Life is about milestones and celebrations along the journey, and last year, Turbana had a lot to celebrate. Forty years in business, forty years of growth, forty years of accomplishments and sustainability and looking ahead to the next forty years of even more success! It was Turbana’s birthday – and we went bananas!!!!
Number of Guests: 120
Down the walkway to the Castle Ballroom, banana crates were stacked and branded with the Turbana logo and lit in bright vibrant colors of blue, purple, red, pink and green. Birds of Paradise Palms were up lit and helped to create the sultry ambiance we were looking for. Guests only needed to follow the path of six big milestone stars underfoot to know they were headed in the right direction. At the end of the walkway, there was a quick stop at a branded step and repeated for a quick photo with costumed girls in lime green and banana yellow satin and then it was full speed ahead to the party. There was a sizzle in the air and we got that party started!
Further into the ballroom, waiters in custom Turbana shirts and bistro aprons welcomed guests to the birthday celebration with a cold Turbana Bananatini and a warm greeting. Tropical flavored rhythms created a hot and sultry feel to the evening. It was festive and exciting. For the first forty five minutes, sumptuous tray passed hors d’ oeuvres of coconut shrimp, chicken salsa in plaintain cups and crab cakes were offered by wait staff.
As with any festive event, people wanted plenty of icy cold libations and we had them all. As a fun enhancement, specialty drinks were served from a custom ice bar with an etched Turbana logo. Turbana Pineappletini anyone?
The room was awash in vivid tropical inspired colors. Glass cut gobos splashed Turbana onto the walls intercut with break up patterns of banana leaves on the ceiling. Existing chandeliers were enhanced with banana leaves. There was no mistaking the evening was hot, sultry and tropical!
Around the ballroom, high top and cocktail tables were set and surrounded by modern bar stools so that guests could find a spot and enjoy their food. The tables were lit in bright-hot tropical green. In addition to the variety of table seating, sleek lounge groupings of white leather furniture created spaces for people to sit, chat and enjoy a drink. Lit, cubed plexi pillars in varying heights, and similarly styled coffee table height cubes in matching tropical colors completed the style of the look and created areas for places to sit food and drink.
Buffets were dressed in bright red linens and buffet floral were created from a variety of tropical fruits (mostly bananas) and banana hands to honor the “top banana” of the evening as well as provide a unique look. Serving vessels were authentic bamboo and banana leaf finishing off the tropical look of the buffet! The menu was Caribbean in flavor with sumptuous edibles like Stuffed Artichokes, Crispy Fresh Salads, Grouper, Jerk Chicken, and Beef Tips with Plaintains. Every bite was delicious. To complete dinner, later in the evening, there was a decadent Banana’s Foster Station for those that may not have wanted some of the delicious birthday cake (It was a surprise!).
After dinner, the lights were dimmed and Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha began to play and two dancers rolled the cake out to the stage and everybody joined in to sing happy birthday. The cake itself was a fun sight to behold with three layers of gloriously delicious cupcakes arranged to resemble a three tiered cake. On the top, a fruit arrangement created from different varieties of bananas and finished off with a 40’s candle and sparklers. We did say it was a celebration, right?
The DJ immediately lit up his turntables with some funky fun music to get guests out on the floor to celebrate and dance the night away. It was non-stop until the event ended.
Leaving the party, each guest was handed a small custom logo gift bag stuffed with lime green and yellow tissue containing a small memento to remember the birthday party where everyone went bananas celebrating Turbana! Here’s to the next forty!
At the VIBE Agency, we get it. It’s about your event, your brand and our best efforts to assist you in creating an experience that speaks exactly to your event’s purpose.
This event was a celebration, a rebranding and a kick off to the future success of the company. We delivered on every objective the client asked for and exceeded there expections.
Here’s what our clients had to say….” Valerie, thank you for organizing such a great event for Turbana’s 40 year anniversary celebration. All the attendees had a great time and it was a refreshing change from the typical events usually organized in the produce industry. You did a fantastic job!” M.T
“I want to thank you for the great job at our party. Everything was perfect and very well organized !!!. All customers and employees were really impressed. We also had a lot of fun. Thanks for a great job !!!” J.A
Contact Valerie@thevibeagency.com to find out how we can help YOU create just the right VIBE for your event!!!