’s YWCA Mother Of All Balls.
Workshop Events supported the YWCA NSW once again this year in providing complimentary event expertise to design, create and produce the Shanghai Chic-themed fundraising party, held in the Pavilion at the Australian Turf Club in Sydney.
Overseeing the project, Sarah Philips, event producer at Workshop Events, was delighted with the outcome of this year’s event.
“Our team transformed the Pavilion into an exotic, oriental space for this year’s Mother of All Balls, creating an experience not to be forgotten. As always we hope our participation as a pro bono supporter has contributed to the YWCA NSW’s efforts in continuing their programs assisting disadvantaged individuals, families and communities at critical times in their lives.” said Sarah.
Held on a balmy spring evening, guests sipped oriental inspired cocktails beneath trees adorned with silk lanterns while enjoying the sensational sunset.
On entering, guests were met with a visual feast. The venue’s high ceiling glowed a deep fuscia, highlighting four oversized chandeliers hanging just above the tables. Custom made by Workshop Events for the event, the chandeliers comprised of over 300 coloured lanterns in dramatic 4-metre drops.
In conjunction with Grandiflora, Workshop Events styled tables with full, deep coral-coloured peonies surrounding antique birdcages and delicate lotus tea lights that added shimmering candlelight.
Many of the styling elements required were sourced by the dynamic event team to create an authentic look and feel. The team also designed and built many pieces within their workshop, mixing oriental shapes and patterns with classic objects to give a true Paris of the East feel.
Other highlights of the ball included Richard Wilkins as MC, a menu designed by Luke Mangan, performances by Wendy Matthews and Glenn Shorrock and the creation of a live installation piece by artist Shannon Crees that was auctioned later in the night. The event raised nearly $300,000 for the charity.
Monique Cornell, co-chairperson of the Mother of All Balls committee was also overjoyed with the event, celebrating the creativity and professionalism of the Workshop Events’ team.
“You were so wonderful to work with – but your vision for the room was executed to perfection – and your sense of calm and clarity on the evening was exceptional.” Monique said.
Main Production Crew
Sarah Philips, Event Producer, Workshop Events – Sarah designed, managed and produced the event
Annina Ferrand, Event Producer, WE – assisted with production and management on site
and the YWCA NSW MOAB Committee
Venue – AJC
Catering – Luke Mangan designed the menu
Wine – by Eagle’s Rest Wines
Flowers by Grandiflora
Lighting/Audio/Staging – Innovative Production Services