Dinner on a friend’s deck, beautiful summer sky.
Enjoying new finds at the farmer’s market.
LED dance floor from the ISES Liberty Awards held at Front and Palmer. What a fun addition to a dance floor!
Kids sit here. Young young guests never want to sit where they are assigned so for a Bar Mitzvah we had open seating with out table numbers and just had a custom table cover made with a sign that said KIDS SIT HERE..It was a big hit !
“May is not only a “ merry month” but my busiest by far I am happy to catch my breath and smell the flowers. Events consisted of weddings, Mitzvahs, social and corporate events. The weather was glorious for all but it was challenging looking at the forecast and have downpours the day before only to clear and be perfect on the special day . It’s wonderful to end my season with happy clients…Now busy working on the fall!”
With only a little over a week to finalize details, I’m working hard to put together an amazing bar mitzvah at a four star hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. Although it is stressful to design such a great event, I’m happy to be a part of a pivotal point of a young man’s life.
The week before a big event consists of ordering favors and decor, calling to double and triple check previous orders are on their way, and of course, setting up!
We’ve been working on this event for months! I’m looking forward to seeing our vision come to life. We’ll be taking a lot of pictures! Interested in how it will turn out? Check out our facebook and twitter page to keep updated!
Last month, I had the opportunity to work with a dream client from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. She was planning an event at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After doing a site visit, we designed an event with a lot of impact and a small budget. The client wanted something upbeat and fun after several days of serious meetings, so she chose a South American theme for décor and food in this historical building.
The event dining room was splashed with shades of tiger lily and fuchsia. We used glass, water, orchids, and underwater lights to accent the tables and bring a tropical feel to the room. It was fun combining modern décor with the historic paintings.
The guests arrived and went to the second floor gallery amidst the 18th and 19th century sculptures and paintings. It was a perfect place to have cocktails and conversations with peers while being visually stimulated by the artworks. At that time, the guests wandered through the galleries before going into the dining area. They looked delighted upon entering the rotunda to the drums and strings from the Brazilian band that echoed from wall to wall, filling the once quiet gallery with the beats of South America.
A lot has been going on with Barbara Jo Saler Events since the fall– I can’t believe how quickly time has flown!
I started the year with a bang, attending The Special Event at the end of January. For those who don’t know about it, The Special Event is a conference that happens once a year in a different city. This year it was in Tampa, Florida. What a great place to get away from gray winter days, even just for a weekend. I had a really great time, and learned a lot at the workshops and seminars I attended. Topics that stuck out to me were lighting and tables. Under-lighting or putting the lighting inside water is a great look for a center piece. It pops. As for tables, square and rectangular alone or mixed with circular make floor plans more interesting. Keep mirrored tables in mind too….Besides absorbing information and brainstorming new styles and ideas, I saw friends and colleagues from all over the world and attended fabulous events connected with the conference.
Last month, Miriam and I attended a bridal showcase at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. Stephen Starr Events and Uncommon Events hosted it for brides to be, planners, designers, etc. Along with vendors, catered treats, and displays, they showed off an interesting wedding in the round option for inclement weather. Getting excited for an October wedding I’m just beginning to plan at the Horticulture center!
We have a handful of events on our platter that we’re working on now. First off is the 10th annual tribute event for the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy outside of Philadelphia. I was struggling to find the perfectly sized cocktail table for a small seating area, but a trip to Ikea solved that problem. The next step is custom painting. We are doing a 20″ high butter-colored damask fabric on a curved wall that will lend a lot of drama to the decor. Keeping with their blue and yellow school colors, we will hopefully luck out with towering forsythia in tall glass containers.
Now that I’ve convinced my June bride that mirrored tables are the rage, the next step is figuring out how to fit it all in her budget!