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Inspiration: The Governors Ball 2008

Hanging Bubbles Crystal Balls

2008’s Governors Ball was an upscale, yet whimsical event in comparison to that of 2009 and 2010.  What I love is how Hollywood was doing the suspended bubbles (hanging crystal balls) at the beginning of 2008 and they are still a hit in current wedding decor and style trends. But you know what else I love that is absolutely unique—look at the framed quilted fabric! DIVINE! (I, too, love that this is a trend that is picking up in the wedding arena as well).

hanging bubbles crystal ball hanging bubbles crystal balls

Rectangular table with Lampshade Centerpieces with rose bases centerpieces Composite rose centerpieces in candle holders on tables with Lounge furniture cocktail hour

I found this setup so interesting.  It made this party feel like a glamorously casual event. For example, the long rectangle tables come with lighting with the lampshade centerpieces (love the roses bunches at the bases!)—ever been at an event that has been way too dark or the lighting itself was not flattering?  Additionally, I love that there are wine glasses on each table. It makes it intuitively interactive and festive.  If you  look at the first picture, you will notice this gorgeous peach covered lounge furniture is right next to the tables.  It may sound odd, but it makes perfect sense.  I hear so many brides saying “I want my guests to be able to mingle and get to know each other”.  If that’s the case, integrate your lounge area directly into your seating arrangements. This makes a better flow without guests worrying about a free for all for seats—they can move around the room, say hello to friends and not worry about if they are taking someone else’s seat.  Naturally, the mirrored tables with composite roses in candle holders (GORGEOUS AND SMART) are simple enough to make an impact and small enough to encourage socializing.   Each table is its own island in the scope of the design.

Rose centerpiece with crystal container Governors Ball 2008
Tall Rose Centerpieces with orchids on rectangular tables Lampshade Centerpieces for Rose bases

Lampshade Centerpieces for Rose bases Tall Rose Centerpiece with red linens, red glasses and goblets, ghost chairs and red quilted tufted sofa bench

I love how this year’s ball not only included multiple seating arrangements but a completely different and unique design altogether with this oveall table, square clear chairs and quilted bench seating. All things aside, between you and me…I really want that chair.

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Awesome photos found on Flickr

Inspiration: The Governors Ball 2009

Governors Ball 2009

In 2009, the Governors Ball took a slightly less “overdone” approach.  It may not look like it—but in comparison to the 2010 Governors Ball, which we talked about yesterday, and the 2008 Governors Ball, which we will see tomorrow, it is the most scaled down version.  However this does not mean plain or ordinary. The theme for this year’s ball was to create a zen atmosphere, as shown with its bonsai like centerpieces, bamboo shadows on the ceilings and serene lighting. Once again, I love the different table dynamic—consisting of rectangle and square tables this year showcasing the dimension of the design (and room) with alternating tall and low centerpieces.

Long rectangle table idea for wedding with runner Square table with  tree centerpiece

Square tables featured a simple sculpted tree centerpiece with votive candles at the base, as the rectangle tables were adorned in satin with a sheer applique runner with three varied centerpieces in its center.  Other rectangle tables featured small square lamps with one centerpiece. This is completely attainable for any event.

Hanging Parasols as lighting in tent for weddings and events

This has to be one of my favorite parts of 2009’s ball—the bar/cocktail area.  First, how could you not fall in love with the hanging parasols with varied colors and designs.  If you are looking for something to do in your tent, but the hanging crystals or chandeliers are not for you, this is a great alternative.   The area is kept clean and simple with lounge seating, a few cocktail tables (LOVE those linens) and bamboo trees.  even the bar itself is a work of art, with its Asian influenced structures and lighting to complete it.

Governors Ball 2009

Governors Ball 2009

Inspiration: The Governors Ball 2010

Governors Ball 2010

With the Academy Awards coming up at the end of the month, I thought it would be great to recap some of the past Governors Balls this week.  They make for great inspiration and even observation. These Oscar “After Parties” are beautifully styled, feature equally styled culinary fare from the best chefs and endless entertainment.

The 2010 theme was the 1930s Art Deco design style called Streamline Moderne. It has an old Hollywood feel to it, n’est-ce pas?  I also love this overview of the tables—look at the dynamic some tables are round, others are oval.  Also some tables have different linens.  Love it!

Governors Ball 2010

Silver Chiavari Chair Covers With Gold Linens and Sheer Overlay

Lampshade centerpieces Branch Centerpiece for Weddings and Events

Governors Ball 2010 Governors Ball 2010

There is also a Governors Ball Preview—I absolutely LOVE these tablescapes:

Long Rectangle  Table with Gold linens and white overlays with candles and low centerpieces

Clear Plates at tablescapes table decor setting Pink rose centerpieces pink calla lily centerpieces in square silver vases

We Likey: Nesting Newbies

Online magazine Nesting Newbies Issue  Winter 2010


Looking for inspiration and ideas for your home registry?  You will absolutely love Nesting Newbies.  Not only is the magazine fabulous, but their website is equally fabulous being full of great pictures, articles and more.  The magazine’s issue features delicious recipes such as the Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs and the Smoky Sweet Jalapeno Pork….

Nesting for Newbies


I think what I fell in love with the most are the tablescaping ideas.  Sitting down?  Good.

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modern vintage nesting for newbies tablescaping winter 2010

urban femme decor inspiration idea nesting newbies winter 2010

nesting for newbies tablescaping

If you are looking for more ideas, check out some past issues (here is Fall 2009…the garage transformation is amazing!)