graduation • cocktail party • reno, nv
Julianna graduated from college during mid-December. Her family wanted to celebrate right away - in order, to include her friends who were home from school on their holiday break. The goal was to create a fun, energetic environment and menu options that would appeal to: Julianna and her friends (mostly vegan), her grandparents and her parent's friends (mostly non-vegan). Julianna is also an individual who was very passionate about her ideals. As such, we wanted to reflect some of that passion in the party decor. We decided to highlight Julianna's personality both via menu choices and by having some of Julianna's favorite philosophical quotes scribed onto walnut wood boards and placed throughout the event. We used a calligrapher to scribe six quotes and selected boards sizes that could be hung in Julianna's apartment - after the party. We worked with the catering company to provide both vegan and non-vegan appetizers. Then we chose playful presentations of the food: a large steel trough filled with ice and tons of assorted sushi, Chinese take-out containers tied with ribbon were stuffed with two salad options, sliders passed by wait staff, a mash potato "martini bar" with loads of topping choices and a dessert buffet with varieties of miniature cupcakes and truffles. The color scheme of the party was winter white, silver and wood elements - added for warmth. There was a winter white leather bar, staffed with a engaging bartender and cocktail tables with centerpieces and votives strewn inside the home. Outside on the patio were more cocktail tables, a DJ, a dance floor and heaters to keep people toasty. It was a both a lovely and lively event - where all the guests (no matter the age) had fun..!
Photographer: Ciprian Catering: Roundabout Floral: High Sierra Gardens Calligraphy: Karli Noel Bar Service: 100 Proof Desserts: Mix Bakeshop Invitations: JP Stationary Cocktail Napkins: Canopy Street