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

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

CHEESE + WINE

When Joe called us to to help with Kirstin’s birthday dinner, he had already secured their favorite chef, Berty Richter (who specializes in Eastern Mediterranean food but does everything well and is the owner of Hummus Among Us). Joe also had in place sommelier Nathan Prater and his (and my) favorite specialty cheese purveyor, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.

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Craven + Co. was tasked with the tablescape design and rentals to make the food presentation special.  We used our individual marble cheese boards for Antonelli’s cheese tasting.  For centerpieces, we used our natural wooden slabs with cut glass decanters filled with red roses.  Our brass votive holders and bowls full of rose petals gave the whole table a glow. Our place cards were marble hexagons with gold calligraphy by Averi with an Eye.  We used Joe and Kirstin’s beautiful containers to bring the red roses inside.

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xx TC

 

 

CHAMPAGNE + PEONIES

We love doing events at Josephine House. It is one of the restaurants in McGuire Moorman Hospitality. MMH restaurants are guaranteed to have impeccable design, incredible food and outstanding staff.

Josephine House is in a Clarksville cottage right next to their more formal restaurant, Jeffrey’s.  The indoor space is small and cozy. They also have a great outdoor space with booths tucked in alcoves and tables under big beautiful trees, but the outdoor space isn’t able to be tented. All of that to say, your guest count has to fit their maximum capacity, but if it does, you won’t be disappointed.
 

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For this engagement brunch, we used the JH white washed farm tables for seating and added bright, coral peonies.

The party favors were splits of champagne with a  straw and note tied with hand-dyed ribbon.  We added a note box for guests to write message of marriage advice for Kaelin and Andrés to read later. 

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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