LYLE LOVETT + PATRON COCKTAIL TASTING

About six years ago, my good friend, Anna Hansen, asked me to help produce a fundraising dinner and bike ride for a cause that is very close to her heart , and we've been doing it every summer since. Anna volunteered for Camp Wapiyapi in her 20s, and it was an experience that left a permanent impression.   

Anna's fiancé, Lance Armstrong, and his Loyal Lieutenant from his cycling days, George Hincapie, lead a bike ride with the donors in the morning then everyone rests up and regroups for a fun dinner at Lance and Anna's home in Aspen.

In 2017, Patron Tequila partnered with us to make the dinner more exciting. It's a known fact that tequila makes everything more fun, right?  The CMO of Patron, Lee Applebaum, is good friends with Lance, and Lee offered to donate without hesitation.  Patron has an amazing arsenal of craft cocktails centered around tequila. They brought in bartender extraordinaire from The Little Nell, Ricardo Leyvas, to mix everything to perfection.  

To make the night unforgettable and over the top, Lyle Lovett performed for us before dinner.  Lance even joined his long time buddy on the mic for a song or two. Believe it or not, Lance wasn't too bad. Lyle didn't ask him to go on tour with him but maybe next year.

To balance out the tequila, we also had the awesome Randy Lewis of Lewis Cellars in attendance with great wines. Master sommelier, Bobby Stuckey, has partnered with us on the dinner every year to teach us some of his wine tasting tricks and break down the complicated skill of identifying wine profiles.

The energy and generosity at this dinner are beyond impressive and make a huge impact on the camp's ability to host more campers each summer.  We love doing this dinner and really, really love that it makes an impact on such an amazing organization.  

Camp Wapiyapi is a summer camp for children facing pediatric cancer and their siblings.  Kids attend the camp at no cost to the families, so the amazing guests of the dinner know that for roughly every $1,000 they donate, a kid goes to camp.  Please visit www.campwapiyapi.org to learn more about the great things they do.

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Photos by Liz Kreutz // Food by Caribou Club

 

 

40TH BIRTHDAY WITH KATIE KIME

When the amazing designer Katie Kime called and asked us to help plan her husband, Greg’s, 40th birthday celebration, we were excited to say the least.  We love her style and everything about the brand she’s created.  From the start we knew that between running her business and family, she needed our help to pull off her vision for the night.

Katie and Greg have an amazing property that she envisioned using to create different areas for guests to seek out and lounge.  The Craven + Co. team brainstormed on activities that would bring guests to the different areas then finished them with the right design to make things pop.
 

By the pool, we had a custom cocktail station. Guests started at the beginning by grabbing a tool box marked with Greg’s monogram, which had also been used on the invitation.  First, the guests added the spices of their choice to a spice tin to create a custom blend to put on the rim of their cocktail glasses. Next they moved to the produce stand to choose the fruits they wanted in their cocktails. Finally, they moved to the bar to pick their poison so the mixologist could put all the pieces together for their perfect drink. (Read more about our SPICEBAR here!)

For dinner, guests worked their way through an elevated street taco buffet by the talented chef of Eat + Drink, Eric Brown.  For dessert, we had a 3D turkey cake by Blue Note Bakery  since Greg is an avid turkey hunter and was actually missing a hunting weekend for the party.

We worked with Katie and our awesome video editor to make a “This is Your Life” video for Greg as the surprise of the night. Guests saw photos of Greg from baby to today mixed with videos from family and friends sharing stories and messages from the heart.  There were plenty of laughs and just a few tears.  You can tell from the photos of Greg watching the videofor the first time standing next to Katie that Greg’s heart was full.


The late night party was down in the lower yard where we nestled a yurt filled with cozy lounge furniture + lanterns.  Just outside of the yurt, guests could sit in Adirondack chairs and smoke cigars by the fire pit. The party went into the wee hours of the night, mostly inside the yurt.  We kept hearing the chant “what happens in the yurt, stays in the yurt.”  We couldn’t agree more.

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xx TC

EMILY'S 21ST

This 21st birthday was a blast to produce.  By the end of the night, we were wrangling 21 year olds from 6th Street in Austin.

We started the night at Malverde on 2nd Street for modern Mexican food and margaritas.  It’s a great space with food from the La Condesa kitchen downstairs.  After dinner, the guests boarded a Party Bus to continue on their tour of four Austin hot spots: Gibson, Highball, Lustre Pearl and Clive Bar.

At the beginning of the night, the guests received jewels to redeem for drinks at each stop along the way.  We kept them busy with a Word Game in which they had to find one letter of the alphabet at each bar. Then, once they had all four of the letters, they had to scramble them to figure out the winning word.  The word was SHOT.  :-)

We made a “What did I just drink?” book, so that Emily could record her night as a 21 year old with a Polaroid of her and her partners-in-crime with a few notes about WHAT, WHO and WHERE.

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xx TC