Monday, October 15, 2012

Fundraising Magic

I'm not sure that anything can beat the backdrop of a day with perfect weather, except the combination of gorgeous weather, beautifully designed ambiance, and good friends and family all mixed together. All of this made for Fundraising magic this weekend! When we put together that the cause was for The USC Norris Cancer Center for Urology and would include wine tasting, we wanted something rich and masculine. When we found this quote, we knew we had the "theme" to pull it all together.


Our palette of dark grays, rich browns, and accents of red and aubergine made for a gorgeous combination. We had our own linens made out of gray tweeds and men's suit fabrics. To give a tailored look we tied the tall cocktail tables with an Aubergine leather belt. Literally bringing fashion to the table! Wine bottles were re-purposed to be candle holders and as evening fell, the candle light gave a beautiful glow.

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Small bouquets of red roses were punctuated with small paper flowers made from recycled book paper. It was an unexpected, but unique look!



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We created cohesion with the paper flowers by creating a dramatic piece designed for the appetizer station- a cluster of wine bottles which held bouquets of willow branches and paper flowers...

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Guests enjoyed a selection of wines, explained by the sommeliers from Total Wine and More. We couldn't go without mentioning the wine store, because the customer service was sheer perfection!!


An array of exciting items were presented for a silent auction inside the house and around the grounds...

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It was a spectacular event that raised a lot of money for a great cause. For us, it felt great to have an opportunity to do whatever we wanted, design-wise. We considered the event, the focus, and the client and came up with something that was received so nicely and looked so beautiful. We wish the Doctors at USC Norris continued success in their research and treatment programs and give an extra special thank you to the guests who made this event such a success!