Impressed would be an understatement. For the last several days, I have had the honor of being a volunteer freelance designer for the First Lady's Luncheon, an event that hosts the First Lady, spouses and family members of Congress, and a few other privileged guests.
The event is hosted by the Congressional Club. They partnered with Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore, Mary Kate Kinnane of The Local Bouquet, and Kasey Conquist president of The American Grown Flowers Association.
For us the point was to show the beauty and variety of flowers produced here on American Farms. Even I was impressed by the diversity of blooms from Juliette roses, to King and Queen protea, to marigolds, the zinnias, and even poppies. The flowers were fresh and stunning!
Perhaps just as incredible was the organization and generosity in which Kelly and Mary Kate lead the designers and the support crew of 30 unique individual florists, American growers, and enthusiasts alike.
There was not one tense moment or break in harmony, which for an event of almost 200 tables and 50 other designs is almost unheard of! Everything was perfectly timed and anticipated.
Designers flew in from Oregon, South Carolina, Connecticut, and Alaska just to name a few. There was representation from other major cities with the DMV having a strong presence throughout. I especially loved getting to know Christi Lopez CFD and Carrie Wilcox, both EMC designers. Amy McManus is aways a barrel of laughs (and not at all competitive, wink, wink).
New tips and techniques were learned (hello rolling flower wall) and many other industry stories were shared, really making the whole event a bonding experience.
Personally I did not know what to expect, but I do know that if Kelly ever asks me to be a part of her team again I am all in!
Thank you to these amazing Farms for so generously donating all of the flowers!
Thank you also to our other sponsors!