Utterly Engaged hosts an annual party where they have a tablescape competition- pretty cool stuff. This year, the theme was to chose two countries that Shelter Box donates to. UE supports this charity, which is pretty awesome, a total win-win. If you haven't heard of Shelter Box, be sure to take a look! I originally met the gals of Gather Events through 100 Layer Cake, so when they contacted me to do the florals for their table, I immediately said YES! Their inspiration board was so pretty. Literally when I opened the PDF, I said aloud to no one in particular, Wow, this is so beautiful. They chose Turkey and Australia with a palette of oranges and blues with lots of texture. Turalia had espresso beans in votives, tassels attached to menus, cork charges, Turkish towels - I mean, the whole shabang. Sweet and Saucy created awesome mini cakes that represented the Turkish cityscape. I loved the whole idea, incorporating cake and flowers on a candelabra centerpiece- hello sensory overload.
They asked that the candelabra centerpiece represent the Australian desert, with a lot of oranges, using protea and air plants. It was SUCH a fun challenge. So... how did we do it?
Kristine and I used protea, air plants, orange ranunculus, sunset safari (K kept calling it sunrise, ha!), balsa wood flowers, and blue thistle to tie in the blue and desert feel. When I saw the orange reindeer moss, I just knew that this was going to come together exactly as we envisioned. Now, that doesn't happen exactly like that all the time, and we created this entire piece relatively fast.
The girls of Gather really put the word design into event design. They came up with SO many details it's unbelievable. They found three separate candle holders and had them welded together and then attached tiles, both white and patterned. Very creative! First, we attached small patches of floral foam. Then, we placed the moss all over to create a base using very thin gold thread wire.
We placed the flowers into the foam, and then created small bunches and wired them on to the places that had blanks in them. I put some water tubes on the delicate ranunculus and then concealed it with more moss.
Here's Robin and Sarah securing the candelabra at the venue.
A nice close-up Instagram photo. Lots of details! We put some small flowers in the candle holders.
Voila! Our beautiful "Turalia" tablescape. So how did we place? We didn't! At. All.
Yes, you read correct. The other booths were adorned with crystals and feathers, and all of that stuff that isn't really me per se. I felt like Simon Cowell or Tom Coliccio secretly screaming, Don't do it! Don't add one more vase, one more bunch, one more whatever it is to your table. You are going to ruin it! Okay, I'm being a bit harsh, there were some tables that were really cool and creative. My favorites included a butterfly backdrop (didn't place), a beach type theme (didn't place), and some creative bouquets, including one inspired by a ski cap.
Of course Kristine and I were bitter. Wait, what?! I felt like a mom on Toddlers and Tiaras freaking out that my little darling didn't win. The Gather girls were like, ah well, lets go dance. Much classier. Then again, when I used to nanny I'd make the kids play Connect Four until I won (they would laugh, but oh yes, I was dead serious). I'm just slightly competitive.
A week goes by and then I get a text from Robin, with really good, no GREAT news! And it was an analogy for life, or something like that - just when you think something's over, it turns into something even better.
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