She's Crafty: Makers Ball Best Dressed

Ballin' out of control: me & my hot date for the evening.
When it comes to attending a Ball, there are lots of exciting aspects to enjoy: scrumptious passed hors d'oeuvres, smooth cocktails, silent auction of original art pieces, delicious dinner, and upbeat tunes. The Craft Alliance Makers Ball at The Palladium had all that and more, including live artistic demonstrations and a cutting-edge 3-D printer. This year's dress code presented a unique (and really fun) challenge: curate an imaginative "crafty cocktail" look. The result was a spirited crowd painted with eclectic colors, patterns, silhouettes, textures, and accessories. Here are my picks for the most masterful interpretations of crafty cocktail attire:

The always-stylish Paula Reed, one of the Ball's chairs, shared that the necklace she is wearing includes charms from featured artists at the event.
These partygoers nailed it with accessories!
I loved each of these colorful dresses. And that fringe was even more stunning in person!
Which look is your fave? If you weren't able to attend the Craft Alliance Makers Ball, you can still get your craft on by taking a class or making a donation. Your support will help others experience the joy of art, regardless of economic circumstances. I'll be taking a class this summer and I can't wait to share my creations with you!

More pics from the Ball:

Silent Auction items

After a few outfit revisions, I decided on a red-hot vintage ditty that's been hanging in my closet for months. In true Carmen fashion, my entire look was thrifted! Yep, I'm crafty like ice is cold. LOL
red vintage dress
Dress & Necklace: Rung & Sprung Boutique; Shoes: Saver's Thrift Store; Purse: Retro 101

My handsome husband and I finished off the night with fellow bloggers Patrick of Beyond the Masc and Tessa of Homemade Experience at Central Table, a new hot-spot in the Central West End. Their newly-revamped dinner menu has items to satisfy most palates - sushi, small plates, pizza, soups, pasta, and did I mention sushi? As we munched and sipped cocktails, the expertly-designed outdoor patio kept us dry during a random rainstorm. Since the patio is right in the heart of the West End action, it will be a sweet place to people-watch or enjoy happy hour this summer. Take a seat at Central Table on Facebook and Twitter!
My dirty martini and chocolate dessert were a marvelous way to end a great evening!
Central Table is located at 23 South Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63108

P.S. This post was sponsored by Craft Alliance and Central Table, but the opinions are entirely my own.


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