Encore creates ‘Enchanted Garden’ for National Dental Care’s annual gala dinner

Guests were transported to a whimsical fantasy land at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort for this year’s National Dental Care gala dinner.

Every corner of the MacArthur’s Ballroom was transformed into an ‘Enchanted Garden’, enhanced by interactive elements creating a truly immersive experience.

The creative challenge for Encore was to deliver something extra special that stood apart from the previous six events and made guests feel part of an exciting story from the moment they arrived.

Guests arrived at what was the Fountain Terrace, but it had been transformed into a magical garden with scattered fairy lights decorating trees, giant orbs floating on cascading fountains, foliage-printed balloons with vine strings floating around the space, all hinting to the evening that lay ahead.

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Stilt-walkers dressed as woodland creatures greeted guests and led them down a winding path to the ballroom entrance, with twisted willow trees elegantly lining the staircase, cascading foliage and florals draping down the balustrades.

The hero design feature was the 4.5-metre tall artificial tree placed in the centre of the ballroom with branches covered in soft green leaves reaching over the tables, with special gobo lights casting tree-like shadows around the room.

The teal hue lighting continued the enchanted garden atmosphere and was also a nod to National Dental Care’s brand colour.

The event entertainment included fairies pouring champagne to woodland creatures roaming the room, and a fortune teller whispering good fortune amongst the three-metre tall trees in a special feature area of the room.

Lush green AstroTurf covered the floor, creating a designated game space with giant Jenga, chess pieces and mini golf. A giant floral wall sat on one side of the room, providing the perfect backdrop for guests to take pictures.

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Katie Jackson, head of marketing at National Dental Care, said the organisation really wanted to transport the guests to another world, and Encore delivered.

“It was an incredible event. Our attendees were blown away,” she said.

“The event certainly transported our guests to an enchanted kingdom, and everywhere you looked, there was a new wonder to be seen.”

Encore managing director Tony Chamberlain said: “This event hit the nail on the head with not only the physical appearance of the event, but the atmosphere that was created with the high level of attention to detail.

“We were asked to deliver an immersive party atmosphere and the team certainly delivered on that.”