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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We all know summer is all about the watermelon – but how many different ways can you really make it different? We’re adding one more preparation to your repertoire in the form of pickled watermelon radish slaw. We sat down with Executive Chef Elgin Woodman to see her thought process behind one of her mini plates – Coriander Cured Tuna Pastrami with Pickled Watermelon Radish Slaw and Avocado Puree.
This recipe is really an infusion of three diverse cultural flavors. The Watermelon radish slaw involves a pickling process inspired by Asian food culture. The rub used on the cured Tuna is composed of special Mediterranean spices for a slight “kick”. Finally, the Avocado Cream sauce adds a signature Latin layer of culture. The resulting dish is a blend of freshness and flavor profiles representing the diversity of the region. Additionally, this dish has a multitude of ways to be presented above and beyond just a mini plate. Appetizers, antipasto stations, small plate courses, salads and so many more food styles could benefit from this fresh dish. As an added benefit, this is a wonderful way to add proteins to antipasto stations where red meats and pork are not an option.
Nothing beats having top quality components to savor during an event, and this creation made sure to deliver. This is a critical component to the Home Cured Tuna with Watermelon Radish Slaw. The production of it begins with buying the freshest tuna and curing it two days prior to your event. When the tuna is finished curing, our culinary team cleans the rub and re-wraps it for event delivery. The tuna remains uncut until just before service to maintain freshness and color. The slaw and avocado cream are also prepped and mixed onsite to ensure a crisp slaw and green avocado in every bite.
What are you waiting for?! Go get in the kitchen!
Still not convinced? Maybe poolside cocktails are more your style.
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.
From 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.
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
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.”
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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Pineapples + Palm Fronds + Pink Flamingos…
What do these have in common? They make perfect accents for a summer party worth talking about!
We sat down with Jessica Zeidler Rojas & Ashley Deoleo from our fab Design Team, to give you a sneak peek into our summer event style. Bonus: we’ve got an inspiration board and photos from a recent summer event, to inspire your next party!
COLOR YOUR WORLD
- Unicorn Swirls – The world has caught Miami-fever, and we’re loving it. Bright pastels and neon colors have really taken off this summer! Tablescapes, food, flowers and design elements have all pulled from the neon fashion trend. Need more evidence? Raise your hand if you’ve fallen victim to the unicorn craze (it’s ok, our hands are up too). Fuchsia and purple add a dose of warmth to your summer style palette, and transition well from day to night.
- Greenery – green hues are known for giving freshness to your design. This makes it easy to incorporate using beautiful plants and floral centerpieces with exposed stems. Add a few tall and gorgeous greens in beautiful planters to accent your next event. Not only will they provide eye-catching perimeter décor, but they serve as great room dividers and additional shade for lounge areas.
- Mood: Sunny – yellow is always a strong summer hue, thanks to the sun! Add a bright pop of color in your linens and flowers using yellow tones. For food, try incorporating dishes that use mango, passionfruit and lemons!
SMELL THE ROSES…AND THE LEMONS
For easy accents to your tables, pick flowers that hold up well to the summer heat! Think proteas, callas, succulents, tropical leaves and orchids – they’ll all hold up perfectly in a gorgeous vase. For a pop, add lemons or mix in pineapples to brighten the look.
Since we’re talking summer – we hope you’ll be spending plenty of time near a pool because it is HOT! As a fun and interactive décor add-on for your next summer event, beach balls and pool inflatables are back and better for this summer’s event style. Flamingos, donuts, lemon slices, unicorns and even pizza have made the cut – they’re a huge hit!
When designing your event theme, be bold for summer! Color blocking is back, and by pairing your bold color selections with a few key neutrals, you’ll be able to create a cohesive theme throughout. Check out our summer party inspiration board and real event photos below!
Want more summer? Try out these Frozen Treats!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!