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

 

 

 

Fall Entertaining

There’s something about Fall when the kids go back to school, the air becomes crisp and football, apple and pumpkin picking are family past times. Using the flavors and the colors of the season it’s easy to decorate your front porch and tablescape with seasonal squash, apples, flowers, eggplant and a little glam with glitter!   Host a fall dinner party, pumpkin carving or decorating party with stickers and glitter, or a Halloween party. Fall entertaining and decor isn’t just for the September and October months, but can be carried over for Thanksgiving entertaining as well.  Be creative in your design by using other vegetables for a punch of color like I did on this tablescape above with artichokes.  You can cut a hole in the top of the artichoke or a small pumpkin and place a votive candle in the middle, which will make your setting perfect for an evening event.  For decorating tips and ideas please check out last years post on Fall Entertaining.

Cocktails & Celebrations

It was a pleasure being a part of cocktails and celebrations with the lovely women of the Junior League of Charlotte.  Two events that occur twice a year are for new members, Kickoff and Graduation.  Both serve a different purpose, but are similar in making the women feel welcome as new members of the Junior League of Charlotte.

Drawing from the fresh blooms of spring, I used pinks and oranges for a clean and bright feel throughout the graduation cocktail party, which celebrated the newly active members of the Junior League.

Inspiration for the fall kickoff event held in late August came from one of my pink and blue nautical Lilly Pulitzer dresses.  Using a nautical theme, we had pinks and blues throughout the cocktail party.

Happy Hour Baby Shower: Elephants & Chevron

Happy Hour Baby Shower is a fun, casual way to shower any mama-to-be with lots of love! Katie and Tim, parents-to-be, have been waiting for baby P for a long time and I was overjoyed to plan, design, and be a part of the celebration!

When Katie and Tim decided to wait until the big day to reveal the gender of baby P, I went to work on brainstorming for gender neutral baby shower themes.  Since Katie loves the chevron pattern and had planned baby P’s registry around elephants and blue I was able to use these elements as my theme.

Katie wanted an intimate dinner with her girlfriends and loves Mexican food, and thus the Happy Hour Baby Shower became a central theme with margaritas and a taco bar.  (See previous Cinco de Mayo post for Taco Bar and Beer ‘Garita recipes).  Orange and turquoise are cheery and gender neural colors that made the event pop!   Several of the decor items also served as gifts for the mama-to-be, which will be used for baby P’s nursery.

In addition to margaritas, we served Corona and bubbly, one of Katie’s favorite drinks before she was pregnant.  We also had a chips and salsa station with peach salsa, delicious homemade guacamole, and homemade taco dip.

It was only fitting that we had a beautiful evening for a beautiful mother-to-be and were able to enjoy the outdoor setting of Katie and Tim’s new home.  The turquoise chevron runner from Fantasy Vintage Bridal provided the perfect touch against the rest of the table setting, which was accented by the turquoise chevron baby bib and burp cloth by The Fresh Stitch for baby P!

We had a small station set up outside for guests to write a wish or message on a book-plate and place it inside one of their favorite children’s books as a gift for Baby P!  I had no idea how creative some of Katie’s college friends could be in story telling!

The dessert table was so whimsical with the chevron orange fabric from the Fabric Shoppe, adorable turquoise and orange baby elephant shortbread cookies by Edible Art of Charlotte that served as the party favors, turquoise and orange sprinkled cake pops by Nicole Farrell, and turquoise and orange candy.

We are all so overjoyed for Katie and Tim!  Seeing Katie with her adorable baby bump just gives me a huge smile and makes me so thrilled for their new family!

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral and Fruit Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Elephant Shortbread Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Orange & Turquoise Cake Pops – Nicole Farrell

Turquoise Chevron Baby Bib and Burp Cloth – The Fresh Stitch

Orange Chevron Fabric – The Fabric Shoppe

Turquoise Chevron Table Runner – Fantasy Vintage Bridal

Guacamole – Sarah Parsons

Taco Dip- Julianna Warnick

Elizabeth & Ryan Tying The Knot 10.29.11


As a wedding and event planner it was such a pleasure to style and design “Tying the Knot” bridal shower for Elizabeth.

Inspiration for this bridal shower began with the theme “Tying the Knot”, which was reflected throughout the design of the event.  For example, the flower arrangements had flowers that were in the shape of hearts or were tied.  Another example is in the wooden plaques such as Bride and Love.

In addition to the primary “Tying the Knot” theme we used the word game scrabble.  The Bride-to-Be enjoys playing a word game similar to scrabble on her iPhone and we carried that theme throughout the event design in the scrabble pieces on the tables and again in the wooden plaques.  Our color palette included shades of purple, red, orange, and grey, which are Elizabeth’s wedding colors, and were used in the flower arrangements, decorations, and food.

The bridal shower was held outside on a private patio.  We wanted the atmosphere to be warm and inviting, yet have a fun and modern vibe like the Bride-to-Be.  Vignettes were set up throughout the patio including a main food table, drink bar, dessert bar, seating area, and gift station.

The menu consisted of mini lunch dishes such as quiche, chicken salad on croissants, shrimp shooters, prosciutto and melon skewers, turkey rolls, brie with heart cut out filled with jam, and Crudite’s (vegetables tucked in tiny glasses).  The Dessert bar featured red velvet cake pops with purple icing, ultra-violet vanilla cupcakes, and chocolate cups filled with fruit and chocolate straws.  Playing on the Bride-to-Be’s color scheme we went with a festive drink bar with Bellini’s, Mimosa’s, and Sangria.  Mason jars were used to serve the cocktails and mini mason jars were filled with purple and orange jelly beans as party favors.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Cake Pops – Nicole Farrell

Chocolate Filled Fruit Cups – Whole Foods (we filled them with fruit and added pirouettes as edible straws)

Cupcakes  -Bakery Gingham (We added the Bride-to-Be’s initials from Hobby Lobby)

Croissants – Pistacia Vera

Food, Drinks & Party Favors – Bridesmaids