All dressed up and no party to go to
Ten tables, 10 themes, 10 sets of china, flatware, glassware, flowers and tons of accessories to gussy things up.
But no guests. Nobody to sit and enjoy a party in any of these carefully crafted tablescapes.
Nope, at the end of this very busy day - filled with napkins and chairs and boxes and bags full of festive goodies - one beautiful table setting would be named the best of the best. This competition among the 74 members, both individuals and companies, of the International Special Events Society, Hampton Roads Chapter featured the work of local professionals - hotels, meeting planners, event designers and producers, florists, bakers, rental companies and lighting designers - who produce special occasions.
The lint-free gloves came off starting at 10 a.m. at Grand Affairs on Pleasure House Road in Virginia Beach, the site of the group's meeting. For six hours, event coordinators and, in one case, a lighting tech, flapped tablecloths, polished mirrors and paraded towering flower arrangements, keeping discreet and appreciative eyes on each others' progress and themes.