Behind The Scenes: Getting Ready For The 2016 Telfair Ball

Ever wonder what happens behind-the-scenes when preparing for Savannah’s most well-know social event of the season?

IMG_3519For the second year in a row, Sebrell Smith Designer Events has had the privilege of bringing to life the look and style of the Telfair Ball.  This year, working with Ted Kleisner, the first-ever male Telfair Ball Committee Chair, was a special treat.

This year’s theme was “Reflections” in honor of the 10th year anniversary of the Jepson Center for the Arts. This theme allowed us the opportunity to shine, from our custom-made chandeliers to the innovative use of table lamps accented with fresh florals, to our amazing liquid metal video wall… looking back we have a lot to reflect on.

Using a combination of creative and talented vendors and community volunteers, we are thrilled to offer this visual tour of our preparations – please enjoy this one-of a-kind sneak peek behind-the-scenes.




These wonderful custom made reflective chandeliers were just what we needed to lower the ceiling in the Jepson Center Atrium, providing a more intimate atmosphere for guests to enjoy their dinner while listening to the fabulous sounds of Savannah’s very own Equinox Jazz Band.

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With a collaborative effort from our ever-talented production team, Sebrell came up with the idea of using both light and floral to create the perfect look.  We sourced the lamp shade frames from a company in London and sourced the metallic fabric to cover them from one of our favorite US vendors.


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With over 290 place settings, we used a talented team of 7th graders from Hancock Day School, who will forever know how to create the perfect pocket-fold to hold a menu card, and even better, which side the salad fork goes on.






The traditional gift for a 10th anniversary is metal.  Working with the talented team at Kaufman-Heinz, we were able to come up with a liquid metal lighting theme for the front of the Jepson Center, the Cafe and the Telfair Academy sculpture gallery.  It’s so wonderful to have such talented industry partners to collaborate with, who can not only grasp the vision, but have the materials and talent to make it come alive.

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Entertaining in Savannah is more than just the look, it’s also the food and drink. We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with  two of our most favorite vendors; Stratton Hall Catering and Charlie Ganem & Sons.  This year’s mouth-watering menu included items that were as pretty to look at as they were delicious to eat.  Guests enjoyed passed  hors’d’ouevres in the Academy, followed by a seated three-course meal  in the Jepson Center.

The details you don’t see:  All of this would not be possible without the backbreaking labor of our friends at EventHaus.  These patient souls worked diligently setting tables in straight lines, hauling chairs, building the stage, and erecting tents.  These guys are never seen – but always appreciated.

Believe it or not, one vendor reported his FitBit logged 44 miles getting ready for this event, most of which were stairs!



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Friends of the Telfair sprucing up the entrance to the Academy the day before the ball.






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While we’re proud of our efforts, this was also a great success for the Telfair organization, exceeding projections for both the Silent and Live auctions. We love it when a party comes together, in this case, to benefit a beloved community institution.  We wish the Telfair Museums continued success in 2016, and wish Swann Seiler, the 2017 Telfair Ball Committee Chair the very best.  Let the planning – and the fun – begin!