Monday, February 14, 2011

A Bluegrass Valentine's Fling

First and foremost, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Or to those of you that don't care for Valentine's Day, HAPPY STUPID VALENTINE'S Day! Either way, it's an excuse to eat chocolate and drink champagne, so I think you can find a way to be a little bit happy about it! 

To make your day even sweeter, I am going to share photos from my large event this past weekend. I apologize for the non-professional photos, but hopefully I can get a hold of the professional photos in the near future. Just consider this a little preview!

The Valentine's Bluegrass Fling was a fundraiser, Charlotte Concerts, a local non-profit where I sit on the Board. 

We had to accomplish the following themes with our decor:

Valentine's Day

So...I don't normally associate bluegrass with a gala, but we came up with a great vision. We named it "Country Couture," and it involved burlap tablecloths, flirty Valentine's Day colors and elegant tables. I think we nailed it!

I LOVED the way the napkins turned out using the napkin as a plate "band." It looks clean and modern, and the pink adds a great splash of color!

Simple votives looked beautiful around the flowers.

The programs for the evening (and all invitations for the event) were fabulous and created by the firm of ZGM.  The programs were laid over the napkin bands.

Also, and I apologize for the blurry photo below - these large cards with numbers on them acted as table escort cards and as a paddle for the live auction. So those folks bidding on auction items just held up this card as their paddle! 

One of the most fabulous elements of the evening came from a local genius, David Wynn of Elizabeth House Flowers. I am not joking when I say I gasped out loud when he brought the arrangements in. I told David our vision and showed him a few pictures, and what he came up with was better then I could have imagined! Flirty hot pink hydrangeas, roses and hydrangeas looked amazing in a silver revere bowl. Fun flower fact - did you know that you can PAINT flowers? I didn't. If you can only find white hydrangeas and you need pink or if you are trying to save money and you get a cheaper color flower, you can use floral paint to paint the flowers to match your needs! I was blown away by this fact.

David also let us borrow props from his shop and created a few candle arrangements for our mantle. This was a great focal point of the room. How gorgeous is that stone fireplace with the roaring fire?

The bluegrass element of the night was the live music provided by Chatham County Line. I am not really a bluegrass person, but I absolutely loved this music. The guys were as nice as can be as well and gave me signed version of their new CD. Blushing.....Check them out here, they are incredibly fun to listen to and so musically talented. Also, I like their weathered microphone cover thingy (below) there a name for this apparatus?

A few other elements of the evening: 

Simple bathroom decor I created ...

These fabulous conversation heart cookies were the sweet favor giveaway for the night - how amazing are these cookies? They were provided by our caterer, Dean and Deluca. 

There was also a beautifully decorated outdoor terrace, with an outdoor fireplace, burlap covered cocktail tables, votives and a PHOTO BOOTH! Unfortunately, I didn't catch a picture of that, but I promise, it was fab! 

Whew...I am tired just looking at the pictures! But it was a great experience, and I learned a lot planning this gala. That's what it's all about, right?!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day :)


  1. awesome! love the pink & burlap - unexpected, but fab! and I really like the plate "band"...very cool.

  2. Fantastic! I love the "country cuture" concept! It could go so many ways, and this was a great way to do it!