50th Birthday Weekend in Cabo

Debbie loves Cabo. Honestly, I don't trust anyone who doesn’t love Cabo. We started planning Debbie’s 50th with a tequila inspired invitation designed by our sister company, FUNBOX.

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Guests stayed in the beautiful JW Marriot Los Cabos property, so everyone met by the pool by day & reconvened for dinners by night. The weekend kicked off with dinner at one of Cabo’s newer properties, Acre Baja. It’s a hidden away secret that’s nestled in thick greenery & palm trees. Acre has a terrace that can fit up to 40 guests for a seated dinner with market lights already strung overhead, and the green leaves surrounding you kind of takes care of floral for you too.

The official birthday dinner was Saturday night at El Dorado Beach Club, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at sunset. Our table design featured Otomi embroidered runners and succulents down the center of the table, and place cards that we dip dyed in ocean blue. Guests were greeted with margaritas + palomas and passed ceviche + avocado taquitos. A churro bar with toppings got guests up from the table to dessert & dance.

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Then late night, an ice cream cart was rolled out - but instead of ice cream inside, there were ice shot glasses for tequila shots. Guests would drink the shot then throw it at a bell hanging over the fireplace. Of course if you didn’t ring the bell, you had to try again. . . There may have been a few regrets the next day.

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TC x

HOUSE PARTY IN THE HILLS ▪️ SXSW

Friend and neighbor, Camille Styles, is owner and creative director for her very popular namesake lifestyle blog: camillestyles.com.  Camille hosts her highly anticipated House Party in the Hills at her home each year during SXSW.  This year, she and her amazing team partnered with Madewell and Who What Wear.

The party had a distinct French vibe with oysters and pommes frites by Le Politique, La Crema Rosé and French 75s made with Benvolio Prosecco. We were excited to meet their DJ from NYC, Miss Behavior.  We're adding her to our Craven + Co. rolodex under awesome DJs. The amazing, pink neon House Party in the Hills sign was created by Noble Gas Industries...and now I want one.

Guests felt like VIPs when we found out we could choose a Madewell wallet, pouch or card case with custom monogramming.  I took home the awesome blush colored pouch.  I froze when it was monogram decision time, so I went with the Madewell team's suggestion of three letters: OUI.

The CS team partnered with 1-800-FLOWERS to bring in the gorgeous roses that Austin florist extraordinaire, Margot Blair, turned into masterpieces.  

Camille and Adam's house is a gorgeous setting for an outdoor party and adding the bistro lights and perfect weather pushed it beyond.  The magic was captured beautifully by photographer, Hannah Haston.  We can't wait to see how the CS team tops this next year.  

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CELEBRITY CHEF SERIES : WOLFGANG PUCK

In 2011, we developed a fundraising concept for Livestrong Foundation that was a lot of fun to produce.  We called it the Celebrity Chef Dinner Series.  First, we found a donor that was willing to host a dinner at their home.  Next, we found  celebrity chef that was willing to create and prepare the menu.  Lance has great relationships with some amazing chefs, so they were more than willing to be involved, which made that ask easy.

We kept the guest list of prospective donors under 30 people.  Craven + Co. came in and planned everything to make the dinners run smoothly, so that the host didn’t have to worry about any of the details. We were grateful that they had opened their home and invited people they thought would be inspired by the Livestrong mission.

This one was in Aspen, Colorado.  Michael Goldberg, owner of Belly Up Aspen, offered the use of his home. Our chef was renowned celebrity chef and restauranteur, Wolfgang Puck.  I think Wolfgang was a celebrity chef before we even had the term "celebrity chef."  He brought his amazing staff from Spago in Beaver Creek.  They took over the kitchen and blew the guests away.

I worked closely with Wolfgang’s right hand man, Tom Kaplan. He has been working with Wolfgang for 34 years now. The two of them have worked side by side to take the company from a few restaurants in 1982 to the mega brand it is today.  Tom is incredible to work with. He is generous, creative and was beyond helpful with getting the entire celebrity chef dinner series off the ground.


Wolfgang came out for each course and talked about why he chose the menu he did.  We also had the incredible winemaker (and former race car driver) with the infectious laugh, Randy Lewis, there and he took turns talking about the pairings he had made for Wolfgang's menu.  Lance has been friends with Wolfgang and Randy for a long time, so they did their usual banter back and forth and the guests loved it.

 

We had stainless steel menus screen printed that Lance, Wolfgang and Randy autographed at the end of the night for guests to take home.  We used calligraphed tags tied with LIVESTRONG yellow ribbon to coordinate the wine glasses with the dinner courses they were paired with.
 

The gorgeous floral was from Mountain Flowers of Aspen.  We finished out the tablescape with bold black glass candles by Dayna Decker with her signature wide wooden wicks in our modern glass and chrome hurricanes.  With Aspen Mountain as our backdrop, it was an unforgettable night.  And with the generous donation of the food, wine and venue, it was a great night helping empower cancer survivors.

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♥️ TC xx