Meal Functions

Saturday, July 4

Kaleidoscope of Experiences Luncheon (Cash bar)
Featuring designs by Derrick Vasquez AIFD, CFD, Janet Black AIFD, CFD, Kevin Coble AIFD, CFD, Chris Norwood AIFD, CFD, PFCIRon Mulray AIFD, CFD, and Eddie Payne AIFD, CFD
With Support From: AIFD Foundation and Sponsored by: Silver Elite Partner The Elite Flower
The AIFD Foundation invites you to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with this opportunity to experience incredible floral and event décor! This Kaleidoscope of Experiences will recognize education at its finest, awarding the 2020 AIFD Foundation Grants and Scholarships while offering attendees the chance to bid on highly coveted design experiences. Net proceeds benefit the AIFD Foundation and the student members of SAIFD.

Sunday, July 5

“La Couleur Rouge Gala” Awards & Induction Dinner and Dance (Cash bar)
Floral Décor by Jacob McCall AIFD, CFD
Sponsored by: Silver Elite Partner Rio Roses and With Support from: Emerald Partner Knud Nielsen.  Linens provided by BBJ Linen
Join AIFD® as we dine, dance, and celebrate during an illuminating reception spotlighting family, friendship, and of course, the amazing award recipients and the 2020 Class of AIFD® Inductees. Behold the historic gilded ballroom of the Hilton Chicago Hotel filled with lush flora and foliage in shades of crimson, rouge, scarlet, and deep burgundies! Immerse yourself in the grandeur and create an everlasting memory for what will be a night to remember.

Monday, July 6

SPEC-tacular Farewell to Chicago Leadership Luncheon (Cash bar)
Décor by Angelyn Tipton AIFD, CFD, Carolyn Minutillo AIFD, CFD, EMC, PFCI, and the AIFD® North Central Chapter.
As we look into the future, we celebrate the closing of 2020 “Vision” and the designs we were inspired by. Join AIFD® as we thank the Institute’s leadership, designers, key volunteers, and partners in appreciation for their hard work and dedication. For the finale, AIFD® will announce the winner of the Bobbi Cup design competition and toast to Bobbi Ecker Blatchford AIFD, CFD, AAF, PFCI, a true visionary inspired by the city of Chicago.

Hospitality Events

Thursday, July 2

PFDE & SAIFD Artistic Floristry Showcase (Open to All; Cash Bar)
Visualize over 1,000 design inspirations you could sell in your shop daily. Enjoy a casual time viewing and photographing all the creative designs offered by this year’s PFDE candidates and
SAIFD students.

  The Roaring Twenties Welcome Party (Open to All; Cash Bar)
Featuring designs of Alejandro Figueira Fernandes AIFD, CFD
Welcome to Chicago! Look back to the era of the roaring twenties as you gather with your friends to mix, mingle, and dance. Dress in your finest Gatsby style attire and rock the walls of the speakeasy.



Friday, July 3

Attendees Orientation and Behind-The-Scenes Tour
A great opportunity for you to get acquainted with new attendees and be introduced to the Institute’s mentors. We will answer your Symposium questions and take you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of all the key activities and locations. Open to anyone attending Symposium!

Vision Lounge Reveal Party (Open to All; Cash Bar)
Open your eyes to the main gathering lounge for mingling and networking throughout Symposium! The Vision Lounge will feature the program display gallery, Premier and Diamond partner displays, bookstore, SAF’s Outstanding Varieties, AIFD’s memorial garden, and a photo backdrop. Join us on the dance floor with a live DJ, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Late Night Hospitality with DJ (Open to All; Cash Bar)
Return to the Vision Lounge to mingle and dance the night away with fellow Symposium attendees.

Saturday, July 4

Young Professionals, FFA & SAIFD Chill & Chat
Are you a floral designer under the age of 40 and looking to connect with like- minded florists? Then join your fellow YPs and FFA participants as they gather in the Vision Lounge to share ideas, brainstorm, develop new concepts and discover new activities.

Sunday, July 5

Awards and Induction Cocktail Hour (cash bar)