I digress. The real purpose of this post is to share with you another great party from my past. Next up in this series is the 2011 Trust for the National Mall Benefit Luncheon. Each year we would select a partner country to honor and highlight at the event. In 2011, to launch the year long 100th anniversary celebration of the cherry trees, we selected Japan and after a year of planning, here is how the tent turned out that year. Pretty amazing!
photo from imaglink
You can see that we used a lot of Japanese elements including the obvious ones like the chopsticks and the color scheme, but we also included some cool other things like wrapping the tent poles in faux bamboo and adding large shoji screens on either side of the podium. You can also see hanging paper cranes from the ceiling in the main tent and hanging paper parasols from the reception/dinner tent.
One thing I love to do at events is vary the tables and the place settings. Here is one style we used.
The flower arrangements were all minimalist and incorporated Japanese elements in some way. These were my favorite because of the bamboo shoots and bold orange color.
Here's another one of the table arrangements that was inspired by bento boxes. They were low and filled with unusual flowers. All the flowers were created by the amazing Philippa Tarrant.
At the Luncheon, Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki spoke and gave a moving tribute to his country which had just experienced the devastating earthquake and tsunami. There were not many dry eyes in the tent that afternoon.
Two days after the Luncheon, we once again transformed the tent for the Ball on the Mall. Here's the dinner tent (which was the reception tent for the Luncheon).
And here is how the Ball tent transformed. It was really incredible.
This was the last Luncheon and Ball that I planned before leaving the Trust and I must say, they were my favorite. I still have my black and red TNM umbrella (the giveaway that year). This year's events are coming up in a few weeks and I can't wait to see what they have come up with this year.
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