VEGAS BABY!



Sometime it’s all about the invitation.  My friend asked me to help her with a few details for an upcoming party that she was co-hosting and the first item on her list was a “special invitation.”  Ahhh!!!  Music to my ears.  Now don’t get me wrong…I love being invited to any party — be it be via Paperless Post, email, post-it note, smoke signal.  You name it, I’m there.  But wouldn’t it be fun to find this mysterious parcel on your doorstep?

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This is the invitation that my friend had in mind for an ingenious fundraiser called “Novel Night” — which benefits a local public library.  On “Novel Night,” a number of novel themed dinner parties are hosted in private homes around town and then all of the attendees converge upon a nearby Club for dessert and dancing.  As you might imagine, there is some note comparing about these various themed dinner parties and the fun starts with the invitation.  In this case, the hostesses were working with a glittery Las Vegas theme from the Nicholas Pileggi novel, Casino.

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The party hosts had a plan to deliver each of their guests a small suitcase filled with money, diamonds, the novel and a one way ticket from Westchester to Las Vegas.  The ticket doubled as the actual invitation with all of the relevant party details.  We found the faux money, “diamonds” and paper suitcases on Amazon and worked with a graphic designer on the stickers and plane ticket.

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At the party, guests milled about in the glamorous art deco living room…

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The perfect setting for a Sin City themed evening.

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The bar dressed up for the occasion…

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Decked out with fun details like sparkly cocktail stirrers, cheeky napkins…

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And keepsake matchbooks.

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The pièce de résistance was this fun “roulette wheel,” which served as the drink menu.

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It was a derivation of this “Spin and Win” drink wheel that I had made for last summer’s “Buffett Bash.”

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This time around the drink wheel featured Vegas inspired tricks and treats.  If you are looking for a good bartender, “Chris” from Castle Wine and Spirits in Westport did an exceptional job of crafting a cocktail menu perfectly suited for the occasion.

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Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle in the lounge-like setting, play cards, and pose for pictures with impersonators…

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Including Elvis and a showgirl.  We fashioned one corner into a wedding chapel photo backdrop,

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Where guests gamely pretended to say “I Do!” and posed for pics with Elvis as the officiant (the “Holy Bible” is actually an elaborate cover for a flask).  We had a bouquet and veil on hand for the blushing brides.

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The home itself provided a gorgeous backdrop for the party, completely in sync with the art deco glamor…

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Love this lounge area!…

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And the retro powder room filled with Vegas photos.

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Finally, dinner was appropriately a Vegas style buffet courtesy of Country House Cuisine.

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Guests enjoyed a carving station in the “Stardust Lounge,” featuring a show stopping, showgirl inspired feather arrangement…

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Low glass bowls filled with gardenias and floating candles…

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And glittery, oversized diamond bracelets repurposed as napkin rings.

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In the end, we toyed with the idea of sending guests off with these bags filled with late night snacks and hangover cures…

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but ultimately we decided that they would be too cumbersome to haul to the dance party and -besides- the photo op with Elvis and the showgirl was favor enough.  They would, however, make the perfect goodie bag for a special celebration weekend in Vegas.  After all, it’s never too soon to be thinking about the next party!

xo,

Cath

Photos: CT



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