Styled by Madame: Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Private Event
Let's face it. Most corporate conferences, seminars and workshops are dense, long and dreadful. How can you inspire your team with a mandatory, mundane — and usually dreadfully long day? According to Chip and Dan Heath in their book "The Power of Moments," we need to learn to create extraordinary moments in life and work to inspire people and elevate experiences. We can apply this to personal events such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries as well as corporate events.
Last winter, I had the honor of working on a corporate event for Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) that turned what could have been a long two-day standard workshop into an extraordinary and very inspiring event. The team told me their goals about breaking the script on traditional workshops and then walked me around a beautiful Haussmanian apartment. I needed to present "out of the box" ways to furnish, decorate and feed 80 people for two long days.
We rented furniture so that all the rooms would feel like cozy parlors with rugs, tufted couches, and a mix of modern and antiques. Sadly we don't have photos of this to share, however we really went all out with the tables and the food and had more time to photograph! Check it out below and feel free to pin away.
For the first day, I teamed up with Romane Houdant of Givy Paris, who specializes in beautiful and bountiful graze boards for breakfast and lunch. She found the best of the best in Paris for a table that greeted our guests from all over the world at 8am. They were excited to see a breakfast table that wasn't just a stack of croissants and a coffee machine. For lunch, Romane prepared salads, salmon and beef. We worked with the Orage and Bleu Minuit tablecloths and napkins as well as the Gold and White rental plate collection both days. .
For day two, I brought on my friend and the celebrated chef Kristin Frederick. For breakfast, she dreamed up a bagel bar with a variety of spreads but also had a selection of viennoiseries for traditionalists in the room. Lunch was an Ottolenghi-inspired spread of beautiful and colorful salads. I enjoyed working with both talented women to conceptualize and style the breakfast and lunch tables.
In between meals, we set up a beverage station with cucumber mint water, coffee, cookies from Jean Hwang Carrant and candy in antique bonbon jars. To end the two-day event, we worked with Givy Paris again for a divine apéro-dînatoire spread of all the cheese, charcuterie and champagne our guests deserved.
We can say, without a doubt, that it was a successful event. This was confirmed not only by the client but also by the guests who stopped us throughout the event to say thank you and compliment our work as we scurried around setting up and making sure things were in order.
If you are looking to elevate an experience for your team or your loved ones, let us know how we can help. We are believers in the power of moments and look forward to helping you. You can email us here.
In the meantime, enjoy pictures from the event below and be sure to pin a few ideas for your next gathering!
Photos courtesy of Madame de la Maison