The Art of Transformation, Part 6: Props

December 9, 2011 7:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

At Revelry Event Designers, anything that isn’t a piece of furniture, fabric or lighting is labeled a “prop.” While furniture and fabric may be the cake and frosting of my designs, props are definitely the nonpareils of my creation. They provide the finishing touches and complete the look.

Some of my props include shoji screens and other room dividers, oversized ornately framed mirrors, fire walls comprised of metal shelving units on which I place votives to create a glowing panel of light, as well as other decorative elements such as garlands of mirror disks and beautiful capiz shells. But if forced to confess, my most exalted and useful prop would have to be the bar.

Bars are a fundamental element in many of the parties I create and their design and look are as diverse as the clients who hire me. There are times when a bar is a seemingly inconsequential element of the party, often nestled along a wall, surrounded by any number of food and dessert buffets. In these instances, the design is usually kept simple and can even be a rented banquet table covered with a beautiful fitted or tufted cloth. But there are those parties when the bar gets pulled from the shadows and placed center stage and it is during these moments that my mind reels with all the possibilities.

I have a number of bars capable of accepting the starring role. Made of a light-weight metal and comprised of multiple units, they can be arranged to form a square, circle or even an oval. And since the surfaces are removable, I can easily alter the look. Likewise, I have a variety of shelving units used as back bars. The possibilities for beautiful and functional bars are endless and we are experts and custom-designing the perfect bar for any event!


Reflecting the Manhattan Skyline. Rather than set up a bar as a single unit, try scattering glasses, beverages and other items over a series of “building’like” risers. Start by making five or six plywood cubes; some tall and narrow, others short and wide. Paint the boxes different shades of grey and accent with squares of white to mimic lit windows. Arrange the cubes into a “neighborhood” and complete with stacks of sparking glasses adn bottles of libations. The more “buildings” the more effective the look. This same treatment also looks stunning with each cube wrapped in a brightly colored fabric.

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