Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Blog you next year!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
UPDATE: I found out the fabulous McRae Smith from Blackbaud planned the party and conceptualized the ornamental pieces, bravo!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
My fabulous lady-friends Maggie and Pam
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Our guests entered to the Kevin Hackler trio playing light jazz music and nibbled on scrumptious passed hors d'oeuvres of beef tenderloin carpaccio, bacon wrapped sea scallops and tomato mozzarella crostini. They viewed the auction items in the foyer and sipped on drinks for the cocktail hour.
After that, we opened the ballroom doors as we asked guests to "board the plane". Tables were draped in luxurious pin tuck linen from BB&J, and hydrangea centerpieces evoking fluffy clouds from Tiger Lily were beautiful in the various sized milky white vases. At each table setting was a gift from Chocolate Perfection with an edible copy of our invitation cover printed on it. OtherBrother Entertainment lit the room in cool hues of blues and aquas to complement the color scheme and provided an inviting all white dance floor. Stephen Duvall Decor created seating areas on each side of the dance floor.
Our emcee/flight attendant Trixie Layover (fabulous actress Mandy Denaux) introduced the evening's festivities with a witty monologue filled with flight attendant lingo. Vintage Velvet played as guests noshed on a four course meal of tomato bisque with lump crab and basil oil, boston bibb salad with goat cheese buttermilk dressing, thyme-roasted prime rib of beef and a duo of desserts of whiskey bread pudding and bittersweet chocolate mousse, for the men and women respectively. On the two large screens I played a looping video of clouds which transported guests through the air -- and the evening.
Thanks to all our wonderful vendors, you ROCK!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
A couple days ago I was tagged by a reader/blogger Jaime from It's A Jaime Thing...
These are the rules and I'll be a good sport: Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. I drive a pick up truck with a #41 sticker on the back window that looks like I love endorsing racecar drivers, when in fact it's a Dave Matthews Band sticker for the song #41.
2. Sometimes I go for about a 2 month stretch watching shows like The First 48, Prison Nation, and Cold Case Files late into the night, alone, scaring the be-jesus out of myself.
3. My favorite food to bring to parties or pot lucks are my home made egg rolls. Even though I am half Thai and should probably know more about cooking Asian food, egg rolls are the only Asian dish I know how to do... so that's all I ever offer.
4. I know how to tap dance.......................... Bombershay, cramproll, shim sham!
5. I am a hurricane magnet. I don't think you understand, I have been through Hurricane Andrew ('92) while living in Homestead, FL, numerous hurricanes and tropical storms living in Panama City and Orlando , FL ('93-'04, Opal, Ivan, Charley, etc.), and probably the most infamous to date, Hurricane Katrina ('95) while I lived in New Orleans. So naturally, I moved to Charleston, a beautiful east coast city that hasn't been devestated by a 'cane since Hugo in 1989, watchout!
6. I was a cigar girl for 4 years at a private club called the Montecristo Club in the TD Waterhouse Center in Orlando, FL. While there I served cigars to such interesting patrons as Dr. J (that's right, Mr. Julius Irving himself), Mike Piazza, Scott Stapp-- yes, the douche from Creed, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, *N Sync, Roy Jones, Jr. and other athletes and entertainers. Yeah, college was fun!
7. Dang, coming up with seven things is tough, I'll leave on a high note and say I will no longer be at the Gibbes Museum of Art beginning in January. I will always love the Gibbes and am grateful that I've had so many amazing opportunities presented to me while I was there. I am going full-time with SOCIAL Event Design & Planning and can't wait to see what's in store!
I have tagged: My husband and new blogger Greg Bradley of Being GB, my brother and sister-in-law and new parents to the cutest bebe evah Rich and Em, great friend and woman of style Jesse of Girlbydesign., lovely lady and dear friend Laura Kate Whitney Harlos of Sense Charleston, fabulous band mates and parents-to-be Regina and Frank of Vintage Velvet and their adoption blog Never Say Never, dad-in-law Gerry at The Potato Pastas, and one more... coming soon.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Above, Tiger Lily's arrangements were fluffy clouds of beautiful Hydrangea
Vintage Velvet was a hit as our in-flight entertainment
OtherBrother Entertainment's all-white Starlite dance floor was beautiful
Photos by Charleston Picture Company.com
Thursday, December 6, 2007
The video is.... not so interesting, but I just press play and go on about my work. Music is MY boyfriend bitches, enoy!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Along with chic and precision wrapping, we'll personally shop for those last-minute gifters (with their sweet moolah, of course), help any procrastinators plan their holiday party, and also decorate the same procrastinator's home or office for the season.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
For Allison's wedding I'm building my first large-scale lighting design, see my two concepts below. I think we're going with #2, forgive the 3rd grader's art project-gone-awry, but parasols in a beautiful Japanese pattern, above, bringing in her blues and purples will look stunning like this because you will be able to see all the architectural ribbing on the inside. So excited, thought I'd share.
above is a cluster of parasols with a bulb inside to illuminate.
I think we're going to try this, above, with 8 parasols attached in a
large circle and a bulb in the middle somewhere.
Friday, November 30, 2007
So, in the spirit of aeronautics I am focusing on making these jet-set guests feel like it's the best plane ride they've ever been on (not hard to do, if you're not really on a plane, right?). Here is a small sample of my design ideas.
Tiger Lily will create a few different versions of the arrangement above, to look like clouds
Groupings of two different shades of blue pintuck linen will add interest
got these customized wing pins made for staff to wear and guests to have fun with
There's a lot more--like flying through the clouds, the VIP Sky Lounge area, the all-white dance floor, furniture arrangements to mimic airport waiting areas, Vintage Velvet, etc. but I feel so much better now that I can see all of this together. Maybe I'll do the rest next post. What do you think?
photos: BizBash, Tiger Lily Florist, BBJ, istockphoto
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Anywho, while I was there I was able to really take a look at Amy Sedaris' book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, and now it's totally on my Christmas list. It's the perfect gift for any contemporary hostess in your life as Amy's tongue-in-cheek version of being hospitable will probably have you rolling on the floor by the front flap;
Dear Reluctant Shopper,
Welcome to my flap. If you are reading this, I can only assume that you're hesitating to buy this book. Maybe you're thinking I don't know anything about this book; I would like more information. Should I buy it based solely on the exceptionally striking cover shot? Well, that's a good enough reason for me.
I'd seen it here and there, but for some reason never picked it up, now I can't get enough. Check out fredflare.com to get a copy and some other cool shizz.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
J.Crew has an excellent selection of simply elegant party dresses, and the website even has a special section devoted to the Little Black Dress. There are also several great pieces that channel Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly in unexpected colors.
Above: The amethyst hue of this simple silhouette is rich and unexpected. Could purple be the new black? The addition of a feathery cocktail hat like this one
By Boring Sidney at etsy.com adds a bit of vintage glamour to the look. Keep it elegant with simple black pumps and a black shawl.
Add this festive headwrap, also by Boring Sidney, and you’ve got yourself a modern update on the inspiring flapper vibe. Keep the rest simple by recycling the black pumps and wrap from the purple dress!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I SO want these Illusion wine glasses. They would totally be the perfect ice breaker for a "jingle mingle" because they have an interestingly clever design... and they will most likely contain WINE!
Cast a cool shadow with the lumen candle, which projects flickering wintry wonderlands of cedar, magnolia, or pine trees on your wall. These were designed by Adam Frank, a Brooklyn based artist and inventor.
... And back to the alcohol, overindulge the ever present holiday sweet tooth by toasting to good times with chocolate shot cups. The price makes them sweeter than boring ol' shotglasses any day.
If I were ambitious enough, I would try to make this Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe, but I'm not... so I won't.
photos: Domino Magazine, Fabulousstationery.com, Uncommon Goods, Red Envelope, Urban Outfitters