Sunday, February 1, 2009

Auction Night: A Restrospective

First of all, before my recap, I have to say: I step away from the Internet for one weekend and all hell breaks loose? WTF? Michael Phelps taking bong hits? Also, apparently there was some kind of football thing today with Jennifer Hudson on it. Cool!

Also, saw Slumdog Millionaire today. And? OMG. There are not words. If you haven't seen it. Go. Now.

Now on to my Saturday auction event recap. To say it was a long day would be an understatement. We started schlepping the auction items from the school to the Hilton at 8 a.m. Because my husband is a SLOW MO FO, we got to the school a little late, more like 8:30, and all of the baskets had been packed up to transport, so I didn't get a picture of that, which I wanted to do. I did, however, get a couple of pictures of the finished bar project. Here's the tiled top.

And here's the bar with stools from the front. The back has a tricked out hanging glass rack that one of the class dad's customized for us. Way cool. I was very disappointed that this only brought in $450. Fucking recession.
Here's a crappy shot of some of the basket items. This is about 2/3 of the basket items in the silent auction. I couldn't get a decent shot of this whole side of the room, and didn't get one at all of the other side of the room. This is before the par-tay and the lighting and lack of decorations do not do justice to how beautiful everything looked for the event. But I wanted to give you an idea of the magnitude of the basket making project. Because when I said it was A LOT? So not overstating.
So, schlepped items to the Hilton and started setting up. And the setting up? It was, like, never-ending. At 3:00 p.m. I left the ballroom and went up to the suite to get my hair did. More on that in the next post down, so keep on reading. I also got "glamour length" eyelashes and a whore's worth of makeup. Which I then removed 70% of. And still? Over madeup. Oh well.
After hair and make up, I put my dress on, and didn't get a picture taken. This is a picture after we got home, at midnight, after shaking our groove thangs and working up a sweat and kind of wilting my dress and the belt being all floppy and shit. Oh well. And for future reference? Shiny dresses do not photograph well. Because? Reflection. Yes, it was that shiny, shiny enough to reflect a flash.
So the day started with leaving the house at 8 a.m. and getting back to the house after midnight. LONG ASS DAY. But an awesome party that raised over $125,000 for Carlie's school. I think final ticket number was 370, which is a great turnout. And item count was something like 260 "packages" (which can be multiple items in a basket) in the silent auction, 70 higher end packages in the "super silent" and about 60 top shelf items in the live auction.

Following dinner, there was a DJ and dancing and a photo booth. Uh-huh. Someone was showing herself a little too much live in the photo booth. Keep on reading, it's in the next post. That, and a picture of my hair and my first give-away! And it's hair related! But includes chocolate and booze! You know you don't want to miss that.


Kathy said...

you are oh so lovely!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

My weekend suddenly seems quiet, compared to yours. What a gorgeous dress too.

(I must be one of the few that liked Slumdog, but will not be watching it again. For some reason, the entire first half stressed me out and I had nightmares. <---Not the norm. I can watch pretty much anything. It's funny how unsettling I found it.)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Look how purdy you look!!!

Slumdog Millionaire was brilliant.

And? I must have been away too. Phelps? And that football thing came with snacks, which is all that I know about that.

Fantastic Forrest said...

Hair, chocolate and booze. That is not a real appetizing combo. Can I pick two of the three?

I've already told you that you looked gorgeous.

You still made a buttload on the bar, right? So kwitcherbitchen.


bernthis said...

that is damn good. 125 though. You should be proud. and what is this you said about Phelps? is that true? Really? I hadn't heard.

Dreamybee said...

$125,000? Yowza! That's pretty impressive.

Love the dress! You look great, even after a LOOOONG day.

Jen on the Edge said...

I love your dress!!!!!! (It deserves that many explanation points.) And your hair looks divine.