Aug 30, 2010

Behind the Scenes at Amy Atlas Events – Prepping for Nautical Event

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes

I’m back with another behind the scenes at Amy Atlas Events.  If you saw our posts here and here, then you know we have been working on a nautical-inspired dessert table for a special client.  This event took place at the American Yacht Club in Rye, NY.  It could not have been a more beautiful weekend for an event.  The idyllic view of the Long Island Sound filled with yachts set the tone for this nautical table.  It is always a nice treat when our crew gets to take a sweet journey for an event outside the city.  The process of setting up is so different than setting up in a venue in Manhattan.  Often, if we’re setting up in Manhattan, we have to deal with small load-in spaces, little space to work and poor lighting.  When we set up outdoors, we’re inspired by the natural landscape of the venue.  This was particularly true with this event.  Who wouldn’t be inspired by this setting?

Since the table was in a tent with no walls, we first had to build a support system for the backdrop.  It had to be very strong since it could get windy at night by the water.  We had this backdrop bolted to the ground so it was ironclad tight. I visited the venue the day before to ensure that it was secure.

We had to rent a van for this trip.  Yes, both Eric and I rode this huge van!  Can you picture me riding a van?!  I’m not really a van kinda gal, but you do what you have to do!

The morning of the event…here is a picture of the van loaded with props and goodies…

Naomi and Eric get settled and start assembling all the goodies we had prepared for the event…

Lisa made her way to the linen to steam our linen so it would be pristine.  This little steamer comes in handy for events.

Here I am troubleshooting an issue with some of the cookies.  The royal icing on some of the cookies smeared a bit during the shipping process and gently brushing them with a pastry brush is the easiest way to clean them.  I had to do some more troubleshooting which you’ll get to see on the vlog tomorrow.

Lisa joined in too…

A peek at some of the goodies…yes, these are life preserver meringue!  How fun!

Rice crispy treats with nautical flags that I worked on with Erica from Thoughtful Day

Naomi getting the flowers ready.  We used bountiful white carnations and hydrangea for this table.

Planter tins filled with hydrangea…

Lisa and Eric working on the table…

Here are some pictures of us enjoying the view after a long day’s work.  What a nice reward!

Come back for our vlog tomorrow!

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  • Dalia

    Wow, this is so exciting. It really was a perfect day in terms of weather.
    I would love to get my teeth into one of those meringue life preservers. Actually, into any of the treats, cuz they all look so delicious. The table must have been a real hit. Hope you show it to us someday.
    You guys make a great team. Everything you do is so inspiring. Keep it comin’ cuz I’m in dessert table heaven!

  • sherrin

    Thank you for all your posts my 16 year old daughter learns so much from you,She wants to be a pastry cheif… Your job inspires!!!!!

  • I love the meringues! WOW!
    Everything looks amazing! What type of event was this?
    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

  • I can’t wait to see your vlog. Love the life preservers

  • Sharnel

    Go team Amy! Great tip with the pastry brush. Beautiful setting. Can’t wait to see the result.

  • What a gorgeous venue! The meringues are super adorable! LOVE the hydrangeas♥ Can’t wait to see more;)

  • Sue from Sues Sweet Shop

    Everything looks great!! And it was a perfect weekend. I can’t wait to see the finished table!

  • I’m doing a nautical themed VBS for our church in a few weeks and would love to create the life preserver meringues. Do you mind sharing where you got them or how I could make them? I’m needing to make 200 of them! 🙂