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Red Carpet Sweet 16 : Paparazzi Ready

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A Red Carpet Sweet 16 Party: Paparazzi Ready

When their daughter asked for a full-blown Hollywood Premiere Red Carpet Experience for her Sweet 16 party, Jordi & CO was happy to oblige. The gorgeous rolling hills of Rancho Los Nogales stood in for the Hollywood Hills as we designed and executed a memorable, special and exciting party for this beauty's milestone birthday, celebrated with 50 of her closest friends.

Like any red carpet event, the scene was set with Hollywood reds, shiny Oscar gold, and complementary blacks and whites. There was a custom-made red carpet photo wall, which was made possible by our sixteen-year-old of honor. The custom-created photo wall featured our client-designed invitation graphic, and was a non-stop hit. Specialty signage listing LA streets were sourced and placed throughout the party space as well, from the gorgeous two-story entry, all through the house and out to the expansive patio with a spectacular view.

Orchestrating an event of this magnitude requires “know who” as well as “know how!” Experienced vendors were sourced for every element, a special teen-friendly menu planned, and a gorgeous set was created to evoke the magic of a red carpet premiere. The exterior entry was dressed with a twelve-foot gold and black rendering of an image resembling our “star.” The two-story entry was dressed with an oversized film reel from our vast collection of props, oversized faux “film” was woven into the staircase, with a director's chair placed on this working set. Huge chalkboards beckoned guests, teasing a movie shoot in progress, and directing celebrities to check in with the production assistant. Oversized film reel centerpieces were designed and director horns provided a little extra on-the-set reality to the event as well. On the walls were well-known black and white photos of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, giving the party just enough of the vintage feel that should accompany any red carpet.

As with all movie making and red carpet events, there was glamour and drama. On the way out to the party space, the client’s stunning grand piano was dressed with movie memorabilia, custom balloon installations, and more. A “production assistant” dressed in head to toe black and outfitted with headphones and clipboard, checked in celebrity guests from a list, just like the real deal— no riff-rafff on this red carpet!

Once guests passed through the golden stanchions and red velvet ropes to the red carpet backdrop, brightly lit with spotlights, our pro photographer took hundreds of shots of our celebs. The entire outdoor patio came alive with a specially sourced translucent light up bar, dance floor, and “cocktail” tables. A seasoned DJ and “bartender” (each with their own curated bags of tricks) kept everyone moving as they enjoyed the birthday girl's signature drink: a classic Shirley Temple. A spectacular table with a customized centerpiece set the stage for delicious and cleverly presented hearty bites throughout the night, capped off by gorgeous couture sweets and a stunning birthday cake with golden candles. A huge screen showing video curated in part by the birthday girl, completed the starry night scene for partying into the wee hours.

This evening was a joy to design and plan, the clients a delight to work with — and our birthday girl – was really a red carpet star on a night to remember!

HUGE THANKS TO OUR CLIENTS FOR TRUSTING THIS DREAM TO JORDI & CO!

Party planning & décor by Jordi & CO
Cake by Fantasy Frostings
Catering by Parties by Panache Catering
Mini desserts by The Butcher, The Baker, and The Cappuccino Maker
Specialty rentals by Jordi & CO
DJ services by DJ Joe
Rentals and lighting by Town and Country
Photography by Karina Pires

Celebrating 50 Years!

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A Golden Wedding Anniversary

My beloved clients were about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and wanted a truly memorable party at their country club! Jordi & CO was pleased to design, plan and coordinate their special milestone event.

We chose a color palette of champagnes, chocolate browns, and brilliant hues of pinks and reds. The sentimental invitations, which displayed a quote from a favorite song, set the tone for the evening, along photos of special moments in their lives.

A cocktail reception in the main lobby and terrace was simply accented, so as to enhance the gorgeous mountain and golf course views. Thoughtfully chosen libations were served, and party guests were enticed to reminisce by perusing their hosts' wedding albums.

The main event was in adjoining rooms—one for adults, and one for kids. A large doorway between the 2 spaces offered a watchful sight line; yet maintained intimacy. The adult dining room was dressed with gorgeous linens, custom created menus and place cards, and gold-framed table numbers and chargers. Glorious centerpieces were full of roses, peonies and orchids and the chandeliers oozed sophistication with strategic garlands in the same blooms. The kids' dining room sported festive balloons, and a hot air balloon centerpiece with promise for an adventurous night. A vintage-style popcorn machine was in constant use, while, DVDs chosen by "Nana" were shown on a flat screen television. A build-your-own-fort, toys, top hats and sunglasses encouraged photo ops and ensured the young ones rarely left "their room" all night!

Surprise tributes and a video montage from devoted children and grandchildren made this party's flow perfect (strategic planning assured the tributes were well placed, and our DJ pre-arranged perfect complimentary tunes).

The multi-tiered, custom anniversary cake unbelievable! It was in ivory and chocolate tones, and resembled a stack of elegantly wrapped gifts. Heartstrings were pulled when guests saw the couples' original wedding cake topper (lovingly preserved for 50 years!). Thoughtful cake details included gorgeous calligraphy that spelled out three generations of names—with simply "50" and "Family." Adult guests celebrating notable anniversaries and birthdays were presented with individual "smash cakes" on vintage pewter trays and grandkids received matching cake pops.

For this couple, love for family and friends surpasses concern for their own remarkable professional and charitable accomplishments. For us, this was a chance to reflect, in a party setting, a loving couple and family still going strong—and we cherished every minute!

A Heartfelt Thank You for Trusting Jordi & CO!

“Our 50th anniversary was so lovely—beyond description. Thank you, my dear friend, for making this the evening we dreamed of!” —Mary and Jim Luck

Party planning & décor by Jordi & CO
Invitations, menus and place cards by Carmody & Co.
Cake and sweets by Fantasy Frostings
Flowers by Jacob Maarse
Musical entertainment by DJ CraigO
Linens and other rentals by Town & Country
Photography by Karina Pires