Sunday, March 28, 2010

*..* Ice Palace *..*

Year 1 - "A Night at the Ritz"
Year 2 - "Venetian Masquerade"
This Year - "Ice Palace"

For the past 2 years I have had a major role with an Eastern Shore College and their largest event of the year - Birthday Ball! After last year's event, I was told by the committee the job was mine from there on out. You can only imagine how happy that made me! So, needless to say, I couldn't wait to get busy planning this years!

As always, the students choose the them. This year's theme was "Ice Palace." This was a total 180 from the previous year's theme. "Venetian Masquerade" incorporated very vibrant and rich colors; orange, red, gold, etc. "Ice Palace" had a very different color palate; blue, silver, and white. I couldn't wait to design a whole different look for this years event.

Just like in previous years, we started with lighting.

Once the lighting was finished, we still had a whole lot of work ahead of us. The stage treatment had to be done. The tables needed to be place. Linens and centerpieces had to go down. The bar to be built and so much more.
For tables this year, we used square tables. It gave the event a whole different look from last year's banquet tables that were put together to make long dining style seating.

Like in previous years, we alternated centerpieces. This year, one centerpiece had a "ice cycle" theme to it and the other was candles.

In the bar area, the table dressing and centerpieces were very simple. We used oversized linens and tied them with bows for an hour glass look. Centerpieces were small vases, filled with floral gel and a snowflake.

The bar centerpiece was one of my favorite pieces! I used small and large vases. They were filled with floral gel and snowflakes. The vases were internally lit. It truly speaks for itself...

Just like in years past, there was a surprise. The chandelier over the dance floor is a must! So, that's the surprise. Every year the chandelier fits the theme and this year was no exception!

As always, I had a blast designing the look for Birthday Ball and I can't wait for next year!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!


So, welcome to 2010! Can you believe it? I know, I'm still trying to wrap my head around it!

2009 may be over, but I can't help but reminisce about how great of a year it was for me and think about all I have to look forward to in 2010!

I know a lot of people talk about how they are so ready for the year to be over so they can start fresh! But, I hope you were as lucky as me to have a great year and are looking forward to another great one!

From birthday celebrations to vacations and football games to holiday festivities, A LOT have wonderful memories have been made and A LOT more are left to be created!

So, let's not dwell on the not-so-great moments that are now behind us and get ready for what's next to come!

Hope everyone had an awesome New Years and have a great year!