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.
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.
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!
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!