At Morgan Events, we believe in celebrating life to the fullest. How many days go by so quickly that we forget to stop and pay attention to all the details that make life grand? One of the best ways to celebrate life is to start with the milestones. That’s right, we’re talking about birthdays. Birthdays don’t have to be about getting older; they can be celebrations of life’s little journeys that we achieve along the way. Remember the excitement of turning 16 and finally getting a driver’s license? Or turning 30 and realizing the pieces of your life are falling nicely into place? Well, we salute you! Celebrate those birthday milestones! Might we suggest a destination birthday bash? Our client Darren (whose wedding we planned back in 2014) decided years in advance that when it came time for his 40th birthday, he wanted an all out celebration with his nearest and dearest in the City of Light. That’s right, buckle your seatbelts, we’re taking you to Paris!

The theme for Darren’s Parisian Birthday Bash was Ready, Set Jet! We captured the travel element of the event in a very simple phrase. We then set ourselves to task planning and executing the event from start to finish, and managed local logistics for traveling guests. The design theme was fun and fabulous, just like Darren. Colors and patterns were inspired by the 1970’s and specifically, the fashions of Emilio Pucci. Our concept took a modern twist to a retro design.

So, are you ready to jet? Check out all the details below and get inspired to plan your next destination birthday bash.

Special thanks to our amazing client, Darren & Brian and to the team that made Darren’s Parisian 40th Birthday Bash a most memorable celebration.

Photography: I Heart Paris | Event Production: Morgan Events | Invitation: Twig & Fig
Catering/Rentals: Potel Et Chabot | Floral Design: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | DJ & Lighting: Dance Police with DJ Vincent Bechet | Menus/Escort Cards/Favors: Morgan Events | Venue: Private Loft

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Nestled in the hills above Marin County with views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, a family estate garden was the perfect setting for Leslie and Josh’s engagement celebration. Design inspiration flowed from the natural garden setting, lush greens and breathtaking landscape. The summer color palette was determined by amethyst, Leslie’s favorite color, while chartreuse, soft white and spring green complemented the surrounding environment. Our goal was to blend design elements to enhance the existing beauty of the property. The tables were topped with a variety of seasonal white blooms including orchids, peonies, freesias, verbena. Green parrot tulips, cabbage flowers and snow peas added a fresh garden appeal.

The engagement celebration was a festive affair for the couple’s closest friends and family. While working in an outdoor space, we wanted to create an intimate atmosphere for their nearest and dearest to mix and mingle in a casual and relaxed environment. And what better way to bring people together than over delectable dishes? Componere Fine Catering was up for the challenge. Working inside the home’s spacious kitchen, the catering team put forth a menu that was playful and fun to keep the atmosphere light and casual. Service began with passed petite-sized bites that encouraged sampling while mingling. This nod to the couple’s preference for bite-sized comfort foods was a great way to start the evening. The canapés menu included delights such as petite fish tacos with lime and mango, petite grilled cheese paired with heirloom tomato soup and mini sliders on brioche rolls with cones of pommes frites. For dinner, a selection of summer dishes was served and the dessert round presented petite strawberry shortcake, frozen chocolate malt kulfi topped with crushed caramel corn and hot crispy valrhona chocolate banana wontons served with vanilla bean milkshake shooters.

As the sun began to set and the candles illuminated the garden, the engagement celebration for Leslie and Josh came to an end. But for us, it was just the beginning of a wonderful year during which we had the privilege of planning their next life celebration….their wedding!

Photography: Arrowood Photography | Design & Planning: Morgan Events
Flowers: Michael Daigian Design | Catering: Componere Fine Catering


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