Lighting, lighting, lighting!

May 18th, 2010

Lighting is a huge aspect of a wedding or party. It sets the tone for the entire evening and nowadays there have been so many new and innovative ways to incorporate it.  Whether its creating different patterns on the ceiling, floor, and walls, or using LED lights that change colors throughout the evening, these are amazing things to use to kick it up a few notches. I love to use LED lights and break up patterns in a room and it can be budget friendly and so effective.  It's one thing to tell a client how important lighting is, but entirely different to show them in pictures or in person what can be created. [caption id="attachment_326" align="alignnone" width="271" caption="Peacock wall pattern"][/caption]  

Hiding a Shoe?

May 13th, 2010

Some of you may have attended an Indian or Pakistani wedding where the bride and groom may be sitting on the stage taking pictures with family and friends or eating their dinner and all of a sudden you hear a commotion. Well, chances are, that is the bride's side of the family stealing the groom's shoe and hiding it. Why steal a shoe? Well, it's actually a very cute tradition that involves the close girl family members and friends of the bride. They take the grooms shoe in exchange for money and there is a lot of heavy negotiating by the girls with the boys side in order for him to get his shoe back. I have done a wedding for a couple where the bridesmaids and friends got off with $200 each. The shoes were obviously very important to the groom!!

It makes for a very fun and interactive ritual for the families.

 Traditonal Groom shoe

A Dining Experience

May 4th, 2010

On April 17th, I hosted a private sit down dinner party for a few of my clients who have now become close friends. This was the first time that I have done a sit down at my home so it had to be absolutely special. The first priority was the color scheme. Since it was going to be in my backyard, I gravitated to red since it would add color and flair to an already bright spring evening. I planned a sit-down affair, a perfect opportunity to break out some seldom used-China. A tip for those who plan dinner parties: dont be afraid to mix and match patterns on your china and stemware if you do  not have enough settings of the same style. Sometimes I find it adds more interest and character when patterns are mixed. 

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As the day of the event drew closer, the weather refused to cooperate. The evenings stayed cool, and the nights were cold to the point that I was concerned for the comfort of my guests. Appropriate arrangements were made, and we sat down to a fantastic six course dinner in the warmth and comfort of heat lamps and a beautifully designed tent, courtesy of Royal Events.  The tent in particular made a great difference aesthetically; the overall effect was dramatic and stunning with the chandeliers, the beautiful linen, chair covers, and flowers. My backyard has never looked so good!

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Next agenda….Food. It had to be something different and exciting that people were not used to. The first name that came to mind was Crustacean in Beverly Hills. My husband and I have been eating there since it opened over 10 years ago and we continue to enjoy their delectable cuisine and wonderful preparation at every opportunity. I have worked with Catherine An on many occasions over the years and can always count on her to create a sumptuous dining experience that is as  aesthetically appealing as it is a delight to the palate.  The appetizers were tray passed as our guests arrived and were accompanied by  delicious strawberry mocktail martinis that complemented the decor perfectly. For dinner, Catherine and I created a 6 course tasting menu that highlighted flavors and cuisines from around the globe, and were stunning in both taste and looks. Thank you to Chef Ryan who prepared everything in my kitchen, which by no means is a chefs kitchen!    

1st course

Lemongrass Lobster Bisque with Creme Fraiche

2nd course

Grilled Bosc Pear Salad with Mixed Greens, Carmelized Walnuts, Goat   Cheese Truffles and Champagne Vinaigrette

3rd course

Royal Tiger Prawns with Crustacean secret sauces and AN’s Famous Garlic Noodles

Intermezzo

Green Apple Sorbet

Fourth course

Roasted Halibut with Spinach and Red Rice

Fifth course

Ponzu Glazed Filet Mignon with Bird’s nest of Cippolini Mashed Potatoes

Dessert Trio

Molecular Strawberry Shortcake, Velvet Chocolate Mousse, and Pistachio Cheesecake Ball with Blueberry Compote (The chef came out and demonstrated how he made this dessert with liquid nitrogen-DELICIOUS!)

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A spectacular evening and a treat for my guests as well as myself . It was a refreshing change to be able to enjoy an evening as a particpant and a guest in my own home, given that I am usually the one orchestrating every aspect of the event. The food, flowers, lighting, linens and overall ambience were exactly as I had envisioned them.  I would like to thank all of the people who made that evening such a success. Not only do I have a professional relationship with all of them, but they have all become my close friends and I truly cherish them all. Crustacean of Beverly Hills, Royal Events Inc, Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linens, Nisie of Enchanted Florist, Megan Stark Photography who provided all these beautiful photos, Argyle Event Staffing, and my wonderful family. Thank you all!

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