Monthly Archives: February 2013


 We were asked to help out again with this school’s fundraiser and the theme this year was 80’s!! 
Anne Marie Dezelan of Annie-O’s was the creative mind behind this entire concept and you will see why she is fabulous at what she does.  She has a way of getting you completely immersed and excited about the project.  In fact, at our first design meeting she came strutting in blaring Carma Chameleon on her iPhone  instantly getting everyone hyped up about the party. 
Her first idea was to pay tribute to Ronald Reagan and his role in tearing down the Berlin Wall. 
Here, we created a faux Berlin Wall on each side of the hallway.  The black, red and gold draping created a German Flag feel.
 Anne Marie thinks of the whole visceral experience when planning a party. So what you see, hear, smell and feel are very much a part of her consideration when brainstorming ideas.  So, for the Berlin Wall walk, she had “When the Walls Come Tumbling Down” by John Mellencamp playing.
At the end of the hallway was a student dressed as Ronald Reagan.   

Anne Marie worked with many of the schools students to help create a “live art experience”.  This year she chose several students to dress and act as iconic 80’s music artists.  Some artists include: Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Devo, Madonna, Billy Idol, Michael Jackson
and a special section for Whitney Houston and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.
As patrons walked down the hallway they heard each of these artists popular songs as well as saw the students dressed to a “t” and acting the part.   
 Here is a pic of the guitar we made for the Prince performer
 As guests exit the 80’s artists hallway they stumble upon a scene where 3 kids are plopped on bean bags playing old school video games on a vintage TV.  Cool Ranch Doritos, Teen Beat Magazines, movie posters, a phone (with an extra long cord) and a boom box were some of the details that brought back fond memories of the era. 

For the surrounding walls we created over sized screen shots
                                          of some of the fave video games of the 80’s

Pacman, Donkey Kong & Frogger.  Markey’s Audio Visual also had cool uplighting and gobos projecting on the walls and ceiling as well as video game sounds coming from speakers. 
As guests walked down the stairs to go into the main room, choir students lined the stairway and sang “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.
 Here’s a little detail from the Ladies Room.  Over sized Aqua Net Hairspray Cans.

Here’s a pic of the main room.  This is where the guests spent the majority of the evening.  There was a live auction, bar, served dinner and a special midnight breakfast buffet.

The table cloth colors were plucked right from the Rubik’s Cube squares.  We created 3 different centerpieces: Giant Tape Cassettes, Giant Rubik’s Cubes, and Giant Atari Joysticks.



Check out this AWESOME backdrop!!

We made an 8′ Cheers sign for the bar

As guests left, they were treated to a throw back candy buffet with Nerds, Jolly Ranchers, Starbursts, Blow pops, Gobstoppers, Milk Duds, Sour Patch Kids, Laffy Taffy and many more.


We are so proud of our IU men’s basketball team!  They are killing it this year!!  So I was inspired to create a grab and go food table to enjoy while watching the big game.   
 The set up was a nod to Assembly Hall complete with the basketball court, bleachers with IU chairs and the Championship banners.  Here’s to hoping to add a 2013 banner to the set.
The mini chairs held chocolate peanut butter cups with sugar basketballs…
and dark chocolate covered sea salt caramels from Indy’s very own
The Best Chocolate In Town  (I added the little chocolate IU detail)

Mini glass Coke bottles with tiny coaches whistles around the necks of the bottles

Single servings of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Mini Sliders and Fries
displayed on a coaches clipboard 
The mini striped fry boxes mimic the team’s warm up pants

Slam Dunk Dogs and Mini Caprisi Skewers

served in little hot dog containers

PTP baby!-prime time pasta and cheese

Mini Tacos with “shots” of beer.  Switch these out with Rootbeer for the kiddos

These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.


For those of you who are long time fans of Indiana basketball, you will remember this…..


So…in honor of The General we decided to pay homage to this great piece of Indiana history…..

Then things went a little rogue….

Don’t forget to watch the #1 ranked IU vs. Michigan State game tomorrow night!


In the spirit of Mardi Gras next Tuesday I thought I would share a Mardi Gras party we created. This event  was a private High School fundraiser and was held at the actual school.
 As guests enter for check in, they were greeted with a New Orleans city scene.
 The city scene included one of Emeri’ls famous restaurants.
Lots of ferns, wrought iron and brightly colored buildings. 

 Guests turned the corner and strolled down our Bourbon Street hallway.  Several students lined the hallway.  Anne Marie Dezelan with Annie-O’s events came up with the entire concept for this event and chose several students to help set the scene for Bourbon Street.  Including using the schools Gospel Choir to sing “When the Saint’s Come Marching In”.

At the end of the hallway was Emeril (also a student) doing his live cooking show.

Then guests went into the silent auction area “The French Quarter” for some shopping. 
 Then down to the main gym for the “Big Parade”
Here is a picture of the ceiling truss and lighting by Evans Audio Visual.  We created these giant Mardi Gras masks to hang from the truss along with giant Mardi Gras Beads. 
Not a great pic, but you can see the giant beads in this shot 

The amazing colorful backdrop really brought the spirit of New Orleans to the room

We created two centerpieces for the main party room. The one above is full of Mardi Gras beads, masks, boas and coins.

The second is a gold Kings Crown atop a stripey pillow with beads, jewels and coins.
Another view of the backdrop while sitting at the table.

Happy Mardi Gras Y’all!!