It is the end of a crazy week of meetings; you have one more event on Monday; if you can just get through the weekend...
"Rebecca J Brown" (revealing my true identity), I answer in my usual office greeting.
"Hey, Rebecca J Brown. This is Matt XXXX from XXX Catering," says the voice on the other end of the line.
"Hey, Matt. What's up?" Thinking to myself that he is returning my call about the Organic Chicken-Q for Earth Week.
"Well, I have an event I was wondering if you could help me out with?" he asks nonchalantly.
"Sure. What do you need?" I ask, eager to book a future job.
"35 table centerpieces, no more than $5.00 each, Harmon Killebrew is the keynote speaker, February 15," he chirps.
"Got it." I automatically reply, scribbling down the details.
It was not until I hung up that reality set in. Looking over the little piece of paper full of scribbles: 35 centerpieces, good size job; $5.00 each, $5.00 each? What the hell can I make for under $5.00? You can't even buy flowers at Walmart for that price!; Harmon Killebrew, I wonder who that is?; February 15, looking at the calendar, counting the days. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Oh shit. Nine days, no budget, no details, and no idea what the hell I got myself into.
What would you do?
Before breaking into hysterics, okay after breaking into hysterics, I took a deep breath and reassessed the situation. Nine days. Monday is completely booked with meetings and another event. Tuesday is also back to back meetings. The rest of the week is clear. Seven days. No time to order supplies. I will have to use what is available locally. After a weekend scouring the internet for ideas - I discovered Harmon Killebrew is a baseball Hall of Famer who played for the first Minnesota Twins team and the event was a sports award banquet, wandering the store aisles aimlessly for inspiration, and racking my brain in the shower I had an Eureka moment. What is cheap and abundantly available? PLASTIC.
I have a stockpile of plastic trash in my basement that I just cannot bring myself to dump in the landfill. Yes! It is perfect.
Behold the trophy cup.
A yogurt container hot glued onto a solo cup with model magic handles, all things I have laying around the house. Coated in a layer of gold spray paint, it transforms from trash to trophy.
Throw in a few flowers - the only thing I actually had to buy other than the paint - topped off with a custom pennant featuring the event logo and you have yourself a centerpiece.
35 table centerpieces, $5.00 each, Harmon Killebrew is the keynote speaker, February 15