Steal This Over-the-Top Idea for Gift Bags

By Jenny Berg August 13, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

Photo: Geoff Chesman/Imagelink Photography

At the recent National Association for Catering and Events conference in Chicago, Danielle Couick of Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events took home the award for “Best Event Production of the Year: Budget Between $25,000 and $75,000” for an event she produced in November 2012. At the Mosaic Tile Company's Chantilly Design Center Grand Opening Gala and 40th Anniversary Celebration in Chantilly, Virginia, gift bags were strung from the ceiling on ribbons. A stilt walker handed guests the bags as they exited the venue.

“The entrance to the space has this wonderful metal trellis over the door, which seemed like a perfect opportunity to hang something,” Couick said. “We knew we were bringing in a stilt walker for a 'wow' factor to greet guests and needed to change his role to wow them on the way out as well.” Hanging the bags also freed up floor space inside the function.

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