"With a stage that rivaled an intimate wedding scene, this year we had something we hadn't had in previous pageants we've held. We had Aimee Broussard".
- Melissa Huapaya
Director, Miss Dogwood Festival
I was a tad excited to be contacted to help with stage design for the Miss Dogwood Festival pageant held in Pollock, Louisiana.
Long ago, in a far away land, I held the title of Miss Dogwood Festival. Twice.
The only catch? An elementary school stage, and a very small budget.
Never one to be discouraged, I embraced the challenge and decided to give the pageant a makeover.
Here's what I had to work with:
I can hear you now, "what the heck is she doing with those dinky little limbs in a can"?
Hurry, hurry we wan't to see her limbs in a can behind the curtain!
With some crepe myrtle branches concreted in food containers, a ton of white Christmas lights, and lots of candles.....
we created this:
And here's one of the contestants on our stage:
An "Enchanted Forrest"? I do think so!
It was a little labor intensive concreting the tree branches and stringing the lights, but we created this look for less than $100! And lucky for those involved, they didn't have to see the same dinky little arch cascading in fake flowers the girls have walked through for the past 15 years. (I walked through that arch- yikes!)
And if you look closely in the left hand corner of the photo, there's me!
Did I mention I was asked to be the Mistress of Ceremonies too?
It was a looooooong weekend, but a ton of fun!
Huge thank you to the Miss Dogwood Festival pageant directors, who allowed me to swoop in and take over and to all the LOVELY ladies who made the stage even more beautiful with their presence.