On January 9th, 500 readers, advertisers, family and friends joined us at WinMock at Kinderton for a celebration 100 issues in the making! This important milestone for Forsyth Woman was one we wanted to honor in a huge way, and with the support of DOZENS of advertisers… mission accomplished!
Our guests arrived, and while they waited to check in, we offered them a glass of champagne, provided by ONE HOPE Wine. Jamie Carroll was on hand to greet our guests with his incredible musical talents. Desi’s Floral and Design Studio created a centerpiece for our check-in table that was beautiful and really helped set the stage for what was in store for our guests!
After our guests checked in, they had the option to visit the Prints Charming Photo Booth for some photo booth fun or proceed upstairs where a fabulous mannequin dressed in a one-of-a-kind Forsyth Woman original (designed by Leigh Anne Alexander of Studio Create) stood to welcome them to the WinMock Loft.
Ten restaurants and caterers provided delicious hors d’oeuvres for our guests. 2520… Any Thyme Catering… Fratellis… Mac & Nelli’s… Mise en Place… New Town Bistro… Phoenix Grille… River Ridge Tap House…Simply Southern Cuisine… Village Inn… Thank goodness Rosey was there to sample all the culinary delights! You can read all about them in this month’s Rosey’s Review (see page 34).
We had four bars – three located upstairs in the loft, and one located downstairs in the Davie Room. The bars were stocked with beer provided by Grapes and Grains and wine provided by Raylen Vineyards and Rag Apple Lassie Vineyards!
Our guests were also offered samples of Buck O’Hairen’s Legendary Sunshine. This vintage recipe dates back to the 19th century and is designed to help clear one’s head, whether he or she enjoyed too much wine or beer or not!
Our décor came together through the combined efforts of Hauser Rental, who provided all of our table linens and chairs (as well as our plates, utensils and glassware!), Minglewood Flowers and Studio Create. Minglewood provided floral centerpieces for our bistro tables while Studio Create designed the centerpieces for our seated tables. All of our flower arrangements consisted of white roses, white hydrangeas and baby’s breath. With the hot pink linens from Hauser Rental, some scattered bling on the tables, overhead twinkle lights and pink uplighting we had a beautiful room! And with Jennie and Kristin of Perfect Pair Events on hand to help us – our room was decorated in no time!Christina’s Dessertery created a culinary masterpiece that took our breath away. It nearly broke our hearts to cut into something so pretty, but once we tasted it, our sorrow was quickly abated.
Once our guests began to arrive, our DJ for the night, Mike Seamon of 201 Media Productions, got them moving on the dance floor!
During the party, Jessica Barney of Jessica Marie Photography took pictures while Matt Hall of 201 Media Productions supervised all videography.
The first 100 readers who registered to attend our party were also given a gift bag full of goodies provided by many of our advertising partners. Eighteen lucky readers had a special prize in their bags! The winning bags had a special pink envelope inside that had a prize valued at $100 or more!
But the star of the night was Forsyth Woman’s own Keela Johnson. Dressed in a fabulous Kate Spade sequined dress, Keela was as radiant as the bling in the 100 logo we used to promote the party! She had very little knowledge of all that we had planned for her, so when her daughter, Brooke Eagle, and I finally let her upstairs before the party began, the look on her face was priceless. She was delighted with everything. Brooke and I were thrilled that we had managed to surprise her!
However – we had another surprise in store. About halfway through the evening, the Forsyth Magazines team of account executives, writers, editors, designers and distributors met on the dance floor to present Keela with a small token of our affection and appreciation – – a stunning pink sapphire and diamond ring.
Keela may very well be one of the hardest people in the world to shop for, but the decision for this ring was pretty easy. We wanted to give her a gift that represented the magazine (and pink is Forsyth Woman’s signature color!) and also honored other important aspects of her life, including her victory over breast cancer! We had purchased the ring months earlier and worked hard to keep it a surprise. The expression on her face when she opened her gift was well worth the wait.
For all of those who joined us for the 100 Celebration, THANK YOU! We were thrilled that so many wanted to celebrate this milestone with us! It was a great night that we were honored to share with so many! If you were at the 100 Party, don’t forget to tag your photos with the hash tag FW100Party. We’d love to see them!
Whether you attended the party or not, that you are reading this article at all is something for which we are grateful. Keela Johnson is the mastermind behind the Forsyth Magazine family, but she will agree that we could not do what we do every month without our advertisers’ support and the loyalty of our readers.
So, on behalf of Keela Johnson and the entire Forsyth Magazine family, thank you for all the kind words of encouragement throughout the years, your participation at our events, and most of all, for allowing us to be a part of your lives each month! Here’s to the next 100! We can’t wait to share each step with you, one issue at a time!