November 2014


Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

Evntiv worked with our neighbors across the street at the Central Library to produce “A Novel Affair” for the St. Louis Public Library Foundation. It was the first dinner to be hosted in the famous Great Hall since 1993. Lighting was the key to bring this Renaissance-style soirée to life. We used over 100 candelabras and over 500 LED candles to make this grand effect!


Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

Stay up late? Eat dessert first? No boring speeches? Sounds like a Play Date!

We proved what would happen if adults could act like kids for one night. This unique fundraising event for Children’s Hospital Foundation in St. Louis was the brainchild of Evntiv’s Sam Foxman and Retta Leritz. Needless to say, “Play Date” wasn’t your grandpa’s gala! Guests slid into the party on an inflatable slide, played giant jenga, drank cartoon inspired cocktails, played vintage arcade games and decorated custom cupcakes- and that was just the cocktail hour!

The dinner began with dessert first and featured tables that guests could draw on or customize. Large glass bowls contained blocks, legos, toys and other fun things for guests to play with during dinner.

In between food courses, doctors and donors would race each other on a giant tricycles around a track built to span the circumference of the dining room. Winners were given plastic medals which theyt wore proudly for the rest of the evening!

After dinner, the back wall of the dining area fell away to reveal a roller skating after party. Every gala should be this fun!


Posted on: November 16th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

Trina Merry’s Bodypaint is a dynamic, uniquely human experience, highlighting the special connection to people where other visual art forms fail, challenging the perception of art beyond the frame.

Living, breathing human beings become a relevant and immediate medium that can transform into a multitude of applications. Merry works with human canvases on poses, creating new opportunities for line and form. Each brushstroke uniquely evokes emotion or a landscape, revolutionizing living art into a stage performance, product launch, ad/branding campaigns, logos, themed installations, floor models, a tradeshow display, or for dinners, galas and meetings.

Having apprenticed under world-renowned body-painter Craig Tracy, in addition to her multidimensional background in film, art and on major Hollywood films and TV shows, Merry draws on a breadth of knowledge and professionalism that is key for corporate/private events, marketing campaigns and commissioned works alike.

Contact us for more information at info@evntiv.net.


Posted on: November 16th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

A big trend this year is the non-floral centerpiece. In this very blog, we have discussed several ideas event planners can use to dress up a table without spending money on floral design (See “Non-Floral Centerpieces” blog post). One great way to achieve a whimsical, fun look is to use paper flowers. These flowers come in all different shapes and sizes and can be constructed from different kinds of paper.

Some tissue paper variety can be fashioned into geometric shapes. Other finely cut paper flowers can create a wonderful architecture when assembling a centerpiece. The best part… totally green! That’s right, when finished you can recycle the arrangement (if your guests don’t steal them first).

Contact us for info on where to get paper flower arrangements at info@evntiv.net.


Posted on: November 16th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

Evntiv is excited to announce our newest team member Rachel Weis. Rachel joins Evntiv as a Project Manager working on many of our key events and creative campaigns.  Rachel brings strong attention to detail, creativity and passion to her role at Evntiv. She believes great work starts with great relationships, and carries that client-first mentality through from pre-production and coordination all the way to on-site execution. Prior to joining Evntiv, Rachel spent several years as an Account Manager in Paradowski Creative, supporting the marketing efforts of various local and national brands.


Posted on: November 16th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

As technology gets increasingly better, smaller and faster… it will permeate even further into our everyday lives. Even our wardrobes! Loopd is a system that uses Bluetooth beacons to provide a variety of location-tracking tools for event planners and attendees. Beacons placed around the event communicate with chips the attendees wear on a lanyard. As guests visit exhibitor booths, attend education sessions, and meet other attendees, the system tracks those movements and saves the information.

At any time, guests can log into the Loopd app to see a history of those interactions, as well as receive marketing materials from exhibitors they visited. Booth staff also receive traffic information and can follow up with attendees. For networking, users can tap their badges together to share their contact information; otherwise the system will automatically collect data when two people are standing near each other for a predetermined amount of time. Planners receive real-time information about traffic flow and also data regarding retention, engagement, dwell time, and amount of connections made for attendees and exhibitors.




Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

Paraquad, the St. Louis region’s leading provider of resources and support for people with disabilities, presented the 2014 Shine the Light Awards on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at The Chase Park Plaza. We are thankful for Paraquad and the important work they do for people living with disabilities in STL.

For the second year in a row. the Evntiv Team produced Paraquad’s Shine The Light Awards show at the Chase Park Plaza. Bravo!


Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

For the second year in a row, the Evntiv Team worked with our pals at Creative Producers Group to produce an “inferno” themed after party for the Executive Leadership Council in Washington DC. The Executive Leadership Council is the preeminent member organization for the development of global black leaders.

The ELC helps black business leaders develop leadership skills and philanthropic endeavors to strengthening their companies, organizations, and communities. Celebs spotted at this year’s event included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kevin Frazier, Brandy, Doug E. Fresh, Spinderella from Salt-n-Pepa and others.


Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

For this corporate event, we took a modern pop-art approach to a 1904 World’s Fair theme. Bold, vibrant colors mixed with vintage fair images. The rotating carousel food station was a huge hit!

When designing for a convention space, the understanding of scale is critical. For this design, we used large colorful objects with bold color. In many cases, we elevated the objects or used lighting to enhance the size and dimension of the prop.


Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Sam Foxman

St. Louis stylemakers came together at Union Station for the inaugural Saint Louis Fashion Fund Gala. Fashion editor Derek Blasberg and supermodel Karlie Kloss were honored for their contributions. Evntiv’s own Sam Foxman and Retta Leritz orchestrated the sold-out event.

Proceeds from the event supported the fashion fund’s goal of creating a fashion incubator in downtown St. Louis. Congratulations to The Saint Louis Fashion Fund on a fabulous inaugural gala! Thank you for allowing Evntiv to play a role in creating this magical evening!

Derek Blasberg, Susan Sherman, Fern Mallis, Sam Foxman