Day 2 of the conference was the first look at our main stage - a giant orange slice that matched our orange/lime/lemon motif. Motivational speaker Jacques Weisel got us off to a great start, reminding us to visualize our goals to stay on track. After a several breakout sessions, it was off to our Floribbean themed lunch, with amazing tablecloths and chair covers by Wildflower Linens.
The highlight of the day was "Tabletop Reality" - a competition where the grand prize was front row seating for David Tutera's presentation the next day. The attendees were divided randomly into groups of 8, and were given a round table, 6 chairs, and a paper bag. The bag contained several related items (3 sombreros, for example), and all the items in the bag had to be used in the final table display. The teams had 5 minutes to choose tablecloths, chair covers, sashes, flowers, vases, candles, and other accents, and then had to create a spectacular table display in 15 minutes. I was amazed at the creativity!
Monday evening's off-site event was held at Pirates Dinner Adventure, just a few blocks from our host hotel. Our "pirate" from the night before arrived in the hotel lobby, and after a quick group photo he led the way to the attraction.