For the third annual "Green Gala" by the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara, Calif., the Merryl Brown Events team creates a gypsy village. The centerpiece: a fanciful gypsy wagon, the featured auction item.
The interior of the gypsy wagon, promoted as an artist studio, guest cottage or "over-the-top conversation piece."
Held on the grounds of the California National Guard Armory, the gala features vignettes of found objects.
Trees--rented from Cal-Western Landscape--not only add atmosphere but come complete with eco messaging.
Another tree "speaks."
A lounge area.
The dramatic interior of the Armory.
Images by Lighting designed the lighting; Classic Party Rentals provided rentals.
The gypsy-influenced tabletops. Brown became intrigued with gypsy culture after visiting Spain.
The rich green tabletops; La Tavola provided linens.
Guest favors are tied to chairs.
Another view of a tabletop.
Elements of the centerpieces.
An eclectic centerpiece lamp.
Full of Life Pizza brings its portable wood-burning trailer oven to the venue.
The pizza chefs at work.
... And the beautiful results.
The team from Straight Up provides beverage service.
Tray-passed appetizers include Caramelized Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil.
A handsome server.
Another appetizer: Roasted Goat Chorizo Meatballs.
Family-style dinner service begins with Cavolo Nero [kale] Salad with Celeriac, Beetroot and Sheep's Milk Cheese.
The dessert table features chocolates from Sweet Nuit.
Guests will find a sweet future thanks to "tarot card" cookies.
More treats on the dessert table.
Gobos behind the entertainers brand the event.
Costumed greeters provide atmosphere and share information about the Council's mission.
More good-looking greeters.
A tarot-card reader entertains guests. The event also includes a palm-reader and a psychic.
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