The Great Nicolle & Gatsby Glamour
Let's first go back to June. Nicolle and I were lounging around in Newport discussing what to do for her big 30th birthday a mere six months later. This genius mentioned a classy, upscale-ish party... I've got it!!! A Gatsby themed party! But where oh where to have such a gathering. Neither of us yet own a home that would allow for such a special event nor did we want to shell out major dough for a venue. Hmmm, what to do?! So, as months past, we sort of pushed it out of mind and entertained other avenues like a weekend getaway. In November when we still didn't have anything nailed down I started to panic a bit. Needless to say, when Nic finally gave me the "green light" (yes, that was a Gatsby reference, thank you very much) to go with the classy 1920's party to be held in Los Angeles, I was off and planning... The Great Nicolle was born.
|Christmas decor at the Millenium Biltmore|
|Nic's beauty staging area in her hotel room next door|
Now, the drink details. Labels: A couple weeks before the party I sent Nicolle some Gatsby book cover designs I wanted her to modify to say The Great Nicolle with a subtle 30 in the background. As usual, she took my idea and made it 500 times better than I imagined! I soaked those nasty stock labels right off in prep for my new and improved label. I also removed all of the foil at the top of the bottle and only left the cork. I wanted it to appear as though this illegal box of alcohol just shipped across the Atlantic. I pressed on my new and super sassy labels to every bottle I could find. I decided to swap out the bourbon bottle for a vintage crystal decanter (thanks Kell!).
Next on my list, food. Hors d'oeuvres: I knew cheese needed to be at the heart of this spread so I asked Nic for her top five. While difficult for my dairy diva, she managed to give me a list and I was out of Trader Joe's with Fontina, Creamy Brie, Aged Vermont White Cheddar, Gorgonzola and Goat Cheese, yum! I decided to pair those rich and delicious treats with an assortment of crackers, granny smith apple slices, dried apricots and blueberries and multi-grain bread.
Now, how to display this spread? Presentation: I love me a multi-level spread, so risers were a must. I wanted to stick with white, gold and bronze with touches of soft pink. Since my risers are gold and I already had white plates a plenty (thank you wedding registry) I just needed a couple gold large plates. The Dollar Tree delivered so I was set there. I brought my white small square plates as well as handmade cocktail napkins (thanks Shell) for my guests to use and there was not a paper good in sight! While at the dollar tree I also bought champagne flutes and rocks glasses to personalize for the men. I took some pearl letter stickers I had in my craft storage and put names on each glass to class it up a bit. Under my white linens I placed white lights to make it really glow. I topped with bronze sheer fabric before placing my goods to add a bit of color and warm it up a bit. I bought two dozen white roses with pink tips and placed those around the drink/food area to add a feminine and sweet pop of color.
|It's all in the details... the famous 'green light'.|
When planning an event like this it is always tricky since you can't see the hotel room before hand. But, I always pack heavy and bring everything I may or may not need. 6 strands of white lights, table cloths, gold sheer fabric, white paper lanterns, risers, dishes, napkins, food labels (I always make signs for all my eating events, that way people don't have to ask me 100 times), pens, tacks, glue, ribbon, scissors... I was locked and loaded.
|All the girls: April, Jolie, Nic & Em|
Arriving at the Park Plaza hotel, Nic still had no idea what was going on. Needless to say, when she saw all the commotion out front she was sort of taken aback. Since there was lines galore, I channeled my inner college girl and marched up to a nice looking man at the door. I sweetly explained we were with a VERY high profile birthday girl and needed to get in to the VIP area right away! Apparently, I've still got it, because he sent us right to the front, whoo hoo!!!
Once inside I watched as Nicolle gazed around confused as to why all these people were dressed up for our themed party. Did I hire all these extras just for photo ops? To make her feel like the most popular girl in the world? No... but I pretended I did!
|Men were getting old timey shaves and shoe polishes, and the ladies were treated to gratis manicures|
Once we were loaded with drinks we headed to the "latest hits" ballroom, got a cute little table and danced the night away!!!! I sure hope my lovely Nic had as much fun as I did. From start to finish it was an all around Great Night for my Great Nicolle!!!
|Birthday kisses from Jolie!|
|Jolie & Nic's cute shoes - both worn to Nic's wedding!|