Party Ideas? Go On a Tour!

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It may be the tourist in me, but I think one of the best ways to get inspiration for a party theme is to go on a tour of the venue you’ve selected to host your special occasion.

While “A Night on the Nile” and “Moroccan Treasures” are great themes, there are a LOT more ideas you can garner from exploring the Fox Theatre with a tour guide.

Since we’re talking about planning proms during this series of posts, let’s look at touring the Fox through the lens of planning a unique prom inspired by the various spaces that one might visit on a tour.

Retro Arcade Prom (inspired by the Arcade)

How much fun would it be to have a prom that features operating retro arcade games; a photo booth themed to retro arcade games with super fun arcade props; a menu designed after retro arcade games…it’s a party in the arcade!

So, where did that idea come from? The main entrance to the Fox Theatre is the Arcade. When the Fox was built in 1929, the main entrance was to be on Ponce de Leon Ave. and the present day main entrance was to be an arcade of shops and restaurants.

Great Gatsby Prom (inspired by the Lobby)

“Glitz & Glam,” a phrase my dear friend and colleague Nancy likes to use is perfect for a prom that’s all about the good life! When you’re at the age to attend prom, that’s the time of your life that you’re hopefully already exploring how you might get to the “good life”. If you’ve seen The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, you’ve seen a taste of the “good life”. A prom at the Fox Theatre is a taste of that life, especially if you dress the part!

1920s Prom (inspired by the Fox’s opening decade)

When the Fox Theatre was being built, we were still in the “Roaring ’20s”, a time of parties, celebration and jubilee…and the music was quite awesome, too! I’ve seen parties that start strong with a selected theme, then purposefully transition to contemporary music and dancing. You can have your theme and eat it, too!

The Hollywood Prom (inspired by the Auditorium)

With a history of being a grand movie house of yesteryear—and today with its annual Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival—a Hollywood theme would be more than appropriate! And I visualize a Hollywood “There and Here” theme…the glitz and glam of 1940s Hollywood compared to today’s action and fandom of movies being filmed in Georgia, including many movies and television series made right here in Atlanta!

Party Like a Pharaoh Prom (inspired by the Egyptian Ballroom)

I’d be remiss to not offer at least one idea themed after the Egyptian Ballroom. There are many, many décor options that range from complementing to enhancing the Egyptian Ballroom. Consider tents, large scale plants, dramatic lighting and a customized “Egyptian” cartouche gobo that spells out in hieroglyphs your school’s name projected on the walls of the ballroom! The possibilities are endless!

The Art of Prom (inspired by the Grand Salon’s Stained Glass)

The stained glass ceiling in the Grand Salon can serve as a catalyst for a prom theme and then serve as a centerpiece! The glass is colorful and bright and absolutely stunning! Imagine an evening of sparkling colors, from the dresses to the desserts!

A Prom With a View (inspired by the Terrace)

Springtime begs for time outdoors enjoying pleasant weather and stunning vistas. If your prom uses the Grand Salon you automatically get to use the Terrace, which is beautiful and has some wonderful views, all the while being private and intimate. I hope you’re lucky and get to enjoy one of Atlanta’s spectacular sunsets from the Terrace.

If you’re not sure about what theme you want to have for your Fox Theatre prom, a tour of the Fox Theatre itself will reveal a multitude of ideas and possibilities…at least as many as there are Egyptian stars reflected on the ballroom floor.

Travis S. Taylor

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Anniversary Parties – Intimate to Totally Blown Out!

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Anniversaries are special occasions, but it’s how we celebrate them that can make them even more special…and celebrating at the Fox Theatre is spectacularly special.

“Special” for you may be a 400-person cocktail party with a menu of passed hors d’oeuvres and “around-the-world” buffet stations. Or it could be you and your spouse dining alone in the Egyptian Ballroom. There’s nothing in Atlanta that rivals the splendor of this ballroom!

Let’s talk about a more intimate option first.

Imagine sharing Landmarks Lounge with just your sweetheart before and during intermission while seeing a show that you both really want to see. This is an intimate space that’s beautiful as-is, or a little décor can enhance the already splendid space…and we can create a celebration menu tailored to your special anniversary. May we recommend toasting the evening with our Fox-exclusive Peachtree Street Bellini?

Now, let’s talk about “over-the-top”!

If you want to truly go over the top, go beyond elaborate to celebrate your anniversary—whether a company anniversary, a wedding anniversary or any given milestone anniversary—we’ve got you covered, and with considerably more than the menu!

We know the people—our trusted partners of many years—who can create any party you can envision.

To show the breadth of vendor partners available to AFFAIRS at the FOX clients, allow me please to name just a few of them and invite you to visit their websites to learn about their businesses and expertise:

There are many others and I’ll talk more about them in other blog posts. You can see all of our AFFAIRS at the FOX trusted partners here. As we are, each of them is expertly familiar with all the events spaces in the Fox Theatre, so you’ll be in very good hands.

You know what’s “over the top” for you, but allow me please to offer a few examples of what I’ve seen over the years…

Imagine a red carpet entrance and guests being greeted with live music or spot-on celebrity lookalikes, or both; imagine brilliant A/V and a 10-foot tall specialty cake; imagine commemorative photo books for everyone who celebrated under Arabian tents; imagine an exquisite served dinner and actual celebrity entertainment…the possibilities are endless!

How can we help you celebrate your special anniversary?

Travis S. Taylor

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The Venue That Speaks for Itself

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We’ve heard it again and again. When someone has tickets to a show, concert or event at the Fox Theatre and they’re asked, “What are you doing tonight?”, they most often answer, “Going to the Fox!”, followed by the name of the event and which event space they’re visiting, whether the Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon or any of the other spellbinding event room and areas!

No matter the occasion, the person asking the question knows immediately upon hearing “…the Fox!” that you’re doing something fun, special or important.

On another note—and I’ll connect the dots momentarily—people sometimes ask us, “How do you give back to the local economy?

We’re proud to say that, in addition to being Atlanta’s Greenest Caterer—through  our Legacy Green program…giving back/taking care of the (local) environment—we also donate a generous amount to local non-profit organizations—in the form of catering and event design—through our Legacy Giving program, the second prong of our Legacy program. In fact, less than three years ago we had met the $2,000,000 donated milestone!

Connecting the dots…

Through Legacy Giving, we offer our non-profit clients the opportunity to host a luxury fundraising event without the luxury price tag…and we love doing that at the Fox Theatre.

Hosting a fundraising event at the Fox Theatre adds a prestige—given the Fox Theatre’s fandom—that supporters and sponsors will recognize immediately, just because it’s at the Fox, known by many for it’s spectacular architecture and world-famous shows, concertsk, movie series and other events.

Not everyone who loves the Fox has been in her special event spaces, so how do you answer, “What is the Egyptian Ballroom?” when one of your potential supporters or sponsors asks? There’s a LOT to say about the Egyptian Ballroom, a space available to the public since 1939, only 10 years after the Fox was built. One tidbit you can share is that the Egyptian Ballroom’s (1929) inspiration came on the heels of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb (1922). How’s that for in-the-know coolness?

Whatever your plan is for your next fundraising event, if you’re considering the Fox Theatre, connect with us and we’ll help you create a Fox Theatre story that your guests will regale for years!

Travis S. Taylor

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Royalty on the Fox Stage

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The stage at the Fox Theatre is a magnificent piece of architecture, one that deserves a more in-depth discussion, which I will certainly do another time. For now, allow me please to regale you with some of the entertainment presented to Atlanta over the years on that magnificent stage.

Let’s talk royalty!

Yes, it’s true. Royalty has graced the stage at the Fox Theatre, but perhaps not the royalty that first comes to mind. I’m talking about all kinds of royalty!

Performers and Concerts

The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley, was on the Fox Theatre stage for six performances over two days in March 1956. Later that year he would begin shooting his first movie, “Love Me Tender“. That film has not been shown at the Fox, but there are lots more Coca-Cola Summer Film Festivals coming up!

Some other performers who have entertained from the Fox stage, and this is hardly an exhaustive list, include: Queen, B.B. King, Carole King, and the late, great Prince, whose last performance was on the Fox stage before unexpectedly passing away two weeks later, a great loss to music fans the world over.

Plays and Musicals

I’ve lost count of the plays and musicals I’ve seen at the Fox Theatre, but remember with great fondness and excitement seeing The Lion King in 2014…what a magnificent show! That magnificent show and others with royal titles that have graced the Fox stage include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Lion King
  • The King & I
  • The Queens of the Nile

 Movies

I’m a huge fan of cinema and have seen approximately a bazillion movies at the Fox Theatre. There’s no other place in the city quite like the Fox for a movie. Many movies with “royalty” have been show at the Fox Theatre. Again, not an exhaustive list, some of the films shown include:

  • The Princess and the Plumber (1930)
  • When We Were Kings
  • The African Queen
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • The Princess Bride

The Royal Family

The Fox Theatre has indeed entertained real royalty! Prince Charles attended an event in the Egyptian Ballroom in 1977, the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee.

There you go…a small sampling of the royalty that has graced the Fox Theatre’s stage. Did you realize you’d “rubbed elbows” with so much royalty? Remember the advice, “Dress like you might meet a princess or Prince Charming“…because you just might at the Fox Theatre!

Travis S. Taylor

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Tour the Fox!

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Did you know that if you’re hosting a private event in one of the Fox Theatre ballrooms, you may be able to arrange behind-the-scenes guided tours for your guests? You and your guests will learn little known “inside” facts about the Fox and about its architecture and architectural elements.

For example, did you know that the giant canopy that covers the balcony in the main auditorium is not fabric? You’ll find out on the tour what exactly it is. Tour guides are your go-to for debunking some of the Fox Theatre myths that are floating around out there, too, although the facts themselves are often even more exotic than the myths!

Tour availability during a private event depends on what’s going on in the building. It’s a magnificent bonus for guests, especially those who have never been on a tour, architecture enthusiast or not!

There are guided tours available to the public, too! They’re typically available on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and are approximately one hour in duration. These tours usually explore 10 different destinations within the theatre.

That’s not all! There are also special “Movie Night Tours” available during the annual Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Check for availability of the special movie tours when purchasing your tickets online or at the box office.

Enjoy your tour…wherever your adventure may lead!

Travis S. Taylor

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Colossal Columns

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The grandeur of the Egyptian Ballroom, designed after a temple for Ramses II at Karnak, is emphasized by its colossal columns. The nearly 25-foot towering pillars are situated around the perimeter of the 90’ x 76’ special event space. Seeing them, you immediately know you’ve arrived someplace extraordinary!

There are three distinct variations of columns immediately visible.

The flat columns are topped with a red sun disc and uraeuses—stylized upright Egyptian cobras; the head of a pharaoh; and closer to where mere mortals walk—on a carpet graphically depicting the Nile River—are elongated sconces that still stretch above guests’ heads.

The cylindrical columns, their design inspired by columns at the temple of Luxor, appear in pairs and are topped with colorful capitals of a closed lotus design.

Near the top of those columns is a band of hieroglyphics. While the hieroglyphs in the Fox Theatre are authentic, they are not arranged in a readable order. That’s one of the tidbits you’ll learn when you take a Fox Theatre Tour!

At the base of these columns are papyrus and lotus-inspired decorations.

Today, created specifically for parties, there are built-in uplights at the base of the cylindrical columns that can be set to a range of hues to match a client’s color scheme for their special event.

Many have read about the restoration efforts of the Fox Theatre, but perhaps you’re not aware that they have the only full-time Restoration Department at a theatre…anywhere in the country.

I’ll share more about them another time, but when you’re in the Egyptian Ballroom, look for a column to the right of the stage that has a “scraped” patch near its base. That patch reveals the original paint on the columns, the colors that the restoration team uses to keep the Egyptian Ballroom as vibrant today as it was in 1929.

And finally, there also are two pairs of golden columns that flank the Egyptian Ballroom stage, one of the few built-in stages in an Atlanta special events ballroom. These are obviously not as tall as the other columns, but they’re magnificent nonetheless. Don’t be fooled by their precious metal finish. Most of the gold you see in the Fox Theatre is paint that looks gold. The only true gold leaf is on Mighty Mo.

Many know that the Fox Theatre opened in December 1929, but it wasn’t until 1939 that the room became available for public events, at which time this space was renamed the “Egyptian Ballroom”, for obvious reasons.

When you visit the Egyptian Ballroom, either on a tour or as a guest at a special event, we invite you to examine and revel in the splendor of its décor and architectural details…the colossal columns are only the beginning.

Travis S. Taylor

Travis S. Taylor

 

Director of Communications
Affairs to Remember Caterers

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