Superheroes vs. Villains Anniversary Party
PEAK6, an asset risk management firm, tasks PWE to reinvent their anniversary celebration each year. Every anniversary event is focused on a particular theme with surprise name entertainment that must be held in a unique space that enables constant engagement for the 600 guests. This year’s theme was Superheroes vs. Villains.
The event was held in a large raw warehouse space that began with a dramatic entrance. The entrance décor replicated alleyways and crime scenes in Batman or Spiderman films featuring spider webs, garbage cans on fire and a vintage phone booth with Clark Kent’s change of clothes to transform into Superman.
As guests checked in they received an LED wristband that was programmed green for villains and blue for heroes to set the tone upon arrival. A hanging spiderman inside New Moon’s champagne chandelier poured glasses of champagne while performing acrobatic spidy-like tricks and an authentic Batmobile was displayed as the perfect photo opportunity for guests to show off their costumes. Waitstaff passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails including dry ice smoking Mr. Freeze drinks as well as Anti-Hero IPA to keep with the theme.
The main event space décor transformed the warehouse into a scene filled with famous comic book and movie characters. Elevated furniture lounge groupings incorporated villains like Catwoman & The Joker with a play on color & decorative accessories. Custom superhero graphic highboys, cabaret tables and branded Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern bars were scattered throughout. Color changing illuminating stars hung from the ceiling and three large cone chandeliers hung above where light was able to bounce off of creating stunning visual effects by Lightswitch.
Food stations, each specifically designed with comic strip graphics, represented a superhero or villain were placed around the perimeter of the room: The Wolverine’s Carnivores Only Station, Poison Ivy’s Greenhouse Station, Captain America’s Star Spangled Station & Good vs. Evil Dessert Station all served mouth watering food by J&L Catering.
The focal piece of the room was the large main stage that included three LED screens, which featured clips from superhero films as well as the PEAK6 superhero moving graphic and pop-art projections of words like “Zap”, “Pow” and “Bam” were displayed on the ceiling, walls and floor.
Guests were encouraged to participate in the many interactive activities throughout the night such as laser tag, an oxygen bar, superhero portraits by caricaturist artists, a social media green screen booth that gave guests the opportunity to fly and an interactive, roaming mentalist doing mind tricks with guests dressed as the Riddler.
The evening ended with a surprise performance by Jason Derulo singing his top hits including, “Marry Me”, “Wiggle”, and “Want To Want Me.”
Decor & Design: Kehoe Designs
Venue: 2120 S. Jefferson
Food & Beverage: J&L Catering
Lighting: Lightswitch LLC
Audio/Visual: Kishbaugh + Partners & Sound Investment
Photographer: Sheri Whitko Photography
Videographer: Indirap Productions
Valet: VIP Valet
DJ: Maurice Joshua