|The Phoenix Party Hosts, Karen and Tom|
We had plans to meet Karen and Tom for dinner back in April. The night before we received a call saying that they would still like to get together, but they'd like to get Chinese take out from Red Pepper and meet at the Residence Inn. What did they have in mind? It turned out that their garage had burned since we were last together and they were having to stay in the hotel until the smell left their home. The take out was wonderful as we enjoyed one another's company in the hotel breakfast area.
All was going well when Tom announced that they had a proposal. After thinking about their misfortune, they had decided to throw a party to celebrate the reconstruction and they wanted to hire me to come up with a theme and the decorations. My mind started to drift to visions of flames and Atlanta burning in Gone WIth The Wind. We were in the South (Kentucky), but I don't think that was what they had in mind. I blurted out "the flight of the phoenix" and the four of us thought it was something to work with. And so —we had a theme!
|Phoenix Party Entrance|
I met with Tom about a month later to go over the design concept. My proposal was to use Chinese silk kites in a phoenix shape along with paper lanterns. They had been thinking of a caterer and had decided