September 5, 2010
Well we had an awesome time at Monica’s 40th this past Sunday! We have to toot our own horn for a minute and say that just about everything turned out perfectly! (Except for the mean parking guy who was unexpectedly guarding what we were told was an empty available parking lot behind the venue! Grrrr!) The venue looked fabulous! A few candles, some rentals, linens, a photo booth, beautiful flower arrangements, some mood lighting, a late night snack bar and ta-da, a beautiful space!
Britt and I created all of the floral arrangements. Monica is a very modern, edgy person; not into overly girlie designs. We wanted to create designs that fit the minimalist, modern, club vibe, so we chose deep fuchsia dahlias for that pop of color, dark purple amaranthus, yellow billy buttons, dark protea stems and some greenery. We create one large centerpiece and three small ones to decorate the lounge area and spruce things up a bit!
To kick the party off, guests were invited to take funny pictures in the photo booth provided by Shutterbooth of Southern California. Guests had an eclectic selection of props and costume bits at their disposal and booth operator Eric expertly instructed everyone on how the high-tech booth worked! Britt and I were the first ones to take a crack at it!
The Shutterbooth package Monica selected included a custom made scrap book! Once guests took their pictures, a duplicate copy was made and stuck in the book, by Britney the scrapbook attendant. Guests were encouraged to write a fun birthday message above or around their photo strip. At the end of the night, Monica had a wonderful collection of memories.
Piaggio Gourmet on Wheels enthralled guests with amazing Argentinian cuisine – empanadas, tacos, quesadillas. The truck parked right out front and served guests fresh off the grill. Truly the BEST tacos I have ever had! Guests went back for seconds…and thirds!
Monica and Herb enjoying a little Piaggio.
So after dinner, some drinking and dancing, the music stopped and Monica surprised everyone, including Britt and I with a rockin’ drum performance with her friend and fellow band mate Fred. Monica’s only been playing 10 weeks and she was quite the little drummer! She even had this cute “School of Rock” outfit on that she changed into right before. They were awesome! They played 3 songs, and the crowd went wild for an encore, which of course, they obliged.
Check out her performance on youtube.com!
We were absolutely floored with how Susanne from Sweet Art’s Croquembouche turned out! It was so incredible and sooooo tasty. The guests were completely impressed.
It was more difficult to serve than I imagined, but man was it good!
As the night went on, guests started to trickle out, but the ones who were left standing migrated to the VIP lounge downstairs for a late night snack bar and more dancing!
And the party raged on long after we departed…
The next day, Monica had this to say.