Pat Summitt Luncheon February 2017 / by Lara Periut

An ombre of color

It is a pleasure to have an idea and actually see it come to fruition. Leah - of Whimsical Gatherings - was asked to design the Pat Summitt fundraiser held in downtown Knoxville, TN in late February, and she took inspiration from the ombre colors on the invitation (it's the tiny image on the top left of the 4 smallest pictures). The flowers were absolutely amazing and I wish I could attach more photos for everyone to see, including the oversized gold sequin table covers and black napkins topped with a stick of rock candy to match the arrangements on each table. I was asked to recreate the quote on the back of the invitation and also chose to continue the ombre geometric pattern in nail & string art. Yes, the 70's are back! I started all the way from scratch by selecting and routing a 7" wide piece of raw wood, primed & painted, gold leafed (largest image on the left) and laid out the pattern (barely visible in the top right) that begins with a soft yellow and ends in a dark purple. I can honestly say that it is far more impressive in person. I always enjoy setting up and breaking down these events, especially when I get to take one of the arrangements back to my shop to admire for days.

Pat Summitt fundraiser luncheon at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville, TN

Pat Summitt fundraiser luncheon at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville, TN