From housewife-inspired drag queens to a choir of demonic nuns to a 20,000-pound throne, recent film and TV events have offered a wealth of out-of-the-box design and activity inspiration. Read on for steal-worthy ideas from events surrounding
Big Little Lies, Good Omens, Game of Thrones, UglyDolls, Veep, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, and more.
HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’
In keeping with the theme, a ball pit took the form of a princess castle. Other highlights included D.I.Y. cotton candy, a princess-theme cake, bites topped with Pride flags, and a DJ set by Este Haim.
Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for HBO ‘Big Little Lies’ Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Good Omens’
To promote Amazon’s Good Omens—starring Michael Sheen, David Tennant, and Jon Hamm—the company worked with creative production agency Tool on an attention-grabbing stunt through the streets of Los Angeles in April. The Chattering Order of St. Beryl, a group of Satan-loving nuns featured in Neil Gaiman’s original Good Omens novel, sang a cappella covers at LACMA, the Grove, and other tourist attractions.
Photo: Hal Kirkland HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’
The event also offered beer pong, Jell-O shots, and an on-theme step-and-repeat made from red Solo cups. Catering came from chef Draden Medina.
Photo: Troy Harvey/Freeform HBO’s ‘What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali’
National Geographic’s ‘Life Below Zero’
The world premiere of UglyDolls took place on April 27 at the Regal L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The event, produced by 15/40 Productions, recreated the animated film’s “Institute of Perfection” with colorful slides and family-friendly games and crafts.
Photo: Eric Charbonneau
Characters from the kids’ movie walked the bright orange carpet, posing with cast members Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, and more.
Photo: Eric Charbonneau Freeform’s ‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’
The screening itself was surrounded by greenery, evoking the show’s tree-lined campus.
Photo: Freeform/Image Group LA Starz’s ‘Vida’
The season two premiere of the Starz series Vida took place on May 20 at Regal L.A. Live. Event decor included giant Lotería cards—a traditional Mexican card game similar to bingo—that had illustrations of the show’s characters. Other design elements were inspired by the show’s Mexican-American themes and Eastside Los Angeles setting. The event was produced by Starz’s event team in partnership with the Cashmere Agency.
Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Starz Entertainment, LLC
Artist Levi Ponce painted a portrait of one of the show’s main characters throughout the event.
Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Starz Entertainment, LLC Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Guava Island’
Amazon Prime Video hosted the premiere of its film Guava Island on April 11—the night before Coachella kicked off—on the festival’s grounds in Indio, California. Drawing cast and crew members including Donald Glover and director Hiro Murai, the event used costumed performers, colorful details, and plenty of greenery to transport guests to the movie’s tropical world.
Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video HBO’s ‘Native Son’
A curving wall defining the event space included quotes from Wright. DJ D-Nice performed during the party.
Photo: Dorothy Hong Photography Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Chasing Happiness’
HBO’s ‘Deadwood: The Movie’
To celebrate Deadwood: The Movie, HBO’s Lauren McMahon worked with longtime collaborator Billy Butchkavitz on an after-party with an immersive Western theme. Held on May 14 at the Sunset Room in Hollywood, the event had an 18-foot tree and a mausoleum wall from Agile Eye Solutions.
Photo: Gabor Ekecs TBS’s ‘The Last O.G.’
Inspired by the newest season of Tracy Morgan’s The Last O.G., the actor and TBS teamed up with environmental nonprofit GrowNYC to renovate a community garden in Brooklyn, New York. An unveiling event on March 28 featured catering from a food truck company that employs formerly incarcerated people—tying into the themes of the Jordan Peele-produced show, which follows an ex-con. Chef Joseph Johnson led a healthy cooking demonstration, and visitors packed bags of produce to distribute to local soup kitchens.
Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for TBS MGM’s ‘The Hustle’
MGM’s The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, premiered at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles on May 9. Instead of a red carpet, a gold, sparkling floor evoked the movie’s high-class settings. The event was produced by Damminger Productions and Joe Lewis Company.
Photo: Eric Charbonneau HBO’s ‘Veep’