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Spring blooms provide inspiration for many a designer. But creating an event to be held among them raises the bar

A client of Top That! Event reached out to the company last spring for help with a backyard dinner party for 120 guests. The company put together a possible look for her and sent photos; the client loved it, and Top That! went to work making it a reality.

“The client wanted to make sure the event looked classy and like a dinner party,” says Kristen Porchia, director of business development and events for Top That! Event. “She had a lot of rose bushes and flowers in her backyard, but they hadn’t bloomed yet—so it was very blossomy with lots of greens and trees.”

Top That! set 12 round tables with its Mod Avocado linen.

“Geometrics are super popular and trendy, and with this linen you get to get to see the box within a box,” Porchia says. “And it’s a heavier linen—it works for outdoors without a spandex because it doesn’t blow all over the place.”

Atop a clear charger and white china, Porchia added an orange napkin for a pop of color and used a moss-wrapped stone as a placeholder for the place card, which guests picked up as a favor upon entry. The moss tied in nicely with the table’s centerpiece, which rested on a gypsum moss blanket and was accented by moss and green-wire balls. The centerpiece itself comprised Japanese andromeda, ferns, berries, white lisianthus and brouyena. The overall intent was an asymmetrical design, with the balls to help give it shape. Finally, Porchia added white pillar candles. 

“I think that different-size pillars are a little more exciting sometimes than just votives alone,” Porchia says. “Especially since this was an out - door event, pillars bring a little more.”

Sturdy crystalline infinity chairs with a white-leather pad completed the look.

“When you put them with the linen, I just think it’s cool that the linen still shows,” Porchia says. “For people who want to showcase a beautiful linen, a crystal chair is the way to go. I see a lot of events where people opt not to do a rented chair or a chair cover, and it just looks unfinished.” 

The overall design blended well with the client’s yard and with the atmosphere, Porchia says.

“It brought an upscale feeling to the evening,” she says. “And we loved it so much that we added to our spring lookbook.” 

Girlie elegance and sophistication were the theme of a recent bat mitzvah planned by Elm Events. Bat mitzvahs, the coming-of-age celebrations for 13-year-old Jewish girls, walk a tightrope—they must celebrate a teen girl in a way that pleases her friends and adult family alike. Hundreds often attend the parties, which follow a religious ceremony and often raise the bar for personalization and opulence.

 

Chris Rowley, the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's executive director, recently acquired her certification as a Government Meeting Specialist from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals .

The SGMP certifies employees of government entities through the voluntary GMS program whose  goal is to teach planners and suppliers to plan meetings and events in the most effective way possible for their government employers. The program requires participants to fulfill the ethical, personal and professional requirements that the SGMP specifies.

 

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.