photographer: Colin Lyons Photography | event planner: Paulette Wolf Events | design, décor, floral: Yanni Design Studio | venue: TAO Chicago
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Influencers & Event Luminaries Join PartySlate in Chicago for Cocktails & Conversation

On Wednesday, April 13, PartySlate and an esteemed team of partners gathered event industry tastemakers and influencers in Chicago to network and toast to their packed calendar of celebrations in 2022. The resilient industry was especially hard-hit by the pandemic, but events have rebounded and people are happily gathering to celebrate life’s milestones and make new memories once again.

PartySlate was honored to have our soirée planned and produced by the inimitable team at Paulette Wolf Events. Guests were wowed upon arrival to TAO Chicago as they strolled into the event through a tunnel of cherry blossoms — evoking both spring and new beginnings — by Yanni Design Studio. The always-stunning TAO set the scene for a beautiful evening with its towering ceiling and moody lighting.

A Glimpse of the Evening to Come

Partygoers were invited to the soirée via a chic digital invitation, custom created for the gathering by HH Design. HH invoked both the vibe of the venue and the style of décor with the sleek invite. The team also created the party’s printed materials directing guests and honoring partners.

Design & Décor: Jewel Tones & Spring Vibes

TAO has always been a spot to see and be seen and PartySlate’s gathering was no exception, with influencers and top event professionals filling the two-level space. The restaurant’s 20-foot tall Quan Yin statue and grand staircase added additional drama to the affair. PartySlate’s celebration started in the Lotus Garden, with its beautiful floating lotus-like chandeliers and flowed into the striking Chandelier Room

In addition to the dreamy lantern-festooned cherry blossom tunnel, Yanni Design Studio created a celebratory mood with Asian-inspired florals and glowing candlelight. The team curated many additional wow-worthy design moments, including a vibrant and whimsical installation of a statuesque female figure with a flowing skirt made entirely of flowers.

The Yanni team also created an Instagram-worthy wall of rich red roses, paper fans and umbrellas, and a custom neon sign from Echo Neon displaying PartySlate’s guiding principle: inspired events inspire people. 

Memorable Menu: Asian Bites, Expertly Prepared

Guests enjoyed passed bites, including TAO’s pork potstickers, satay of Chilean sea bass, steamed vegetable bao, and more. A sushi station offered more fresh fare, while a noodle and rice station served orange chicken, vegetable fried rice, and vegetable lo mein. 

Partygoers also indulged in dessert bites, cocktails, and PRESS premium alcohol seltzer.

Entertainment: Fun Vibe & Wow Moments

Toast & Jam DJs provided just the right music for the changing mood of the room — as an on-trend backdrop for greeting and conversation to full-on end-of-the-night dance floor grooves. 

Meanwhile, NewMoon Chicago engaged guests with interactive entertainment. Creative food and beverage service from the team included an acrobat suspended on silks poured wine, a “kegway” (a segway with a craft beer keg) gliding throughout, and floating trays featuring TAO’s signature cocktails.

TAO also provided production and AV support for the entertainers.

All the Memories Made — & Captured

The only thing as delightful as attending a fun celebration, is remembering all the best moments. Colin Lyons Photography captured photos and videos of every highlight from the gorgeous décor to the guests enjoying themselves after a pandemic-induced hiatus. The team ensured that the merry-making will be fondly remembered.

In addition to vibe-setting tunes, Toast & Jam provided a GIF photo booth for moving and immediately post-able memories.

And if the fastest way to someone’s heart is food, then Big Fat Cookie filled our hearts — with delectable cookie party favors. This meant that guests left with more than fun memories and new friends.

And More Gratitude

If you happened to notice that the PartySlate team looked especially glamorous, we have Elise Brill, Leesi B Cosmetics to thank for our makeup and Renee Feldman Salon for our ‘dos. They made us all feel comfortable and confident as the faces of our brand.

We also want to thank 21c Museum Hotel Chicago for our stay. Check out their unique concept: hotels filled with local contemporary art for a special cultural weekend stay or longer in the city.

venue, catering, bar & AV:: TAO Chicago
event planning: Paulette Wolf Events
design, décor & floral: Yanni Design Studio
aerialists & interactive entertainment: NewMoon Chicago
dj & photo booth: Toast & Jam DJs
photography & videography: Colin Lyons Photography
invitation design: HH Design
neon sign: Echo Neon
PartySlate team makeup: Elise Brill, Leesi B Cosmetics
PartySlate team hair: Renee Feldman Salon
hotel partner: 21c Museum Hotel Chicago
cookie favors: Big Fat Cookie
seltzer: PRESS Seltzer