Pioneer Natural Resources, a leading natural gas company, engaged our team to design and produce an employee appreciation event with a unique theme: Tuscan Hill Country Sunshine and Springtime.

The aim was to create a vibrant, relaxing, and memorable atmosphere to celebrate the company’s 650+ employees for their hard work and dedication. The event was held in the outdoor event lawn of Pioneer’s Irving Headquarters where we erected a 9000+ sq ft frame tent. The event featured a range of interactive and engaging activities, delightful Italian food and drink options, picturesque decor and a plethora of spring florals inspired by the Tuscan countryside.

To evoke the feeling of the Italian countryside, our team utilized decor elements, such as rustic farmhouse tables, wooden cross back chairs, curated vintage furnishings, terra cotta pots filled with florals, olive branches and Italian Ruscus sprays, white lattice bars with floral intertwined into the lattice, and the most gorgeous, hand-selected table linens. Lemons were incorporated into the florals, placed in baskets on the food displays and adorned a vintage leather man bike at the entrance of the event.

What’s a Tuscan themed event without the taste and smells of some authentic Italian cuisine. From an Italian deli sandwich bar, colossal antipasto displays, and small Italian appetizer displays featuring  crab arancini balls with saffron, shrimp ceviche and gazpacho, to a 16’ mobile clay woodfired pizza oven serving up smells and flatbread pizzas.

Tuscan inspired event activations included but not limited to:

Tuscan-Inspired Café: A custom-built café resembling a traditional Italian coffee shop served as one of the centerpieces of the event. Guests enjoyed a variety of craft coffees, homemade gelato, and sorbet all served by our professional baristas and café shop employees all adorned in matching aprons and bowties. Hot coffee beverages were served in custom coffee cups and topped with latte art of one of the logos our team created for the event.

Mobile Italian Cocktail Bar (aka “Aperitivo On Wheels”): A 1975 Volkswagen van was transformed into a Tuscan-inspired mobile cocktail bar. The bar served an assortment of Italian cocktails, including Aperol Spritz, Limoncello Spritz, the Pioneer Bellini and more. The vintage look of the van added a touch of nostalgia and charm, and the bartenders wore classic Italian aprons and bowties to complete the look.

Mobile Flower Bar: A unique and interactive addition, the mobile flower bar allowed guests to design their own floral bouquets. Guest could choose from a variety of yellow and white flowers, greenery and filler flowers to be wrapped in a custom paper flower cone. Attendees could take their bouquets home as a beautiful reminder of the event.

European Lawn Games: The event featured a range of traditional European lawn games, including bocce ball and croquet. These games encouraged friendly competition and provided a relaxed way for employees to socialize and have fun.

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