Friday, January 7, 2011

A Girl in a Chair Soiree

So here is my very belated recap of "A Girl in a Chair Soiree" event that was put on back in November at Rancho Las Lomas by Your Wedding Day Magazine. Unfortunately, the holidays took over and I never got a chance to do a write up on this event.

This event brought the guests behind the scenes to view the magazine's photo sets for the next issue. The sets were highlighting new trends of 2011 fashion, editorial and decor. It was really exciting to see everything live and in person. The photos always look so beautiful laid out in the magazine, but it really brought a whole new level of understanding of the design with this experience. Being able to walk up to the tables and dresses, traverse the space and seeing all of the details from every angle was a real treat.

Each of the sets focused on a different wedding destination. The design was meant to embody that location and the new trends for 2011 of each of the areas.

Team 1: Wedding Jeannie, French Buckets, Glow Concepts Fine Linens, Duke Photography, Tange Designs, and Superfine Bakery
Location: Mexico
Inspiration: wood, leather, succulents and lace

Team 2: Crown Weddings, Karen Tran Florals, Simply Posh Design, Sweet Cheeks Baking Company, and Caroline Tran Photographer
Location: Hawaii
Inspiration: tropical

Team 3: jesi haack weddings, found, Inviting Occasion, Paper and Thread, Studio EMP Inc., and My Sweet and Saucy
Location: San Francisco
Inspiration: Urban

Team 4: Unique Elegance, Tic-Tock Couture Florals, Gourmet Invitations, Superfine Bakery, and Raise the Cake
Location: Vegas
Inspiration: Glamourous

I'm looking forward to getting the "Your Wedding Day" issue with this photo shoot to see how the designs translate into two dimensional images. Of course no photography was allowed on the sets so I can't share any of the images with you.

The event itself was put on by LVL Events and Hitching Post Public Relations, catered by 24 Carrots and held at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California. I've run an event out of this location before so it was wonderful to get an opportunity to return and just enjoy the site.

Now I'll delve a little bit into the event's catering. There were passed appetizers throughout the evening and I think I was able to catch most if not all of the options available. I have to say the food was definitely enjoyable. Here are the items I was able to sample.

Shrimp on a White Bean Crostini - I wasn't able to get a picture of this item but it was tasty and easy to eat while standing.

Chicken Noodles

I loved the presentation of this item. The take-out box made it easy to carry around without spilling anything. It was also pretty tasty.

Mashed Potatoes with Beef

This was my favorite dish! The beef was cooked really nicely and it looked very appetizing on the plate.

Fish served over a Rice Cake

This was my least favorite dish. It looked nice but I found it to be bland. It needed a bit more seasoning.

Lobster Tamale Martini and a my self-served coffee

I wasn't impressed with the Martini. I loved its presentation, but taste is what's important with food. It wasn't bad, but the flavors didn't stand out. I did enjoy the coffee bar. There were a lot of options for customizing your drink and I enjoyed my cup.

BBQ Pork Slider

This dish was difficult to find. It was being snatched up every time I saw it. I'm a huge fan of sliders and Hawaiian sweet rolls so this got a plus in my book. Again it could have used a little bit more flavor in the sauce to really make it stand out but it was an enjoyable bite.

I really enjoyed the night and got to meet quite a few new event professionals. Although the one negative detail that I noted from the night (and overheard quite a few other guests mentioning) was the table linens. They were beautiful (as you can see from the food photos) with lots of beading detail. The beading, however, made it very difficult to set down a drink glass. The uneven surface kept encouraging the glasses to tip over. So if you're dead set on using a beautiful beaded linen for a cocktail table I suggest adding a glass topper to show off the detail while still giving your guests the convenience of a flat surface on which to set their drinks.

Me and Jami (one of my best friends) at the end of the night

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