A Holiday Party for Milbank
Last December, I was fortunate to have been asked by Milbank, the leading international law firm in the country, to create their annual end-of-the-year Holiday party for its top clients. Of course, I was more than honored to do this for such a big and reputable company.
Since my background (ie. my first corporate job straight out of college) is in Events Marketing and I’ve done several events for lifestyle brands as seen through The Spoiled Mummy TSM events, I figured that this event would be a great opportunity for me to showcase a different style of events management to the corporate world.
We started off with choosing the right venue for their event. Milbank chose 71 Gramercy as the venue for their party because of its central location and amazing view of the city. 71 Gramercy (for those who are unfamiliar) has a restaurant and club in one venue, located on the 71st floor of the country’s tallest building, Gramercy Residences. It is considered as one of Manila’s hottest nightspots with fabulous big parties, international DJs and other top celebrities using it as their top venue of choice.
I styled the event by playing around with the modern, stark interiors of 71 Gramercy. There were nice leather couches around the venue and so I added black lamps and red roses all over to give the whole place that masculine, strong and powerful vibe to the party that is perfect for this top law firm, Milbank.
There were also fresh red roses floating inside glass cylinders that I strategically placed right by the entrance of the venue to create that nice, elegant welcome to the party.
A short video loop for Milbank was continuously played throughout the event and seen on all the wall-mounted TV screens around the venue. This gave an amazing effect and added to the fun vibe of the party!
I coordinated closely with 71 Gramercy’s restaurant (under Chef Carlo Miguel) to provide the menu for that evening. Dinner included some of the chef’s most popular dishes : Truffle Mushroom Soup, Pappardelle with Beef Ragu, Baked Seafood Thermidore, Braised Lamb Shoulder Provencal, among many others.
But what’s a Filipino holiday party without the lechon? So upon the request of Milbank’s head, I also added the famous Truffle Lechon to their buffet table! 🙂
Jim Grandolfo, Senior Partner and Head of Milbank Hong Kong and the Philippines, welcomed their top clients and VIP guests to the party. They had a total of about 200 guests that evening, including 10 senior partners who flew in from different cities to attend their annual holiday party!
It was the season of holiday parties and numerous get-togethers (not to mention the traffic jams all over the city) and yet, I have been told that this was one of the most enjoyable corporate holiday parties seen last December!
I say good food, overflowing drinks and a great venue were the ingredients for this party’s success!
After dinner was served in the main dining room, the second half of the party continued on to the other side of the venue — this time at the outdoor deck.
We had 3rd Avenue, a multi-awarded group composed of some of the country’s talented musicians, provide our live music outdoors.
What a fantastic view we had that evening. Everyone couldn’t help but be mesmerized by 71 Gramercy’s unparalleled and unobstructed view of the Manila skyline!
Clear blue skies, beautiful night lights, plus the cool, crisp December air — on the 71st floor of the country’s tallest building — gave everyone a high that made Milbank’s end-of-the-year holiday party, a truly memorable one.
It was one party befitting the country’s leading international law firm and their most important clients.
And it was surely one big party to end their one big year!
*This event was made possible by TSM Luxe Events.
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