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Fab & Forty Birthday Celebration | California and International Wedding Planner

Fab & Forty Birthday Celebration

September 29th, 2017

As Nikki always says that the best part about being in this business is "your friends become your dear clients and your clients become your dear friends." Such was the case with Alex. When we first met him it was like working with any client and she could sense him questioning everything. To his credit he had never hired a planner before and he wanted to throw 40th birthday party for his wife that was out of the box. He was also very particular about creating an experience for his guests and therefore we chose to hold the event at the new OUE Skyspace in downtown. At seventy one stories high, it is the tallest building in Downtown Los Angeles and needless to say the views are spectacular.

Great Gatsby theme was chosen to also pay compliment to building interiors which are black, gold and white. At the first design walk through, our thought was to make the celebration not only interactive but that appealed and touched all five senses. We threw ideas back and forth and discussed the layout of the event. At the second walk through we invited all the vendors that we're going to play a vital role at this event including our caterer Wolfgang Puck's team. Menu was discussed in great detail along with lighting, DJ, rentals and a few others. We then discussed the entire guest experience from the time they arrived to the location, to check-in at the lobby that was handled by two Exquisite Event staff members. Guests were then escorted to 54th floor for the experience and finally 70th floor where the event was taking place.

A black carpet runner with black and gold rope and stanchion was placed in front of the step and repeat bearing Lizna's name and logo. Our entertainers wearing Great Gatsby attire welcomed the guests while photographer took photos of the arrivals. The formal entry into the event space was draped in black velvet and gold tassels. As guests entered the space, two over sized flower arrangements with white feathers, flowers and draped in pearls sat atop tables to create the big WOW factor.

Our ladies from the entertainment group in Gatsby attire stood at the entrance to greet the guests and waiters stood carrying specialty drinks to offer.

Entire space was transformed with black and gold custom furniture and lighting was chosen to create a candle like mood in chocolate brown and warm amber.

Great Gatsby movie was playing on a loop behind the DJ booth. Dance floor was black with gold logo of the birthday girl. Wolfgang's team did a superb job with food. Initial hour was tray passed hors d'eouvers with food stations opening shortly after consisting of sushi, sashimi, steak and slider station and decadent array of desserts.

We had hired an amazing magician who strolled the crowd and entertained guests along with photo booth and Gatsby dancers who opened the dance floor after performing a number. Lizna was invited by the magician on the dance floor where he performed a trick and then invited her to cut the cake.

Our Gatsby entertainers sang happy birthday with all guests joining in. High light of the evening was when Alex and Lizna's children spoke to their mother in the most eloquent manner. Alex thanked his guests for coming. Late night snacks were tray passed at midnight and the party lasted till 2 am. and ended on a very high note. The best thing for Exquisite Events was to work with Alex and in the end develop this amazing friendship. The best compliment Nikki received was when she would suggest some idea as they got closer to the party date he would say " I defer that to you ". We look forward to creating many more special memories for this special couple and their friends.

Design & Planning: Nikki & Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events
Flowers: Tick Tock
Lighting/DJ: Ambiance AV
Location: OUE Skyspace
Caterer & Staff: Wolfgang Puck
Rentals: Classic Rentals & Luna Party Rentals

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