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The Welcome Back Reception - a casual gathering for people to reconnect. I covered the tables with butcher paper and added crayons for people to be creative. The color scheme was browns and oranges and I used a lot of corn - popcorn kernels and candy corn.
The Scholarship Dinner - an elegant dinner where I also used shades of orange as my color scheme. I was trying really hard to avoid using pumpkins and gourds this year. All tables were covered with a rust orange shimmery overlay; half the tables had carnations in water with floating beads and the other half had pillar candles with the same beads.
The Lunch on the Lawn - a casual lunch outdoors under white tents. Prior to the event, I asked colleagues and friends to bring in tin cans. We then tied raffia on them and filled them with fall flowers. Black rocks helped fill out the centerpieces on the large tables.
The Sound Generation Brunch - a gathering to celebrate the reunion of a musical group from the 70s. I followed a black and white scheme and did half the tables with records (found at a garage sale) and the other half with musical scrapbook paper. The baby's breath in white pots sitting on these "bases" was fast and inexpensive.
The Showcase Dinner - the final dinner of the weekend. I wanted a "rustic elegance" so I used slate tiles (found in a home improvement store) sitting on a sheer brown organza overlay with either a lantern or a cylinder with a floating candle. Simple, yet pretty when all the lights were down in the dining room. Iron trees and willow branches continued the theme throughout the room.
The After the Show Coffee & Dessert Reception - the final event of the weekend! I used the name of the event as the theme and incorporated coffee beans into the centerpieces. The color scheme was brown and white. I used glass shower cubes (also found at a home improvement store) on the tables and on the stage, glass cylinders with floating candles, and carnations ("recycled" from an earlier event) sitting in coffee beans.