Monday, May 17, 2010

A Lot of Color! A Lot of Spice!

Back when I was in L.A., I was the Co-Director for
the Association of Bridal Consultants-Greater Los Angeles.
In that position I had the opportunity to work with
amazing people on a daily basis. 
Each month we would host a mixer for event professionals.
The goal was networking, education and
to introduce new products and ideas.
The following photos are from one of our events
held at Veranda's in Manhattan beach, California.
For this event went went with a "hip Moroccan" theme
and used non traditional colors of fuchsia, lime, and orange. 
There were beautiful linens, chairs, and locale provided,
but working with a florist we transformed
the event using common items that had
great impact on the eyes and not on the budget.

Hollowed artichokes and orange halves held votives.
This added a bit of whimsy and also a fun way
to display common wedding decor. 
 Glass hurricanes held pillar candles, but interest
was created by placing dried fruits and nuts in the base...
bought in bulk...this was very inexpensive. 
We used the spices only on the cocktail tables,
so their aroma did not interfere with the meal.
 Spices were used freely!
Again, we bought spices in bulk
- look for whole, not ground, spices
such as coriander, anise, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, etc.
Dates, figs, and other fruits also provided a
naturally fitting accent to the cocktail table decor.
The lanterns and other containers were all from Big Lots
and purchased at various times.
Only a few here and there matched, but the overall feel
of the containers was the same, so it worked.
The fabric draping is a combination of sheets bought on clearance, yardage of inexpensive fabric, and a print to bring it all to life. Extra large pillow forms were covered in cases made of sheets and loungers made of foam were placed throughout the garden.

Simple and inexpensive details using unexpected elements
were the key to this Hip Moroccan inspired soiree. 

Happy Planning!
Holly

Credits: location, Vernada's; catering, New York Food Company; floral design, Bobbe Vagel, Linens, BBJ Linen; Designers, Patty Andersen, Mary Sushinksi, Holly Lefevre

6 comments:

Heather! said...

Ooh, I LOVE this! Great theme, and what a fantastic way to have such beautiful details for a very affordable price. Great ideas here!

The Empress said...

Hello! Just stopped over to tell you that I have an award up for you!

just another Belle said...

thanks for stopping by Holly! I actually already follow both of your blogs. love them!

RyHeAnNe said...

Followed you back. Thanks for the follow! :)

KDC Events said...

LOVE the hollowed artichokes and orange halves as votive holders!! Always nice to see great use of color =)

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Love the whole Bohemian to this one Holly.
Would be my second choice, but I think I'm stuck with Nautical.

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