No, not that way silly...
When my friend Sharon Norris owner of Synergy in Silk Floral Designs told me she was going to do a 'Lunch & Learn' seminar about tablescapes I begged asked her if she wanted any help. She was gracious enough to let me help and I was thrilled because I love creating tablescapes!
Well to tell you the truth my friend is always helping me to expand my SOI (sphere of influence) and I'm grateful to her for helping me to expose myself to more potential clients.
The luncheon event was held at the lovely 1818 Club located atop the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building. After the crowd had their bellies full Sharon introduced me and my business Redesigned Spaces Home Staging and Peggy also a floral designer (friend of ours) and her business, Grandma's Garden.
We picked three fun themes to illustrate how you can make your guests feel extra special as soon as they walk through the door.
Beach Theme ~ You say you don't live near the beach... No worries mate!
We used fancy shells, starfish, succulent plants nestled in pearlized shells, tiny paper umbrellas and mermaids hanging on the rim of the glass for dear life!
Here you can see the sparkly silver mesh netting, colorful plates, napkins, glass pebbles looking like water droplets, votive citronella candles in rustic pots and sand in a metal tub completed the look.
English Garden Theme ~ Perfect for a bridal shower!
Do not let Peggy who looks pretty in pink fool you, she is a little vixen! She said something witty while holding that champagne glass, I laughed and my eyes closed in the photo.
I figured I'd give myself a pretty party hat and shades rather than look like a goof with my eyes shut.
I don't mess with Peg cause she used to be a sheriff in upstate NY and I'm not sure if she still packs heat!
So here we are left to right... Cyn, Peggy, and the lovely Sharon who is the brains of the outfit.
On the table we draped lavender fabric, preserved boxwood w/ purple tulips tied with a satin bows, summer floral design in a basket, garden bust adorned with boxwood and butterflies and small painted garden pots filled w/ dragonflies, humming birds, shrooms and a birds nest.
Close up of the painted pots, used as party favors. The hummingbird design was snapped up before I could get a picture.
A Fun & Festive Tropical Theme, hey now...where did that parrot go?
WOW, Sharon out-did herself on the design, this was absolutely beautiful! The crowd ooh-ed and aah-ed when we were putting this theme together.
With the presentation finished the audience swarmed the tablescapes asking us for all kinds of advice. It's a wonder I was able to snap any pictures because many pieces from the tablescape were purchased before I could take pictures...we weren't expecting that!
It was a big hit! She was asked back on the spot to do another holiday tablescape theme in October. Hummm...maybe she'll let me tag along again.
Sharon designed all the fabulous floral arrangements except for the small painted garden pots in the English Garden theme which she let me contribute.
All our business cards were gone and I was able to meet another stager and Realtor who attended the event. Will business will come from this? Who knows, but a day helping Sharon & hanging with Peggy is a good one in my eyes!
Exposing myself to new potential clients, now this could get addictive!