The event and catering industries accepted the challenge to create vignettes inspired by well-known fashion designers for the 14th annual International Live Events Association (ILEA) Denver Designer Showcase. This was the first year that ILEA partnered with the Denver Chapter of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), knowing it would bring a whole new level of opportunity to the table.

“Think of it as a pocket-size table arrangement that tells a story,” says Donnah Phipps, owner of Poised Events and immediate past president of ILEA Denver as she explains the concept of a vignette. Phipps and her team developed a vignette that resembled a birthday party inspired by Christian Louboutin. “We wanted someone notable and knew that no one would have chosen a shoe designer [as their inspiration],” says Phipps.

The designer’s trademark red-bottomed shoes set the creative process in motion and gave way to the red look and feel of the Louboutin-themed tablescape. Guests were greeted by draped, sheer red fabric and metal mannequin forms toting black shopping bags and wearing strands of pearls. The tablecloth, a white sequined fabric, was set with black-mirrored charger plates, black satin napkins and a runner of red roses that cascaded to the ground with pillar candles in between. More red roses and high-heeled shoes were placed strategically throughout, making the whole scene look like a shoe lover’s dream.

A black-studded backdrop and a catwalk for attendees to show off their footwear was accompanied by shoe-shaped cookies and framed Louboutin illustrations that hung from the walls in white frames. Clear crystal chandeliers helped brighten the space and accentuated the iridescence of the glassware, translucent chairs and sequins.

The showstopping cake, designed to look like a Christian Louboutin shoebox, was both stunning and delicious. Phipps says, “It’s always fun trying to theme food to an event; the designer from Greens Point Catering took some descriptive words and came up with her interpretation.” Squid ink risotto with smoked tomato jam skewers, crispy roasted cauliflower with romesco sauce, and cherry hopped soda were just a few of the tantalizing eats and treats available.

Get ready for next years’ Designer Showcase on Feb. 11, 2020!

Vendor Partners

Allwell Rents

Chair Covers & Linens

Colorado Party Rentals

DIY Design Inspired by You

Greens Point Catering

Lighting and Design by Scott

Platypus Papers

Poised Events

Royalty Sweets & Treats

Yours Truly Cupcake


The International Live Events Association Denver Chapter embarked on a series that had members exploring the five senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound, along with the sense of style (ILEA’s Designer Showcase) and a “sixth sense” Halloween gathering, from July 2018 to June 2019.


Members of the National Association of Catering & Events Greater Denver Chapter pulled out the gym gear and dusted off their Nikes to take the field. The Denver Broncos’ UCHealth Training Center, a professional-grade facility, served as the backdrop for all sorts of fun and games.


This Kate Spade-inspired vignette makes a colorful splash at ILEA and NACE Designer Showcase.