A BIRTHDAY BLOW OUT AT THE LOGAN PHILADELPHIA

February 24, 2016

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT!

by Brian Kappra, Creative Director & Owner

Just a little over a month ago we did just that with a big birthday blowout at The Logan, Philadelphia’s newest, sexiest and chicest hotel.

Attached is a short video highlight reel of this most amazing celebration, the first big “do” since the hotel opened. A video created, once again, by the uber-talented team at CinemaCake and in which you can see, frame by frame in super fast speed, the total transformation of the space. You can also witness the shock and awe on the face of the guest of honor, as well as on the faces of her guests. They were BLOWN AWAY!

No, it wasn’t the biggest event in terms of guest count; nor was it an elegant, black tie party. What it was, however, was a complicated combination of food and beverage, event design and entertainment meticulously planned with a strict timeline and many moving parts. To say that The Logan exceeded our expectations seems too weak a statement. I’m STILL amazed at how the entire team at The Logan – folks whom I’ve worked with for years {and years} when the property was the Four Seasons, and those who’ve just come on board – worked as one high energy unit to pull off the best party in years. When we, as event planners, get to plan the entire menu, working with amazing chefs and culinary artists like the ones at The Logan, as well as design two new gorgeous ballrooms around revolving talent and hand picked entertainment we selected for the birthday girl, like Taylor Dane, a hot Boys Tribute Band and more… well, let’s just say, it’s a dream job to orchestrate!

What an incredible experience it was for everyone! Enjoy the film.

 


COMMUNITY: A Downton Abbey Evening Benefiting Breast & Prostate Health

December 8, 2015

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By Brian Kappra, Creative Director and Owner of Evantine Design

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EVENING IN PHILADELPHIA! Last night at the historic Union League of Philadelphia, The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (“FBPH”) and Independence Blue Cross hosted an elegant evening of witty, insightful conversation, tasty cocktails and delectable bites with Downton Abbey creator and Academy Award winning writer Lord Julian Fellowes.

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First and foremost, we thank our guest of honor, Lord Julian Fellowes for sharing his talents, wisdom and Downton story with us all wrapped up with a delightful bow. We also thank CNN anchor Michael Smerconish, a big fan of Downton Abbey, for conducted a fantastic and entertaining interview with Lord Fellowes. Michael tried to get the dish out of Lord Fellowes on the last season of the show, but, to no one’s surprise, the show writer was tight-lipped on what’s up for Season 6. Frankly, that’s just the way we want it! Additional thank yous go out to Brian Toner of Eventions ProductionsEddie Bruce, and of course, a GIANT thank you to Stewart Mahan and his hard-working catering team at the Union League for rolling out the red carpet and holiday cheer for the festivities!

As co-chair of the event, I was overwhelmed by the support of friends, clients {and client-friends!}, and colleagues who joined us at The Union League for this fun outing benefiting The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health. Even though it was a Monday night in the middle of the busy holiday season, the response and support was truly heart warming. Both me and my co-chair (and the founder of FBPH), the lovely Shelley Schwartz, as well as the rest of the dedicated FBPH special event committee, THANK YOU for your generosity.  Just a few photos from the event, from our seasonal decorations to the delicious food and superb company kept in the storied halls of The Union League. Enjoy!

{All photos courtesy of the always amazing Tyler Boye – thanks Tyler!}

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For more information about the event, jump over to Aubrey Nagle’s article in the Philly Voice


WITH GRATITUDE: A Fond Farewell to the Four Seasons Philadelphia

June 3, 2015
Wedding 2013 | Photo courtesy of Sarah DiCicco

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Sarah DiCicco

By Brian Kappra, Owner and Creative Director of Evantine Design, Inc.

Well, the end of an era has finally arrived. It’s a sad, sad, SAD week as the legendary luxury hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, is closing its doors at One Logan Square. In a couple years, it will reopen in a new chi-chi spot high in the clouds and we intend to party hard there, God willing! However, and I speak for myself, as well as the whole Evantine Design crew, WE will always be grateful for the amazing 30+ years we worked on events at the Four Seasons. The number of incredible events we produced and planned under that roof make my head spin! In fact, I remember bringing trees up to the roof of the building in 1983 when it was being topped off and the hotel was just being introduced to Philadelphia!

As you can see from the collection of event photos below, we have enjoyed many years of fellowship, collaboration and partnership with the exceptional professionals that proudly call(ed) the Four Seasons home. Unbelievable stories, memorable occasions, unforgettable celebrations. That’s the Four Seasons spirit and it will rise again! And when it does, Evantine will be there. Ready for the next chapter to begin… but seriously…

THANK YOU for redefining the standard of luxury in Philadelphia. XOXO Brian

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of MK Photo

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of MK Photo

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of XSightUSA

Wedding | Photo courtesy of XSightUSA

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

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Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of MK Photo

Bar Mitzvah 2014 | Photo courtesy of Evantine Design

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Evantine Design

Wedding 2005 | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of Philip Gabriel Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Michael Smith/Ash Imagery

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Michael Smith/Ash Imagery

Corporate Party | Photo courtesy of Faith West Photography

Corporate Party | Photo courtesy of Faith West Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Evantine Design

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Evantine Design

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Bar Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Wedding 2008 | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

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Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Paul Loftland

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of Liz Banfield

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Wedding | Photo courtesy of XSightUSA

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Cliff Mautner Photography

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Bat Mitzvah | Photo courtesy of Susan Beard Design

Evantine Design  /Photo Courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography

Wedding | Photo courtesy of Phil Kramer Photography


Black Violin Performs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

September 29, 2014
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One of our favorite things about producing events is working with incredibly talented artists, musicians and performers from every discipline. And, in many cases, whole new genres of entertainment! For instance, for a corporate event taking place tonight at the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, we booked (on Friday!) one of the most innovative musical acts available on the urban scene: BLACK VIOLIN.

Kev Marcus and Wil B are Black Violin. They are two classically trained musicians who perform their own original style of music: a groovy blend of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical. Suckers for any artists who think out of the box, we were blown away with how this savvy duo came to be. So, here it is, in a nutshell. (Did we mention how excited we are to hear them live tonight?)

Photo courtesy of Black Violin

Photo courtesy of Black Violin

Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester met at the Dillard High School of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. After graduating from college, they joined up as hip-hop studio rats in South Florida, working with several different acts before returning to their roots to create their own groundbreaking fusion of sound. Their innovative vibe has seen them play for everyone from the troops in Iraq to President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC. They have also headlined 40 shows in two stints at the New Victory Theater on Broadway, including 16 sold out shows over two weeks last November. Along the way, Black Violin has wowed audiences at the legendary Harlem Apollo Theatre, accompanied Alicia Keys’ performance of “Karma” at the 2004 Billboard Awards, and appeared with Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump playing the hit song, “Stereo Hearts,” for VH1’s Unplugged. Recently, they appeared on The Queen Latifah Show and blew the entire audience away!

Since starting Black Violin a decade ago—named after an album by preeminent African-American swing era jazz violinist Stuff Smith—Wil B and Kev have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa, while appearing at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and last year’s U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks. The pair has played with the likes of Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda’s Fort Minor, while opening for Fat Joe, Akon and the Wu-Tang Clan. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles. Kev supplied strings for a track on Lupe Fiasco’s Grammy-nominated Food & Liquor 2 album, and appeared on the Meek Mill cut “Maybach Curtains” with John Legend, Rick Ross and Nas. Wil and Kev also scored an episode of CSI: New York, adapting the finale of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly for an on-screen murder.

Like we said earlier, we can’t wait to hear these dudes play tonight! It’s sure to rock out the museum in a whole new, cool way. In the meantime, check out their rendition of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me”…


A Hand-Painted Party for Throwback Thursday

January 30, 2014

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Embracing the whole “Throwback Thursday” concept really can be an entertaining way to share some of the amazing events we have produced over the years. Events that exist in our memories as well as in tiny 4 x 6 photos buried in dusty boxes that rarely see the light of day! Which is a shame really, as party planners and event designers with decades of experience in conceptualizing events we are bound to have tackled most themes once, if not twice!

In today’s event scene we see the obsession with calligraphy, painting and illustration continues to dazzle and intensify, making its way into party design and scenic decor in bolder ways than just on paper. Well, like most things in life, that’s a design trend that has been tackled before. Like 15 to 20 years ago! That’s right, what’s old really is new again.

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These images are from the 1998 Academy Ball Cocktail Reception hosted by CIGNA held in the rehearsal hall at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Generally, The rehearsal hall is pretty bare bones, so Evantine Design was hired to bring in everything to create the desired environment, from walls, rooms, lighting, flowers, rentals, and kitchen space. The design inspiration for the event was the post-modern theater and movie set designs from the 1930’s-1950’s which were designed to be viewed as props and not real, but at the same time to evoke a sense of place and time to transport the audience away from reality. Deep stuff, right? Absolutely.

Our theme was a town square in France, complete with café, walls, park benches, home facades, shops, street carts, and a central “fountain” that guests would wander around or gaze upon just as they would in a small town in France. All in all, we designed, illustrated and hand-painted over 100 panels which were then used to create the streets of the village. To ensure we had thought of every single detail of the town square, right down to the loaves of bread and window shades, we put up the entire set in our greenhouse (back then we did not have the warehouse and design studio we now call home) and then pulled it all apart to put it together again on site for the event. With design this specific, practice makes perfect!

Along the hallway leading into the rehearsal hall, we created an allée of faux trees in a similar illustrated manner as the sets designed for the main room.  The difference being that as you passed by the trees (or upon leaving) you saw the unfinished backs with braces and location markings (and sandbags). This concept of letting the guests experience the behind the scenes AND the finished effects let the attendees feel as if they were part of the theater stage and were characters in our story.

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CIGNA was a major sponsor for the Academy Ball for many years and sponsored this annual cocktail party.  We transformed the space year after year to the point where it became the talk of the ball and every year, guests wondered if they would walk into a faux French town square, a serene Zen Japanese Garden, a rocking 1950’s diner or futuristic Philadelphia (among others that we created for the client).

Happy Throwback Thursday!


PARTIES: Feast Your Eyes on Front & Palmer

October 2, 2013

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We were recently asked to name a few of our favorite alternative party locations in Philadelphia. As Evantine Design has been creating parties, weddings and celebrations in the Greater Philadelphia area for thirty years, we do tend to know all the coolest event venues. But in this case, one such party space came to mind: Front & Palmer. A former barrel factory in the South Kensington Art District of Philadelphia, Front & Palmer is a modern loft space that tempts many a stylish party hostess. In addition to the 35 foot ceilings, art chandeliers, polished wood floors, and contemporary furniture pieces, Front & Palmer boasts the delicious food and beverage of Feast Your Eyes Catering.

To get better acquainted with this urban party venue, take a look at these images from Faith West Photography taken at the Feast Your Eyes Open House at Front & Palmer.

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Location: Front & Palmer; Catering: Feast Your Eyes; Photography: Faith West Photography; Party Decor: Evantine Design; Music:
Ken Ulansey Ensemble; Lighting: Synergetic Sound & Lighting.


COMMUNITY: One Year Later, The Barnes Foundation’s Opening Gala!

May 17, 2013

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Hard to believe it’s been a year since The Barnes Foundation opened its doors last Spring. We were honored to be a part of the Museum’s opening events and look back on the Grand Opening Gala with wonder and pride. To experience this architectural and artistic achievement first hand was nothing short of spectacular, particularly as we know how difficult the journey was for countless teams of talented people.

The museum is, and will continue to be, an amazing addition to the city of Philadephia. {Photos: Susan Beard Design}

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