It stands to reason that people who value creativity often have creative friends. The interchange of ideas is always a pleasure, as is the opportunity to provide helpful manpower. I recently had such an opportunity when I helped my friend, Cathy, set up a Mardi Gras party that she designed all of the decor for, including 20 wonderful Mardi Gras centerpieces.The day began with the loading of the decorative components that she’d been amassing for
weeks months. It’s amazing how much you can fit in one small a few vans. Ok, and a car or two. Cathy had done a trial run of most of the centerpieces in her home, but they needed to be transported to the venue and the hope was that most of the elements would stay close to in tact. This being March, of course it was a lovely spring snowy day.As anyone with experience doing floral centerpieces knows, it’s compelling how many flowers you need to make much of a statement. In this case, the floral pieces were only a fraction of the total, yet the flowers filled two huge plastic bins.The selection was culled from the early spring availability, further limited by the Mardi Grad colors. They were set in water filled vases when we arrived at the venue to be arranged a bit many hours later, after the other centerpieces were set up.Once everything was transferred in, we laid everything out on long temporary tables. Cathy checked each one against her brief very detailed list, while I and another friend, Cindy, helped gather the missing items.Next it was my job to direct the placement of the items around the room, with attention paid to the distribution of color and varying heights and textures of the centerpieces. We worked as a collaborative group utilizing our varying skills and talents, but the centerpieces that follow were all designed by Cathy herself.Feathers were central to several of the pieces, lending height and drama to the ballroom tables. Many of the centerpieces were set on mirrored discs encircled with votives or small floral offerings in decorative glassware.One of Cathy’s specialties is floral arranging and she did a fabulous job with the centerpieces that highlighted the gorgeous flowers.Another thematic element featured in several of the centerpieces was the use of horn instruments inspired by the jazz music of New Orleans, the perfect imagery for a Mardi Gras party.Beads, as well as glittered ornaments and feathers in Mardi Gras colors helped set the scene.The purple, green and gold lent a flamboyant and festive tone. You can see a fleur-de-lis wall hanging peeking behind this centerpiece.Perhaps the piece we all loved the most was this candelabra topped with floral orbs.Masks, another element typifying Mardi Gras, were utilized as well. And always, beads everywhere.The set up took an entire day and included some smaller arrangements and decor that would be used in the cocktail area and bar. After working for several hours, some of the beads, hats and feathers found their way to another use…My talented friends, Cathy on the left and Cindy on the right. The event was a huge success and a good time was had by all. I will be featuring more of my talented friends’ work from time to time and you can look forward to Cindy’s upcoming food blog which will be launched very soon.
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