October is Cancer Awareness Month.

I just arrived home from a breast cancer fundraiser event sponsored by Ellasin’s Events. “Shakem and Rollem” Dance To Save The Ta-Tas supports bra ha ha for cancer awareness. We danced; we ate, and were educated on breast cancer. There were door prizes. I won a t-shirt.

The event was held at the Women’s Club of Portsmouth (newly renovated in 2012). I was excited just walking up the circular drive way. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. I couldn’t wait to get the oversized portico supported by huge red brick pillars and an outdoor fireplace! I am crazy about porches; my Charleston, SC roots, perhaps. Not only was I greeted to a wall of windows but the building also sported a bit New England style architecture.

Curiosity got the best of me; I had to see the rear of the facility. I was not disappointed. I was truly impressed with the huge outdoor deck with a wall of windows as a backdrop, dual wrought staircases and custom made arch. My first thought this place was designed for weddings. There is a slight view of the Banks of the Elizabeth River. I really wanted to linger for a while. There is one slight disappointment, a pond void of water.

I was not prepared for the beauty of this facility. There is a feel of elegance, peace and tranquility. The entryway boasts a comfortable seating area with a 360 view of the manicured front lawn. As expected, the reception area was of a sea white speckled with pink and strategically placed cocktails tables holding bra ha ha forms homage to breast cancer awareness.

The reception area is huge and open it is flanked on three sides with windows and a doorway to the patio. The brochure states it holds 275 seated and up to 500 for cocktail style events. Maybe so, but I wish you luck with the parking. The parking is limited. The majority of parking is on the grass. For me, wet grass and heals are not a good combination. Especially, if I am looking fly. Did I mention the valet parking? The walls in the reception area are lightly colored in beige, buttery yellow tone; really classy. The wall of windows trimmed in white. The walls are a perfect contrast to the walnut stained vaulted ceilings dripping with beautifully appointed chandeliers not to be out done by the oak stained hard wood floors.

Sorry ladies, I was having so much fun I did not make to the powder room. Judging by rest of the faculty I would go out on a limb and say it is probably worth visiting.

Off premise catering is allowed with access to a newly renovated full kitchen. An ABC license is required if serving alcohol. There is a lovely space right off the kitchen; the buffet area. Its beauty with all the windows stands on its own, adding decorations would take it to a whole other level. The same is said for the main banquet hall and separate sitting area. It needs minimal décor.

Brittany, the venue representative, says they host lots of weddings. I am not surprised. This venue makes for a memorable site. The facility rental is for the entire day, not four hours like many other venues. That is a bonus. Price point is not bad either.
Overall, I really like this facility. I would have a blast decorating this place. It is worth a look see if you are planning a party, wedding or other special event.

Zoe Whitaker
Event Decorating Genius
In Your Dreams Event Design & Planning