January simply flew by, with so much preparation for the end of month events. I am late getting my Monday blog out on the wire as I have just finished tearing down at The Westin where they had their annual Holiday Staff Party last night. Silver and Garnet were the colour scheme and I “blinged” it up a bit to make it festive, with crystals, candles and lots of silver.
This past Thursday we decorated the 550 seats at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala held at World Trade and Convention Centre. Grand Central was Décor Sponsor for the event. Everything went like clockwork! We actually started the set up on Wednesday with table linens so the tables could be set ahead of time by venue staff. Advanced Systems were already onsite setting up the stage and the AV. We also dropped all of the gear we would need for the morning, when my staff would be arriving early to start chair covers. My team was amazing once again, even though we were 2 bodies short due to last minute absences, we managed to finish everything up by mid afternoon. I was happy with the overall look in the room when it was all said and done. I sat with Dalhousie University Faculty of Management and Supplement King, two other event sponsors. At one point the gentleman sitting next to me at the dinner leaned over and said, this reminds me of The Great Gatsby. I was absolutely delighted! This was exactly the theme I was trying to achieve. And to top it all off, a full live orchestra, Partner Sponsor, Sackville Community Band Society, played tunes from the era.
The grueling part of my business is the tear down and putting away. At 9:30PM the party moved across the hall for the post reception and we began our job. Working in unison with the excellent staff at WTCC, we tore down the linens, centrepieces, props, putting away what we could and piling laundry for bagging. You can well imagine the size of the piles with 55 tables and 500 chair covers! It took 2 trips from WTCC to the warehouse in a cargo van to move all of it out. We finally returned home, very tired but elated, at 2:30AM Friday morning.
Friday lunchtime rolled around and we were off to The Westin where they awaited the linens for setup of their annual Holiday Staff party, which is where I started my entry. I am just sitting down now at 3:30PM to get my blog out for this week. Next week I will be passing along some info and advice to brides trying to decide whether to have a decorator look after their special day.
Have a grand week!