It Takes a Village
As we approach Thanksgiving, the symbolism of a beautiful table becomes even more important. As event professionals, that table is set not only for family but for our surrogate family -- those people who make up our village, who we can call on at a moment's notice for anything. For them, we are truly grateful.
And so it was that I thought this week especially appropriate to express gratitude for my village of event colleagues and remember a time when we all came together for this beautiful event!
The client was a charity and as such, they were looking for ways to save where they could. One of the ways was to unfortunately go with a different company than AOO. I understood and graciously bowed out hoping we could work together again. I got my wish sooner than expected.
Chris Allen, the American Idol winner from Season 8, was one of the musicians we pulled in at the last minute.
A month before the event I got a call from them. The other company had dropped the ball. The charity asked us if AOO could design and produce the entire event, as well as handle on-site logistics, scripting, video and entertainment.
We could and we did. But the only reason we were able to pull it off is because I have surrounded myself with an amazing team. They know me and I know them. So when I had to go into action quickly, it was easy to, as a village, make it happen.
This Thanksgiving, my entire village might not be around my table as I give thanks, but they certainly will be in my thoughts and in my heart!
Have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Top Photo: A last-minute donation gave us throngs of Casablanca lilies and white pillar candles to accent the all-white table design.
Decor and Executive Production -- AOO Events
Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara
Lighting: Images By Lighting
Chairs: Chameleon Chairs
Linen: BBJ Linen