Back on line

2 Oct

How does one get back on line? Do I have to apologize for an unexcused 3 month absence? To start things out, I grabbed my own domain!! You can now visit me at Big step. FYI, will redirect you to my new domain name in case you get lost. ūüėÄ

Well, then there was summer. Let’s continue there.

I promised you a Gala. And well, we had a Gala. Remember, I talked about the centerpieces, flowers, theme, and overview of camp? The first week in June, our first camp was held in Virginia and was a smashing success. The Gala was no exception. It went off really well. With help from my friends, co-workers and counselors, we assembled and pulled off a great event with only 2 hours of prep! It was incredible and a testament to what you can accomplish when you plan ahead and have all your friends pulling together.

First of all, the room we use for this event each year is a library. It has study cubicles, book shelves, blue carpet and cream walls. Not the spot I would hold a Gala, but I do love a challenge. You have to work with what you can’t change.

We decorated the bookshelves with some rosettes and made a cute conversation area.

IMG_2663Pushing all the study tables and most of the chairs to the side, we had to block off part of the room. We used all the flags from our International Summit (one simulation at the camp) to decorate the Ambassador’s VIP area. That was a cool touch.

IMG_2683I layered the large tissue paper flowers over the middle double doors at the back of the room.  They really added a lot of color and life.

IMG_2664Here’s what some of the centerpieces ended up looking like! I added orange and red cloth squares to tables to layer on the color. What do you think? (I love the up lighting!)

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I love how this sombrero complete fit the theme and the color scheme.IMG_2690I used some of the vases and skewered tissue paper flowers to line the half wall down the entrance ramp.

IMG_2691 IMG_2676This is what the food tables looked like. We arranged them into a “+” shape. I lay down burlap as table coverings and then topped them with red and orange runners. As the main centerpiece, I used a large red vase and then arranged smaller vases, battery votives (no flames allowed indoors), and tissue paper flowers around it. I think that the limes and lemons in the tall clear vases also brought in a great natural and vibrant touch.


We served cheese, crackers and fruit plates. Chips were served in terra-cotta pottery with queso, salsa and 7-layer dip accompanying them. Then we covered styrofoam cones with glazed donut holes. Those made a great impact in the room! We also made bite-size key lime cheesecakes.  Since the Gala was right after dinner, minimal food was required.
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I absolutely love this picture! Just look at all the variety of textures, colors and sizes.IMG_2653 IMG_2654People started to arrive and we broke out the virgin mixed drinks: Margaritas, Lemonade, Strawberry juice, Pina coladas and Watermelon Refreshers. Our “bar” was never empty or dry!

IMG_2661 IMG_2667 IMG_2673As you can see here, we also strung twinkle-lights around the ceiling and the pillars in the room. With some like Spanish guitar and salsa music, we were ready to get the event started!1039721_10151754944288561_939463409_o 1048192_10151754944748561_1980015192_o 1040666_10151754944268561_1038031452_oI’m very happy with how everything turned out. I think it was a great success. From the decorations, to the food, and the atmosphere (lighting and music) to the flow, the Gala from beginning to end was a blast to plan and throw. Can’t wait for next year!


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