Ready or not, here comes the Holidays! I, for one, can”t wait. In years past I”ve forced myself into holding off until a few weeks before Christmas to deck the halls but currently, I”m “one of those people”! Although I haven”t gone so far yet as to pull Christmas out of stoarge in the eaves, I”ve certainly thought about it. I admit to daydreaming about Christmas baking and re-arranging the living room furniture to make room for the Tree. And although I do my best to convince myself that there”s plenty of time before the mad rush of Christmas Cheer, the weeks have rushed by and suddenly it”s Thanksgiving.
Maybe it”s all these craft shows Bella Bella has been sitting. We”ve set up the booth and shared our cupcakes every weekend since Halloween where we”ve been subject to Christmas music and Christmas crafts and fellow vendors in Christmas t-shirts, and you know what they say about the power of suggestion. Or maybe it”s just the age of my children and the anticipation they show when they see department stores hanging lights and christmas trimmings. Or perhaps it”s because Bella Bella has been talking Christmas since about August. And that was considered a late start…
As it goes with most of our ideas, the light bulb turns on and it”s full speed ahead. So when we loggeed onto the Harrison Memorial Foundation”s website after the Kitsap Wine Festival to look for cupcake pictures, the annual Festival of Trees event caught our eye and we were in! We”ve felt from the beginning that this would be a big deal. The Festival of Trees is Harrison Memorial Foundation”s biggest fundraiser every year. The event kicks off with an amazing gala event the day after Thanksgiving where the trees and displays are auctioned off. Then they are open for public viewing all weekend.
Begun in 1987, the Festival is recognized as the signature fundraising event for Harrison Medical Center. In all, more than $2.8 million have been netted from the event and invested in important health care initiatives benefiting the community, such as cardiac care, oncology, emergency services and pediatric rehabilitation.
The 2010 Festival of Trees will be raising funds in support of a hospital-wide initiative to upgrade our “Code Blue” response system, including the replacement of 21 defibrillators currently in use on “crash carts” used to respond to patients needing immediate—and life saving—resuscitation. Currently there are more than 30 defibrillators in use throughout the Harrison system that were online casinos phased in over time resulting in equipment variation due to model changes related to aging as well as changing standards of care.
It didn”t take long for Bella Bella to marry cupcakes and Christmas Trees! Inspired by current couture runway designs and a dress displayed in one of Bremerton”s art galleries, Bella Bella decided to build our tree from the ground up. Our Tree is made of tissue paper, pellon, and tulle on a PVC frame mounted to an old Nordstrom”s display rack Donna found on craigslist. We can see the look on your face now! It”s the same bewildered look we”ve gotten from everyone we try to explain this idea to and the conversation always ends the same way: “You”ll just have to see it!”
How else did we incorporate what we do best into a paper tree? Our big dilemma was that while a tree covered in cupcakes would be really cool, who would want to eat them after sitting out for so long? And that is how we hatched the Bella Bella Cupcakes Wedding Tree. We decided to ask all of the wedding vendors we have worked with over this past year to donate goods and services to our tree display so that the lucky buyer of our tree would get a nice neat wedding package all buttoned up and ready to go. And we are excited to annouce all of the generous particiapants and their donations which together add up to almost $8000!:
Port Gamble, WA
Your choice between the Old Church or the Hood Canal Vista Pavillion in Port Gamble, WA as a wedding venue.
Add to Heart Photography
Photographer Laura Zander has doanted a basic wedding photography package.
Complete rehearsal dinner and use of banquet facilities.
Custom Letterpress Wedding Design Suite which incldes custom design and printing for up to 100 guests.
Seaport Salon and Spa
One day of salon and spa services for up to 4 people up to $500.
Joey James Dean Band
Reception music and entertainment.
Bella Bella Cupcakes
Cupcakes, tier and delivery and setup services for up to 100 guests or $500.
One night of lodging in the King Suite and breakfast for two.
Jewels of Life Photography
Photographer Jowhara Wyatt”s newborn photograpgy session and $300 print credit.
Dr. Allan Hablutzel
Teeth whitening package.
Free bridal bouquet ($250 value) with a $500 purchase.
Hair styling and make-up for the Bride.
9454 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383, (360) 698-9011
Off the Rack Bridal
$150 off of select dresses.
Head Over Heels
Custom designed Bridal Headpeice
Eyelash Extensions for the Bride.
$100 in bridal jewelery.
Check out our progress after the first day of tree assembly. Then visit the Kitsap Pavillion Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th. Did I mention that Bella Bella Cupcakes will also have a vendor booth? That”s right! Come and get your cupcakes!!
If you would like to bid on the Bella Bella Cupcakes Wedding Tree, please visit Harrison Memorial Foundation”s website for information about on-line bidding and atttending the Gala Event!