What’s the old saying? Ah yes, never a dull moment and DFP know this saying only too well since the last blog was set adrift in the internet ether!
There was football fever back at the start of October which saw DFP involved in a myriad of Grand Final activity, a highlight of which was providing the production and management of the St George Dragons Grand Final Luncheon presentation at the Club on the big day itself. This was football fever at its best in the heartland of a finals contender. Definitely a moment in time!
Later in October DFP was honored for the second year running to be asked to ’display’ the Melbourne Cup Trophy at Rosehill Gardens to an appreciative and awed group of VIP guests. At the appointed time the arrival of the trophy was announced with security entering to place this legendary symbol of Australian racing onto a revolve atop a large gold plinth with feature, built in up-lighting serving to heighten the auror surrounding one of racing’s most glittering prizes. Impressive? Absolutely!
Then…BEN HUR at ANZ Stadium! This was truly a unique event to be associated with, the Marketing Team at ANZ Stadium entrusting DFP to create appropriate thematic atmosphere in the various corporate hospitality areas across the 2 nights of the production. From statues to fountains, laurel hanging garlands and golden cloth drops, welcoming vestal virgins to dramatic draping and lighting plus unique table centrepieces seemingly from antiquity, 5 areas at ANZ were given the touches to suggest to those attending a glimmer of the style that once was the glory of Rome.
The next event that was an absolute standout for DFP well beyond business, was the much anticipated marriage of one of DFPs directors at Simmer on the Bay in Sydney www.simmeronthebay.com.au. While the weather proved fickle on the day and two other major DFP events were happening exactly as planned elsewhere, the groom and blushing bride really were the centre of attention at Simmer in an event with style, warmth, original design flair and great charm. Sometimes it’s nice to step outside what you can create for others and enjoy doing something really meaningful for yourself as was the case with this very special event. Just a great night with lots of health, wealth and happiness to the bride and groom…then, now and always!
Enter the start of November and the race that stops a nation saw DFP very busy on a number of fronts.
At the Cup Day races held at Rosehill Gardens, DFP put on the entertainment cap providing DJs, interactive entertainers, musicians, MCs and even coordinating the children’s pony race down the main straight much to the delight of the crowd.
Further, when a client comes back to you 6 years running it is a flattering thing and DFP delivered a fun raceday experience for the 450 strong members and guests of the SDA www.sda.org.au also at Rosehill Gardens in the J R Fleming Stand. This quality event featured Tall Pop Syndrome on stage, the inimitable Bruce English as the jolly doorman and lots of fun touches from a grand entry down a red carpet through a gold horseshoe archway to a photobooth complete with fun props so guests could capture that never-to-be-forgotten picture.
Beyond all this there was finally Melbourne Cup Day at Star City, the most exciting venue in town! The DFP theming involvement spanned 3 major areas including the Casino entranceway, the Sports Theatre and feature elements of the VIP luncheon in the Grand Harbour Ballroom.
The Casino entranceway was where the stylish fun started with, on one side, a Royal Ascot white table and chair setting complete with champagne and grey top hat mirrored on the other side with a chic, black race horse sporting a gold satin cover fringed in white tassles both on green astro turf surrounded by colourful amazing floral edging.
Once inside the Casino patrons headed to the Sports Theatre for their chance to join in the raceday fun and ultimately to watch the big race on the big screens.
In the Sports Theatre DFP theming remained stylish with an ongoing, elegant yellow and white focus.
The central round, Astro Turf Stage joined by a small delicate, white curved bridge back to the Main Stage provided the perfect position and setting for the feature MC, Lee Watson (formerly Furlong) to compere a very special day of racing glamour.
But the style wasn’t confined to the Sports Theatre! At the VIP luncheon in the Grand Ballroom the simple colour and elegance of the day was carried through in a room where the prominent feature was a unique, purpose designed rear stage wall with Melbourne Cup 2010 wording remarkably etched out in green turf, cursive lettering that captured the trackside spirit of the day at a glance. This coupled with the striking mini-pagolas around the room saw guests feel as if they were at Flemington itself….mmmm, minus the excessive crowd but plus superb drink, food and festive fun!