Jump Back Ball 21: One Last Trip Through the Looking Glass

Another Jump Back Ball is in the books!  This past Saturday was the culmination of a lot of people’s hard work and months of planning. And after spending the last few weeks living and breathing nothing but Jump Back Ball, I needed to take some time to step back and recover before I posted my pictures.  Better late than never, though.  Enjoy!


I love “before pictures” so here’s one of the State Theatre before we set everything up last Friday:

On Saturday night we were ready to party – as were 1000 other people. By the time we got to the Palace Theatre for the VIP hour, everything was in full swing:

The fact that AMP 150 catered VIP was honestly worth the price of my ticket alone. I was blown away by (and, as a co-chair, incredibly grateful for) how they went above-and-beyond with everything.

First off, they really got into the spirit of the event with some really whimsical centerpieces:

And as always, their food lived up to its expectations:

My favorites were the mushroom soup and the chai latte shots with vodka.  I had a couple of both, whereas Scott may have taken 4 or more shares of the pork belly.

I’m glad that I was able to find AMP 150′s Nathan White by the end of the evening to share my praise. He and Chef Jeff Jarrett rocked everything out.

As the dimming lights signaled the end of VIP, this is the scene we walked into in the State Theatre:

The backdrop and hanging toadstools were some of my favorite decorations of the evening, with the exception of maybe this:

Scott had helped make this smoking Caterpillar, so I’m glad our friend Sarah grabbed a photo of it because we completely forgot!

Before the first band went on, we entertained ourselves by marveling at the stilt artist:

and playing games like the Card Cannon:

After I switched into flats, I spent the majority of my evening dancing to Radioactive:

(I may have been dragged up on stage by my co-chair Meredith, but you’ll have to check out WhyCLE’s blog post to see my fleeting moment of rockstardom!)

After tiring myself out on the dance floor, we moved into the State Theatre lobby where I spent a lot of time at the Raffle tables while Tricky Dick and the Coverups played:

Although I didn’t have a chance to sample Sammy’s ‘Eat Me’ cake, I did snap a photo before it was devoured (I wish I had had a birthday cake like that when I was a kid):

Speaking of devouring, Scott may have drank his weight in free Labatt – just so he could collect enough beer koozies for life:

Of course, hanging out with friends and meeting new ones was the real highlight of the evening. A few of my favorites:

Despite the sinus infection from hell, this year’s Jump Back Ball was a lot of fun – made even better by opening up my email this week and reading we raised over $125,000 for PlayhouseSquare.

If you’d like to help out with next year’s Jump Back Ball, PlayhouseSquare Partners offers a great opportunity to get a hands-on and behind the scenes look.

Learn more about Partners here and save the date for next year’s Jump Back Ball: February 23, 2013!

Read more Jump Back Ball reviews:

**Because half of my photos came out really fuzzy, a special thanks to Jen from WhyCLE for the last three group shots and my friend Sarah Casto for the photos of the caterpillar, Scott’s beer koozie madness and the only photo I can find of the two of us.** 

7 thoughts on “Jump Back Ball 21: One Last Trip Through the Looking Glass

  1. Danielle

    Looks like a wonderful event and you are STUNNING! Congrats, I can’t wait to hear all about it – let’s get together sometime soon! xox

  2. Jeff Jarrett

    Amanda, thanks so much for the nice compliments. I would be remiss to not give a shout out to my staff for their hard work, especially Kamelle Walker for her brilliant table displays.

    Chef Jeff Jarrett

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