The University of Miami recently celebrated the inauguration of their new president by taking him around the world. Ok – not really, but we WERE able to design an event to make it feel like that. The theme title was “Charting the Course to Our New Century.”

As guests arrived, music provided by the University of Miami set the mood for their grand entrance across the bridge from the Watsco Center where the Inauguration Ceremony took place, all the way to the Student Center Complex Lakeside Patio.

In front of them, guests found a spectacularly decorated space with four large structures complete with custom swag ceiling treatment in blue, yellow, black, green and red inspired by the unifying colors of the Olympic Games.  Large drum chandeliers accented each of these four areas where custom food stations were designed by continent.  A large central structure and wrap around bar for beverage service was created as focal point of the entire event with a mix of coordinating drum style chandeliers hanging from the center of the structure.  Interior style high tops were placed throughout the space to bring continuity to the design accented with “Course Charting” inspired centerpieces. Some of the bar tops even had custom world map decals on them to really tie in the theme.

Stations were divided into Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Asia consisted of hanging red lanterns, pho dogs, pergolas, lanterns, florals, bamboo mats and plants.

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Africa was uniquely designed with masks and up-lit foliage. Proteas, sand, grass and palms were used to accent the buffet and animal print fabrics were woven into the station design between food elements.

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A European market was designed with wood planks, slates, buckets, barrels and abundant baskets of flowers. Iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben were knit discretely into the design to drive the theme home.

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The America’s station was inspired by the menu selected. A custom built ‘South American Ruins’ backdrop was designed to fit the theme and interior style details accented the buffet to complement food service.

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