Special Events

Double the Birthday – Double the Fun!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Twins are so much fun!!!!!!! These twin girls are so loved by so many people, but not more than by Mom and Dad. The twin’s mom contacted and wanted to plan an amazing event that would be memorable for all of her guests and a blast for her twins. The theme of the metamorphosis of butterflies was established by Mom but it was up to me and the Glam Squad to make it come to life. They thankfully gave me a love of freedom in conceptualizing the design and coming up with the ideas. So….. Let the fun begin!

Martha Ramirez and Mayleen Gonzalez for UDS Photo joined in for the fun that night ad took the great pictures below. Thank you so much ladies for everything. =)

Our Fabu-Venue was White Space, an empty warehouse off of 595 and Sheridan St. We used the largest of the two studios which has a pre-function area and a large event space. The pre-function we split into two- the left as a MEGA entrance and the other for the flip book photo booth which you will see more about below. Rick Interian and his Avant Gardens design team hung a wooden structure from the ceiling over the entrance table scape. Mechanical butterflies were added throughout the entrance piece and were so life-like; it truly made this more of a show stopper. On the wall, we hung two canvases (one of each girl) for guests to write them a Happy Birthday note.

Uplyte did a great job on the draping and the lighting. They now have White Space permanently draped which is great! The lighting around the room was a soft purple with a mix of pink. It was the perfect combination for our bright decor and whispie ambiance.  Gobos were made to replicate the butterflies on the invitation and they placed on the draping behind the cakes.

The cake table was so fun to design. Cake confectioner extraordinaire, Rosie Cunil of Elegant Temptations took our ideas and colors and ran with the wind. She custom made acrylic pieces to hold up the twin cakes as well as the mini parfaits that were placed behind them. Hanging crystals and butterflies were placed on the table and acrylic  to incorporate our butterfly theme.

Alexia’s Cake, Olivia’s Cake, and some yummy desserts for guests. When we sang Happy Birthday and the twins blew out their candles, we had a massive confetti blast to start the night off right!!!!!! So cute!

I love the set up of this event. We set it as a cocktail style reception as there was never a chance to do anything else BUT party. =) There were several sets of tables both high and low. We added 8ft long tables extended 48″ inches in height to add something a little different to the decor. All of the floral decor we kept very organic but with pop colors as our twins LOVED pink and orange.  Furniture from Room Service Rentals was placed throughout the room and in the VIP lounges.

In the shoe valet, the twins had custom made converse to match their dresses. SOsoooo cute!

We had two separate VIP lounges in the space, an Adult only lounge and a Teens lounge. Its important to assure that the adults have an area that is seprate from the teens to be able to order alcoholic beverages. When parents come to drop their kids off, this will make them feel assured that their teen will not try any funny business. Plus, any time you have a large event, I highly suggest you hire a reputable bartending/catering company who will not under any circumstances allow under age drinking. In creating a Teens bar, they felt just as important in their section. We served a fruit punch as the signature drink and it was embellished with three butterfly gummy candies with a skewer- it made it looks cool! Kids love cool lol.

Chris from Delicious Catering did a great job in making all of the stations yummy and oh so delicious. We served kids comfort food but upped it up a notch and added some gourmet touches to it. This was a great way to make sure that every guest would like the options on the stations.

We hired CircX to come and bring out the girls to their party. I love these customs, they actually light up! The butterfly ladies did an acro-improvisational performance and then they brought out the birthday girls. It was cute and so unexpected, the guests loved it!

In the middle of the party which by the way was off the chain! thanks to Big Will, Power Parties, and the Fabulous and Famous Miami DJ, DJ ZOG, we opened up the photo booth room. This allowed the guests to go into the room and enjoy doing the photo flip books a favors and great memories of the night.

Happy Birthday Olivia and Alexa! It was a great pleasure working with you and your family in this magical night. Congrats to the Mendez Family!

Thank YOU SO MUCH to all of our vendors. It is so important to me that I take the time to thank them after each post as without them, we would not be able to what we do. To Dan Cohen and his team at UPLYTE and White Space for all of their hard work and allowing us to take over =). To Rick Interian and his Avant Gardens team- you did a stupendous job! Chris from Delicious Catering- ab-so-lute-ly delicious! Circx and Power Parties- Thank you so much for the great entertainment!


D.I.S.T.U.R.B.I.A on Wisteria Lane

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

MEET THE BIRTHDAY GIRLS! TWO OF MY FAVORITE GIRLS IN THE WORLD, MY SISTERS, JESSICA AND STEPHANIE!

I never post anything of my own, hence, after soooo many times of people asking me to post my wedding, I have yet to do it.  I have to post this one though! O.M.G. I kind out out did myself on a birthday party for my two little girls. My daddy agrees with me LOL.

MAS, Miami Art Space was the venue of choice for this grande party. It had to be a space that I could transform and that had multiple function areas in order for my vision to come to life. This was a special event for me as we were celebrating the birthdays of my two little sisters.  It was so hard coming up with a theme that was going to be exciting just by saying the theme and one that would be totally unique! I didn’t want to do anything ANYONE has EVER done before. I typically get these crazy ideas at the strangest times. This theme was born on 826 while I was driving to the Mandarin Oriental to meet a client. =)

Soooo many people have asked me how the heck did I come up with this theme? My answer is easy: If you know my sisters, Jessie is adorable and very girly. She’s studious and loves to learn about everything. She’s a homebody like me  but has a wild side too when we get a little champagne in her lol. More than anything, she loves things primped and perfect like a street lined with white, picket fenced houses. The only street I could think of was “Wisteria Lane”. It fit her perfectly!

Steph aka Toooootsie! is ALL over the place lol. She is such a character and always is having a great time. She’s a clown and constantly making everyone laugh. She LOVES to shop, talk on the phone, PARTYING, and pretty much anything that involves having a good time, yeah- she is pretty much all over the place. One of my favorite songs and movies for that matter is Disturbia, so I thought, perfect, “Disturbia” is perfect to describe Steph.

Since they are so different, Steph is the Disturbia is Jessie’s Wisteria Lane, hence the theme, Disturbia on Wisteria Lane. Thank you so much to Martha, Jesus, and Marlene at UDS Photo for joining the craziness and documenting it all. Awesome – <3 U!

So, I welcome you to explore both of my baby sisters’ Birthday BASH!  Enjoy!

…  I’d like to introduce you to the characters of Disturbia…

The character in the middle picture of the top row greeted each of our guests at the Step and Repeat  as they walked into Wisteria Lane. He’s such a an amazing person and his character fit him well as he joked around with all of our guests. They got to take pictures with him at the S&R. The rest of the characters came out in the Disturbia After Party. Crazzzzzzzzzy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so so so thankful to Rick Interian and his design team at Avant Gardens!!!! WOW is all I can say. Ricki has been doing events with me for years. It’s come to a point where I don’t even have to tell him what I like… although I ALWAYS make sure to tell him in which I get the rolling of the eyes lol. I guess that is what happens when you’ve been working with somebody so long that you are more like family than co-workers. =) We had two meetings and did one walk thru. Told him what I was envisioning and thats it! Love him!  This entrance piece was so perfect. it was primped and girly, and oh so suburbia looking. Welcome to Wisteria Lane everybody (well, 250 family and friends).

Speaking of family and friends… here are a couple of pics of our specials guests. The first to the left is our friends/family and oh so talented hair and mani/pedi genius’ at Elements Salon Studio. Albert custom designed the outfits the girls were wearing and Juan Carlos did their amazing hair styles ~ Geee-Nius! Cheers Friends!

As stated above, Wisteria Lane was designed to be frilly and girly, and well, perfect! jeje. An oversized peacock fence was the back drop to one of the semi-circle bars from Room Service Rentals. The high bistro rectangle and small cocktail rounds were dressed in plum dupioni linens with fuchsia and plum overlays that consisted of organza cut outs in circular patterns (from AB Covers). The design was paired with black chairs/stools and plum colored cushions for some pizzaz. Small furntiure groupings were strategically placed throughout the outside area to invite guests to sit for a while and chat with some friends.

Anyone who knows me, KNOWS I’m all about the lighting – it’s the key element to ANY event. My buddy Dan from Uplyte is so amazing. He too knows me so well its scary. The space was lit in bright pinks and soft and stark patterns for that little bit of funk to illustrate my idea of Wisteria Lane.  Ricki designed some oh-so-funky florals to accent the tables and to make the first part of the event tailored and complete! Thanks friends!!!!!!

Here are some pictures of our family and some friends at the party.

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In speaking with my design team, I wanted to do something different with the display of our fantastic stations. I knew Jorge Mena was going to do something super tasty and fun so I wanted to present it in a way that matched the uniqueness of our event. Well… here it is- floating stations. Thankfully our vendors like to push the envelope a bit cause this was no walk in the park but we got it done and it was the talk of the party. It can not be easy serving on a station that can sway back and forth like a swing lol. Mena Catering prepared mini entree’s for the evening that were both passed and at the stations. For example, tomato bisque with grilled goat cheese sandwiches, martini’s glasses with puffy white rice, picadillo, a fried quail egg, and chopped platanitos…just to name a few =)  I’m getting hungry reliving our menu.

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The transition room!!!!!! I felt that since I had basically two events in one that I needed a room which was somewhat neutral and different to be in between the first and latter half of the evening. Therefore, I used gallery one as what it is- a gallery of fine art and an Aroma Espresso Coffee Station – who can live without coffee?. On the main wall of the gallery, we hung ornate, distressed silver mirrors along with canvases of pictures of my sisters done by Martha Ramirez of UDS which guests could write their Happy Birthday wishes to the girls. Juan Carlos Navas, a renown artist and very close friend, showcased these two pieces of amazing art he created for my sisters. They were then featured in his solo show in Wynwood in November 2010.  In the center of the room hung a chandelier of white feathers which if you paid attention to the details in the blog, My youngest sister’s skirt was almost the same… that was not a coincidence ;) . Ricki and his team hung hundreds of white, pink, and purple butterflies throughout the ceiling ALL meeting up at the center of this chandelier. It was breathtaking! We invited all of the guests into the room, turned off the lights, and sang happy birthday to my babies. Confetti Blast and to Disturbia after party. The best part was that not many guests were expecting another room since it was draped off.

Rosie Cunil (from Elegant Temptations) another amazing artist, designed these two cakes for my sisters. She also designed each and every one of these mini parfait desserts that were displayed on yet another floating station. Incredible! I cannot event tell you what a hit this was! The cake to the left was Jessie’s as she was turning 25. The cake was pink and whispie. It was made to be a girly garden -ike scene with beautiful sugar butterflies and a white picket fence surrounding the acrylic base it was sitting in. Inside that acrylic box, Rosie made it look like sand with tiny Crystal accents. OMG adorable. AND Stephanie’s cake, was dark and psychedelic. The wings of the butterflies were transformed into funky shapes that turned this cake into something deliciously disturbing. Her acrylic box was a mirrored replica of the design on the cake but inside the box was water pearls in deep plums to give the cake that dark and mysterious feel. I am always blown away by my friend and the way she transforms my themes into a piece of art. Needless to say, we had cake for weeks!

This is D.I.S.T.U.R.B.I.A!!!!!

Where do I start? This after party was so amazing. We combined black tables with the white furniture to add a bit of contrast to our all white room. I didn’t feel that Disturbia was dark and disturbing. I always looked at it as having elements of funk, girly-goth, and absolutely Nuts! Ricki designed floral pieces with deep red flowers to bring in the essence of girly-goth and the black vases he used were perfect for the space! Silver candle pedestals and candelabras were placed around the lounges. Uplyte showcased  their water wall for the first time at this event. This was a show all on it’s own. Check out my sister’s expressions when they saw it for the first time… priceless!

As guests walked in, the waterfall would read “Happy Birthday Jessica & Stepahnie 03.20.10″ then after a little bit of dancing it read “Disturbia on Wisteria Lane”. Loved it ! Thank you Dan I know it was beyond a pain in the neck to get it in there but you always amaze me. For that and much more, Im always extremely grateful.

All of our bars inside Disturbia were made of Ice. It was such an incredible addition to our event. The guests loved it and on a side note, it kept us cool when there were tons of people dancing club style!

Any party where you are planning to dance until the wee hours of the morning needs a shoe valet. What girl did not go nuts when she saw this? Thankfully the munchkin took a picture of it the way we set it up cause it didn’t look like this 4 minutes after we opened the doors lol. Gotta Love Old Navy =).

Here are some pictures of the decor in different phases of LED light changes. Lighting is key. There has to be room for lighting in your event budget as it sets the tine for the type of party you are going to have.

We are very lucky to have a great group of friend that knows how to party. At midnight we did the Hora Loca and that was a crazy hour I’ll never forget!

Some Industry Peeps who were there to celebrate my sisters with me. Martha and Jesus from UDS, Ricki from AVant Gardens and  Rosie Cunil from Elegant Temptations – Love you guys!

Michael Sarysz rocked the beats!!!!!!! The guests loved him! AND we had a surprise performance from

none other than artist, Felipe Biatti. Thanks friend!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so very much to my beautiful sisters and my parents for trusting me so much with this party (not that you really had a choice lol just kidding ). Throughout the planning I hardly got asked any questions other than what should I wear? lol They know I can throw a great party! To my friends, Martha and Jesus from UDS Photo, Ricki Interian and his design Team and Avant Gardens, Dan and his crew from UPLYTE, Rosie Cunil from Elegant Temptations, Diana Lozano from Circx, Michael Sarsyz from Sarz Entertainment,Jorge Mena and everyone at Mena Catering, Aroma Espresso, MAC Parking, Mandy at Room Service Rentals, AB Cover Designers, Juan Carlos Navas and Elements Salon, Quintin Quintero fro Channel, and everyone who was such an important part of planning and executing this grande event. I will forever be grateful for all the hard work. it was party my family and I will never forget. Heck, the guests are still raving about the party!

Alicia and David

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Alicia and David chose the beautiful Biltmore Hotel for their destination wedding. Some of the guests were local but for the majority of them, they had to travel across the world in order to join the bride and groom on such a special day. Alicia’s Mom, Catalina lives in South Florida and she was able to help Alicia alot in her planning. The wedding was very colorful and really focused on what Alicia loves, Italian, garden elegance. Sometimes it is very difficult to put together the inspirations that the bride has for her wedding but with a little bit of creativity, we can accomplish anything. Typically Italian means tuscan and Garden translates to English Garden. As a bride, it is so important to convey your ideas, likes, dislikes, etc to your design team as we hold the key to what the wedding will end up looking like. Alicia knew exactly what she wanted and was very eloquent in telling us everything about what she loved and how she pictures her wedding. Join me as I walk you through Alicia and David’s wedding day.

Thank you very very very much to Rodrigo Varela for such great images! Please click HERE and check out his work!

Rodrigo caught Alicia chatting with one of her bridesmaids right before she got dressed. I love this picture as it is says so much about the reality of the wedding day. Everyone is soooo excited about the wedding the bride’s phone typically is ringing all day long. Thankfully, it is always with good wishes for her day and a lot of “I can’t wait to see you later”. Kathryn Parrish designed her bouquet. I am a huge fan of flowers in any color however when working with bright color palettes you have to be sure that is done perfectly and this is one of those examples. It has to be one of my favorite bouquets of 2010. Genius Kate! <3

Meet David, the groom and his groomsmen. Right after the “first glance” is a great time to take pictures with your bridal party. Many times, the available light is not good for pictures after a ceremony at sunset. You can get the best of both worlds by doing it before the ceremony. Not to mention you cut your “post wedding pictures” list at least half if not knock it out all before the wedding. It allows you to enjoy your cocktail hour and say hello for the few hundred guests that have made it a long way to be with you on your wedding day.

Isn’t she lovely? Alicia is so sweet! She was all smiles- always! Love it!  Although Alicia was a classic bride- she decided on a slim A-ine lace gown, wore her hair in a simple bun, and her pearl jewelry was simple and delicate, her colorful bouquet really pulled her look together. So many brides are afraid of color with their bouquets, but it can be such an amazing enhancement to your overall look. I would always advise our clients that their bouquet is not only a reflection of the wedding but an accessory to your overall look.

Alicia and David’s first look, so cute and so emotional! This has to be one of my favorite moments in the day. You know that these two have been envisioning this for many months, sometimes, even years and it finally gets to be the time! The time where they see each other for the first time on what will be the most important day in their lives. I always try to get a great peak at their special moment, many times I find myself wiping off a tear or two, but it hits a soft side in everyone!

If you are considering seeing your bride or groom before the wedding ceremony, I would strongly suggest it. So many brides ask me if it “takes away the moment when your walking down the aisle and your groom sees you for the first time”. Many photographers like Rodrigo Varela spend a lot of time setting up this moment to make it as special as if he was seeing you for the first time walking down the aisle. It definitely comes down to personal preference but some of the greatest pictures have ever seen are from the first glance.

The Ceremony! WOW!!!!!!! This canopy was even more breathtaking in person.

Pink and Purple phalaenopsis orchids and roses, antique green and ivory hydrangeas, curly willow, and green foliage made of this amazing canopy inspired by Alicia’s love of the whispie garden motif. Candles in mason jars hung from the inside of the structure. Although we started when there was still sunlight, candles can still add the essence of romance down the aisle. We strategically time the ceremony to start in the daylight but end in dusk. It makes for a great experience for your guests as they sit and watch you marry your soulmate.

Mr. and Mrs. Castro!  … and let the party begin ….

As you can see Alicia and David’s colors are slate grey, hot pink, purple, plum, and green. The giant floral arrangement sat on a pewter candelabra. Mini lamp shades sat at the base of the table to add candlelight to the table scape. More and more we are trying to add candle light to tables without using the usual floating candle in a cylinder. The linen we chose was a dark pewter linen that would match perfectly with the shades of purple on the table. A glass silver beaded charger was placed a every seat. The napkin was folded in a way to form a pocket in the size of the menu. Catalina purchased small angel ornaments in italy when she was last there. She brought them back and wanted to use them somewhere in the tables. We put them on each napkin so that it would add another detail to the cymbidium orchid that adorned each plate.

Advice: We always request the catering captains to keep the chargers on the tables thru dessert (unless we are using rectablge or sqaure plates. It’s the best way to make the most of the money spent of this accessory.

Mixing these colors in the flowers made for a great centerpiece to reflect the whispie garden feel. Monochromatic flowers are much more modern, so mixing the flowers and the colors combined with the loose mechanics of the arrangement makes this the perfect look for the wedding.

As another sweet and sentimental detail, tent cards were placed on the table that read: “In gratitude for our blessing we have made a donation to the building fund of the Mano Amiga School is Zipaquira, Columbia. It was towards this very special school that Alicia’s late grandmother, Adiela Bernate de Uribe, devoted her efforts for many years.” Donations to charities in lue of favors is a growing trend. It’s a great way to show how thankful you are for the many blessings you have received. It is also a great way to inform your guests about your favorite charity.

Some of the details of the wedding. An after dinner lounge was placed on the Southwest Terrace of the Alhmabra Ballroom.

The cake was in line with our theme and the bride surprised her groom with a grooms cake to look like a box of cigars. Todo Dulces did a great job in replicating an actual box Alicia provided them with.

Catalina surprised her daughter and new son with mariachi’s. In their family, there is No special event that lacks this musical entertainment. They played for about 20 minutes and the guests then danced the night away!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for taking the journey thru the many details of Alicia and David’s Wedding, A special thank you goes to first and foremost, my amazing team, I love you girls! ,The Biltmore Hotel, Dave Clavette, Bruce Barbaree and Dbeorah Howard, Rodrigo Varela, Kathryn Parrish and the Parrish Design Team, DJ Ubi Merrero, Alan Andai from AA Musicians, Todo Dulces, and all of the other vendors and people who came together to make this wedding flawless.


Decor Trends with Jackie Ohh…

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

I am so excited to be introducing this new feature to my blog. Decor Trends with Jackie Ohh… will reveal the most recent decor trends in the wedding and event industry.  A couple of weeks ago Avant Gardens, Parrish Designs, and Jackie Ohh… Events put together these designs to illustrate the hottest upcoming trends. Thank you to Bruce Barbaree and the Biltmore Hotel for allowing us to do our photoshoot. Enjoy!  WE hope we’ve inspired YOU.

Thank you to Martha, Janet, and Mayleen from UDS Photo for all of the time they took taking the beautiful pictures below. Thank you to Ray and Jessica Roman for Ray Roman Films for shooting the details and giving us a great reason to get this done after so many months of talking about it lol. Awesome work guys! =0)

Bright color combinations make a BOLD statement in the design and decor of your event. The modern color combo of black and white is a great palette to start with. There are endless “pop” colors you can use to make your design unique. Yellow is a huge trend in color this season. It can be paired with slate grey, lime green, fuchsia, orange, turquoise etc.. Rick Interian and his design team at Avant Gardens put together this amazing design, talk about setting a trend. He used odd shapes and various textures throughout the table to make the overall design all about the details!  All of the wire used in the design was hand-wired by one of their top designers; from the over-sized round structure to the napkin rings that can also be used as corsages, a true piece of art!! WoW WoW!!! Ricki, this is a true masterpiece and one of my favorites ever! Thank YOU.

Advice from Rick Interian: “Being in the business for 20 years, I find that every wedding is unique as each bride and groom.  Don’t be afraid to express who you are and make a statement on your special day! “

Location: Bruce’s Banyan Tree at Biltmore Hotel; Designer : Rick Interian and the Design Team at Avant Gardens; Linen Rentals: Leyani; and Furniture Rentals: Bubble Miami. Thank you all so much!

Another HOT trend this season is all about Nature. Many times, Less is truly more. “Going Green”  has been a growing trend in which couples opt to use natural elements and very little floral elements in their decor. Bringing the natural elements of earth to a grande table design is something that Kathryn Parrish for Parrish Designs mastered. It was so amazing to see Kathyrn and her Design Team putting each of these natural branches together to make this modern masterpiece. The mix between the drift wood, textured ceramic containers, butterflies, and flowers with the elaborate rosette linen is the perfect combination in making this design beautifully perfect. Thank YOU!

Advice from Kathryn Parrish: “This centerpiece is for the bride who wants an interesting, organic and whimsical look. Manzanita and willow braches are a common site to see at weddings, so these branches add uniqueness. In addition, the butterflies are an unexpected element of beauty and delicacy. Your guests are sure to be wowed.”

Location: Alhambra Ballroom at Biltmore Hotel; Designer : Kathryn Parrish and the Design Team at Parrish Designs; Linen and Chair Rentals: Nuage Designs. Thank you all so much!

A Note from Jackie Ohh… : You know they say, You are only as good as your team. Im the luckiest person in the world to be able to work with such great vendors. We rely on each other so much and it is not often that we take the time to thank them. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Roberto Says Hello to Retirement

Friday, May 16th, 2008

On the Evening of April 26th, 2008 Roberto celebrated 30 wonderful years with the FBI. Together with his family, friends, and colleagues, he enjoyed a cocktail reception by the water in celebration of all his hard work and years with the Bureau. Roberto called me three weeks prior to his event an wanted to me plan very detail from start to finish. It was a challenge, but after hearing his expectations and visions on how the evening would be, I quickly got to work. As soon as his guests drove into The Wave in Hollywood Beach, they were greeted by valet and a private attendant greeting them at the door. Upon entering to the Piano Room, the decor was simply chic giving the event the sense of comfy and elegant. The cocktail tables wee various heights dressed with soft blue shantung silk linens and enhanced with mahogany chiavari stools and chairs with deep espresso cushions. (I really like using dark brown cushions with mahogany chairs; it makes the chairs look more like furniture). Each centerpiece was distinct from the next. The florist incorporated soft and medium shades of flue stock and hydrangeas and incorporated dark brown leaves to give them a chic look. To enhance the décor on each table, we added candles for ambiance and elegance. At the left hand side of the room, we set up an “L” shaped bar where guests were served an unlimited variety of specialty drinks made to order. The caterer prepared delicious cocktails throughout the night. As the night got later, the food got heavier until an hour before the set to end. They then started to pass gourmet mini desserts and “cafesito cubano”. The food was beyond delicious and the presentation was phenomenal. Roberto and his guests were beyond pleased and that makes me more than happy. Roberto, thank you for letting me and my team create the perfect event as you bid a due to your career and hello to enjoying your “beach time”. =)

FIU Women’s Studies Tropical Day in Paradise

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

April 6th, 2008 in the Esserman Estate in Coconut Grove the FIU Women’s Studies Organization hosted a Tropical Day in Paradise. The night before was so rainy, but Sunday couldn’t have been better for a day event. The colors were fuchsia and Teal with accents of yellow, lime, and plum. The guests enjoyed cocktails while listening to a live steel drum player and looking out to the ocean. The silent auction was very successful and the event overall was a total hit! I look forward to many more events with FIU and the Esserman Family.

Special Thanks to: Lynda and Jim Esserman and the Esserman Family and FIU Women’s Studies for all of their hard work.

Event Coordinated by: Jackie from Jackie Ohh… Events. To all of the event team: You guys pulled it off perfectly. Thank you.

Caja Madrid Cocktail

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I had the great pleasure of working with Borja and Ana Morube on Caja Madrid’s Bank Conference Cocktail at their private home in Key Biscayne. The house is a zen inspired home with amazing modern architecture and a view of the ocean that leaves you speechless. The night of April 4th was great and breezy… perfect weather for a party!

As the guests entered the home, they were greeted by Caja Madrid’s logo and a beautiful pathway decorated with tons of hallow candles.


We designed a great layout for this outdoor event. Half of the pool was covered with an acrylic floor that was lit from the pool changing colors every 15 seconds. The production company did all of the production of lighting, draping, tenting, and the pool cover. On top of the pool cover was an all white, grand circular bar. The smaller cocktail rounds were covered in white dupioni linens and the high boys were covered in lime green dupioni linens to add contrast and to match the color of Caja Madrid. Mahognay chiavari stools and chairs were used for seating and added an elegant and modern touch to the decor. The house was lit in chocolate lighting to add color contrast and for a ambient look. Our florist for the event did a great job at all of the floral decor. We used a variety of all types of white orchids to enhance the event and to match the modern look of the house. One of my favorite elements was the hundreds of handles hanging from the banzai tree in the garden.
The furniture rental company that we used provided all of the acrylic bars white, modular furniture we had spread throughout the lawn and the dock. We had them make us green pillows to accent the furniture and to further accentuate the green theme for our clients.

The food was amazing! The Catering company and her staff did a great job! The food was not only scrumptious but what an amazing presentation!
Event Designer and Coordinator- Jackie from Jackie Ohh… Events. To all of the event team members: thank you thank you thank you. It was gorgeous! Another event flawlessly done and executed!