Spring is here!

It’s been a busy winter here at FOS, and we look forward to an event busier spring! Now that the ice is beginning to thaw, here’s a bit of a recap of what our team has been up to over the last few months.

 

WedLuxe 2017

 

Our team put together a beautiful booth at the WedLuxe show back in January. If you were there, we hope you had a chance to stop by and say hi! If you weren’t you should consider putting the show on your radar for next year, because it’s a fantastic way to see what Toronto’s best wedding vendors are capable of, and to learn a bit more about the teams behind the companies.

 

For our booth we brought to life a ‘vintage Paris’ theme, incorporating a romantic floral arch with hanging crystals, a cascading floral table runner, white furniture, gold cutlery, a purple floral print vinyl floor and our carousel horse prop. We also gave away a $1000 wedding decor gift certificate, which was won by Vanessa Chiaravalloti.

 

Best Lighting Nomination

 

For the second year in a row, FOS is proud to announce that we’ve been nominated in the category of “Best Lighting Design for an Event” for the Canadian Special Event Industry Awards. We took the prize in the same category last year, adding it to our 5 other CSEIA wins for various categories over the past few years.

 

The event we were nominated for took place at Blue Mountain Resort, and incorporated a number of strong lighting techniques. To set the scene we laid LED lights in the lawn leading up to the tent, then colour-washed the event space to create a vibrant base, layered on colour-rotating uplights to provide contrast, and finished it all off with glowing crystal chandeliers.

Wish us luck on a second win a row!

Canadian Event Industry Award Nominations!

Our hard-working team is incredibly excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for a

Reader’s Choice Award for Best Event Supplier!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support!

You can vote every day until March 22.

We’ve also won 1 and been nominated for 3 Canadian Event Industry Awards! The winner will be announced at the 19th annual Gala on March 31 – wish us luck!

Happy New Year!!

Another great year has passed at FOS, and it’s clear that the past 365 days have been eventful to say the least!

* We won our sixth Canadian Special Events Star Award in a row for our “Emily in Wonderland” Bat Mitzvah, and were nominated internationally for a Special Events Gala  Award (winners to be announced in January).

* We made some wonderful new friends and strengthened existing relationships.

* We moved our office and warehouse facilities from Vaughan to a new high-tech home in Toronto, where we have more room to nurture our creativity.

* Our team has grown and evolved to be one of the biggest and most bonded in the industry; an unstoppable force that we’re all incredibly proud of.

* We’ve designed some incredibly unique and gorgeous weddings, and executed some of the most complex and outstanding corporate events of our career (and for some very highly regarded clients, too).

As we begin our adventure into the unknown of 2016, we’re all smiles. This coming year, FOS will be celebrating our 20th year of operations. You can only imagine how excited we are to be at our peak for this coming milestone!

From our family to yours, we wish everyone a wonderful, happy, healthy year of success!

FOS takes home its 5th Star Award

Our team is thrilled to announce that FOS Decor Center took home its 5th Star Award at the 18th annual Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala last week, winning for the category of Best Event Decor $80,000+.

2015 marks the 6th year in a row that we’ve been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Canadian Event Industry Star Awards, which is an annual celebration of Canada’s best events and event professionals. In addition to Best Event Decor $80,000+, FOS was also nominated this year for Best Tablescaping, and Most Outstanding Event up to $200,000.

Check out the winning event, Emily In Wonderland, here.

FOS would like to thank Emily and her family for giving us the opportunity to create such an incredible event. This was the third Mitzvah that FOS has had the pleasure of designing and producing for the family, who are always open to new, creative ideas.

We have a lot of amazing events coming up in 2015 that we expect will be nominated for next year’s Star Awards. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with all the incredible work of our award-winning team!

FOS corporate event trends: Luxury lounges

As the looming weather shift ushers in the FOS corporate event season, we looked back at some of our events over the past year and notice a trend. Corporate and social event clients bored with the rigid dining and ballroom setup of traditional formal events are increasingly interested in a lighter, playful atmosphere.

To meet this client need, FOS focuses greater attention than ever on creating lounge setups that maintain the high style of the occasion, but also encourage guests to relax and really enjoy a special night out. Here’s a look at how FOS does the luxury lounge…

Sleek and simple

Lounge setups serve one major purpose: a spot for guests to relax and converse. In most cases, simple lounges with steamlined furniture work best to create a large space for people to use. FOS’ modern furniture collection has a variety of options that can make the perfect lounge for just about any theme, such as the ‘Miami’ themed event below. For this we used low chrome coffee tables decorated with a simple floral arrangements in mirrored vases, and chose our contemporary armless Barcelona line of sofas in white to keep the space cool and airy.

Miami lounge

We created several lounge sections for the Miami event to offer guests variety. Above is a darker, more secluded lounge ideal for quiet conversation, and below is a stand-out lounge that encouraged guests to let loose and have fun. The raised platform made the guests feel elevated and boundary-breaking, while the metallic sofas and chaise lounges made for great photo opportunities.

Miami lounge

Accents

When working with a theme, the accent decor is what really creates an awesome lounge effect. For last year’s Moroccan Bat Mitzvah we tucked small lounges into the vast dining room to create oases where guests could retreat and relax. For this event we chose strong thematic accent pieces such as the colourful lanterns, Persian rug, and unique painted tables. The strongest part of this design was the use of rich fabrics – a mixture of patterned upholstery and pillows – to create an inviting space guests couldn’t resist.

Moroccan oasis

Space definition

It’s important that a lounge becomes an extension of the design, but still encourages guests to behave and feel a little differently than they would seated at a table. Utilizing strategic lighting and creating borders is one of FOS’ tricks to defining lounge spaces. Showcased below is a variety of lighting techniques that created different atmospheres in the lounge and cocktail sections situated just feet from each other. The lounge in this design was also sectioned off with a synthetic grass carpet, and framed with potted plants and thematic ottomans that were both functional and beautiful.

Funky cocktails

Wedding lounges

Lately at FOS we’ve even started using lounges in weddings to create comfortable, intimate atmospheres. Here’s a look at one of our more recent weddings, which featured lounge decor throughout the reception space. The client here opted for sofa seating and communal tables exclusively, and no dining tables were used. Without sacrificing elegance, the lounge was a romantic, comfortable utilization of the reception space that guests found both fresh and luxurious.

Wedding lounge

For one of our most recent weddings below, an outdoor lounge of crisp, white contemporary furniture offered guests a twilit retreat from the festivities of the reception tent. Like we would for a corporate event, we kept the lounge simple, utilizing modern furniture and minimalist decorations, but extended the decor of the main event into the outside space through small pastel floral arrangements and sleek glass vases with floating candles.

Lounge retreat