Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sterling Wins Second Place at The Angels of the Alliance Luncheon!

We are thrilled to showcase our gorgeous "Royal Opulence" tablescape that we designed for the 10th Annual Angels Luncheon yesterday at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. This amazing event benefits the Alliance for the Arts and helps raise funds to bring Preforming Arts into children's lives.

When we first learned of the event it was literally less than a week before the event. We quickly rushed together to come up with a concept and are so pleased with how fabulous it came out. Not only did the table look gorgeous, but we also were able to win an award for how beautiful it was and won 2nd place in the professional category.

The "Royal Opulence" concept came to play when we envisioned the ballroom at the Four Seasons, with such a regal ambiance, we knew we had to go big! After deciding to play off of the regal and royalty theme, we brainstormed to decipher what elements we wanted to incorporate. It was fairly easy to determine that this was a table that would incorporate a color palette of reds and maroons, golds, oranges and even purple. Flowers would be easy to design with such a vibrant group of colors and we go into detail about this further down in the post. The very next thing to come to mind was Linens! Immediately, we knew that this was a table that had to have the stunning designs of Wildflower Linens.

After selecting linens, the rest seemed to just fall into place. Classic Party Rentals was able to assist us with all of our china and rental needs. Between the chargers, glassware and amazing flatware the visual just continued to get better and better. Implementing the luxurious weaved baskets of fresh fruit was an addition that was a must. When we picture royalty and feasts, fruit just had to be on the table as part of the decor. Plus, the additional textures each type of fruit was able to add was great.

This table was all about extravagance. Each element of the design contributed something different. In addition to the overall table, it was important for us to highlight the individual seat as well. We chose to do this in two separate ways. The first was to add a small trio roses, which complimented the color scheme from the centerpiece in the middle, to each chair. This looked beautiful against the red satin chair covers and additionally enhanced the centerpiece by extending a small piece of it to each individual.
The second way was to add a sweet treat for each guest to feast on from our friends at Jamaica's Cakes. We described our tablescape to Jamaica and collaborated in designing mini cakes with royal designs on the exterior and rich delicious flavors inside. The cakes were a huge hit and ever so tasty as well!

Now, last but not least, we have the flowers! The flowers were our favorite aspect of this table. Together, with Stephanie and Kelly at Far East Wholesale Flowers, we designed a royal centerpiece using an array of Sumatra Lilies, Orchids and 4 different kinds of Roses. We used an array of two-toned crystals to drape from the centerpiece and glimmer as the light hit certain angles. Kelly took our inspiration and created an extraordinary piece exceeding our expectations.

We also incorporated gold candelabras that we utilized to bring different levels of height to the table. Each candelabra had a small accent of roses and crystals which were draped from them as well. We then placed smaller red crystal votives in pairs of two, down low at the base of the centerpiece.

There were over 300 guests in attendance and we were so excited to take part in this amazing boutique and luncheon. Less then 2 days prior to the event, we received a call from the committee co-chair who needed quite a bit of last minute help. Given our experience in last minute changes, we knew we had to help, we offered to assist the Angels in decorating an additional 4 tables, giving us 5 tables total. This was a huge challenge but somehow, we pulled it off and were quite pleased with the 48-hour turnaround. Look forward to Part 2 of this post where we highlight the other tables.

Happy Viewing!

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