Monday, October 8, 2012
I was especially excited about this event because it was a first-time gala hosted by the nonprofit's Young Professionals Society. I've been in my job for two decades, so I've seen several waves of young people come up through the ranks to become community leaders. I was interested to check out the new crop of those in their 20s and 30s who want to network and have fun while giving back to a good cause. Featured in the photo above are Brandon Viebrock a philanthropist who owns several businesses including Revolution clothing store, and Emily Hudgens, director of Speedway Children's Charities.
I thought I would walk you through some of the party's highlights in case they give you ideas for your next soiree.
Entrance: Young people especially love to feel they're celebrities on the red carpet, so the organizers gave them that experience. A red carpet outside the museum lead to a backdrop with sponsor logos similar to what you see in US magazine where guests could have their picture taken before they walked in. Some of them jokingly called it their prom photo pose, but they loved it.
Serving pieces: The servers walked around with the food presented on the glass of a picture frame. Inside the frame was a copy of the gala invitation. Armin told me later that he buys the picture frames whenever he finds a good deal. He switches out what's in the glass based on the event. For example, when he catered a party at the Wadsworth Estate during the DNC for delegates from New Jersey and Maryland, he used maps of those states in the frames.
Floral decorations: I was impressed with the budget conscious but beautiful way the museum was decorated. Tall, tubular clear glass vases were filled with a few artfully placed small branches. Then a handful of inexpensive red crystals wrapped in gold jewelry wire for extra dimension were placed inside and the vase was filled two-thirds full of water for a romantic glow. On the tables, three votive candles surrounded three clear glass vases topped with Styrofoam balls packed with red carnations for a luxe look for less.
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