Another full and fun weekend for us, and the flowershop was buzzing. At the top of the list, we were honored to have been selected to assist with a table the Redding Cancer League's annual Valentine's Ball in Redding! What a show that one is!
I had not even heard of the Cancer League's festival of centerpieces until last year when Enjoy Magazine asked us to assist them in creating something special for the event. You see, every year the Cancer League sells tables of 8 for attendance at the Ball. They pick a theme, and then every table is appointed with a beautifully designed centerpiece to follow that theme. Major sponsor tables are artistically created by the talented Ladies of the League, while others are designed by the individuals and businesses who purchase the tables. During the course of the evening, the centerpieces are auctioned and raffled as part of the fundraising activities.
Last year's theme was "Broadway," and Enjoy's table was focussed around a beautiful chandelier that was included in the auction. The table was a stunning mix of crystals, red roses, and vintage lace, with black ostrich feathers, a phantom mask and the music score from "Music of the Night." The Phantom of the Opera has to be my favorite music score, so following my heart on this one, it turned out pretty unique.
This year's theme was a little more subjective -- "Night of a Thousand Lights." I was contacted a week ago by Janet on behalf of Century One Oncology to provide assistance with their table (you might think this is short-notice, but I've planned 5-star weddings in less!). Janet had a vision of something with Moroccan styling -- lots of bold colors in orange, red and peacock blue. She already had on order a Moroccan teaset with a "Magic Genie Lamp" styling, so let's see ... what can I do with that?Wow! The wheels kicked into fifth-gear in an instant!
Luckily, I have a lot of time to think on my two-hour commute each day, and once I had identified a few of the major elements, I had no problem finding the props. Exquisiter beaded jewelry, chocolates and flowers right here in the store; beaded candleholders and Moroccan-style lanterns from Ross; exotic crushed bichon linens and amber glass chargers from Party Dogs; beaded skirting and an awesome vase from Salvagno's Event Designers. Just about everything within a 20-mile radius but, hmmmmm ... it needed something to give it that one-of-a-kind "push!" A little time on a sketch pad, and the Party Dogs "Rental Wizard" to the rescue, and by 11 pm on Friday night, we were ready to load.
(They don't call him the Rental Wizard for nuthin' - I must say Clint jumped right in there and worked his magic on this one! ... He will be impossible to live with after this!)
Anyway, with a few hours of engineering, welding and finish-work, a little sewing of custom chair pads and embelishments on the napkins, and a last-minute touch of chocolates from our candy counter for the table guests, the piece was complete.
I know my opinion is biased, so take a look and see what you think.