For the night of the party, the Allen House was transformed into a carnival straight from the vaudeville era. Fortune tellers peered around the corners and told your fortune, a dart toss was propped up on the back porch and a balloon artist would make a dog, giraffe, or anything else the party guests asked for. Kevin Middleton, the caricature artist, was drawing distorted pictures of friends and couples alike.
One of the highlights for everyone was the photo cut outs; you could be a mermaid or a strong man and have your picture taken with a Polaroid camera. Inside the house, a Cakewalk took place; the music was from a vintage player piano that only churns out ragtime tunes. Down in the courtyard, everyone cheered by the ring toss where participants threw rings around wine bottles and got to take them home as prizes. The stage was occupied by Sara Hickman and the Family Time Rocks band to keep the guest mingling and entertained all night.
The scents of carnival treats were incredible around the Big Kid Birthday Bash. Carnival food can never be ignored and this night was no exception. The line for an original Big Top Dogs hot dog never went down – the guests couldn’t pass up the sauerkraut, chili, cheese, or onions and sauce toppings. The tents were full of cotton candy, popcorn, nachos, cupcakes, and soft pretzels; guilty pleasures were unavoidable. The tables were set in a bright blue and the centerpieces were filled with taffy. Guests sipped on beer, wine, and organic sodas while they browsed silent auction items. All of this was in preparation for the main event – the live auction.
Andrew Bost, the auctioneer, stepped onto stage in a top hat, mustache, and black and white ensemble demanding everyone’s attention as the Ring Master. His trained voice went so fast, no one could keep up or stop smiling. For the next hour, the men and women were enthralled at the auction items that came up.
A trip for two to Chicago, a cabin in Colorado, an evening at the Belmont, and a cruise on Lady Bird Lake to see the famous bats were some of the great items offered by TAP and the enthralling auctioneer. To continue the TAP theme, each guest was given a “bid puppet” for the live auction with their number on it. As puppets flew into the air left and right, bid spotters darted between tables to shout out the winning number.
The night wrapped up with everyone leaving in fits of laughter and talking about what prizes they won. This party was one that’s going to be hard to top!
Author: Liz Kelley, Texas Tower PR