Marcus Trufant’s 30th Birthday | December 3, 2010 | Hotel 1000 – Seattle, WA

View Photos Photography by: Jess Hoel Photography

You would think it would be easy to plan a surprise birthday party for Marcus – especially during the football season.  But keeping this a secret was one of the most difficult things his wife has encountered in their marriage.  We started planning the birthday party in May but progress was slow because all meetings had to be scheduled when Marcus was sure to be out of touch for several hours or out of town.

Hotel 1000 was chosen as the venue.  We decked out the lobby area in Las Vegas style with soft seating, a bar, signature cocktails, and signage to look like Las Vegas.  Casino and cards were the name of the game on the Terrace.  Hors d’oeuvres, toasts, a slide show of Marcus’ life, and the-highlight-of-the-night when Jessica popped out of a cake all took place in the Great Room.  X-Box Games were set up in the Boardroom.

Guests arrived by a specific time and then Marcus and Jessica were scheduled to arrive about a half hour later.  As luck would have it, some of the guests were on their way into the hotel when Marcus pulled up.  But he didn’t seem to think anything of it.  Jessica faked an excuse to drive around for another few minutes and then the suspense while the “surprise” came together.  Needless to say, Marcus was very surprised when the elevator doors opened and his friends and family all yelled SURPRISE!

It goes without saying that having Jessica POP out of a cake was the show-stopper of the evening.  When she emerged, she began singing “Happy Birthday” Marilyn Monroe style.  What a fun party – and a great celebration for all who attended.  Happy 30th, Marcus!

 

THANK YOU’S!

Jessica:  “Thank you once again for being the most AWESOME planner in the country!  That was one of the best parties I have been to!  And I have you to thank!  I’m not sure how you do it, but you’re an angel!  And all the vendors are AWESOME!  Tell Michael my hat was Fab-u-lous!  I can’t believe I actually popped out of a cake.  It was amazing – like a dream!  Thank you again for helping make my husband’s 30th birthday party like no other!  I am truly thankful for you!”




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