September 2010 ABC-OC Education Meeting: Mary Dann at the House of Blues

From Stacey Gitten

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Soul Food, Soul Music – a day good for the Soul. On September 13th, members and guests arrived at Downtown Disney and were greeted by a magnificent entrance display of guitars, albums, art, and a metal tree with florals created by Green Leaf Designs – it really set the stage for the afternoon. The House of Blues hosted our cocktail reception on the Rose Terrace with tray passed voodoo shrimp and signature blue (of course) cocktails. Gotta Have S’more served their tasty smuffins – buttery graham cracker crust topped with gooey marshmallow and chocolate – mmmm, getting hungry right now. Shelby of Green Leaf Designs continued the thematic décor with centerpieces of musicians printed on lanterns. After picking up their VIP Backstage Pass (AKA – nametags) cleverly designed by Girl Friday Designs, guests enjoyed the super sultry sounds of Denny White while mingling with new vendors and re-connecting with old friends.

After networking, guests headed downstairs to the Music Hall.  It certainly is a place for the senses – rich wood, funky and edgy images, and tall ceilings with 2 seating levels. Long tables draped in iridescent linens provided by Mikasa Fine Linens were accented with gold urns and candles, rich red and purple florals, and rocker images designed by Green Leaf Designs.  All of these details were artfully captured by photographer Marlin Munoz.  The House of Blue’s incredible waitstaff served Grilled Rosemary Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Vegetables. Our guest speaker, Mary Dann, introduced herself and her fascinating background. We then watched her video on how to expand your business without over-extending yourself. She offered pointers about what to look for in hiring employees and provided useful links for human resource management. As an added benefit, attendees can count this meeting as 1.5 hours of continuing education credits.

Thanks to following fabulous team for donating their time and service!

Florist: Green Leaf Designs

Venue: House of Blues

Favors: Gotta Have S’more

Paper Goods: Girl Friday Designs

Entertainment: Denny White

Linens:Mikasa Fine Linens

Photographer: Marlin Munoz

Speaker: Mary Dann