/ photography by Brogan Jackson
The Rose Ball celebrated its Silver Jubilee, hosting the 25th gala at the Poinsett Club. Guest Designer Emily McCarthy created an overarching concept for the ball and 45+ designers and florists bedecked the rooms of the club. Members scalped their own gardens for both heirloom roses and greenery in support of The Fresh Market and Walmart donating nearly 10,000 commercial blooms.
The plan incorporated silver elements in honor of the notable anniversary as well as coral for a cohesive color. Rooms were swathed in shades of coral to orange to gold and accented with original art, unique vessels, garland (both draped and hanging) and posh interior design in an abundance of blooms.
The Rose Ball is Greenville’s longest-running charitable event, celebrated biennially, and this year featured 5,000 roses. Since 1971, approximately $3.6 million has been given to charitable causes locally.
Draped to Perfection
Designer Caroline Brackett asked Suzie Bunn of Statice Event Design to help bring her vision for the Governor’s Room to life; one of lush florals in an entirely draped space. The design for the room was in the works for a year. The walls and ceiling were tented in gold gossamer fabric, provided by Optrics. Brackett installed two massive paintings by artist Laurie Buck to bookend the room, flanked by two busts posing on lucite pedestals.
Each lovely lady was filled with more than 100 stems of flowers. “Anytime you’re doing an entrance piece it’s really hard to get enough flowers into it. We really overstuffed them to make them as dramatic as possible,” says Bunn. Brackett selected mercury glass containers to add the sparkle of silver and large tall taper candles (in fact, each was 36” inches tall) were sourced for antique brass candlesticks of varying heights for the dining tables.
Busts or containers with open-topped heads have really struck a note of late. Bunn says there are tips-of-the-trade to know before trying this trending arrangement in your home.
- Line oddly shaped containers first with foil and then with plastic wrap.
- Soak your oasis until entirely saturated and then drain it for as long as possible (so when lifted it no longer drips). Add flowers no more than 6 hours before your event.
- Make sure the overall arrangement doesn’t topple from being front heavy. Think about which way it will face and have some of the arrangement coming off the back to distribute the weight.
- Start with the majority of your greenery, then add line flowers and place focal flowers last.
- Never let the lip of the container show. Build up the foam so flowers can come down at an angle. Try for something sweeping down over a face and think of your arrangement as an extension of the woman.
Designed by Caroline Brackett and Florist Suzie Bunn
“I wanted to make it intimate and cozy with colors that were rich and comfortable without being sterile. Coral was the underlayer of the tablecloth, topped with individual runners out of a rose trellis fabric that crossed over each other. Mixing gold with mercury glass is more interesting rather than just using the same finish.” -Caroline Brackett
The Palmetto Room
Designed by Tara Jackson and Musette Stern
“Our inspiration was the Japanese elements found in the wallpaper. We wanted our design to not only be in the room, but to be a part of the room. We used garden bamboo that was cut to size and attached with a silicone glue to glass cylinder vases. For our mats and screen, we cut bamboo to size and used twine to form traditional Japanese obi knots to hold our grid structures together.” -Tara Jackson
Designed by Whitney McGregor
“Mirrors covered most of the walls, so we wanted to do what I call swags but they are actually referred to as garland. We constructed them the day before with different kinds of greenery, especially branches with berries or little olives or buds, because those interesting forms add so much. Pay attention to the leaf shape when constructing garland. You want things that kind of droop or can hang prettily. All of our flowers were added on-site.” -Whitney McGregor
Designed Michele Johnson and Event Planner Farrah Redmon
“We wanted to do two really large arrangements creating focal points to draw the eye in. One sat on top of the bar; it reached the ceiling in the room and then fell to the floor. We used at least 7-8 dozen roses in it. Professional Party Rentals special ordered the coral fabric for me. It was draped in the arrangement and also topped the bar tables.”-Farrah Redmon
Upstairs Statesman Room
Designed by Sullivan Short
“I love that the moss added another touch of magic to the umbrellas. We added coral tape trim to the umbrellas and the tablecloths were hand-painted gingham.” -Sullivan Short