The Las Madres Mad Hatter Tea Party 2009

What a busy week it has been! Between mid terms in floral class and the huge luncheon for Las Madres on Sunday I am exhausted, but very happy. I have so many photos to share from the luncheon that I don't know where to start! This may become a three part series...
The colors were vibrant yellows, oranges, and greens. The party was very spring, very citrus, and oh so very fun! I was not only the floral designer but a guest as well. It's so nice to sit and eat after working all morning to set up such a grand affair. Though sitting amongst your own centerpieces can also be cause for panic if you spot something just the slightest bit out of place. It makes me laugh to think of how had to fight the urge to go to another table and primp a flower arrangement that had obviously shifted during transport!

Many thanks are owed for the success of the event as well as the success of my business there.

I must start with my family. Wayne, my mother, and cousin Sean were key in helping me every step of the way (as usual) in a very tightly budgeted non-profit setting. They gave me moral support when I was weary, and Wayne and Sean are getting really good at hanging things (see lanterns). I guess it's an engineer thing! My mother is always a silent partner in the background while taking care of my son and must also especially get credit for all the hard work it is to chase a 2 year old. Also, I must thank Monica for coming to the house and helping me with the centerpieces. There were 34 total and I couldn't have done it without her.
Lastly, Liz Gutherie of San Jose Wedding Consultants did an outstanding job in coordinating such a massive amount of people, keeping them busy with raffles, games, and prizes, and even co-designed the event with such hilarious nuances like life size playing card greeters at the door. I never would have thought of or expected that!
There were also many Las Madres volunteer executive level women who made the event run smoothly. The top three that come to mind are Ingrid, Amber, and Amy. They work well together and with the newbies like me. I enjoyed watching them plan and being a guest in the meetings.

Now onto the event! Enjoy the pictures of a Mad Hatter Tea Party that was over the top with themed decor as well as tea tasting stations by Peet's Coffee and Tea, a "dance pole" by Divalicious Productions, and a raffle prize garden complete with entry gate. I particularly loved the queen who roamed the affair, but didn't scream "off with his head!" I guess it's not pc anymore. LOL!

Thank you to everyone who was involved in my success and stay tuned for part 2 of the Mad Hatter Tea Party (photographs by Sean St.Cin).