Monday, July 27, 2009

Cheers to You Recap!!

What can I say? The first annual Cheers to You Event benefiting the Queen for a Day organization was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that donated their products and services! We couldn't have done it without you! Our goal was to raise enough money to fund a year's worth of parties. We made that and even more!! Ashly Olivier of Olivier Events did an amazing job heading up the event. Everything was so beautiful and *pink!*

The event took place at Hunter's Green Country Club, and the staff was top notch, especially Gretchen Hill, who was all over the place, making sure that everything ran smoothly. A totally pink color scheme, of course, filled the room. The tables had dark pink tableclothes with light pink linens, from Linens by the Sea, and tall pink floral centerpieces on glittered cylinders, provided by Events in Bloom. There were also hi-top tables with a paisley linens and martini glass arrangements, complete with feathers! Single rose heads and votive candles accented the base of each centerpiece. Each table had an embellished frame with the logo of one of sponsors. Behind the stage, were two hanging frames with flowers on them. This was such a cute touch! The silent auction room was FILLED with a number of different prizes. We accented with tiaras everywhere and martini glasses with pink water and LED lights really set the tone of a good time! One of the major highlights of the decor was the dessert station with a white textured overlay. A silver tree with butterflies and tiaras accented the center of the table, filled with sweets such as brownies, tiara-shaped cookies, cupcakes, and a gorgeous hot pink and white cake, all from Sweetie Pies, and there to entice the guests all night. Prior to the dessert, we snacked on treats such as carved turkey, a mashed potato bar, and multiple hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. The presentation was fantastic! Leah Campanella, President of the Tampa Chapter of Queen for a Day, was a great MC for the evening. Angela Harwell, Mrs. Florida, did an amazing presentation on volunteerism and why it's so important. We also had a guest of honor, a little girl with cancer and who's mom spoke about how their family has truly benefited from the Queen for a Day organization! Anglo Couture created a "princess" dress for her to wear all night. One of the highlights of the meeting was after we all watch a video compiled by Tampa Wonderworks, an award was presented to Donna Cacciatore of The Children's Home for her commitment to volunteering for others. The guests enjoyed the caffeine delights of the A La Carte coffee station and documented the night with the photo strips from Shutterbooth! Josh from Inspire Entertainment kept the party going all night. Paper Presence also graciously donated invitations for the event that were passed out prior. Check all the great pictures captured by Carrie Wildes Photography!

We had so much fun dancing all night! Yes, that's me in the middle getting down!

To keep with the "giving" spirit of the night, we donated all the floral arrangements to local nursing homes and hospitals. This event was an amazing experience and we look forward to partnering with the Queen for a Day organization on many more activies. Details to come!

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