Queen City Gala: Black Tie For Charity Event

The Queen City GalaThe Queen City Gala, a first annual black tie fundraiser benefiting Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Lydia’s Legacy and Samaritan’s Feet was the premier event of the fall in Uptown Charlotte!

The Queen City Gala

The gala was held at the Levine Museum of the New South and featured a shrimp and grits station, Moscow Mule signature drink, and the talented band U-Phonik that got the crowd dancing!

Queen City Gala

The night was full of heart felt sentiment as the hosts explained why the three charities were so personal to them.  Followed by representatives of each charity, who spoke with such passion and moved everyone in the audience.

Queen City Gala

The color scheme was vibrate and represented the colors of the three charities.  We used melon linens for the cocktail tables and teal blue for the seating tables.  Pop of orange, coral, green, pink, and purple provided a great contrast to the table linens.

Queen City Gala

Queen City Gala

Since several of the hosts were involved in their charities in memory of a loved ones, I was especially honored and touched to be a part of this event.

Queen City Gala

Additionally, it was our relationship through the Junior League of Charlotte, which has a rich history of service, that brought us together. All four hosts, the founder of Lydia’s Legacy, Carin Ross Johnson, and myself are all members of the Junior League of Charlotte.

Queen City Gala

Besides the shrimp and grits and the Moscow Mule, the other fun element was the black tie formal attire requested dress code.  Watching people walk in and dance in formal dresses added a festive atmosphere to the night!

Queen City Gala

Queen City Gala

Queen City Gala

Everyone that attended the event went away knowing a little more about these three well established charities in Charlotte and not wanting the night to end after getting down on the dance floor.

Queen City Gala

To learn more about the Queen City Gala, the charities, and hosts please like Queen City Gala on Facebook.

Vendor Credit

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements and Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Venue – The Levine Museum of the New South

Caterer – Best Impressions Caterers

Band – U-Phonik

Linens – Classic Party Rentals

Charities – Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Lydia’s Legacy, and Samaritan’s Feet

 

 

 

Festival Fall Decor: Tablescape

Since Monday is the official first day of fall we are sharing some festive fall décor with you today.

Festive Fall Decor

The colors red, orange and brown usually come to mind when I think of fall décor.  However, don’t be afraid to mix it up with blue and green or even some pink and purple.  You can still be classic and elegant with being different!

Festive Fall Decor Tablescap

Use décor items that you already have but in a new way to showcases your fall tablescape. Such as this turquoise table runner over a burlap table runner.  Adding new décor items to your tablescape doesn’t have to break the budget. For example, these colorful branches of leaves we a great find at my local grocery store for under $10. Wondering what to do with all those apples you just picked? I used mine as centerpiece here.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescape

I love mixing high and low items such as my Villeroy & Boch china with Pottery Barn blue plates and my Target linen napkins.  The combination really makes the colors pop.

Fall Festive Decor Tablescape

While I am all about pumpkins, try using another vegetable like squash, which makes your tablescape unique and adds dimension with the various colors.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescape

Another easy décor item is switching out your candles.  I love how these gold and white striped candles look against the array of colors.  These candles were a hostess gift from my friend and fellow blogger Summer, Simply Stylings and they add just the right touch to this tablescape.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Credits

Styling, design and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Burlap Table Runner – Hobby Lobby

Linen Napkins – Target

Blue Rope Plates – Pottery Barn

China – Villeroy & Boch

 

Fall Family Fun Series

Fall Fun

I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Katie, at MomFavorites.com, and today I’m giving you a teaser of my Fall Family Fun article. As a wedding and event planner and stylist I usually blog about my events, entertaining and décor tips. However, this post allows me to step out of my normal comfort blogging zone and share my personal life with y’all!

The beginning of a new school year has become the unofficial welcome of fall for many of us. The smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, apples, and spice fill the air and we welcome the crisp mornings and chilly nights.

Charlotte offers a variety of fall fun from apple picking, to pumpkin picking, to hay rides and animal petting farms, to hiking trails.

Our first stop is always the Yiasou Greek Festival, which is the first weekend in September located in Dilworth at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.  The Greek Festival is rated the best festival in Charlotte, and we agree!  We’ve been going for a few years now as a family and have figured out Sunday is the best day to go for several reasons: It’s as crowded and usually you can find someone handing out free tickets. The kids love riding on the rides and the food is too delicious to pass up! The outdoor vendors are our favorite, especially the spanakopita and lamb gyro!

Greek Fest

As a native Ohioan living in Charlotte I miss the apple picking days of my childhood. However, just outside of Charlotte there is one apple picking farm that is perfect for a Saturday morning activity with the family.

Carrigan Farms, just outside of Charlotte in Mooresville, is the best place in the area to go apple picking. After apple picking we enjoyed the delicious apple cider and watching the bees make honey.  You can also pay a small fee for a hayride tour of the farm. However, unlike other areas in the country, apple picking season in the Charlotte area is very short, August 31-End of September.

Apple Picking

For more Fall Family Fun check back here on October 10 or hop on over to MomFavorites.com for my full article, including pumpkin patch round up!

 

 

Storytelling for Leaders: Charlotte

As an event planner, I am excited about this latest corporate event I’m working on and my partnership with Connected Strategy Group, Amanda Marko.

Storytelling for Leaders Course Charlotte

Storytelling for leaders is a one day course coming to Charlotte, NC on October 2, 2014.  You will learn to utilize tools that more than 200,000 organizations worldwide, 85% of the Fortune 500, to engage your audience, and impact customers.  These tools foster team collaboration, empower employees, drive business agility and promotes organizational connectedness.

Leaders from companies undergoing change, deploying new strategies, transitioning management teams, engaging in merger and acquisition activities, and transforming their cultures have all benefitted from (and thoroughly enjoyed) Storytelling for Leaders. In fact, the Net Promoter Score for the program is 65 – that puts it on par in terms of customer loyalty with companies like Zappos, Amazon, and Harley-Davidson.

The program was developed by the world’s foremost business storytelling experts, Australia-based Anecdote. And my friend Amanda Marko is the first person in the U.S. to partner with them to bring the interactive workshop which has already been delivered to global companies like IBM, Shell, SAP, and InterContinental Hotels Group, to more American companies.

Storytelling for Leaders is being offered in Las Vegas, Charlotte, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. and registration is now open.

To learn more and register for this course in Charlotte please click here.

For additional information about the full program please click here.

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns at sarah@sarahsofiaproductions.com

Sofia The First Birthday Party

 

 

Sofia The First Birthday Party

My Sofia the First started getting into Sofia the First Disney Princess right after her second birthday.  We have the book, her princess gowns and accessories, the movies and shows.  It was only fitting that I start planning her 3rd birthday after her new favorite character!

Sofia The First Birthday Party

Instead of your traditional princess party, I made it into a princess and prince party, which allowed us to include all of Sofia’s close friends.

Sofia The First Invitation

Below is the set up outside for Sofia’s Royal Guests! We set the table with Sofia The First dinnerware and fine linen and added a castle tent that resembled an outdoor scene in Sofia The First.  While the main color is purple in Sofia the First’s gown, my Sofia the First loves the color pink and I wanted to incorporate that in the event design.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

We also had a colorful bounce house castle that kept Sofia’s royal guests bouncing with joy through the party!

Sofia The First Birthday Party Sofia The First Birthday Party

It wouldn’t be a royal celebration without princess tiaras and prince crowns! We set up a arts and craft table on the deck for the kids to decorate their favorite princess tiara, prince crown, sword or shield.

Sofia The First Birthday Party 4

For Sofia’s Royal Menu we served some of her favorites such as Crown PB&J, Fairy Sushi aka turkey rolls, Prince BBQ Sliders, Fruit Wands, Sparkling Pink Lemonade, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, and Castle Cookies.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

In keeping with the pink and purple theme,  I wanted the buffet table to be whimsical and not too fancy or grown up.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

A delicate light rose floral arrangement on top of a gold and crystal stand served as our centerpiece flanked by fairy wand arrangements.  I had started to make topiary arrangements, but the fairy wand felt more whimsical and kept with our princess theme.  Purple tulle with sparkles was used for the tutu effect on the edge of the table and pink tulle draped over the white linen.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

Other décor items came from Sofia’s toy collection with Sofia The First figurine dolls, Sofia the first accessories like the princess shoes pair of gloves, and magic wand. I found the festive fairy wands at Target months ago and used them as part of the display and party favors for Sofia’s royal guests.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

You can’t have enough pink! Pink garland was hung above the main food buffet and outside on the deck.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

Pink pom poms were hung over the drink and appetizer station.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

From the looks of things the Fairy Tale Cupcakes were by far the favorite item!

Sofia the First 3rd Birthday Party

It was a fun party to plan and even more fun being a part of the celebration!

Sofia The First Birthday Party

Vendor Credits

Event Design, décor and styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography and floral arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Fairy Tale Cupcakes – Wow Factor Cakes of Charlotte

Sofia The First Invitation – Fantastic Invitation Esty

BBQ – Mac’s Speed Shop

Menu items – Sarah Sofia Productions

Pink plates, pink garland, Sofia the First confetti and hanging décor items, & balloons – Party City

Princess tiara, swords, shields, purple chalkboard sign, pink chandelier, stickers, tulle, and chevron slider holders – HobbyLobby

Miniature garden pots, wasabi tape, and cupcake toppers – Michael’s

Sofia The First Printables – Seven Thirty Three