And so it's come to pass. One month of stressful worrying has come to a wonderful end. I wish to write about lot of things, but I'm just relieved it's finally over.
Our first setup in a hotel setting has taught us several lessons. For The Peninsula, we learned 'patience' above all things. Were it not for the nice people we met here, I would have sworn never to work here ever again because of the heightened paranoia of the security. Since we had to do the arrangements in the garden area, this means we had to call security to open the gate whenever we need to deliver the centerpieces to the ballroom (and it takes what, 30 minutes before a guard actually makes an appearance?). All that waiting meant delays and we finished in the nick of time - around 40 minutes before the doors were opened to receive the early birds. Eventually, we stopped calling security and simply passed the centerpieces over the gate to a waiting crew. So stressful.
Another souce of stress was a certain supplier who couldn't deliver my flowers on time even though I made the order - and paid - for them early on. I totally didn't expect it to happen because they are very well known among florists and stylists and have supplied Manila with the most beautiful and unsual flowers ever seen in years. Oh, well. I guess s*** happens even to the best ones. Anyway, everything that was used for this event was new - from the mini-goblet candle holders to the tablecloth. Looks like we will be needing more storage space after this, he he!
Detail. An 12-seater arrangement using silk shantung. We alternated this material with Rochelle Red organza which has vines and flower detailing. We received wonderful feedback for the arrangement and materials used for this event, but the ultimate compliment came from the guests themselves - they brought home everything! No centerpiece was left for us to clean up.
A view of the stage. The reason why we chose to employ low arrangements for this event is because of the performances onstage. First, this being a dinner for the company's industry friends and business partners, the guests should be able to see and talk to each other without the centerpiece getting in the way. Second, the guests (250 heads or thereabouts) should be able to see what's going on the stage. You know the flowers are there, but they remain unobtrusive throughout.
We made four of these willow-type arrangements for the foyer area where cocktails was held. Each was placed on top of a cocktail table which was draped using either of the two tablecloths we likewise used for the dining tables. We used this concept to reflect the true-to-life attributes of a willow tree - toughness, size, and tenacity of life. We wish the same for WSI as they move on to their next 25 years. (Trivia: Salicylic acid is derived from the willow tree.)
Huge thanks go to Tina Victoria of The Peninsula (we hope to work with you again in the future!), our sastre, Aling Auring, for the fast and excellent work on the organza tablecloths, our florists Vio and Magno, and Crew Chief Tony. Special thanks to Mike of The Mango Farm for the cash advances, and to the nice people at WSI (Jon and Jimma).
Thank you, WSI, for the chance to be of service. Happy anniversary!