Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Eve in the Clubhouse & Some Photoshop Editing

 I was delighted when I was asked to assist in decorating the clubhouse, in River Run Plantation, the community where we have been residing for the past 8 1/2 months.
So, as a thank you for letting me spend $150 of their decorating budget, to buy additional decorations for their annual New Year's celebration, I am writing this post for them to share with the anyone that was unable to attend.
  I always edit my photos using Pic Monkey's editing tools. It's a free website

Since I love to play around with editing I upgraded to their Royale package to take advantage of their fun's worth the monthly $4.99 fee for me!
  Frost is one of my favorites to apply along with some fun bokeh effects, like the stars in the two photos above.
The clubhouse is such a great place for meetings, activities and a wonderful space to entertain! 
Here's another pic of the space with some changes using exposure, sharpening and frost. 

Isn't the clubhouse lovely? The band fit perfectly, in the corner, under the stars.

Seating areas were re-arranged for groups and intimate conversations...

and even a space for the guests to dance.

I had a lot of helpers to assist with the execution of the decor. DIY, chair covers were cut and adorned by many. Plastic was used to transform the plain folding chairs into elegant seats for around 50 cents each.
You can see more of how I used them in my Christmas post here!

The Christmas tree was re-decorated with hats and horns and co-ordinated decor.

And I highlighted the star on top of the tree.... a fun, little touch...don't you agree?

A little lens flare, with more bokeh stars, was added here adding a fun festive touch.

And then more of the same, by adding more highlights, to the candles flames.

One of the centerpiece pics with a simple, film grain, touch.

More lens flare was added to the ornament in the centerpiece below.

Film grain, exposure and sparkle bokeh add some punch to this simple vignette.

Exposure and frost were the only addition here.

Some lens flare editing, highlights the star on the chandelier,
an execution by my, two youngest, helpers who stuck by my side throughout the long day!

This phenomenal cake was a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, too!

And entertainment was enjoyed, for the celebration, by all!

I'm ending this post with a great "big thank" you to my friend, Eileen Broader, for introducing me to some wonderful people on the board and in the community. To Kathleen/Kathy Scott, the board's president, for initially asking for my help with their celebratory decor. And a special thank you to, Barbara Kucszmynda, president of the social committee and her right hand assistant, Carolyn Bove, for their welcoming me with such warmth. I will be hoping for another "fix" for my compulsive disorder when their next festive occasion demands!

Now, I'm off to start my next big task...undecorating our Christmas decor...ugh! that's a really, really big chore! 

  Love, Hugs and Kisses,
and Gucci, too!

 To see more of my holiday inspirations you can check out my November & December 2013 and 2012 archives that can be found the left of this page!

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This post was honored with a feature spot over @ onemoretimeevents
thank you, Tammy!

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Unknown said...

Wow! Love the 2014 centerpieces and of course the color blue!!! Awesome job as usual!!!!! I'm sure everyone that attended was excited.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

You did a great job! The blue and silver are very nice together.

The Charm of Home said...

This is beautiful!

Crafts a la Mode said...

How beautiful, JP. Lots of fun, too. I love the chairs. You must have had lots of fun. Your friend, Linda

must love junk said...

Wonderful job-it looks gorgeous!

One More Time Events said...

Hi…. Just stopping by to let you know you have been featured at One More Time Events….Thank you for sharing! Hugs Tammy

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

You did a lovely job, I am sure it was a wonderful night! I like to play with Pic Monkey too, I love the rays you added to the candle flames, I'll have to remember to borrow that idea:-)