Real Event | Savannah Non-Profit Gala- Telfair Ball

Outdoor dance floor under spanish moss trees

Did you know that we design more than just weddings at Design Studio South!? We love all types of events, from Bachelorette Parties to Non-Profit Galas; we do it all.

This gala was especially fun from a design perspective, and we are excited to share it with you. The Telfair Ball is a Non-Profit Gala in Savannah where guests join together to raise funds for local museums.

Non-Profit Gala Design

The inspiration for the design of this non-profit gala was the uniqueness of Louisiana and the bold colors of Mardi Gras. The chairman for this event was from Louisiana, so she wanted to bring a little bit of her hometown into the evening. So, we went with a masquerade and bayou feel without being too heavy on the Mardi Gras aspect. 

We pulled in bright colors often seen in Mardi Gras celebrations for the design and paired them with luxury fabrics. Elegant draping filled the tent, and vibrant linens were used on some of the guest tables. Mixed table designs included tall floral arrangements, elegant candelabras, and low-lying floral centerpieces. In addition, local artists were called to create their versions of a crown, which were then incorporated into the table decor. Later in the evening, during the live auction, the crowns were auctioned off to guests. It was so fun to see all the different interpretations of a crown and include them in the table designs.

Event Details

Upon arrival at Bethesda Academy, guests were greeted by local entertainers, actors, and artists. From dueling pianos to tarot card readers and even a second line, the entertainment embodied the true vibrancy of the New Orleans streets. 

Guests started their evening in an outdoor reception where passed hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment took place. They then headed inside the tent for dinner and the auction. After the main events of the gala, everyone headed outside and was treated to a live band for dancing.

It was an honor to work with our client to bring her vision of the 40th anniversary Telfair Ball to life. We loved designing this one-of-a-kind evening with bright and vibrant colors and various artistic elements. 

If you are responsible for planning a non-profit gala in Savannah or any other event for your organization, we'd love to speak with you! As event designers, we create unforgettable guest experiences through a well-designed atmosphere and unique details. So, head on over to our contact us page and tell us more about your event!

Non profit Gala outside
cocktail party under tent with brigh decor
wood bars under spanish moss tree
Bright colored lounge outside
Tarrot cart readers
Tent filled with gala decor
moss wall with floral accent
Savannah Non Profit Gala stationery
Gala place setting with purple fan place card and colorful flowers
Wood table with tall floral centrepiece
wood charger plate with purple program and name card
Non profit gala tent decor
Hanging star pendants in tent
Outdoor dance floor under spanish moss trees


Design | Design Studio South
Photography | Christine Hall Photography
Venue | Bethesda Academy
Catering | Soiree Catering and Events
Bar | Charlie Ganem & Sons
Florist |  Harvey Designs
Lighting | Technical Event
Draping | Veil Charleston
Tent + Rentals | Ranco Event Rentals
Rentals + Satin Linens | Event Works Rentals
Rentals + China | Curated Events Charleston
Bar + Rentals | Amazing Event Rentals
Linens |  Nuage Designs Inc
Velvet Linens | BBJ La Tavola
Plants | Savannahs Secret Garden
Paper Goods | Mhill Southern Dog Design
Calligraphy | Ashley Curry
Entertainment |  Turnipblood Entertainment