MN Opera's Opening Night Dinner for Thaïs 

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Reimagining Minnesota Opera’s opening night dinner for Thaïs was truly a wonderful and sensory driven experience. The minute we sourced Monique Lhuillier's Couturier Waterford Collection, the rest came together very organically.  

The dinner was designed to compliment the Egyptian elements of the opera, while invoking the powerful spiritual influence portrayed in the production. This production was very grand and unique to Minnesota Opera in that it was categorized as a French Grand Opera for its opulent costumes and scenery, complex lighting, and incorporation of a full chorus and ballet.

The notable trends for this design were color blocking with the high contrast jet black and sand colors. Texture played a major role in this design with heavy velvet table linens, handmade paper place cards, polished metals, high contrast chairs, pottery, and marble table numbers and candle holders to compliment the elements of the space. Some floral elements included in this look were rye, bunny tails, olive branches, and dwarf pampass grass, which is heavily trending right now and perfect for this palette.

We added a unique touch of gold peacocks and panthers for a subtle elegance touch. We wanted something very subdued, but with a lot of character that complimented the space.

Thanks again to our amazing team for assistance in curation for this event. 


Photography: Matt Lien Photography