Floating Centerpiece? Yes!

Floating Centerpiece? Yes! How To Make a Floating Centerpiece for Your Next Event!

Last week we brought you four of our favorite edible garden centerpieces. This week, we are sticking with centerpieces, but upping the ante. How about we put a little magic into it? Today we’re bringing you an original Clarke Allen Event creation – the floating centerpiece. Designed by our very own Head Event Designer and Coordinator Alex Quill, this centerpiece is sure to leave your guests in awe. Abracadabra!


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Floating Centerpiece? Yes!


This floating floral centerpiece was designed for a corporate client in Greensboro, NC. The event in question was their leadership summit awards dinner. According to Alex, this specific client is one of her favorites. Why? Because they really allow her to push the limits when it comes to design. (Take notes future clients!). Alex says that she wanted to create something that she had never seen done before, and was outside of the normal container.


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For the container, the base was made out of wood and then painted copper for a more elegant finish. Each box cost about $150 to produce. When asked if difficult to make, Alex says it definitely took some creativity. The boxes needed to be completely battery powered, so it took testing and ordering multiple options until the right combination was found.

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But how does it appear to float? The secret is a small box holding it up from underneath. A surrounding edge was left in order to hide batteries and lights so that they were not visible to seated guests. USB under-cabinet lighting systems powered by external batteries were used to power the centerpieces – and also so that guests could charge their phones! This method would allow the lights to stay on for days. Whether sitting or standing, guests viewed the effect that the box was floating off of the table.



If you’re thinking of trying to incorporate floating centerpieces into your upcoming event, Alex says to go for it! She recommends allowing yourself ample time to test, fail, and retest. To give you a little insight, it took the Clarke Allen Events team about two months to get the right combination. The build took a while as they made multiple models in order to get the base as small as possible, while making sure it remained sturdy and not top-heavy.Floating Centerpiece 5

We hope this Clarke Allen Events original inspires you to get creative for your upcoming event. If you need some assistance, just contact us here. We will help you push your limits – and create some magic!

Written by,

Caitlin Carroll | Creative Writer | Clarke Allen Events

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Tips for a Great Summer Wedding

25 Tips for a Great Summer Wedding

If you’re having a summertime wedding, you’re probably envisioning a gorgeous, blue-sky day that’s like something out of a movie.  A sea of perfect, white roses everywhere you look. Your guests in high-fashion ensembles walking through the gardens with champagne glasses in their hands, remarking how this is the most beautiful wedding they’ve ever seen.

What you’re not envisioning is those same guests overheated, dehydrated and slumping in their chairs. Humidity, sweat pouring down the back of your dress, and hundreds of mosquitoes stuck in the icing of your perfect summer wedding cake. Or the guests remarking that they’ve never been so uncomfortable in all their lives.

Don’t let mother nature steal your summer wedding perfection! We have the top tips for preventing the dangers of the dog-day summertime heat and humidity for your guests’ comfort, your cake’s survival, and your wedding-day bliss. Here’s how to plan ahead for cool comforts and a critter-free cake:

Keeping Guests Cool

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Photo Credit: Annie X Photographie

1. Choose an Indoor-Outdoor location. If you haven’t already booked your site — whether all-outdoors or all-indoors — look for a beautiful reception site that offers both outdoor and indoor party areas, such as one with a fabulous ballroomand a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking manicured gardens, a golf course, or the ocean. Guests can decide if they want to be in the outdoor elements, or comfortable inside in the air conditioned building. Especially if you have older or pregnant guests, it’s essential to provide a cooler environment option for all.

2. Rent A/C units. If your wedding will be in a tent, or out in the open air, be sure to rent high-quality, portable fans that you test out in the rental store to judge their strength and relative silence. Great party fans now run at a lower volume level so that everyone can hear the toasts and the music. Invest well in plenty of these fans for everyone’s comfort, and place them around the seating area, the bar, anywhere guests will gather.

3. Provide cooling gadgets. At hot outdoor weddings, and even on the tables of the terrace, set out vases or theme-appropriate containers of little hand-held, battery-run fans, or pretty paper fans for guests to cool themselves with.

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4. Provide sunscreen. If guests will spend hours out in the sun, you’re a terrific host to set a spray bottle of high-SPF sunscreen at each table as well.

5. Serve lots of ice water in stylish glasses with pretty slices of lemon, lime or orange. Who says your water can’t coordinate with your wedding colors? Guests at outdoor weddings love having fresh, ice-cold water brought to them throughout the event, so be sure to order hand-passed ice water service on silver trays. If you’re having a more informal wedding, consider stocking the bar or buffet with a few ice-filled coolers of water bottles.

6. Use natural shade. Scout out your location and ask the site manager to arrange seats and tables under the shade of trees, or with big, bright table umbrellas.

7. No burning their butts! If your site will set out metal chairs for the ceremony or outdoor seating, be aware that metal can heat up in the sun. Either arrange for chair cushions or invest in fabric slip covers for chairs that will be placed in peak sunlight.

Trashing Those Centerpieces

Trashing Those Centerpieces

White hydrangeas and deep orange roses and lilies helped turn the dinner on the opening night of the Host Global Alliance 4th Annual HGA Global Forum into a special affair. That wouldn’t be the final act for the gorgeous buds and blooms. Rather than a trip to the dumpster. The flowers made their way to the Ronald McDonald House of South Florida.  To brighten the day of the families of pediatric cancer patients.

Jennifer Grove, founder and CEO of Repeat Roses (left), with her sales director Amy Nathan at the HGA Global Forum in July.

The service was provided by a company called Repeat Roses. Launched in 2014 by Jennifer Grove, a former event industry planner who is on a mission to do something about the volume of floral waste at events. Grove addressed the HGA audience, explaining that recycling the flowers not only removes them from the waste stream, but also brings joy to the community. Depending on local needs, the flowers may go to hospices, nursing homes, women’s shelters, or cancer care facilities.

Repeat Roses charges between $750 and $2,000 for the service. This includes pickup on the night of the event, redistribution of the flowers into many small vases. Also a photo confirmation of the delivery so clients can see where the flowers end up, and a nonprofit donation letter. A week later, the company picks up the wilted flowers from the charity in order to compost the flowers (ensuring they don’t end up in a plastic bag in a landfill) and reuse the vases.

Event attendees can also get involved in the process. During the coffee break after Grove’s talk at the HGA Global Forum, attendees had a chance to help make small arrangements out of the bouquets from the previous night—“floral therapy” is what Grove likes to call the relaxing, optional activity.

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We are now offering Five Star Exclusive Celebrity Hangar Treatment in Private Hangar.  Or how about an Extraordinary Arizona Desert Sunset at an Unforgettable Ranch.

Therefore corporate events are ever more drawn to unique sites that offer both privacy and maximum personalization. Most noteworthy is gone are the days of wide-eyed hotel guest lounging poolside a measly few yards away.

The team at Venues of North Scottsdale allows every element of your event to sing in perfect harmony.

In addition we have worked with

Fortune 500 , Sports Agencies , Fashion Shows

Trade Shows • Concerts • Conventions • Meetings

Non-Profit , Black Tie Galas , National Brand Product Launches

Venues of North Scottsdale is the best choice to help your dream become a reality

In addition we provide our clients with an experience unparalleled by any other venues in Scottsdale. Offering the most client-centric approach when collaborating with your vision.

Finally select your venue from our collection and our  extraordinary team of seasoned event professionals will collaborate with your group to design an experience like none other.

World-class catering, audio visual solutions, dynamic furniture, décor, entertainment and event managers to take care of the details are all part of the package.

In conclusion we are the best way to build exceptional experiences from the ground up. Unique venues for planners who are ready for something different.  Furthermore the flexibility of the our spaces provide for a blank canvas for your imaginative occasion planning.  You can alter this space to fit nearly any style of event. Call us today to see how our hangars can serve as your next fabulous event.

Floral Design at The Venue

Floral Design at The Venue

Floral Design at The Venue is for intimate private dinners through to grand scale Gala Balls. We have done floral design for events of every scale and budget. A beautiful floral can stir your emotions and drive your event to a new level.  Expect innovative concepts, attention to detail & absolute professionalism from start to finish. As well as a national clientele of both private and corporate clients and understand the importance of providing professional, efficient service that always exceeds expectations. We have a passion to bring beauty and joy into every event we create and would love to be a part of making your next event truly spectacular.

Venues of North Scottsdale does it all when it comes to making your next meeting or corporate event spectacular. Flowers will exceed your anticipations while making your concept come to fruition. Whether you are considering fresh floral arrangements, live botanicals or big green beautiful plant scapes. Our inventive designs will make over your event space while enriching your guest’s complete experience. Venues of North Scottsdale is recognized for producing corporate events for creating beautiful and refined floral and decor spaces. Our goal is to make the planning process as unfussy as possible for our clients while executing a superior design and experience. For a complimentary consultation – contact our event team today at (602- ) 296-8000.

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  • Stage Design with Plants and or florals
  • Corsages and Boutonnieres for Gala’
  • Entrances and Food Stations
  • Tablescapes
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