My outfit and accessories
A couple of pictures of mt hubby and I…
Junior league Member’s that could attend…We have 80 member’s
The center pieces for 30 Tables
The entry into the venue ….Is in the details, You should have seen the face of the venue manager as I was pouring sand! (I promise we cleaned it All up!) The glow of the lanterns walking up and the detail of sand just set the tone.
Another Junior League Gala in the Books…If you just starting reading or following me, I have been in the Junior League of Ogden for 3 years and the last 2 I have been Decorating Chair for the Gala. The Gala is our biggest fundraiser of the year needless to say it a big event! If you haven’t heard of the Junior League, in a quick response… it’s a wonderful organization across the country that helps empower woman through charitable work in your community. I love being part of such a wonderful organization that really GIVE’s back while building friendships. This year’s theme was LOBSTER UP… (there is a whole story behind it) The President each year picks a theme, which is normally something they feel strong about and sets the tone for the year! This theme set the tone HUGE for this years Gala (a Night in white at the Cape) A Fancy way to have a Nautical Themed GALA!
A big challenge in many way’s… You don’t want it to be decorated to casual (it’s a Gala) The budget is close to 0 and it’s a party for 300. Beach party wasn’t the goal it’s not a Luau or birthday party. So my goal was to feel like a dinner party at a house on the cape, on a summer night. Knowing we asked guest to wear white ( we knew we would get casual white to fancy white attire) I didn’t want it to feel like a casual Beach party. SO sticking with white linens Layered with Natural colored Burlap and fish net. Then accents of gold, natural’s and blue & green sea glass. Helped give it the feel of the Sea without the Bright primary’s of Beach balls. Another challenge was we don’t live near the beach so finding objects to barrow was basically another 0… SO I did a lot of DIY projects! The center pieces were bottles & jars I have been collected for years (knowing I would need one day!) 93 bottles total, 30 of which were wine bottles a fellow member had saved. I will share my DIY project with you at another time… I think they turned out Darling for 30 centerpieces on a major budget!
I have told you guy’s I love to collect item’s ( I am not a hoarder..HAHA) I love to entertain so I have a pretty big collection of items for party’s…. I really didn’t own much for this type of party…But I did have Longaberger Basket’s, Vintage Ice chest, Vintage Ironing board, Adirondack chair’s , Vintage coke crate and bottle’s, succulents, white flower pots, A big Boat book shelf and some outdoor lanterns, fire pit, 2 wooden pallets, Burlap and Burlap table clothes. 30 table frames (TIP: look to see what you could use to help with the theme even if it doesn’t scream the theme!) This really helped fill in a lot of area’s at the venue. Then I only had to purchase some key Item’s to really help tie it ALL together. SEE it does help to collect!
Items I did purchase: At Homegood, TjMax, Michael’s, Amazon, Lowe’s….
Fishnet, shells, sea glass, pebbles, white flowers, anchor, nautical flags, nautical flag banners (4), rope… lots of rope, 2 posters & frames, rope knots, fishing bobs, Lobster pillow and beach towel, 30 big battery Candles and 50 votive candles, Ribbon, Strands of lights, Taffy for Party favors!
Donated or loaned: White linens from Model linens & Large tropical plants J&J nursery …..
Above I showed groupings that I placed through out the Venue to have a pop of THE CAPE everywhere you looked. Have any questions or need tips on planning a party with what you have on hand? Leave a comment I will be happy to help
My love of entertaining and decorating is how I can give my time and give back. This is how I use my talents to help others. Being able to Do something I love helps this charity raise money to give back to the community. We ALL have a talent or a gift that we can use to GIVE BACK…I Hope I inspired you to use your talent’s & time in a way that can help others. OX, D’Arcy