Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Special Event 2010: Mid-Week Review!

Here in New Orleans, or as the locals call it, N'awlins, for The Special Event conference 2010. It's definitely colder than it is in LA, but I'm pulling through and getting to the sessions, my volunteer events, and the evening parties. Gotta make the best of it, right?

My boyfriend and I were out here 5 days before the conference started to really enjoy and tour NOLA, so if you wanna hear about the plantation tours, Katrina, the French Quarter, beignets (yummy!), muffulettas, or any other Cajun or Creole food, let me know and I'll send you a link to my travel journal. But this blog is about the happenings of TSE thus far; my 2 day report!

Tuesday was all sessions. Met some really phenomenal speakers and designers, and met some fabulous people from LA and NY!

Tabletop sample by speaker Christina Springfield, Events by Nouveau Flowers, Inc.
In the evening, mingled at the "TSE Starts Here" party at the Generations Hall, which was a beautiful venue! Food was catered by BIO and included all the southern cajun delights like po boys, brisket, shrimp and grits, and their famous sweet pralines for dessert. But the most impressive of the evening was the Mojeaux band, which totally ROCKED!! They had guests dancing the entire night, and did everything from old skool classics to rock to rap to hip hop! I have never seen a live band RAP, but they did so flawlessly!

Rocking out with the Mojeaux Band! Holla for the Saints going to the Superbowl!
Wednesday was all work. I worked at the Wedding luncheon and got to check out the Gallery early, and it was beautiful! The themes this year involved using natural elements, so table designs were based on Metal, Wood, and Paper.

Metal theme was done by Frank Andonoplas, Frank Event Design.
The table setting for the "Wood" theme was done by Sasha Souza Events.

Paper theme table setting by Janet Flowers.
(I heard those cardboard chairs could hold up to 500 pounds!)
The wedding luncheon theme was also a landscape of trees and meadows with a river of collective blue tables with jumping water and flowers connecting them together-Georgous!
The meadows and forest tables surrounded the blue river tables in the center.
In the evening I worked with Party Hats as they welcomed and fitted everyone with their infamous decorative hats at the "Welcome party."

Teresa from Texas in her Mardi Gras getup.

Afterward we checked out the Mardi Gras floats at the venue, Mardi Gras World, and enjoyed the Mansion section (very "Pirates of the Caribbean" with the outdoors indoors), food, drinks, and live band. The night ended with a huge spray of confetti butterflies and a barge on the Mississippi river shooting off a grand fireworks show!

Confetti butterflies are so pretty!

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