Well I haven’t talked about it much, except a little bit on Instagram! But I totally renovated a warehouse and gave myself a “club.” Haha. It was kind of a big decision, that I didn’t think through too much…but I find that if I think through decisions like that too hard I talk myself out of them. And after a couple weeks of panic attacks (you think I’m kidding) I’m feeling REALLY good about it!
Basically Club Alison is a large space that I can use as my studio, a place to host events, and a place to rent out for other people to use! It’s perfect for photography, videography, pop-up shops, workshops or parties! My husband, Eric, is going to be managing the rental side of things, because he answers his phone, keeps track of dates and is emotionally stable, and we will have more information on pricing on details in the next week!
BUT I was given the opportunity to plan and help host a haunted dinner for a new start-up, and it was the perfect opportunity to rush and get the space done! Planning the dinner was about a 10-day turn-around, and it was PRETTY insane, but if I hadn’t accepted to do the dinner party at Club Alison I think it would have taken me at least a few more months to buckle down and get the space done! I’m SO SO happy with the way things turned out and SUPER happy with the beautiful women who work with me on my team to help get stuff done!
I was super excited to do a dinner party, especially a Haunted Halloween Dinner Party, mostly because I hardly ever get to do a seated event for 60 people (not in a restaurant), AND I REALLY wanted to work with Tom Call of Food Made By Tom. I got to go to one of his pop-up dinners the other month, and I have literally been dreaming about his fancy food ever since but only really eating Del Taco. So it was SUCH a treat to work with him and his amazing team!
So we kept the focus of the party on the tables and a really fun photo backdrop. The backdrop consists of TONS of bones from Wal-Mart, tied together with fishing line. We tied in carnations and greenery to add some color and texture! If you want to make this just tie each bone to the next with fishing line, and then add the carnations by tying them to the nearest bone. Carnations are super cheap and sturdy, so you could do these a day or two in advance and the flower heads would be able survive without water!
We spent a good portion of the decor budget on florals from Tinge Floral. This is how I feel about flowers, if you’re going to do them, DO THEM. Other wise go withouth!
My lead stylist for events these days is Sarah Larsen, and she is a THRIFT-STORE MAVEN! Haha. So she scoured the world for every brass candle holder, interesting jar and test-tube this side of the Wasatch. Because we had such beautiful flowers and flatware the thrift store stuff didn’t feel as cheap.
We got these perfect bees from Blickenstaff’s and worked them in because the name of the start-up is Hive and the hashtag for their project is #thebuzziscoming. We hot glued them to skeleton hand’s and skulls and positioned them in jars with moss. I feel like there were so many fun tiny details!
We found this organ for $15 at a thrift store and just had to find a way to work it in! Good thing my husband can totally play the organ! Ha.
I’m super into him these days.
I’m like, a total diva so of course I had to call in some professionals to help doll me up for the Haunted Halloween Dinner party!! It’s THE ALISON SHOW after all. Kayti from The BeYOUty Bureau came up with the most awesome make-up for me, and Hair by Jessica McArthur whipped up this boufant in no-time flat! We even cut off some of a table runner we had to make a quick spooky bow!
All in all the dinner was a success, and it was really fun being able to use my new space for the first time!
Here’s Tom, the best caterer in the world, and I look so creepy smiling in that makeup!
And here’s Sarah Larsen, who worked so hard and made everything so beautiful! I’m super professional to work with, as you can see.
I hope you guys are having a very fun spooky week and that you grabbed an idea or two for the next time you need to host a Haunted Halloween dinner party, or you know, just creep out some dinner guests.
Photography: Jacie Marie
Florals: Tinge Floral
Caterer: Food Made by Tom
Graphic Design and Signage: Bri Webb of Collected Blog
Art Direction: Alison Faulkner
Lead Stylist: Sarah Larsen
Make Up: The BeYOUty Bureau
Hair: Hair by Jessie M