Too many balls in the air

So much for my “at least one blog post a week” goal.  But the past several weeks have been hectic at best.  If you remember from previous posts, this time of the year is when K acts as decorating lead for a local charity fundraising ball.  This also means that I am the decorating lead’s head lackey.

The whole process goes something like this:

T – 6 months: Nail down theme.

T – 5 months: Start to lazily design based on theme.

T – 4 months: What was that theme again?

T – 3 months: Oh yeah, I guess I’d better order some supplies

T – 2 months: Did I order supplies?  Oh yeah, I did.

T – 1 month: Did I order supplies?  Oooo, I’d better go pick them up.

T – 3 weeks: Whoa, we’ve got less than a month.  Better get things going.

T – 2 weeks: Whoa, we’ve got less than a month.  Better get things going.

T – 1 week: Spend all waking hours unboxing, unwrapping, building, buying ribbon, painting, buying more ribbon, chasing rat from the garage (true story), having even more ribbon FedEx’d in overnight, assembling, using original ribbon.

T – 1 day: Finally putting all those hours playing Tetris to good use during loading of trucks.

T – 20 hours: Spend 2 hours assembling half of displays onsite

T – 10 hours: Come back the next day and spend another 4 hours assembling the rest of the displays on site.

T – 4 hours: Try not to collapse since you know you will never wake up in time

T – 1 hour: Turn on all elements of displays, including 35 battery operated centerpiece lights, 12 ficus trees with light strings, 6 trellis up-lights, 3 lanterns, a recording of birds singing, and a 200 pound fountain complete with running water … inside the ballroom.

Event: Enjoy 3 hours of relaxation and great food.

T + 3 hours: Start removing all of the above.

T + 6 hours: Finish repacking trucks.

T + 6 hours, 1 minute: Collapse into a heap.

So, that being said, let’s do a quick visual review of the evening.

A was ready to help

Staging room Friday night

After putting together so many centerpieces, we had to prop up K's arms.

Nana brought the kids by on Saturday afternoon so they could see the fruits of our labor. Of course they were most impressed by the shower in our hotel room.

10-foot gated arch serving as the entrance to the ball.

Obligatory "photo spot" for guests. Of course, two women plopped themselves down on the bench as soon as the festivities began and never budged. Lesson learned.

This fake rock normally covers our well head at home.

Breaking up dead space with up-lit pyramid trellises

Topiary centerpieces, complete with battery lights, fake moss, real potting soil, and rocks from our house.

The working fountain in the ballroom.

Overall, another fun and successful evening.

And it's always fun to break out the good clothes. Especially when I can now fit into the same tux I wore in high school.

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3 Comments on “Too many balls in the air”

  1. carpoolqueen Says:

    Show-off. Go eat a Twinkie.

    I mean, wow, what a beautiful job y’all did!

  2. miss V. Says:

    Such a great talent !! Nice work K and your lackey too..Haven’t had a posting (sigh), in so long.. Nice to get one !! Enjoyment..

  3. quotation marks Says:

    And a good time was had by all. Thankfully no one got hurt….I think. You do “clean up” well. Maybe they’ll take you back in the Madrigals for the rest of the year.


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