Today marks the 240 years since a small naval force was commissioned by the Continental Congress to help off-set the British sea power in moving commercial goods and troops during the Revolutionary War. Two years after the war ended, Congress disbanded the Continental Navy and sold the remaining ships. The United States Navy today still recognizes October 13, 1775 as its official establishment and since 1972 each Chief of Naval Operations has encouraged a Navy-wide birthday celebration “to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.”
You too, can celebrate Naval-style in our Carrier Deck! The Carrier Deck is decorated to authentically capture the spirit of the USS Yorktown and includes an F4U Corsair. Also included is a functional observation tower that easily doubles as a DJ Booth. This 4,900 square foot space also features a 30 seat screening room, making it an ideal spot for showing off your own historical videos.
“Happy Birthday” to the United States Navy! The Venues at Fantasy of Flight sends our heartfelt thanks to all those who have served and are now serving.
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Fantasy of Flight set the scene for a dramatic corporate 10th Anniversary Celebration brought to us by On The Scene Chicago!
An impressive Red Carpet Arrival set the tone for guests arriving via motor coach onto our legendary South Hangar ramp for a pre-dinner cocktail reception inside our South Hangar. Featuring two large bombers flanking a traditional red carpet and uplighting that provided an impressive “WOW” on arrival, Fantasy of Flight welcomed over 600 guests for an electric evening.
Highlights of the cocktail reception space included custom theatrical lighting, gobos and break-up patterns that created texture and movement, an opulent central bar, chic white lounge furniture placed on white platforms creating levels and intimate networking areas. Elegant draping created a beautiful backdrop for a deejay and live entertainment.
Our North Hangar transformed into a stately dining room for a lavish dinner prepared by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering accented with vintage aircraft, custom designed tables featuring central water elements, king banquet tables, standard 72″ round tables, and acrylic “ghost” chairs. Striking lighting elements in hues of blue and purple including large spotlights, lit tables, and luxurious centerpieces created a stylish feel in the space.
The North Hangar doors opened in a dramatic unveiling of the final entertainment of the evening, a dazzling private fireworks display over the Fantasy of Flight private runways.
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Who doesn’t love the 80’s? Big hair, neon colors, music videos, the Brat Pack, Michael Jackson, and Madonna…. what’s not to love! Pull that Members Only jacket out from the back of your closet and create an event that will be as big on fun as Alexis Carrington’s shoulder pads!
Welcome attendees with a red carpet arrival accented with Rubix Cube towers and look-a-likes of famous 80’s icons. We all know that “Video Killed The Radio Star” so a video DJ can make a great addition to get guests out on the dance floor. Prefer a live band? 80’s cover bands can definitely provide great energy coupled with large projection screens flashing scenes from iconic 80’s music videos and films.
Vibrant colors and great lighting including LED cocktail tables, LED dance floor, and comfortable lounge furniture accented with lighted cubes can turn your 80’s party into something straight out of a brat pack classic!
Remember to include your theme in food and beverage selections as well. Try some new twists on nostalgic favorites including 7-Layer Dip served in individual parfait glasses, Chicken in the Egg (fried chicken deviled eggs), bacon wrapped potato tots, buffalo chicken lollipop wings. and a refreshing Sea Breeze or Cape Codder specialty cocktail can also incorporate your 80’s theme.
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The right décor is essential to transform a celebration into an event to remember! We love working with our vendors to create the perfect unique event with YOU in mind. We invite you to learn more about our “Friendors” and how they help us create your once in a lifetime event!
Today, we spotlight a fabulous décor vendor that carries something for EVERY style!
A Chair Affair offers you a wide variety of inventory needed to make your special event all about “YOU”. Your unique event may be everything you dreamed of from Shabby Chic to Classic, Rustic to Formal, DIY to Elegant. We can provide beautiful Glass Chargers for your table setting, Mismatched Vintage China, tasteful Chiavari Chairs and Cushions, Fine China, Flatware, Rustic Farm Tables, Dance Floors, Bars and Barware, Glassware, and many eclectic Décor Pieces to bring out that special you that you want to present on your special day.
Sharon Baragona , Director of Sales , A Chair Affair
We had the opportunity to sit down with Sharon Baragona, Director of Sales for A Chair Affair to find out what makes Sharon and A Chair Affair the perfect fit for The Venues at Fantasy of Flight.
What inspired you to join the event décor industry?
I started working in the hotel industry at the age of 15 and fell in love with the wedding, meeting and convention side. My hobbies are interior design and planning personal parties, dinners and events. A Chair Affair, Inc. was a perfect fit for me to assist many clients and brides to have their DREAM event come to fruition.
What makes A Chair Affair different from other décor companies?
Our team, service and products are exceptional.
What are some current décor trends you are seeing? Have any of them surprised you?
We are still seeing from the classy, elegant events to the vintage, country/chic events. Food trucks are also a big hit – especially sending off the guest with some take home treats. I like surprises and anything unique!
What questions should a meeting or event planner be asking their decorator?
Once the planner gives the decorator the feel and theme for the wedding – they need to ask if the decorator can work within their budget. Know what communication form they like: example email, text, or phone calls. Does the decorator have insurance?Ask the decorator have they
worked in this venue before? Is there a backup plan?
Name (3) things that a planner should keep in mind when determining their décor needs.
What do you think is going to be the “next big thing” in terms of event décor?
Making backdrops and unique ways to display the presentation of the food. Using rich colors like Marsala, Wine and Rose Gold.
Thank you Sharon and A Chair Affair for sitting down with us and being such a great “Friendor”!
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Meant to celebrate the accomplishments of pioneer aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and celebrated on Orville’s birthday (August 19, 1871), National Aviation Day aka Wright Brother’s Day was created by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 by presidential proclamation.
Here. . . EVERY day is National Aviation Day. The fleet of vintage aircraft displayed at Fantasy of Flight has earned the admiration of knowledgeable aviators and inspired the imagination of those who have always dreamed of soaring above the clouds.
Celebrate your own successes, inspire creativity, or launch a new concept while surrounded by some of aviation’s greatest accomplishments.
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