Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Art of the Party Table Top Competition

ISES Portland announces “Art of the Party,” the first annual Tabletop Competition

The Portland Chapter of the International Special Event Society is rolling out its first ever Tabletop Decorating Contest, to be held on Tuesday Evening, September 28th, 2010. The event, dubbed “Art of the Party,” will be hosted at the Embassy Suites Multnomah Hotel in downtown Portland.

The competition, part of ISES Portland’s monthly meeting for September, will be judged by two of the industry’s foremost event designers, Pauline Parry and Dan Smith. Parry is President and Smith is Creative Director for Good Gracious, an event design and production company in Los Angeles. Parry and Smith will also be presenting the educational content for this special evening meeting. “If you are in catering or event décor, you KNOW who these people are. If you aren’t, you soon will!” Says Nick Apap (of Royces Prop Shop), ISES Portland board member.

“We’ve been working on putting together another signature annual event for ISES Portland,” says Dwayne Thomas (of Greenlight Creative), the ISES Portland’s Vice President of Programs and Events. “We had actually been holding back on this concept for awhile, waiting for the right opportunity to arise. When the chance to bring Pauline and Dan to Portland this September came up, we knew it would be the perfect time to jump in.” The event will be held from 5:30-8:30pm on Tuesday, September 28th in the Queen Marie Ballroom of the Embassy Suites Hotel, 319 SW Pine Street, Portland.

The Tabletop Competition is open to all area event providers and designers–florists, caterers, rental companies–all may enter as well. The entrance fee is $50.00 for members and $80.00 for non-members, and includes one admission to the evening’s education, and networking event. Entrants will have the opportunity to show their tabletop design skills and creativity not only to many other local industry professionals, but to two of the best-known tabletop decorators in the country. “Feedback is so valuable to us as designers,” says Maria Corvallis (of Peter Corvallis Productions), President of ISES Portland. “It’s great that we’ll have a chance to show our work to experts from another part of the country as well.”

Three prizes will be awarded: Best Use of Theme, Best Use of Alternative Materials, and People’s Choice. Each winner will receive a framed certificate, an autographed copy of Pauline Parry’s book “Food Fun Love, Party Styles,” and a $50.00 gift card from Stanford’s Restaurant. In addition, winners will receive recognition on all ISES electronic promotional materials (newsletter, website, social media, and blog). A 60” round table will be provided for each entry. Entrants may register for the competition by emailing Tabletops are limited, and contest entries on a first-come first-served basis.

Interested attendees who do not wish to enter the competition may still attend this event as always. Tickets for the event only are $25.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members, and are available at Tickets Oregon or Heavy appetizers will be served.

ISES Portland, which boasts a membership of greater Portland, Northwest Oregon, and Southwest Washington event planners and vendors, also hosts such annual events as “Pimp My Warehouse,” “Summer Soiree,” “The Early Show with ISES,” and “Field Trip with ISES;” all popular with their audience of ISES members and other industry notables. ISES Portland meets 10 times throughout the August-through-June season each year, featuring professional networking, lunch or dinner from the area’s foremost caterers, and education on topics ranging from event design and production techniques, to business and marketing strategies, to sustainable event solutions.

ISES International consists of over 7200 of the event industry’s most elite professionals, spread across 49 chapters in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. The Mission of ISES is “to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries.” ISES’ slogan is “Dedicated and Educated to Deliver Creative Excellence and Professionalism in Special Events.”

For more information, contact Dwayne Thomas, VP of Programs and Education at or Samantha Swaim, VP of Communications at

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