Shot Through The Heart…. Valentine’s Dinner
With this ultra saucy and sexy inspirational design we wanted to create the ultimate Valentine’s dinner for two with dark design undertones of slithering serpents and spellbinding epicreations to nibble and sip on as you gaze across an arrow shot heart at your eternal Valentine. I started by setting the table with luxurious pieces by L’Objet including reptile printed elements such as their embossed Alencon collection, serpent twisting black trays and bewitching snake napkin jewels around snakeskin printed italian linen napkins. I want to show my clients how you can create an ultra romantic, luxurious and intimate Valentine’s Day dinner at home with a few key pieces.
For this luxury Valentine’s dinner Isari Flower Studio created a texturally rich heart shaped arrangement with lush blooms in deep reds and raspberries for the perfect centerpiece to pour your heart over… The heart shape was studded with large bloom amaryllis, miniature blooms garden roses, ranunculus, 2 shades of ruffled french carnations, deep shade parrot tulips, astrantias, burgundy anemones and hellebores, with clematis and it;s foliages and flowering Japanese magnolia.
Snakeoil Cocktail Company created three bewitching cocktails to help lure your sweetheart under your spell for your romantic Valentine’s dinner.. For an extra dose of drama molecular mixologist Mike Yen also created a ‘Beeting Heart’ which includes a cocktail encapsulated into a human heart shaped gelatin shell..not for the ‘faint of heart’… “Sipping on a beautifully crafted concoction will set the mood in any love den, especially one as lovingly crafted as these sultry cocktails” says Michael Esposito of Snakeoil Cocktails. Read below for the recipes for three of these spellbinding cocktails!
Old School Crush Cocktail
(served in an old school sour in coupe glass)
2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
0.5 Oloroso Sherry
5 Muddled Black Cherries
1.5 oz Fresh Pressed Lemon Juice
1.5 oz Fig Infused Honey Syrup
1 Cage-free Egg White
Garnished with a black cherry heart
Tops and Bottoms Cocktail
(layered in a double old fashioned glass)
1.5 oz Espolon Silver Tequila
1.5 oz Fresh Pressed Lime
1.5 oz Black Lime Syrup
1 oz Mulled Wine Float
Garnished with Splayed Vanilla Bean and Star Anise
SEEDS OF LOVE
(layered in a goblet)
1.5 oz Titos Vodka
2 oz Basil-Pomegranate Juice*
0.5 oz Fresh Pressed Lime Juice
3 oz Ginge Beer
Garnished with pomegranate arils and bloomed basil seeds
Brilliant Chef Andrew Spurgin created an intoxicating Valentine’s dinner menu of salt crusted abalone and octopus with a lapsang souchang tea consommé, Gravlax and iberico ham with a squid ink sour cream and hazelnuts. An artists rendition of crudite was presented 2 ways atop a gold starburst and standing to attention… making vegetables once again very sexy… “Food is and can be very sexy, from the textures, the aromas and aphrodisiac effect” says Spurgin, “even the slightest gesture of feeding your love a sumptuous oyster can be an incredible turn on”.
Design & Styling Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Events
Chef Andrew Spurgin
Photos by Luna Photo
Flowers by Isari Flower Studio
China by L’Objet
Napkins by Huddleson Linens
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Pantone Color of the year: Marsala
With the release of Pantone’s trend shifting color of the year designers and fashionistas alike are drinking up all that is marsala, like the wine. This rich wine hued tone lends itself to some fabulous winter and fall palettes but can you foresee it in a spring or summer wedding? Definitely. Just add in softer colors such as aquas, soft grey and ballerina pink to lighten it up for the occasion of your choice. Not ready to take the full marsala plunge? Start with a marsala lip or nail color for a soft segway into the color trend.
The above boards work great for dramatic colder weather inspiration but let’s flash back to our Art History for Brides Renaissance shoot for some spring or summer worthy marsala inspiration.
Photos on design board via Pinterest
Photos from Renaissance Shoot via Paula Luna
Luxe Nutcracker Birthday Party in Beverly Hills
Twirling ballerinas, menacing mice, sugar plums and some Christmas magic swirling around in a symphony of music are all of the reasons that make The Nutcracker Suite a little girls fantasy. What better theme to use for a luxurious little girls 1st birthday party when it’s right around the corner from Christmas? Last year I had the pleasure of working with Jina of Plush Little Baby for another one of her darling children’s 1st birthday parties. And in true Korean tradition, the first birthday celebration, or dol, is nothing to be shy of!
See more of this luxurious baby party over at 100 Layer Cakelet here!
This whimsical Nutcracker ballerina cake by Sweet & Saucy shop stole the show!
Venue: Mr. C Beverly Hills
Event Design and Graphics: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Desserts & Styling: Cake Creamery
Centerpiece, Backdrop, Party Favors, Tutus: Plush Little Baby
Photography: Troy Grover Photographers
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Midnight in Paris Party
Last holiday season we were asked by Gen Next to create a creative and introspective holiday party for their distinguished members. I immediately thought of one of my favorite movies Midnight in Paris. The story goes like this… An American writer in Paris is looking for inspiration and ends up going back in time to meet his favorite artists of that bygone era. But what he soon learns is that even the artists of that era looked back to the era before them.. creating the endless cycle of always admiring the elegance and mystique we always longingly look towards history with instead of living in the now. My vision for the party was to give the guests the chance to slowly step back into time, era by era as the party progressed. The Carondelet House, an Italian style villa built in the 20’s in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, was the perfect setting…
In the first courtyard of this 1920’s villa we offered guests a sip of the ‘Green Fairy’ at our absinthe bar. As guests ventured further through the party they found a gallery we created with canvasses of the artists featured in the movie such as Toulouse-Latrec, Picasso and Dali. Holiday go-ers nibbled on a candlelit dessert display and helped themselves to an over the top whiskey and spirit bar in the ‘Starry Starry Night’ courtyard we created where a cult-level whiskey aficionado gave guests tasting lessons and the backstory on some of their favorite spirits and liquors. Josephine Baker had to come make an appearance on the dance floor of course to do her famous banana dance which kicked off the evening of electro jazz mixed with acoustical musicians such as bongos and saxophone.
Event Design & Planning Alchemy Fine Events
Photography Heidi Ryder
Venue Carondelet House
Flowers Isari Flower Studio
Rentals Archive Vintage Rentals
Entertainment On Demand Lifestyle Staffing
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