The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Black and White Damask Re-Creates a Non-Traditional Holiday Celebration

End-of Year Party
Tampa Garden Center

Each year, TZ Insurance here in Tampa Bay, seeks to find a fresh new approach to its annual holiday party. Catering By Robert / Event Concepts. FL was offered the opportunity host this 300-person event at the Tampa Garden Center.

All tabletop decor came from our in-house inventory because the client was willing to work with whatever we had to offer in-house without extra charge. That way more money could be put toward interactive entertainment.

The 30 guest tables were comprised of three different centerpiece/color schemes ranging from all black with accents of red to white with splashes of similar colors on the rest of the tables.

We worked with a committee when planning first started nine months prior. Eventually it ended up in the capable hands of Lisandra, who worked with us on a color scheme that focused on the black damask pattern with a touch of red. She created companion signage that directed guests to various activity areas of the center.

Most of the focus was on the casino area. DeLite Entertainment arranged for the gaming tables, slot machines, casino decor, and the illusionist show right after dinner. 

Because of the large number of guests expected, there were two sign-in tables with names in alphabetical order. A red carpet welcomed everyone into the casino area.

A fun photo area was set up in the small parlor near the front entrance. 

During the social hour, our staff hand-passed an assortment of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres which included mini meatballs with pretzel handles and shrimp cocktail.


We set up two bars: one double bar in the casino area and the other inside the main room. The casino area was so large it spilled outdoors.


Inside the main ballroom (these pictures taken with the overhead lights on) we formally set the guest tables for a buffet style dinner. Chair covers were all white so that the tables themselves would stand out.

One of our designs featured a black cloth topped with a damask runner, red napkins and two small red hurricanes on either side of a brandy snifter.

Another alternating look was a white cloth with three runners and three of our varying sizes of glass cylinders. Each contained submersed red rose petals and a floating candle. Napkins were black.


A third centerpiece option was our tall eiffel towers with white ostrich feathers coupled with our "sea feathers." The tablecloth was black with a red runner and red napkins.


To conserve on space, we positioned the two buffets on the dance floor area. They were removed after dinner for dancing. The dj and prize tables were located on the stage.

We loved "reviving" some red satin valences we hadn't used since the 1990s. 

Red uplighting was installed by DeLite Entertainment and gave the room a warm red glow.

Because guests were involved in a variety of activities after dinner, we hand-passed miniature sweets including chocolate dipped berries AND candy canes.

It was a sweet ending to a super holiday party!

Planning, Coordination, Design, and Catering: Catering by Robert/Event Concepts . FL

DJ Services, Lighting, Entertainment and Casino: DeLite Entertainment

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