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
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The University of Miami recently celebrated the inauguration of their new president by taking him around the world. Ok – not really, but we WERE able to design an event to make it feel like that. The theme title was “Charting the Course to Our New Century.”
As guests arrived, music provided by the University of Miami set the mood for their grand entrance across the bridge from the Watsco Center where the Inauguration Ceremony took place, all the way to the Student Center Complex Lakeside Patio.
In front of them, guests found a spectacularly decorated space with four large structures complete with custom swag ceiling treatment in blue, yellow, black, green and red inspired by the unifying colors of the Olympic Games. Large drum chandeliers accented each of these four areas where custom food stations were designed by continent. A large central structure and wrap around bar for beverage service was created as focal point of the entire event with a mix of coordinating drum style chandeliers hanging from the center of the structure. Interior style high tops were placed throughout the space to bring continuity to the design accented with “Course Charting” inspired centerpieces. Some of the bar tops even had custom world map decals on them to really tie in the theme.
Stations were divided into Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Asia consisted of hanging red lanterns, pho dogs, pergolas, lanterns, florals, bamboo mats and plants.
Africa was uniquely designed with masks and up-lit foliage. Proteas, sand, grass and palms were used to accent the buffet and animal print fabrics were woven into the station design between food elements.
A European market was designed with wood planks, slates, buckets, barrels and abundant baskets of flowers. Iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben were knit discretely into the design to drive the theme home.
The America’s station was inspired by the menu selected. A custom built ‘South American Ruins’ backdrop was designed to fit the theme and interior style details accented the buffet to complement food service.
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Merrick Manor, Coral Gables’ latest luxury condo building, celebrated the Grand Opening of it’s sales center with a fabulous outdoor party. The A Joy Wallace team was tasked to handle both catering and design for the event, and we are so excited to share the photos with you!
It was quite a makeover for what was a simple parking lot just 48 hours before! The hit of the evening was our Heirloom Caprese Carving Station with a hanging salt & pepper bar and a variety of olive oils and balsamic varieties for guests to choose from. The station was inspired by Cade Nagy (Catering by Design | Denver, CO) from his PURE Sensation party at the Catersource Conference & Trade Show last year! (note: shameless conference plug!)
Hors d’ Oeuvres & Dessert included Mini Smoked Fish Tacos, Oxtail Empanadas, Pork Belly with Mango & Jicama Slaw, Balsamic Strawberries and a Fried Tres Leches and much more.
Special thanks to Roy Llera for the photos!
And the Winner Is…
Holy Wow, I cannot believe all the fabulous things that have happened to us during this March Madness Month. It is our Team’s Great Honor to win more awards this month than ever in the history of our company. How thrilling is that?
It feels wonderful to be recognized in such an overwhelming fashion and we humbly thank those who voted for us as well as our amazing clients whom we have fed and entertained throughout the years!
Here at AJW, we are constantly striving to be the best of the best, the caterer of first choice and the team that makes a difference in this big wide wonderful world of Catering, Design and Event Production.
March has been a hugely inspirational month for our Joy Wallace Team. We have been incredibly blessed and honored to have been recognized so many times for our hard work. We are truly thrilled to share the news of our success with you. Life is terrific!
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman Of The Year