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This weekend contains one of my most favorite days of the year – Academy Awards Sunday!

I got a taste of Hollywood glamor a little earlier this week with the production of my latest work event. The Opening Night Party at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Red Carpet Draped Entry

The Garden Show is celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary with a tribute to the Silver Screen – this year’s theme is Gardens Go Hollywood! We really got into the  Tinseltown mode at this annual preview party that benefits the Arboretum Foundation.

Candy Guessing Game

With the Oscars coming this weekend, I thought I would share a few photos from the event in the hopes of inspiring you to sparkle up your celebrations this Sunday.

Dean & Marilyn

Lively swing music from Underground Swing filled the hall as guests arrived on the red carpet. We encouraged guests to dress up as their favorite Hollywood celebrity or movie character. Dean Martin & Marilyn stopped by (thanks to Live Wires!)

Marilyn & King Kong

Even King Kong took his photo opp in front of our step & repeat along the red carpet!

Gardening celebrities joined in the fun with gardening guru, Billy Goodnick, leading a tour of the gardens for our guests

Ciscoe Morris

and Ciscoe Morris announcing the world premiere of a very special movie made especially for us by Utopia Media & Entertainment.

Candy Guessing Game

A concessions candy guessing game raised money for the Foundation.

Candy Guessing Game

Guests donated for the opportunity to guess the number of pieces of candy and win prizes – including the chance to take home these lovely jars full!

Candy Guessing Game

The table centerpieces were a very simple decor that carried the theme through. These would be perfect for your Oscar party this weekend!

Make these from items easily picked up at your local party store – popcorn buckets, raffle tickets, paper shred (looks like popcorn at the top of the bucket, right?)and a movie prop clapboard.

Movie CenterpiecesWe stuffed butcher paper almost to the top of the large popcorn bucket, added the shred and placed the clapboard on top. The small buckets simply had two colors of raffle tickets coming up out of them. Super easy!

Finger foods are great to serve at your awards party. Prepare appetizers ahead of the soiree, leaving you more time to enjoy your guests.


A cheese plate is easy to put together and always a winner!

Cheese platterVolunteers at the event even got into the spirit with Usher/Usherette hats and trays. (Thanks mom for coming into town for a visit just in time to volunteer and make these costumes for our big party!)

Ushers & Usherettes

And of course I had to show you the wonderful Hobbit themed garden that our Arboretum Foundation designers created for this year’s show!

Arboretum Garden

If you are feeling down in this dreary NW winter weather and want a taste of spring, the Garden Show continues through this weekend at the Washington State Convention Center.

Thank you to Event Photos NW for being there to capture the magic! See more great photos of the gala event on their website.