Seattle NACE Event

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There is a whole lot we love about the work we do with The Greater Seattle Chapter of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), but one of the things we love the most are the couple times a year when Amy and I get to plan and lead one of the monthly events. We get to plan and create with the area’s finest to showcase some of the hot trends, products, and looks happening in the industry. We are like a kid on a Wonka tour.

October was our month to be up again and it was AMAZING! We were showcasing a beautiful, new wedding venue in Redmond, Parties on the Terrace and the focus of the meeting was focused around wine education. Being as we were at this fabulous wedding venue, we went all in on the wedding focused theme for our design and décor. Playing off the delightful Fall colors of the season, we designed a warm and luscious look to this event. Gorgeous Velvet Fern linens and Champagne Glitz table runners provided by CORT Party Rentals made for a perfect stage for the décor on the long King Tables. Fena Flowers absolutely nailed the look with beautiful greenery filled with pops of soft color.

Parties on the Terrace
Image by Jean-Marcus Strole Photography

The networking reception before dinner was an absolute blast with a fun sensory game we designed to test everyone’s wine knowledge. Happy Hour Bar Rentals built a stupendous #barscene and Seattle Party Shots captured our good side with their super fun photo experience.

Seattle Party Shots
Image by Jean-Marcus Strole Photography

Table 47 Catering absolutely killed it with delicious flavors and beautiful presentations while Linda Chauncey, from Ste Michelle Wine Estates educated us on Washington Wines. Jean-Marcus Strole Photography was on hand to capture all the fun on film and Butler Seattle got all of our guests safely back to their cars. Thank you to the Seattle NACE board for letting us take a run at this one and thank you to all of our event partners that made it happen. Definitely one of our favorite events of the year!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our fabulous event partners. You are all amazing!!

Venue: Parties on the Terrace

Caterer: Table 47

DJ/AV: Sounds Unlimited

Florist: Fena Flowers

Rental Company: CORT Party Rental

Bar Rental Company: Happy Hour Bar Rentals

Photo Experience: Seattle Party Shots

Photographer: Jean-Marcus Strole Photography

Wine Maker: Ste Michelle Wine Estates

Transportation Company: Butler Seattle

Guest appearance by The Great Surprisal

Want to know how to reach any of these wonderful teams, reach out and we will get you connected.

Rock The Block Fundraising Gala

Rock the BLOCK Fundraising Gala!

Perfect Storm Moments ROCKED the Seattle NACE FUNdraiser.

One of our favorite events to plan each year is the fundraising gala for Seattle NACE. For the past 4 years Amy and I have had the pleasure of working with a fantastic team of event professionals to push this over-the-top event to new heights.

Each year, we set our sights at out doing ourselves in every aspect. The gala serves multiple functions; it serves as a fundraiser to support the local Seattle chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), It serves as a fundraiser for NACE’s community partners (Birthday Dreams this year), but mostly it serves as a celebration for our community of hard working event professionals. It is, as you can imagine, a hard audience to impress.

Our goals are simple – raise a bunch of money, have ALL the fun, showcase the amazing things our event partners are doing, win ALL the awards, and blow some minds – nothing like a little modest goal setting to help set the bar.

For this year’s event, on April 18, 2019, we took over Block 41’s beautiful urban space for a rock n roll extravaganza. An immersive, elegant, and edgy celebration of all things ROCK. Guests were able to indulge like rock stars and show support for two fantastic organizations.

We created an inspiration video to get the vision moving, asked gests to prepare to Hold on to their fishnets and prepare for an energetic evening of music, color, mayhem. They had a backstage pass to a virtual tour of all things rock and roll. Traveled through the origins of rock, descended into the seedy underworld of punk and grunge and dined like hair-band kings and queens.

Freddie Mercury made a guest appearance and rocked the roof off, we had a motorcycle selfie stand, live-band karaoke, artists, acrobats, roller girls, food, fun, and live tattooing – YES, real tattoos.

David Lobban, of Lobban Photography Inc, and Megan Swann, of Megan Swann Photography, captured some beautiful images of the event. A few of which you can see below, or you can check out the full albums on the Seattle NACE Facebook page here & here

Brian Waltz, our lighting designer and owner of LightSmiths shot a great video of the transformed space that you can watch here or below. It took a tremendous effort from a fabulous team to pull this off and we could not have done it without any of them:

Thank you to Everyone involved!!