A Family Affair with the Miami HEAT Charitable Foundation

A Family Affair with the Miami HEAT Charitable Foundation

Overlooking the bay, a family affair with the Miami HEAT made for another incredible evening with the HEAT Charitable Foundation!

Guests arrived at the American Airlines Arena just before sunset. As vehicles were whisked away, guests entered through the newly remodeled VIP Lexus entrance before enjoying cocktail hour inside the HEAT locker room.  The opportunity to mix and mingle with HEAT Players and key staff is one guests will likely never forget!

Guests moved to the beautiful Xfinity Plaza after cocktail hour, for a night of dinner and dancing. A twist on previous HEAT gala designs, this year’s color scheme swapped out red, for blush!  Our design concept for dinner used a modern mix of custom wrapped acrylic royal tables, and mirror-topped round tables. Each royal table was set with a black and white marble print, with black ghost chairs.  Additional accents include rose gold flatware and chargers.  Our round tables consisted used shimmering silver underlays with blush “coin” overlays plus a reflective mirror topper, set against clear acrylic ghost chairs.  For accents, we used hammered matte black flatware and swirled black and white charger for a smoke effect.

Because no party is complete without florals – we focused on white and blush tones of tulips, callas, anemones and more  in clear glass vases to show lots of gorgeous green stems. And of course = plenty of candlelight!

Along with plenty of fun and games with the HEAT players, the guests ended the evening with an incredible performance by Mary J. Blige!

Event Photography: Robert Hacman

Miami Heat Gala

Miami Heat Gala

Miami Heat Gala

Miami Heat Gala

Miami Heat Gala

Miami Heat Gala

Miami Heat Gala

Miami Heat Gala

Miami Heat Gala

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Fairytale Endings are Real! Take a Peek into This Disney Inspired Wedding

Fairytale Endings are Real! Take a Peek into This Disney Inspired Wedding

Dreamy does not even begin to describe this Disney inspired fairytale wedding we had the pleasure of working on. The bride was in love with Disney (who isn’t?!) and wanted her guests to feel like they were stepping into a fairytale.

THE DEETS ON THE DESIGN:

Custom built bars were designed with mirror accents for an elegant yet magical feel. Large mirror frames were adorned with love quotes written in a calligraphy from (by Carla Hagan Designs) famous Disney movies. For example, one of the mirrors read “you will always be my greatest adventure” from one of my personal favorites – UP.

FairytaleFrom our director of design Jessica Zeidler-Rojas: We wanted to incorporate whimsical details like roses under cloches [to emulate Beauty and the Beast] and crystal candelabras.

Fairytale Fairytale

There were 3 styles of guest table. Each equipped with their own style of linen, centerpiece, water goblet, napkin, chair and charger. We know what you’re thinking – this can get out of hand VERY quickly. PRO TIP – Keep something that is similar in each design to keep things cohesive. For example: a colorful water goblet, or napkin. These items can be fun, colorful, whimsical details without over taking any one design. There were two different styles of chairs used for the guest tables – a gold chiavari and a gold napoleon. The napoleon brought a fairytale feel while the chiavari kept it timeless. Garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, orchids & veronica made for bright, lively centerpieces on each table

 Fairytale Fairytale

Fairytale

Let’s talk about the sweetheart table for a sec – or should we just stare?! Trees and hanging listeria really made it feel like a storybook, almost like you had just been transported into a dreamland. The bride and groom weren’t the only lucky ones with these beauties behind them. They were placed all over the room. Jessica says “with such a large guest count – we really wanted to make the room a design of it’s own, but still tie into the centerpieces.”

Fairytale Fairytale

We were so lucky to have been on board with such amazing vendors to create this fairytale. Teamwork truly makes the [wedding] dream work!

A Joy Wallace – Custom bars, Florals, Design

Lourdes Milian Productions – Wedding Planner

Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Venue

Merge Social – Videographer

Nuage – Linens

Events on The Loose – Glassware

Elements & Accents – Chairs

BBJ & Different Look – Chargers

 

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Cocktails You Should Be Sipping Poolside This Summer

Cocktails You Should Be Sipping Poolside This Summer

Round up some friends, snacks and cocktails because it’s time to party!  We’ve got the cocktails you should be sipping poolside this summer!

Craft cocktails are here to stay, and have become a must-have for catering creatives (like us!), restaurants and noteworthy bars around the world.  Store-bought mixers are a thing of the past, and as a team that loves a great cocktail, we couldn’t be happier!  Fresh ingredients aren’t just for food, and there’s something to be said for mixing them with quality spirits.  Not only can you taste the difference, but your overall drink experience is improved by a little extra TLC.  (Bonus points for pretty garnishes – your future Instagram story thanks you!)

With sunny weather and pool parties beckoning, we have three great cocktails you should be sipping poolside this summer.  Put down the rosé and keep reading!

So Berry Courvoisier:

Summer = strawberry picking season!  Try it by blending Cognac, Strawberry liqueur, Triple Sec, and lime juice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass, then top with a splash of club soda.

Poolside Cocktails - So Berry Courvoisier

The Sunsplash:

Capture the sun in a glass with this bright cocktail highlighting peaches and mangoes! Try it by blending Gin, Grand Marnier, a squeeze of lime and fresh peach and mango juices. Shake and pour into a rocks glass, then garnish with a peach slice.

Poolside Cocktails - The Sunsplash

The Porch Swing:

It wouldn’t be a summer cocktail roundup without sweet tea!  Add a twist to the classic Arnold Palmer by blending Southern Style sweet tea, mint lemonade and your favorite bourbon. Serve over ice in a tall glass, pint glass or mason jar.

Poolside Cocktails - Porch Swing

The variety of exceptional summer fruits are waiting for your next cocktail creation, and the possibilities are endless.  BTW: planning a pool party? You might want to take a look at our outdoor party planning tips to host like a pro!

Eight Outdoor Party Planning Tips to Make You Look Like A Pro

Eight Outdoor Party Planning Tips to Make You Look Like A Pro

Start the party right! It’s summertime and we’re all about the beach, the pool and the parties. The weather is finally nice enough to be outside and you can execute all those cute ideas you’ve been saving on Pinterest!  To help, we’ve put together eight outdoor party planning tips to make you look like a pro at your next celebration!

HYDRATE
Have plenty of water options available. From weddings to casual social gatherings, flavored water stations (personalized water bottles!) on ice for guests to help themselves are always good options to have.  Try infusions like Cucumber, Strawberry or Pineapple!

Water Station

STAY ICE COLD
The right ice makes a difference in your favorite cocktails.  Try oversized square ice cubes which melt more slowly, keeping your drink cool and flavorful.  Bonus – flavor the ice cubes with fruit infusions!  Our catering team is known for our Passionfruit popsicles with mint and basil for our cocktails!

Party - Big Ice Cibes

KEEP IT CASUAL
Guests would rather not be hot and sweaty while dressing up for a fun party night.  Consider hosting your celebration oceanside or poolside and keeping the dress code casual.  Take advantage of your location, have your guests come in Hawaiian shirts or Cuban guayaberas.

START THE PARTY
Consider a greeting drink upon arrival for your guests while they are waiting for the ceremony to start. No one wants to sweat AND be without cocktail, am I right?

A LITTLE LEG IS FINE, JUST NOT TABLE LEGS
When it comes to seating, a linen-less table makes a beautiful accent to summer parties.  But there are options for fabric-lovers too!  Spandex linens will help keep tables from looking like they’re about to blow away.  As the printed linen trend continues to evolve, there are tons of beautiful spandex options available.  Spandex just not your thing?  Try a floor length heavy linen, such as burlap and canvas, and stray from polycotton and natural linens which tend to be lighter.  With plenty of color options, patterns and finishes, you can dress your party tables stylishly!

SMOKE THEM OUT
Nobody likes a party crasher – especially the bug kind.  Keep the bugs away without ruining your décor!  Use citronella candles or tiki torches to ward off unwanted pests.

REMAIN UNDERCOVER
As event pros – take our advice and order the tent for a daytime party (we love these!).  It will make a world of difference when it cools off your event by 10-15 degrees, money well spent for sun protection and happy guests.  If one large tent isn’t the right style for your party, consider beautiful patio umbrellas in bright colors with seating!

GO INDUSTRIAL
Are you open to a bit of industrial style at your party? Misting fans or port-a-cools around your event will make you and your guests much happier campers!

Looking to go to a party instead of hosting your own? Join us for Sangria Summer!