March 5, 2011

Our Secret Wonderland

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As an Event Planner, sometimes it is hard to WOW us.  However, this was not the case for some of the cities elite planners who were invited to attend the Atlanta Weddings Magazine and W Hotels of Atlanta Wonderous Day full of indulgent Surprises!

Our day begin at the W Hotel ~ Buckhead where small hints eluded to what lay before us.  On the information screens throughout the hotel, there were images from Alice in Wonderland ~ both the original and the new version with Johnny Depp.

We gathered in the prefunction area where we were encouraged to “Drink” a concoction that would perhaps set the mood for what would come next.  The drink was served in a shot glass and was an espresso shot.  Very tasty.

When the time came for us to finally enter the room and see some of the Wonderous Surprises, we walked through the Rabbit Hole guided by the image of Alice in Wonderland.

The room was AMAZING!  The tables were placed in a “T” and were loaded with various vases and tea pots and all kinds of beautiful flowers.  The senses were in over-drive for sure.  At the far end of the room, there was a huge structure of trees that had leaves (magnolia) hanging as well as votive candles.  The size of the trees was nothing short of Magical.  In each of the various mis-matched chairs, there were Hats each with its own personality.  We were encouraged to find a hat we liked and have a seat at that spot.  There were so many fun hat options that I was literally walking around the whole room trying to decide which one I wanted.  I settled on one that wasn’t as FABULOUS and frilly as others but was very tasteful and actually coordinated with my outfit for the day. It was a cream-colored hat with a chocolate-brown satin ribbon and bow with a cluster of hydrangea attached.  Other hats featured feathers, tulle and boas and usually a floral accent as well.  What a Wonderful idea for a Ladies Tea, Bridal Shower or even a Bat Mitzvah.

Once seated, you continued to notice all of the intricate details.  All of the decor was provided by Your Event Solutions.  They began the room set-up the night before and literally worked all night to have this Wonderland come to life. The tree that they created truly looked real because of a product that is available at Your Event Solutions which in essence is a graphic design of the image desired that is then incorporated into the decor.  So for the tree, the graphic design was of tree bark and so as it was wrapped around the structure, it looked like a real tree. 

Because we were all so amazed at the decor, it took a while before we were all ready to take a seat.  But once we did, our taste senses were in for the next treat.

Our first course was a creamy tomato soup with sweet basil foam.  The soup was served in an oversized white bowl that was off-centered for lack of a better description.  The soup was DELICIOUS.  Following came the salad which was tuna tartare “nicoise” frisee salad with black olive vinaigrette.  The main course, that might I say took us all by surprise, was prosciutto white rabbit loin served with sweet and sour cabbage and spicy pea puree.  Another common feature among event planners, is that many of us  are foodies.  While we all seemingly were hesitant on tasting the entrée, we all (or at least most of us) did try it and were surprised that the flavor wasn’t bad.  This certainly isn’t meant to be a negative comment, but the common feeling among those present was that it was hard to get past the thought of eating our “host” if you will.  ~smile~

As we were finishing our meal, we all kept wondering what could be coming up next in our day of  indulgent surprises.  We quickly found out that we were being whisked away to an undisclosed location.  We loaded a shuttle provided by Atlantic Limousine and took off on a secret journey.

Within a few short minutes, we arrived at our next destination, W Hotel ~ Midtown.  As we departed our shuttle, we were greeted by the friendly staff and offered bottled water.  We then were taken to the awe inspiring Altitude Ballroom located on the 27th floor of the hotel with a view of the city from the floor to ceiling windows that surround the room.  This ballroom is magical by itself – because of the view.  However, there are other special details that make the Ballroom special – such as soft-seating lounge furniture that is included, as well as the whole floor being just for the private event.  The hotel also offers other private event space on another level of the hotel for those events that may not fit into Altitude.

After we all had viewed the ballroom, we were then escorted down to one of the suites.  WOW was it spectacular.  The decor was contemporary as one would expect in a W property – but with the continued Alice in Wonderland Theme, we were greeted by the Queen of Hearts who was actually a dessert table.  There were a variety of cupcakes in addition to other small bites of delectable treats placed on the “roving” table. 

On the dining table, we were treated to even more delicious array of nibbles.  The chef prepared a variety of hors d’oeuvres that we each found to be tasty.  In keeping also with the theme, the signature cocktail of a Pim’s Cup was served.

As we were able to mingle and enjoy the delicacies, one of the massage therapists from Bliss Spa offered a chair massage.  This was such as hit that several of us wanted to keep getting back in line for another one. 

One of the nice surprises of the day was the swag-bag that we found waiting for us on the shuttle.  It contained the latest edition of Atlanta Weddings Magazine as well as luxurious samples from Bliss Spa and even gift certificates for Spice Market and Whiskey Blue

This truly was a Wonderous Day full of indulgent Surprises and I was so pleased to have been included in the select group of planners invited. Thank you so much to the W Hotel Buckhead and Midtown, Atlanta Weddings Magazine, Bliss Spa, Your Event Solutions and Atlantic Limousine for making this such a magical and wonderful day!

For those of you looking for a full-filled theme for your next event, Alice in Wonderland is one that can offer many different options so that incorporating in into a wedding, a Sweet 16 Party, a Bat Mitzvah, a Ladies Tea or even a Bridal shower or Bridesmaids Luncheon would all work extremely well. 

 We would be happy to assist you in planning your next event and have the experience and qualifications to make every event Flawless!

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