Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) wanted to create a special evening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Artists in Residence (AIR) program. Part immersive performance, part gala celebration, guests were treated to a who's who program of performances drawn from the BAX Family and hosted by Erin Markey. Main floor ticket holders enjoyed delicious snacks and open beer and wine bars, while upstairs in the Club Level, VIP guests had the best seats, along with passed hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails. Roulette Intermedium was aglow with hues of red, yellow and metallic gold & silver. Photography by Maria Baranova.
Celebrating New Year's Eve and Jim Hormel's 85th Birthday at Untitled at The Whitney, where chef Anita Lo joined chef Suzanne Cupps to present dinner. The festivities, organized by Cherry Hill Events, was a mini-reunion of the team from Annisa and featured a cake in the shape of a phonograph by City Cakes. Colors of deep red and antique gold, along with chevron stripes and palm trees, evoke the art deco movement of the 1930's. A performance by singer Paula West added a touch of the Jazz Age to to round out the evening. Photos by Clay Williams.
Dana and Pete were looking for a summertime picnic-themed wedding that was easy, fun, and felt like home. Their guests were delighted to feed and pet alpacas and sheep at the Queens County Farm Museum. The BBQ dinner was over-the-top delicious, with loved ones licking their fingers around tables replete with sunflowers, blue plaid cloth, and communal wine bottles. The evening was topped off by the triumphant arrival of a gelato and cappuccino truck, providing the perfect final-hour kick.
Craig and Greg wanted a truly elegant experience for their wedding. One that would be a "destination" for both out-of-town and local NYC guests. Set in the gorgeous, brick-walled garden of the Greenwich House School of Music, under a cherry tree in full bloom, their ceremony was the epitome of turn-key. Wedding guests then strolled a few sun-dappled blocks to a three-course lunch at a landmark village restaurant. Following a few hours' break to rest or enjoy the city, they reconvened (with costume change) for a fabulous evening cocktail reception hosted by a drag queen.
In honor of a milestone birthday, our client wanted to celebrate with a hip evening in the Meatpacking District. His party of friends were treated to dinner at the trendy restaurant Catch before adjourning via private elevator to the rooftop party space to dance the night away, with DJ spinning his favorite house music and statuesque women providing endless champagne.
For a special edition meant as a fundraiser for cancer survivors, the monthly-recurring salon series Dead Darlings wanted a different type of evening to raise awareness (and $$). We worked with the creator and host, Amanda, to maximize fundraising potential and to find creative ways to utilize the performance space (a cavernous church near Washington Square) in a unique way. After a performance featuring multiple musicians and writers, plus raffle for several one-of-a-kind items, guests danced the night away at a dance party DJ'd by Amanda herself.
Why have another boring birthday party at the local "tap & keg", when you can be surrounded by good friends and great food at home? Our client, whose birthday is July 3rd, wanted nothing else other than a Lobster and Clam boil on her lovely Brooklyn terrace. We worked with her to find the perfect caterer and decorations. Red accessories and newspaper tablecloth made for a whimsical mix of the traditional with the elegant for a truly never-to-be-forgotten experience - and the view wasn't bad either!
Lance was making a big step in his life, retiring after 25 years of service to his company. He wanted a "turn key" type of event, with little fuss. "I just want to show up and see my friends" was his refrain during the planning stage. A curated cocktail hour, followed by a 4-course dinner at a Michelin-rated restaurant was the perfect solution to his non-stress request.
Our client requested a one-of-a-kind, sideshow-inspired evening for their staff summer party. A company of 75 people enjoyed a swirling party of open bar, tarot readings, astrology mapping, burlesque performers, giveaways, and a roaming magician performing one-on-one routines. Performances by a brash and beautiful cabaret singer and 13-piece brass funk band proved irresistible, with the evening being the perfect propellant for the upcoming busy sales season.
Brooklyn Loft Party is a modern variety show experience, presenting REAL variety bills of exciting, local, NYC talent at a series of casual, immersive parties in interesting venues throughout Brooklyn. Guests are treated to stellar performances, experiencing everything from Classical Indian Dance to Didgeridoo to Burlesque to a Marionette and beyond. A no-assigned-seats dynamic allows guests to roam freely about the space, snagging up-close seats on sofas and other soft seating gathered around multiple performance areas.
Before departing for the Christmas holiday, our clients wanted to do something special for their in-town friends. Guests were treated to a catered, family-style dinner of turkey and trimmings in our client's home. This was followed by the bringing out of bowls of icing and all kinds of sprinkles and doo-dads, with everyone encouraged to decorate a "Christmas tree cookie" (or more) to share, proving to be an unexpected, festive group activity!