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Keepin’ it “Real” for a Birthday Bash

What happens when you meet one of the nicest, most down-to-earth, and lovely clients, who wants to (for once in her life) have a Birthday party that’s ALL about her? You make her dream of a “Real Housewives” themed party come to life- that’s what happens!

We took Korin’s idea of a non-existent theme and made it reality by “branding” a  theme that made the Birthday girl the Real Housewife of View Park (where she lives). We used an ombre of blues and white to create a beautiful ambiance for her chic rooftop bash.

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A “Real Housewife” theme couldn’t be complete without an Orange County/Beverly Hills/New York City/Atlanta/DC/Miami styled Step and repeat backdrop. With Blue Carpet, of course.

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A special photoshoot styled after a well known photographer’s “Alter Ego” work was a dream come true for this Birthday Girl. We put it on display- gallery style-to show of her beautiful portraits.

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We kept the floral arrangements simple with beautiful, white oriental lilies & willow, but added a ribbon detail in our different ombres of blue. The linens added to the color scheme also, as we used 4 shades: pale, aqua, royal and navy blue.

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For the cocktail tables, a perfectly placed blue martini glass with a lily head was simple, yet stunning.

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One of the most talked about pieces of decor, was our stunning paper rosette piece. We wanted a bold way to infuse the rooftop space with color and it really made an impact.

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The food was divine- from a noodle bar to sushi to tray passed goodies and a frozen yogurt bar (great on a hot summer day!)

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A close up magician walked amongst the crowd, entertaining them with special tricks up his sleeve…

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The cake was one of our favorite parts of this wonderful birthday bash! Korin dreamed of this amazing Strawberry cake she is fond of from a bakery in Atlanta. And, while we couldn’t fly a cake out, we were determined to find a local bakery to do the same. We were down to the wire and there wasn’t a single bakery in town that we could find that made an actual Strawberry cake (not strawberry filled, but actual cake made from strawberries). In a bizarre twist of “meant to be” a friend mentioned that she knew a place and 24 hours later, we had our delicious, authentic STRAWBERRY CAKE! Korin was thrilled (and later said the cake was even better than the Atlanta Bakery!) Thank you, Big Sugar Bake Shop!!!

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The guests mingled, drank, danced and signed their wishes for the birthday girl…

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And once we had a quiet moment (Is there ever such a thing in our line of work?) our “Soiree Girl” team stepped onto the blue carpet for our close up.

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We adored working with Korin and her Dream Birthday Party idea! This party was fun, unique, heartfelt, and most of all….REAL.

 

Easter Inspiration

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Dyeing Eggs is a tradition that I always make time for no matter how crazy life is. This year, I got inspired to display them a little creatively! A little 3 tiered dessert tray + some Spanish moss + little bird nests = A great display!

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THEME INSPIRATION: Fire and Ice

You asked and we’re listening! Welcome to our new series, called THEME INSPIRATION. This is the place where we’ll highlight a theme that has gotten us thinking and we’ll give some ideas to inspire your next event.

Today, we met with a client interested in a Fire and Ice theme. There are so many ideas that work with this theme, so here are a few images to get your creative juices flowing…

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Doing your party on a smaller scale? How about these ideas:

Food: Inspired-by-Fire-BBQ.

Drinks: An icy martini bar complete with light up LED ice cubes.

Music: A playlist of songs that coordinate with your theme. Think  “Light my Fire” by The Doors and  “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice…

Lighting: A TON of candles and clear acrylic pieces to reflect light and imitate ice.

Bonus: Ask guests to dress to impress as their favorite element- Fire or Ice. It’s a great conversation starter and gets people excited about your party even before they arrive!

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Best of 2014

Happy New Year! I love the feel of a fresh new year, ripe with possibility and new opportunities. It’s also especially satisfying to look back on what has occurred in the past year. For us at Soiree, it was a great year: fun events, great clients, creative challenges and many lessons learned! I thought it would be fun to take a  look back at some of our most cherished events of 2014. This, in no way, covers them all, but I’ve chosen a few to highlight from the year with a single picture…

The Art Director’s Guild Awards. A great challenge to come up with a unique design that incorporated lighting, flowers, and was cohesive with a corporately sponsored color palette and a well thought-out stage design. The result was just what we hoped for. The event was a highlight and the feedback was incredibly satisfying!

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CBS’ “The Talk” Valentine Stage. This is what occurred when we combined 6000 roses and a french street market inspiration. We included the idea to keep the roses in a monochromatic palette and the end result was a feast for the eyes…It didn’t hurt anything to have a shout out by Julie Chen on air, either…

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Sierra Canyon’s Gala. The school took a leap of faith in raising the bar for their annual Gala Fundraiser. We joined forces to create a beautiful room- which isn’t hard with a combination of metallics, succulents, orchids and candlelight. It set the evening up for success and was enjoyed by many.

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What we fondly call “Birthday Season”. A series of our own, along with repeat Birthday party clients where we churn out some super fun, whimsical kids’ parties that are to drool over. Like…

The Retro Beach Blanket Bingo Birthday.

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The Safari themed 4th Birthday.

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And, not to be left out…The Lego Party.

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We hit our stride, with our new Decorative Rental packages available to our clients on a tight budget. We put together a rental package for this Bar Mitzvah client to suit her son’s baseball themed party. It turned out to be a homerun of a success, and didn’t break the bank!

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Dawn and Bryce’s Wedding. Two great people deserve to be surrounded by beauty…

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A French inspired Bridal Shower. This gorgeous black and pink themed shower was as gorgeous as it was heartfelt. The bride burst into tears upon arrival- overwhelmed with how beautiful everything was. Best. Reaction. EVER.

Photo by Frances Iacuzzi

Photo by Frances Iacuzzi

 

Rooftop Birthday Bash with a “Real Housewives” theme. More info coming soon in a full feature on this party, but one of the highlights was this great paper rosette piece we made. It was the perfect piece to tie together a color palette that was a complete ombre of blues…

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Melissa and John’s Wedding. These two were so wonderful to work with and we were honored to help make their vision come to life!

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Supper Club 5.0. (We designed 3.0 and 4.0 also!) What a magical night! Put together a small group of girlfriends+ a Top-Chef inspired cooking contest= a Night of fun and laughs. We got to set the mood, and Wow, was it beautiful!

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A B’nai Mitzvah Challenge. Aiden & Anakin wanted to somehow create a theme that incorporated the mystical locations in all of their favorite Blockbuster movies.  The result was a mystical, fantasy dream-come-true…

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A holiday housewarming. It was such a lovely way to close out the year, with warm decor, hot drinks and sparkling conversation!

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Happy 2015 from The Soiree Girls! What parties are you planning this year?…

Celebrate

It was a beautiful night to Celebrate, so we drew inspiration from the word “Celebrate”  and branded it (many times, literally) as our theme, which translated into a design that was warm and inviting for this important, annual school fundraiser. A palette of metallics: platinum, bronze and gold offset by the warm tones of maple blended so softly and organically.

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We styled 3 different centerpieces to create interest and add dimension to the ballroom of The Four Seasons, Westlake Village. Each tablescape worked together cohesively to make the room feel put together and celebratory.

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Freshly cut cymbidium ordchids tucked into a planted succulent arrangement, made this centerpiece a take home item that will be enjoyed for a long time!

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Each centerpiece is also branded with our event logo- giving them a unique customization that also happened to look really beautiful!

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It was a fabulous night where a lot of money was raised for a great school and we got to enjoy a beautifully decorated room in the process.

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Celebrate, indeed!

 

And the Winner is…

When it comes to Hollywood awards, some of the most creative in the business aren’t recognized at The Academy Awards, so the creative and technical fields hold their own awards to honor the genius of some of their own. We had the opportunity to produce a centerpiece design to complement the stage design of the Art Directors Guild Awards, held at the famous Beverly Hilton. From a color palette created by sponsor Kohler to drawings of the set design, we created a beautiful LED lighted centerpiece to bring the beauty of the set design right to the guests’ tables.

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We loved how the centerpieces really brought the set design out into the guest seating!

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Two different types of LED lights were used inside the vases to bring color and illumination to each centerpiece. There were three color themes, so that the space was cohesive, and yet had some beautiful differences too.

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The gorgeous set design was done by Matt Tognacci, an Emmy Award winning Art Director. It was a fantastic collaboration to bring both the stage and the room to life.

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It was an incredible evening and we were thrilled to have the centerpiece design so well appreciated. We received a Thank You email the next day, with a photo attachment of a few “random guys” sitting in front of one of our centerpieces (You can see our business card in the reflection of the centerpiece base too!)…

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Happy Beautiful Birthday!

At Soirée, we are preparing for a really exciting launch: Collections of party decorations pre-designed and available to be delivered right to your door! We’re calling it Soirée In A Box, and it will be ready for launch this Spring, 2014. In the meantime, we had a Birthday party come up that was just calling for us to try out one of our upcoming collections- named after one of the guests of honor: The Billy Collection.

Our palette of yellow, gray, white and pink was inspired by the amazing fabric that we made into table runners. Phalaenopsis orchids seemed the perfect complement with their fuchsia centers, and the feature areas were stunning with our hanging lanterns and parasols!

We hung parasols from the ceiling for a dramatic effect…

We created a feature piece of paper rosettes to cover the large screen TV in the room…

We placed orchids in milk glass vases everywhere!

The lanterns and lighting set a breathtaking ambiance for the guests.

We used our paper lanterns in a slightly new way, by placing them on top of the table with votive candles illuminating them from the inside. Sometimes the best design effects come from taking an ordinary party prop and re-envisioning it’s use.

It was an incredible party that was both beautiful and FUN…and soon enough, will be available for purchase, so you can transform your own special event! Stay tuned!!

“Girly Chic” Supper Club

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When long time friend and fabulous party hostess, Carrie approached us about doing a Supper Club for a small group of girlfriends, we were thrilled. Carrie had designed an invitation, handed it over and said, “Go!” We drew our inspiration from the color palette- Fuscia, orange, black and white and then threw in “girly” but kept it simple for our modern-minded hostess.

Guests were greeted at the door with a comfy pair of flip flops to slip into…

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The weather cooperated perfectly and simple market lights, pink gelled washes for the walls and candles created a warm and inviting ambiance.

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White couches, pillows in pink and orange and accessories in sparkling black really said “Girly”, but it wasn’t over the top…so, really “Girly Chic” (our hostess’ “theme” idea) is probably the right description.

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We created simple arrangements of roses with an assymetrical burst of cymbidium orchids to keep the look clean and unique.

This ladies Supper Club has been a yearly tradition for Carrie and some of her friends, and each year a wine tasting element is incorporated into the evening. This year, we designed simple wine charms, wine bottle numbers (so the wines could be voted on later), Wine pairing tags (for those that brought a food and wine pairing), and ballots to vote with at the end of the night.

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A beautiful evening was had by all. We were thrilled with the response from all of the guests…and heard things like, “This doesn’t even look like your backyard”, which means the transformation was a success!

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Cheers to the ladies of the 3rd annual Supper Club, and thanks to Carrie for always giving us such great inspiration to run with!!

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Fundraising Magic

I’m not sure that anything can beat the backdrop of a day with perfect weather, except the combination of gorgeous weather, beautifully designed ambiance, and good friends and family all mixed together. All of this made for Fundraising magic this weekend! When we put together that the cause was for The USC Norris Cancer Center for Urology and would include wine tasting, we wanted something rich and masculine. When we found this quote, we knew we had the “theme” to pull it all together.

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Our palette of dark grays, rich browns, and accents of red and aubergine made for a gorgeous combination. We had our own linens made out of gray tweeds and men’s suit fabrics. To give a tailored look we tied the tall cocktail tables with an Aubergine leather belt. Literally bringing fashion to the table! Wine bottles were re-purposed to be candle holders and as evening fell, the candle light gave a beautiful glow.

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Small bouquets of red roses were punctuated with small paper flowers made from recycled book paper. It was an unexpected, but unique look!

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We created cohesion with the paper flowers by creating a dramatic piece designed for the appetizer station- a cluster of wine bottles which held bouquets of willow branches and paper flowers…

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Guests enjoyed a selection of wines, explained by the sommeliers from Total Wine and More. We couldn’t go without mentioning the wine store, because the customer service was sheer perfection!!

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An array of exciting items were presented for a silent auction inside the house and around the grounds…

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It was a spectacular event that raised a lot of money for a great cause. For us, it felt great to have an opportunity to do whatever we wanted, design-wise. We considered the event, the focus, and the client and came up with something that was received so nicely and looked so beautiful. We wish the Doctors at USC Norris continued success in their research and treatment programs and give an extra special thank you to the guests who made this event such a success!

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Taking the “Theme” out of Theme Party

Clients contact us frequently with theme ideas for their kids parties, and while we LOVE a good theme, when it comes to popular television or movie characters, themes get almost too….well, theme-y.

 My approach to a theme party- especially those that involve Disney or other popular movie characters- is to try to break down what the movie is all about and only add back in a few copyrighted character items (So the kids still feel like they are getting their favorite characters.)

In this party, the client wanted an Ice Age theme. In June. At the beach. Hmmmm… Sometimes our most creative ideas come from the seemingly impossible. We started with an ice inspired palette of white, crisp blues and accents of lime green.

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We dressed the table with that freaky fake snow, some super creative centerpieces and then some Ice Age themed plates from a local party store. *Tip: Try to choose only one item to work in your characters. Choosing either the plates or the cups will give you the effect you want without becoming too over the top.

For the centerpieces, we bought stuffed Ice Age character toys, filled a square glass vase with water, submerged the toy and FROZE it.  It looked like a solid block of ice with the character frozen into it- just like how the characters are in the movie!! Adorable and a conversation starter to boot!

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We grabbed a few acorns from a neighbor’s driveway, since the main character is a squirrel, and peppered the table with them.

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The big budget item was…real snow! The snow was piped in to make a great sledding area for the kids.  This isn’t an element that most people can afford to have at their child’s birthday party, but if you do- what a WOW factor! The kids (and adults) had a blast!

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So, the next time you’re throwing a birthday party and your child suggests one of his or her favorite TV or movie characters as a theme, try taking the “theme” out of theme and using those party store goods minimally. Your imagination and some elements that simply “suggest” at the theme are the way to give your party a polished look that will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike!
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