Last week we had the opportunity to transform the Oakland County Boat Club from its dated clubhouse look to a club like atmosphere. The boat club located on Sylvan Lake has history dating back to 1917. With great views of the lake, it is hard not to love. The only downside is the age of the building.
We were tasked with turning this lump of coal into a diamond. When meeting with the owner of the salon, i expressed my concerns with the room. My final thought was, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig”. Apparently I spoke my thoughts and in turn was assured if anyone could do it, I could.
Working with a limited budget, I went to work transforming the room. I knew that the club was a great place to hang out and had amazing drink prices. But I also knew the cons associated with a building that is almost 100 years old. I also knew that the salon owner who was also a member, wanted to bring the business to the club.
The day of the party came and my staff arrived to make the transformation. We started out by wrapping the entire room with black drape floor to ceiling. We also wrapped the columns in the center of the room. Once we completed that, we brought in a bunch of cocktail tables low and high. We covered all the tables with black matte satin tables linens. The chairs were covered in black spandex. You may be wondering why everything is black, we wanted to change it up completely. We then brought in a couple dozen LED uplights to illuminate the room. Last, we topped off all the tables with candles. Once we finished the room, we stepped back and looked at the transformation. It was amazing to say the least. The club manager as well as several board members came up and could not believe that this was the same room.
Once the party started, I stepped back and watched the guests as they trickled in. Many had never been to the club, so they did not know what we started with. Others who were familiar with the club were amazed. The best part of the night was seeing the smile on the client’s face. I was so happy to be part of this event. We hope we have a chance to do more events at the boat club in the future.