This year in Florida it has been a tough time planning out events with El Niño, tornados, high winds and rain traveling through the state. It's been like a box of chocolates, you're never sure what you’re gonna get. Whether planning out a wedding for 100 people, a birthday party for 50 people, or a fundraiser for 650 people, it's hard to know what Mother Nature will bring the day of your event.
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So many people in Florida are used to blue skies and sunshine - many of us think "why not just have our event outside on the grass, under the stars, in the beautiful weather?" Mother Nature may have different plans! So it might be smart to have an alternative plan of action. Many annual events are moving from location to location every year to keep things fresh and different for their annual guests. But it’s important to remember when moving from a hotel ballroom to an outside venue that it's probably time to rent a tent.
Spring is "round 2" of galas and fundraisers in the state of Florida, "Round 1" starts in October and carries through the months of November and early December. Once the frigid arctic air of 49 degrees reaches the state it's time to call it quits until spring arrives. This year has started off with cold temps and strong winds with heavy rains, and it is not helping any event held outside.
The American Cancer Society hosts its annual Cattle Baron Ball, which helps fight the cause for Cancer with 3 separate events here on the west coast of Florida: Fort Myers, Palmetto and Tampa. With anywhere from 300- 600 people, Cattle Baron Ball is certainly a great event to help such a great cause. Fort Myers was the first to kick off their Cattle Baron Ball in the early months of the year, with rain in the forecast and 80 mph winds; wreaking havoc on the tents and preset tables. So a last minute decision was made to move the event to an inside venue with some great efforts from the committee chair and volunteers, showing that a "plan B" is never a bad idea. Because as they say, the show must go on!
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The Palm Ball was held last month with over 400 attendees under an 8,000 square ft. high peak pole tent, although there weren't 80 mph winds racing through the state, it did rain that evening so additional canopies were brought in to keep guests dry from valet to the main tent. Even with the wet weather the guests stayed dry along with terrific food and great decor a wonderful time was had by all.
Orchid Ball was next, celebrating Marie Selby Botanical Gardens held underneath a 50ft. X 210 ft. Clear span structure tent with clear panels over the dance floor. Over 500 people were seated on gold chiavari chairs with beautiful table linens and flowers on the tables. Mother Nature decided to throw some cold air at us this night with temperatures dipping in the 40's - so heaters were brought in to keep the guests toasty and warm while dining and dancing the night away! A 40 pound cake was lowered twenty feet down from the center of the dance floor during the event. Now there's something you don't see every day!
Cattle Barron Ball in Tampa, Florida will be going on this weekend with six hundred people in attendance underneath three large tents in Waterworks Park. Going with a more natural look, this event is using a natural wood chair with white tablecloths and burlap toppers. Whiskey barrels are used as high top tables and a cowboy, cowgirl theme is in play to raise awareness. Fortunately the weather is forecasted to be beautiful for this event so no heaters needed or walls to keep out the rain, just well-lit canopies above for their event.
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Planned Parenthood is having their annual fund raiser next month at Powel Crosley mansion under a 9000 square foot tent with over 520 attendees. The tent will be right on the water with white satin draping throughout this should be a spectacular event. Let’s hope the weather gets back to normal and this El Niño business is over with.