These are some very special people to me. I did their wedding 3 years ago (check it out under Catherine & Gary – 2011) and Catherine came back and asked if I would help throw a surprise birthday party for Gary. She wanted something “out of the box – not the typical” for 100 guests. I threw out the idea of the warehouse downtown where British Motor Coach is located – the perfect venue to transform and/or keep some of their vehicles in it to add to the theme of the event. She loved the idea. We draped the venue, put up numerous lights and gobos to disguise the walls and ceiling, made a separate “Casino Royale” room, had numerous food trucks drive in (literally) to the venue, including: Cheese Wizards, Dante’s Hot Dogs, Shishkaberry’s, Bite Me Cupcakes and an Ice Cream Truck, we filled the space with light up bars and lounge tables, lots of soft seating, a black and white dance floor, an espresso cart (with specialty drinks named after James Bond movies), a roving magician, and spy décor everywhere. We even had 3 “Bond Girls” passing out martinis (that were all named after a James Bond movie) and working the room all night. Even a Lotus car was there for guests to enjoy. Numerous sayings from Gary were on small easels all over the venue for guests to enjoy and laugh at. (We even put his favorite one on the wall above the DJ in a gobo!) Guests were invited via an invitation with a James Bond theme and stamp, and were encouraged to wear themed costumes – it was fun to see what they showed up in. There were toasts and tributes to Gary, a questionnaire about him to see who knew him the best (with fabulous bottles of wine for the winners) and dancing all night long. Gary and Catherine were picked up by British Motor Coach (Gary was told they were going somewhere else that night) and literally drove right into his party!!! He was 100% surprised and delighted – all at the same time! We got him good – Mission Accomplished!!!
Host: “Fabulous Party….everyone is raving! We cannot thank you enough; everything last night was perfect – the décor, food, bar service, Bond girls, music, lighting, casino, magician, photographer, chauffeur….it all came together to create the perfect party storm! Well done my friend! Mission Impossible: Check!” Catherine
Leave a Reply