For a gala fundraiser benefiting children, planners created a summer-day dÃ©cor with kites above and flowers below. Doll-sized red wagon centerpieces holding wild flowers, green metallic shag linens, and summery images in the video presentation reinforced the overall look. Large, two-sided kites with childlike graphics and colorful tails hung from the ceiling, outlined in white mini lights. Kites with sponsor logos hung near the main projection screen. A kite-shaped stretch of spandex on the ceiling made an appropriate projection surface for a light show.
The dÃ©cor in the pre-function area for the cocktail hour was similar to that in the ballroom—wildflower centerpieces, green linens, and colorful kites.
• Char Mason and Cookie Coleman, Coleman Mason Events; Cathy Fideler, Sheba Concept & Design; Todd Pinzuti, Bungalow 6 Design; Neal Wallace, Event Pro; Kathy Roberts, Hilton Minneapolis; Pat Frederick, Pat Frederick Productions
• Missy Francisco Carlson, SMDC Health System; Scott DeLage, Event Lab
• Michelle Hickey, American Cancer Society