Greeters can make a big first impression on guests, and they open the door (sometimes quite literally) for creative expression at events. From elephants to adorable children—and stilt walkers dressed like cherry trees—here's a look at some greeters that made for an enticing event entrance.
The first-time event at the Art Institute of Chicago May 16 raised money for local public charter school the Academy of Global Citizenship, and students from the school were on hand to greet guests, give them directions, and remind them of the evening's cause—all while (apparently) tugging on donors' heartstrings. Though the event was relatively small, guests bid high all evening, raising more than $1 million.
Photo: Galdones Photography
3M at South by Southwest
Throughout the festival in March, visitors were welcomed to the Austin Convention Center by "Jenny," an interactive digital avatar presented by 3M. The almost disturbingly lifelike avatar spoke to approaching guests and helped them locate panels and events.
Photo: Courtesy of 3M
West Park Healthcare Centre Foundation's Scarlett Ball
Greeters don't have to stand at an event's entrance. A greeter from a Toronto event in 2010 sat on a swing to playfully meet guests as they entered the dining room.
100th Annual National Cherry Blossom Festival's Opening Ceremony
Stilt walkers dressed like cherry-blossom trees greeted guests at the entrance to the event in Washington last year.
Photo: FotoBriceno LLC
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2' Premiere
At the Los Angeles premiere for the tween-beloved flick in November 2012, staffers dressed like characters from the film greeted guests.
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Museum of Science and Industry 'Arabia' Movie Premiere
At the Orlando museum bash in 2010, costumed riders on Arabian horses greeted guests at the entrance. The unusual greeters immediately set the tone for the night's Middle Eastern-inspired vibe.
Photo: Will Staples Photography
Absolut X Miami
In May, the Absolut X promotion in Miami had a masquerade theme. At the entrance to the event, futuristic models offered guests masks to help them get in the spirit.
Photo: World Red Eye
Peninsula Chicago's 10th Anniversary Party
At the Peninsula Chicago's blowout bash in 2011, stilt-walking geishas greeted guests on the red carpet.
Photo: Dan Rest
Three to Be's Stems of Hope Gala
At a futuristic benefit in Toronto in 2011, a robot greeted guests on a holographic carpet at the entrance.
Washington Ballet's Annual Gala
The 2012 gala had a playful Alice in Wonderland theme. Young members of the ballet school dressed like the card guards from the classic story and greeted guests on the red carpet.
Photo: Jeremy Norwood
By Jenny Berg