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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!


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

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at some “prep” photos on installation day!
Visions from the Dutch Masters

When I received an inquiry about planning a birthday party themed around still life paintings of the Dutch Masters—for a wedding photographer—I knew the bar was preset at high! As soon as I entered her grand home in Pasadena, I envisioned it perfectly. The lighting was ambient and natural with sunlit tones reminiscent of old world paintings. A friendship was formed and her party date was set!

I excitedly pored over volumes of books about this historical period and plans became solidified. On installation day, we created the best party footprint by starting with an extensive interior rearrangment of the furnishings. Town & Country Event Rentals supplied the party basics. We decorated, draped and scaped with beautiful silk fabrics in colors that complemented her existing décor (leopard prints, Tiffany blue, and browns). Lavish Taylor + Taylor florals and a tall candelabra became the focal point of the buffet's main table. An oversize art book was set upon the table, opened to a specific page. Elements common to the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century were selected predominantly from Jordi & CO's personally culled props; including china, faux books, copper and silver pieces, feathers, and an ink well and quill that were crafted for the occasion. It took only a quick glance for party guests to notice that this tablescape was a "living" recreation of the still life displayed in the open book! Similarly, the dining room hutch was prepped with antique gold linens and high cocktail rounds to serve as the dessert table.

The next day, my client deemed everything as having been "amazing" and the caterer reported that, "guests were 'wowed'!" It was both a challenge, and an honor to give life to a mastered still life. This was truly a unique and artistic endeavour!

Celebrating 15 in Style

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For (and from) Grandpa, with Love

See more photos from this celebration here Grandpa knows how to spoil his boys! The Occasion and Inspiration: Grandpa's little boys were baptized and Grandpa reached a notable birthday, so there were plenty of reasons to celebrate! But what do you get when you cross a grown man's love of wild animals with his adoration of his family—then plan a party…
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