Have You Ever Seen a City Built in One Day?

We have! The end of 2009 brought us a client request to plan their Winter party to celebrate the past year and to welcome in 2010. We already had a venue in mind, Crushpad Custom Wines, and with a blank slate to work with, the creativity started to flow! After consulting with some partner vendors, the ideas started to really come to life on paper. Our challenge was to turn that into reality.

With wine barrels and cement columns to navigate around, we decided to create different
vignettes that would fit in between each "section" of the venue space.

After two months of planning, the event day had finally arrived. Our partners from Blueprint Studios and Taste Catering started the big job of loading in the City that was to be built in a day!

Props like the Transamerica Building, furniture, lampposts and street signs, Mission bells, and much more were placed throughout the venue.

A photo station manned by Orange Photography (who took event photos as well), was tested out by our fabulous SSP team before the guests arrived.

A stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge (built especially for this event!) welcomed party goers to their "Saturday in the City." Highlighting some of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods, guests could enjoy food and drinks that were representative of each neighborhood.

To help add to the interactive nature of the City theme, we added in some fun elements like a classic video arcade. A wine tasting station was manned by the folks from Crushpad and highlighted some of the fabulous wines produced at the urban winery. Word bubbles were available at the photo stations to add some fun to the pictures with chalk and a blank slate...some folks really used their imaginations with this!

DJ music, a live band, raffle drawings, a fortune teller, and caricaturist were some more fun elements of the big bash that kept guests entertained throughout the event.

The food stations that Taste Catering provided offered everything from Chinese chicken salad in a take-out box, raw oysters being shucked to order, and classic tamales to vegan fare and homemade ice cream on mini cones. Kung Fu Tacos and Kara's Cupcakes Karavan took their turn pulling up to the loading dock with their specialty fare, bringing yet another element of this great City to our mini version of S.F. that was brought to life right here in the Dogpatch!