We’re ending this week with a Flashback Friday from March 2014 when we welcomed Daher-Socata as they unveiled their brand new TBM900.
A red carpet arrival awaited guests outside of the North Hangar complete with Vintage Flight Attendants and Swing Dancers (Blade Agency) as they arrived by motorcoach. Greeted with butler passed champagne and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres including Smoked Chicken & Caramelized Onion Cornets with red onion creme fraiche, Bacon-Wrapped Potato Tots with sour cream and chive, Grilled Cheese Sliders on mini country toasts with brie, fig jam and rosemary butter, and Braised Short Ribs on Corn Cakes with demi glace, fried shallots, chives and sour cream from Puff ‘n Stuff, guests took to the dance floor moving to the music of the 8th Army Air Corp Orchestra and the Fantasy Angels an Andrews Sisters Tribute.
Post cocktail hour, attendees savored the exquisite food stations including Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with lemon basil risotto, blood orange reduction, and lemon gremolata, Rose Chicken Towers with smoked raspberry and chipotle roulade served on grilled corn with peach and poblano salad, Bastille Salad offering grilled hearts of romaine and a selection of toppings including shaved cantaloupe, julienne prosciutto, grilled chicken, marinated artichoke hears, diced tomato, pickled red onion and a red wine vinaigrette and a tasty Specialty Pasta Station featuring Caprese Orecchiette, Cavatelli in bleu cheese cream with caramelized onions, and Gemelli Chardonnay with spring peas, mushrooms, and roasted tomatoes in a Chardonnay cream sauce.
As guests dined on their desserts of raspberry chocolate noir tortes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, macaroon lollipops coated with crunchy ground pistachios and the chef’s selection of petite luxuries presented in parfait style glassware they were once again entertained by the 8th Army Air Corp Orchestra, Fantasy Angels, and Swing Dancing Couples all leading up to the main event. After a brief introduction from the CEO, the new TBM900 was unveiled via a Kabuki Drop staged by American Audio Visual followed by a fly-over including (3) brand new TBM900s being delivered to their new owners and landing right on the Fantasy of Flight legendary grass runway. Guests were able to spend the rest of the evening enjoying the dance floor, admiring the fastest single engine turbo prop aircraft on the market, and of course enjoying a few cocktails in the process.
Here is a clip highlighting this flash from the past!
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We love it when clients give us a little freedom to produce a WOW moment! Our team was so lucky to work with a prominent watch company to help launch a new luxury product to a select group of VIP customers in their Central Florida market. With a group of only 20 guests, we wanted to offer a lot of drama while still ensuring an intimate feel. The juxtaposition of this modern acrylic table, mirrored planter boxes filled with white hydrangeas and white roses, (Wizard Connection) clear chiavari chairs and glass chargers, (A Chair Affair) finished with white shantung linens (Connie Duglin Linens) made a visually interesting contrast inside the vintage military WWII B-17 Room.
Guests were greeted inside the main lobby by the Fantasy Angels an Andrews Sisters Tribute (The Blade Agency) with a champagne toast and signature cocktails (recipe below) before embarking on a journey through our Immersive Environment. Delicious butler passed hors d’oeuvres by Puff ‘n Stuff included Eggplant Croutons topped with honey roasted tomato, Kalamata olive and pine nut tapenade, and Feta cheese served inside Early Flight, a Moody Forest Strudel with wild mushrooms and bleu cheese served inside the German bunkers of WWI, followed by Ahi Tuna with mango salsa and pomegranate seed served on a lotus root chip inside our WWII Briefing Tent.
This VIP group then made their way through a real B-17 bomber before exiting right to their waiting table. Serenaded once again by the acapella trio during a first course of Cucumber Ring Salads filled with mesclun greens, pickled beets, red onion, shaved parmesan, champagne vinaigrette and finished with an Asiago chip. A brief intermission between courses allowed guests to experience the North Hangar collection including the P-51 C Mustang, Ford Tri-Motor, Short Sunderland, Benoist, and of course everyone got to test their piloting skills inside the cockpits of our Corsair Simulators – always a big hit!
Upon returning to the WWII B-17 Room, visitors finished their meal of Porcini Crusted Filet and Sea Bass accompanied by a potato faux pear before welcoming the Fantasy Angels back for another performance leading up to the unveiling of the newest luxury watch in our clients collection. Guests continued to enjoy a scrumptious dessert and gourmet coffee as they perused the new wares before departing.
Intimate or Grand . . . First Class All The Way! No matter the size of your event, we can assure you that your guests will receive a first class experience.
Create your own VIP moment at home! Try this delicious drink offered to these VIP guests served on the rocks at your next cocktail party. We know you’ll love it!
Signature Cocktail Recipe
2 oz, Makers’ Mark Bourbon
1/2 oz, Grand Marnier
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
1/2 oz, Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Dash Sprite
Lemon Peel for garnish
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Bride (Courtney) and Groom (Kyle) from this December wedding selected our Art Deco Compass Rose & Lounge as the backdrop for their intimate wedding celebration. Guests dined on Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Antipasto Skewers, and Mini Chicken Egg Rolls while enjoying a hosted Beer & Wine service during cocktail hour.
Guests then made their way into The Lounge to enjoy a buffet dinner featuring a Herb Crusted Prime Rib Carving Station, Baked Potato Bar, Chicken Breast with Asparagus, Bacon, and Triple Cream Brie Sauce, Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Pecans, Red Onions and Pears served with Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette and of course Wedding Cake. A black and gold color scheme including gold chargers, black linens, Art Deco banquet chairs, and beautiful white rose centerpieces completed the space for a cozy celebration.
Congratulations Kyle & Courtney! We wish you the best on your journey as husband and wife!
As we like to say, Intimate or Grand – First Class All The Way! You don’t have to be throwing a large scale soiree to host your event at The Venues at Fantasy of Flight.
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Every good party, needs great entertainment! The Venues at Fantasy of Flight works with vendors that are experts in keeping the party going all night long! We invite you to learn more about our “Friendors” and how they help us create your once in a lifetime event!
Today, we spotlight an entertainer who injects the fun factor in every event!
Xclusive Deejays owner Andy Jimenez has been mixing and creating music since 15 years old for clubs and events throughout New York City. Playing the hottest hits from yesterday and today including all genres and offering so much more than just tunes. Xclusive Deejays also offers photo booths, effects, multimedia screens, lighting, staging, dance floors, and decor.
Andy Jimenez, Owner, Xclusive Deejays
Andy took some time to fill us in on what he sees happening in entertainment and we think you’ll agree that Xclusive Deejays and The Venues at Fantasy of Flight just sound right together.
What inspired you to join the Entertainment industry?
As a young child I can remember when I went to my 8th grade school dance and I saw the dj, I thought to myself, that is going to be me one day.
What makes Xclusive DeeJays different from other entertainment companies?
We keep up with the music hits from yesterday and today. We strive our best to be very communicative with our clients all the time and we are a one stop shop with many services that brides and event specialists are always looking for.
What are some current entertainment trends you are seeing? Have any of them surprised you?
I am seeing a lot of old school things coming back like disco balls and checkered dance floors.
Name (3) things that a planner should keep in mind when determining their entertainment needs.
What questions should a meeting or event planner be asking their entertainment team?
1. Are you fully and properly equipped for a large size event?
2. Other than music do you provide any other services in the entertainment field?
3. Do you work alone or with a assistant?
What do you think is going to be the “next big thing” in terms of event entertainment?
I think there will be more effects. Clients are always looking for that wow factor so I expect more extensive lighting options and effects such as fake fire and artificial snow.
Thanks Andy for taking the time to fill us in on Xclusive Deejays and for being such a great “Friendor”.
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A ride & drive is just that – an opportunity for a dealership’s sales team to experience the comfort, technology and performance of new vehicles to gain first hand knowledge they can then pass on to clients.
We were pleased this month to welcome Hyundai to The Venues at Fantasy of Flight for their dealer Ride & Drive. Dealers from all over the Southeast descended upon Fantasy of Flight to receive training and hands-on experience on the new 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2016 Hyundai Tucson.
After a quick breakfast of pastries, berry-yogurt parfaits, and sliced fruit inside the Compass Rose, the Hyundai Ride & Drive sales teams headed off to the Officers’ Club for orientation where they were given materials and instructions to guide them through the Ride & Drive experience.
After orientation, guests headed out to the tracks. Our Orlampa Conference Center Ramp and North/South Hangar Ramps converted into driving courses for Comfort, Technology, and Performance where the sales teams were able to get behind the wheel competing in contests to help show the vehicles performance capabilities.
Having worked up an appetite during all that driving, guests then returned to the Compass Rose for a buffet lunch before making their way into the North Hangar to the Hyundai Proving Grounds Exploratorium. Inside the exploratorium, sales teams were able to get up close and personal with details that make their vehicles different including manufacturing, vehicle technology, and styling.
This was the last stop on the Hyundai Proving Grounds tour for 2015 and we hear it was the best one yet. Thanks Hyundai for choosing The Venues at Fantasy of Flight.
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