05 Oct Fly Me To The Moon
By: Christin Gish
On a crisp, clear night in April, our hearts soared as we witnessed a couple in love swingin’ on a star. Guests were flown to the moon for an evening of dinner and dancing on The Argyle lawn to celebrate the 70th birthday of a very special client. Come fly with me…I’m about to tell you all about it!
When we first met with Gay, we spent time reminiscing the past when she and her husband, Steve, were high school sweet hearts. He picked her up for their very first date in his turquoise 1958 Chevy Impala, a story that later inspired our paper suite.
During our tour of Steve’s office, we discovered his extensive collection of vintage model cars. Later, Gay lovingly packed them up one by one for us to carefully display on the dining tables at his birthday party.
Our vision was clear, we needed to transport their guests back to the time when Gay and Steve first met, and fill the celebration with sentimental details nodding to happy days gone by.
Friends and family arrived to a welcome table displaying Steve’s book, Reflections of Another Day (his gift to his guests). Birthday cards were collected in lieu of presents upon arrival.
We carried Steve’s beloved turquoise and chrome Impala color scheme across teal linens, silver chiavari chairs and other party details.
We thoughtfully incorporated basketball as a theme because it was a very significant part of Steve’s life in high school and college. We designed a tasteful yet whimsical five-tiered birthday cake adorned with silhouettes of players and commissioned Sugar Nest Cakes to bring it to life. Part of our design process included actually photographing several of Steve’s model cars, which Sugar Nest Cakes then printed on edible fondant. We couldn’t use just any old car images, they had to be Steve’s own collection! We topped it with a large basketball crowned by a silver 70.
Steve is also an avid lover of flowers, especially Lilys and Birds of Paradise, which we respectfully included in our floral design. The color palate played well with our orange basketball details!
We curated a retro lounge area for guests to relax and enjoy the evening, starring none other than a turquoise and white vintage car loveseat!
Steve loves Frank Sinatra and the bygone era, so we found the perfect band to serenade party guests with Rat Pack tunes. They performed on a custom black acrylic stage over looking a black and white checkerboard acrylic dance floor.
Friends, family and old basketball teammates flew in from near and far to be with our honoree on his special day.
Guests were greeted with a selection of Steve’s favorite Argyle hors d’oeuvres and mingled until the dinner bell rang.
At the end of the delectable three-course dinner, guests sang “Happy Birthday” as candles sparkled atop the cake. Steve gave a touching speech as guests enjoyed dessert—there wasn’t a dry eye on the lawn!
An unforgettable celebration of an unforgettable birthday boy’s life. Gay and Steve, thank you for giving us the privilege of walking alongside you to plan such a special evening. Our hearts are marked forever.
“The best is yet to come, and won’t that be fine.”
The Cloche Girls