Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Editors Note" Gather LLC has no official comment on the suitability of Lily Pulitzer for your 2010 party wear. We just liked the quote and agree that turquoise is a great color for 2010.
Monday, December 21, 2009
For all the great things Birmingham has to offer, there is a limited amount of event space. After being a corporate event planner for 5 years, it seemed liked we kept returning to the same venue time and time again. While I was out looking for a venue for my May 2010 bride, I came across a new venue that can be used for a variety of events....Architectural Heritage (later referred to as "A.H." so I do not have to spell Architectural every time :))
Foremost, you will not have to worry about an approved vendor list at AH....hire whomever you would like and you are even welcome to bring your own bar in (huge money saver!). The only thing they ask is that you return the store as you found it.
Lets take a look around!
I probably should have asked the groom to step aside...oh well, everyone meet Jim! This is the front entrance of A.H. I love the big iron gates. I am very excited about hanging two cool arrangements on each gate to create a grand entrance for the guests. (The iron fence encloses the entire courtyard, so no worries about stragglers joining your party.)
The courtyard displays iron gates, planters, urns, baptismal fonts, one-of-a-kind garden pieces, and terracotta tile out of a château in the French countryside. The pieces are so beautiful and they add elegance and character to the venue.
My favorite thing about the courtyard is the 18th century wall fountain with Lady Bank Roses.
I love the columns and lanterns when you first walk in the door.
The flat screen above the limestone manual can play any DVD you wish (slide show of photos would be a fun touch).
The front desk would make a great built-in bar.
Please keep in mind that the 6,500 square foot warehouse is a operating store by day, but the owner Roy Morton will be happy to move furniture out of the way to create the needed space for your event.
A.H. and Integrity Gardens (remember Troy Rhone from blog entry long ago??) is in the processes of making plans for a roof top garden deck. This deck will almost double the size of the available outdoor space. Your guests will now be able to enjoy the a night overlooking Birmingham's much loved Pepper Place.
Be one of the first to host an event in a new venue that offers up an amazing atmosphere and true elegance by just opening the doors.
Friday, December 18, 2009
I was so excited to work with a new caterer, In Good Taste, for this event. They offered an amazing menu for a great price. I got an email from a guest this morning who said her husband woke up still talking about how great the food was! Please remember that In Good Taste doesn't just do big parties. Next time you are having a small group of people over for dinner, they will be happy to take care of your meal.
(Tiffany and Mary, owners and chefs of In Good Taste)
I really enjoy helping with these types of smaller in-home events. Please let Gather take the stress of out your next event, whether it be a shower, supper club or just a fun dinner with friends!
I was a little worried about putting snow flakes on the ceiling, but it turned out to be a nice touch.
I had been dreaming of how I was going to build this bar for months and I may have dreamed a little too big this time. The walls of greenery between the illuminating cubes took hours upon hours to make. If you have ever made a homecoming float out of tissue paper, then you will get what I mean when I use the word "pomping." I pomped all night Wednesday night (okay...Tom did help, but only for an hour) and finished up on Thursday.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This space is located behind Avondale Park in the Crestwood Area. Now, this is not the greatest part of town, but the villa sits high up on the hill and has a private drive that makes the area very secluded.
$500 for the entire day and evening
You will need to hire two Birmingham Police officers if there is alcohol being served
There is a great patio on the back that could be tented if it rained.
For a 200 person wedding reception, this venue would be great! The yard around the villa could be utilized as well if you needed more room.
Finding the person in charge of renting this venue is another story. Call me if you are interested and I will help you track her down!
Monday, November 30, 2009
After 5 months of hard work, the reunion went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time!!
I chose Workplay for the venue due to the size of the room and how AWESOME they are to work with! Lorriane is the event coordinator for Workplay and she goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure your event is exactly as you want it. If you are looking for a large venue, be sure to consider Workplay.
The entire ceiling was draped with white fabric and the green up-lighting added a green glow to the room. The biggest hit was the slide show that played throughout the night.
I made the centerpieces with greenery I picked up from Davis Wholesale Florist. I thought we needed a little more light on the tables, so I submerged the greenery in water and floated a candle on the top. My goal was to spend less than $100 on 10 centerpieces and I came in at $94.30.
This is an easy centerpiece to do with just about any type of flower....try it for your next event!
The Koozies were a nice addition that were donated by EBSCO Creative Concepts. Everyone loves a little something to take home!
We set up a voting station for guests to vote classmates for certain categories.
1. Classmate with the most children
2. Classmate with the most interesting job
3. Classmate that will most likely not attend the next reunion
We had 10 different categories and announced the winners at the end. The prizes were gag gifts that gave the crowd a good laugh.
Instead of having the class officers work the registration table the entire night, Lane Turley's parents volunteered to help out! This worked out perfectly!!! They were able to check people in, hand out name tags and collect last minute checks at the door.
Planning a class reunion is HUGE undertaking! The class officers did an amazing job of contacting the entire class and making sure money was collected. I was so happy to be a part of the planning process!