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Breakfast at Tiffany's

"You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels." said Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. 
If you are an Activities Director, you know that you are only as good as your last event! Let me share with you one of the most memorable events I've done in a long time. . . . .Breakfast at Tiffany's!

We had this upscale party as a special event one evening in my retirement community. We suggested that the residents wear their pajamas, or for the ladies, the iconic Audrey Hepburn look - a black dress with pearls, sunglasses and gloves. There were some residents who were very concerned about the idea of wearing their p.j.s out in public, but when we gave them the alternate option, they were more comfortable. Those who wore their pajamas, did so with good taste. Some men wore smoking jackets. There is also a good picture of residents dressed for the party on my blog post, Theme ideas page. As you can see in this photo, I also bought cigarette holders for the staff that were working the party and we had a ball with them.

The colors for this event were the teal from the Tiffany's box, white and silver. Everything was made to show case beauty and elegance. I used a lot of the clear gels that looked like jewels around the buffet tables and even had a Tiffany's box that I was able to borrow to remind everyone why the colors were selected.

The food was breakfast for dinner! We had the chefs in the dinning room cooking as a special treat along with other first class breakfast options that they do not get on a regular basis. Of course we had steak on the menu for the person who does not like to eat breakfast for dinner.

After dinner of course, we watched the DVD and enjoyed little mini cakes that were shaped and decorated to look like a small ring box from Tiffany's. I served it with coffee.

We usually have our fancy theme night at the end of the year. It's called our Holiday Gala, and resident love getting dressed up for it. This is another way for them to pull out their bling and have fun coming to dinner without having to wait for the end of the year blow-out!  Enjoy!

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