Lately, I've been seeing a lot of banquets set this way and they've been dubbed as feasting tables. I am absolutely in love with the refreshing sense of long family style tables for miles instead of the round receptions we've all become accustomed to.
I have never been interested in flowers - until I started getting them from my S. When I received flowers from who is now my fiance, I always stuck them in a vase in the way they were wrapped up at the store. With time and noticing true flower arrangements, I realize, there is a scientific method to arranging flowers in vases. I use birthdays and anniversaries as my at-home flower arranging practice, and yet they never come out as perfectly propped as you see in glossy magazines like Better Homes and Garden. For me, when I see a nice table set with an arrangement casually laid out, I see a true hostess with effortless taste. However, I see now how difficult floral arranging truly is. I have yet to master the effortless table arrangement, but I have decided that a summer project of mine will be to take a flower arranging class. One of my favorite shows, Six Feet Under, takes place in a funeral home and of course flowers are a part of funerals. The wife/mother of Fisher & Sons funeral home takes a flower arranging class at a florist shop as a stress release, and that is something that I could definitely see myself doing this summer.
So my fellow event coordinator and I have gotten into the chalkboard paint craze! She came over after lunch and we thrifted for items to paint, snacked on cheese and crackers, started with mimosas and then moved onto lavender champagne, and by 8:00 at night we had the sun still by our side and our newly chalkboarded items were drying! We have metal stands for writing on, propping things on, and we have dutifully titled them our folder holders in the office, for all the event folders we will be needing at an arms reach. I also painted a few old ceramic cups that needed a facelift, old plates that went unused, a platter, and even my white storage containers so that I can write the contents inside. My favorite, the now labeled coffee and sugar duo! It makes my morning that much brighter! Now, we are trying to convince our boss to let us use the left over paint in the office for a quote of the day or event tip of the week!
A friend and I have made a pact that one event we will have before we die is a rooftop dinner party. Whenever a rooftop party is shown on television or in the movies, it is always an elegant affair, even if it is a casual get together of friends for no reason. The sense of being out and on the roof of a building brigs a sense of being on top of the world. And who needs more of a reason to celebrate than to celebrate being outside, and on top of the world?
One thing I could never come to terms with about working in the salon industry before I switched to the events industry was having to wake up early on Saturday mornings. It wasn't even about having to wake up early - I'm an early bird and I could sleep in every other day of the week while working at the salon. It was about the fact that I was always working during the Saturday morning farmer's markets. It was the best day to wake up early, indulge in some coffee, and start the day early at the market. The fresh shopping and socializing started the weekend off right. And today I did just that. Even though my fellow event coordinator co-worker had to work tonight's event, we were able to walk the market and tents together this morning, have a mimosa at lunch, and she headed to work while I headed home for some cleaning/reading/cooking/assignments. It's the way it should be. Saturday mornings should consist of leisurely walks whether in my neighborhood or in the market. Either way, today was a perfect day. The assignments are done, my novel is open, the jazz radio station is tuned in, there's a glass of red wine by my side, and S is on his way home.