At the end of every wedding season, I get the opportunity to be part of a spectacular event bringing my past music industry experience and event planning together. CMA Awards is the biggest night in Country Music with all the artists and record labels in attendance. I used to be there walking the red carpets with artists like Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Martina McBride and many others. I would feel the need to dress to impress and before an hour was up my feet were killing me! But I regress, these days my staff and I get to be the “Wizard behind the curtain” so to speak. My dear friend Michele Hall hires us to plan and do the set up and decor for UMG’s CMA Awards After Party. They have some of the biggest names in the biz and with a guest list from 800-1200 it’s definitely an event where I must bring my “A Game”!
Last year, it was all glam & bling so what do we do this year to make the same venue different? We decided to do “Zen Southern Style”! We wanted guests to have intimate and cozy spaces to socialize so we had Nashville Audio Visual create cabanas similar to a pergola you might see in a tropical resort or Asian garden. With lots of neutral draping and cool lighting, it created the relaxed feel of being in the tropics at a spa. We brought in water fountains, coi swimming in glass bowls, hanging swings, vintage lounge furniture and Budhas. To really bring in the outdoors, we added pots of bamboo and palm trees. But the biggest hit was the extra large bar in the center of the room – 4-sided for easy access from all sides.
The party wouldn’t happen without the sponsors & vendors who provided a variety of elements that made the night special. Some fit with the theme and just others provided such an awesome product no one could resist – Flavor Catering’s ramen station and Asian inspired appetizers, Arby’s served spiked milkshakes, sliders and fries, Disney’s Photo Booth Station, Icee Machine, Hershey’s S’mores Truck, Krispy Kreme Donut Display, Dodge Ram truck and Billiard & Casino tables.
VENUE: Musician’s Hall of Fame
SPONSORS: Arby’s, Dodge Ram, Radio Disney, Hershey’s, Icee, Panasonic
EVENT PLANNING/DECOR/FLOWERS & RENTALS: Front Porch Events
LIGHTING AND DRAPING: Nashville Audio Visual
CATERER: Flavor Catering
PHOTO BOOTH: Nashville Smile Bar
PHOTOGRAPHER: Hannah Feiten