Denver County Lincoln Day Dinner 2011

Held at the beautiful Denver Museum of Nature & Science in the South Atrium, the annual Denver County GOP’s largest event of the year was a great success! We anticipated 200 guests at the start, and received nearly 400.  As with many fundraising events, it’s all about stretching every dollar, utilizing the best resources and projecting the most positive organizational image possible.  In all, guests enjoyed themselves, purchased silent auction items, and were inspired by the speech of keynote speaker, author, radio host and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Herman Cain.

Red, white and…blah?  Not at this event.  The volunteers definitely helped with our centerpiece design of submerged red roses, blue snap dragons and white stock with floating white candles, in honor of the political atmosphere.   It can often be a challenge to create a sophisticated look with a) a tiny budget for decor b) approximately 30 tables to cover and c) red, white and blue as your palette.  Since the group was budget-conscious, we went with three separate, low centerpieces using the standard cylinder vases (purchased second-hand at a very nice price!) and a lengthy trip to the floral wholesaler.   We utilized tall, medium and short cylinders with one red, one blue and one white arrangement submerged in each, with a 3″ white floating candle in each.    We used additional small cylinders two submerged red rose buds (no candle) on the cocktail tables, which worked perfectly.

Formerly held at various locations in Denver, this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner proved to be fabulous without raising the ticket price beyond the norm.

Special thanks to the DMNS staff, who were friendly (especially the audio/visual guy, “SuperMitch”) and gracious.