Posts in Category: CARPE DIEM

LEGENDS LCDQ 2016…DRUMROLL PLEASE

Calling all design aficionados! The theme and dates for LEGENDS 2016 have been announced…

LEGENDS 2016: ONE OF A KIND

May 3-5, 2016

FullSizeRender1

I have ranted and raved to all of my design collesgues that LEGENDS is by far the most spectacular design event in the universe!  If you are still on the fence about whether or not to attend, take a peek at these videos which will surely help you make up your mind…Trust me, once you have attended “Designerpalooza”, it will become an annual pilgrimage every year!

I was thrilled to be an Ambassador for last year’s event with these talented design folks. To read more about our expericences, please click on images below for a full recap of the events!

IMG_7552

IMG_8911

RECAP: DAY 1

IMG_0001

RECAP: DAY 2

IMG_8958

RECAP: THE WINDOWS

IMG_8471

RECAP: DAY 3

Be sure to check out LCDQ website for more videos from all of the keynote speakers and for updated information on speakers and  special events for next year!

 

For more of my design inspiration, please be sure to follow along on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and subscribe to Bespoke Banter.  Thanks for reading and please come back again!

CHARLOTTE BALLET’S EVENING IN NEVERLAND & DANCING WITH THE STARS OF CHARLOTTE

“All you need is faith,trust and a little pixie dust.  – Peter Pan

Winter 2015 940

5000 square foot tent + 3000 desserts + 950 guests + 500 feathers + 300 candles + 200 yards of blue satin and tulle + 1000 playbills + 96 feet of ice + 30 dedicated volunteers + 29 corporate sponsors + 25 amazing dancers + 14 musicians +13 restaurants +10 months of planning + 8 weeks of rehearsals + 6 inspiring community leaders + 4 choreographers + 3 distinguished judges + 1 incredible staff +1 extraordinary event planner =

$790,000 for Charlotte Ballet and 6 deserving Charlotte Charities

UntitledFor the third consecutive year, Charlotte Ballet’s Dancing with the Stars Gala brought the Charlotte community together in a perfect giving circle. Six fearless community leaders took the challenge to dance for their favorite charity and bring awareness to our beloved Charlotte Ballet. Records were shattered in terms of attendance and funds raised.  “An Evening in Neverland”  was the theme in anticipation of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux’s gravity-defying Peter Pan which opens tonight. Let your imagination take flight on a special journey to Neverland by clicking here to purchase tickets!

01649dea31fcb641dc401bcc5619c030e9fbe6cb21

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning…”

The story began as guests arrived, being greeted by a magical pixie in a theatrical gown created by Charlotte Ballet’s brilliant costume design team. She directed guests through a giant window where a whimsical world of fantasy and adventure awaited them…

130306PPReheveD4-21341-e1406743247140

“So come with me, where dreams are born and time is never planned.  Just think of happy things and your heart will fly on wings, forever in Never Never Land!”

An ethereal atmosphere of blue, silver and white with dramatic video projections created a virtual Milky Way.

2e333ffce754b645aa173acb11a90c9d

Winter 2015 905

Winter 2015 903

The dancers took the stage and amazed guests with their moves, stage presence and fundrasing efforts. See below for images (via Jeff Cravotta) and video snippets of the performances.

LLOYD M. YATES & MELISSA ANDUIZA- $55,903

Executive Vice President, Market Solutions & President,Carolinas Region, Duke Energy
to benefit The Salvation Army & Charlotte Ballet

10842158_10153127334722170_1158042400169913568_o

MIDGE BARRON & ADDUL MANZANO- $73,392

Community Leader and Creator of the Dancing with the Stars Gala
to benefit the Novant Health Foundation & Charlotte Ballet

10438906_10153127423012170_7571136212173100672_n

WALTER DOLHARE & ALESSANDRA BALL- $107,765

Head of Markets Division, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
to benefit RunningWorks & Charlotte Ballet

1505989_10153127336127170_7838746614320991303_n

CATHY BESSANT & JOSH HALL -$255,536

Global Technology & Operating Executive, Bank of America
to benefit Novant Health, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center & Charlotte Ballet

11043423_10153127331087170_6285534690560884398_o

DR. DEREK RAGHAVAN & SARAH HAYES HARKINS – $152,329

President, Levine Cancer Institute
to benefit Levine Cancer Institute Disparities in CancerCare & Charlotte Ballet

11062809_10153127333432170_7841287056557614840_n

DIANNE BAILEY & JORDAN LEEPER – $143,071

Attorney, Robinson Bradshaw Hinson
to benefit Discovery Place Welcome & Charlotte Ballet

11046821_10153127332247170_4109577644697697467_o

And the winners are….Judge’s Award Winner Dianne Bailey and People’s Award Winner Cathy Bessant!

11039125_10153127337337170_8471957834347550267_o

The extraordinary event planner Todd Murphy

Winter 2015 942

 “Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.”

TInkerbell suspended high above the tent bids guests goodnight after spending a whimsical night in Neverland…

017813e912c1ee18fe630ce3fcb9b63453dbc423bd

Jean Pierre Bonnefoux’s Peter Pan runs tonight through March 22nd. Click here to see the performance schedule.

Special thanks to the Gala Committee who brought the evening to life!

Untitled2

 

For more of my design inspiration, please follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to Bespoke Banter….Thanks for reading and please visit again!

PEACHY HOLIDAY ISSUE

peachy cover

With just 24 days left until Christmas, I need all the help I can get! The Holiday Issue of Peachy is now live filled with an abundance of inspiration including decorating ideas, recipes, favorite traditions, and gift guides from our talented editors. Be sure to read the issue by clicking here.

holiday

Peachy

Please contact the studio if you are interested in any of our design services.

For more of my design inspiration, please follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to Bespoke Banter.…Thanks for reading!

LADIES’ TENNIS LUNCH WITH SET SIP SERVE

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Table Detail

When my friends at Set, Sip Serve invited me to share an event, I thought it was a perfect excuse to celebrate with my favorite ladies from my tennis team. Set, Sip, Serve, is a delightful entertaining site where you can find everything you need to create the perfect gathering. Founders Benton Jordan Weinstock and Annie Berlanger Wehrle have researched and brought you the best style experts, taste makers, and chefs in the home entertaining industry. Click here to read more about this wonderful resource.

It is no secret how much I love tennis and my team…It is the one activity I do completely for myself that brings me a ridiculous amount of joy. We celebrated our winning season with a round robin and lunch on the lawn.  They even indulged me by wearing tennis whites with a touch of pink for the photo shoot. Lucky for me they even chose the right shade of pink!

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Tablescape

I wanted to select a color palette that would pop against the glorious green backdrop. The hot pink ballroom chairs and the navy geometric tablecloth were the starting point for the design. Dizzy Daisy Designs helped me with a customized invitation, menu and place cards that also tied in the color scheme. Floral designer extraordinaire John Lupton worked his magic with spectacular flowers of peonies, roses, ranunculus, and orchids in a variety of pink shades. Pink hand blown glasses from Branca,Inc, bamboo flatware, pink chargers, and blue and white porcelain monkeys from Furbish added to the whimsy of the table. See below for more images from our photo shoot and recipes from our luncheon…

IMG_5516

tennis-monkey-menu

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Pink Lemonade Sparklers

Pink Lemonade Sparklers (serves 1)

2 oz. Strawberry Infused vodka
2 oz. Simple Syrup
2 oz. fresh lemon juice or pink lemonade
Sparkling wine
Fresh mint to garnish

IMG_5455

Chilled Avocado Soup (serves 4)

3 ripe avocados
2 cups low fat buttermilk
1/3 cup walnut halves
1/3 cup fresh dill springs
1/3 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Garnish with edible flower or diced avocado

DIRECTIONS:
Halve and pit 2 avocados. With a spoon, scoop out flesh and transfer to a blender. Add buttermilk, walnuts, dill, red onion, vinegar, salt and 1 cup water and puree until smooth. Cover the blender and refrigerate until the soup is well chilled, at least one hour.

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Table Detail

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Dessert

Starburst Lemon Bars with Pink Sorbet (serves 8)

Crust
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup powdered sugar
1 cup of butter softened
1 tsp grated lemon peel

Filling
4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
¼ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel

Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablepoons lemon juice

NOTE: You will need about 2 lemons for the juice/peel in this recipe. If you don’t have enough lemon juice left for the glaze, use water for the right consistency.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat flour, sugar, butter and peel on low speed until crumbly. Press mixture in bottom of ungreased 13 by 9 pan. Bake 20-30 min until golden brown.
2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl with wire whisk, lightly beat eggs. Beat in remaining filling ingredients except lemon juice and lemon peel until well blended. Finally, beat in ¼ cup of lemon juice and peel.
3. Remove partially baked base from oven. Pour filling evenly over warm base.
4. Return to oven; bake 25-30 min. until top is golden brown. Cool completely (1 hour)
5. In small bowl, mix 1 cup powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for desired spreading consistency until smooth. Spread glaze over cooled bars. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator, but allow bars to come to room temperature before serving.

IMG_5430

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Ladies' Luncheon

Catherine M. Austin Interior Design/ Ladies' Luncheon

Special thanks to these ladies for inspiring the event and to Set, Sip Serve for the feature!

Set Sip Serve Media

 

 

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPES

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. -Melanie Beady

Better Homes and Gardens

I confess that I am not a very good cook, but I am incredibly grateful that I have a husband who is a wonderful cook and many dear friends that keep me very well fed!  Despite my terrible culinary skills, I absolutely ADORE setting a beautiful table and arranging flowers for any occasion. Fortunately for me, I can let others do the cooking and I can have fun creating the table. Whenever I need inspiration, I always turn to Eddie RossDanielle Rollins,  Tory Burch, Carolyn Roehm, Frances Schultz, and Jamie Meares.  Their use of color, scale, texture, pattern, and found objects incorporated into the settings are clever, artistic, and unexpected. These designers, tastemakers and creative minds always delight and surprise me with their table settings.

Eddie Ross for Lonny
Danielle Rollins
Photo by Sara Hanna
Danielle Rollins
Photo by Sara Hanna
Tory Burch
Carolyn Roehm
Carolyn Roehm
Carolyn Roehm
Frances Schultz
Frances Schultz
Brilliant watercolor invitation by Frances Schultz
Jamie Meares-Furbish Studio
Jamie Meares-Furbish Studio

Below are a few more shots to inspire you as you are adding the last minute touches to your Thanksgiviing table.

Traditional Home
Southern Accents
Martha Stewart
Better Homes and Gardens


For more Thanksgiving ideas including recipes, favors and decor, please see my Thanksgiving Pinterest board by clicking below.

HAVE A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

BON APPETIT! DESIGNER DINING IN PARIS

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast”– Ernest Hemingway (1950)

The Library-Restaurant Bon

Several of my friends have heard me raving about all of the fabulous places we dined while we were in Paris. Our charming host for the first part of our trip was Steve Nobel of Nobelinks. He planned an amazing trip catering to a group of interior designers from all over the country. He did exhaustive research finding restaurants designed by well known French designers that would inspire our group. Below is a feast for the eyes of some of the places we went….

The Wine Room-Resturant Bon

One of my absolute favorites was Restaurant BonPhillipe Starck was the mastermind behind this brilliant restaurant. Starck is an architect, interior designer, product designer, as well as an international design superstar. After dropping out of school in the 1970s, he designed two nightclubs in Paris. The clubs were so successful that they attracted the attention of President Francois Millerand who asked for Starck’s design help on one of his palace apartments. After that, his career took off…creating interiors for the Cafe Costes in Paris, the Royalton and Paramount Hotels in New York, the Delano in Miami, and the Mondrian in Los Angeles.

The Fireplace Room-Restaurant Bon

His spaces and products are always designed to surprise and delight while they push boundaries and challenge expectations. Each space in Restaurant Bon has a completely different atmosphere allowing the guests to have a unique experience every time they visit.

The Boudoir-Restaurant Bon
The Lounge-Restaurant Bon
Le Fumoir-Restaurant Bon

After spending the day at the Marche aux Puces, our group gathered at another Starck-designed restaurant called Ma Cocette. This had a much more casual vibe than Restaurant Bon, which was exactly what we needed after being on our feet all day at the markets.

Wine Break-Ma Cocette
Alfresco Dining-Ma Cocette
We literally stumbled upon another of our favorite restaurants in St. Germain de Pres called La Societe. After a painful walk in heels to the Louvre, we were looking for a spot close to wonderful Hotel Pont Royal where we were staying. Holly Phillips, my designer friend and partner in crime, and I hoofed it all over the arrondisement trying to find the perfect spot.

This ultra modern restaurant was decorated by Christain Liagre. There is no sign and it is hidden behind a huge door opposite the church of Saint Germain. I had read about it before our trip  in Ines de la Fressange’s guidebook to Paris, but it sounded like it was impossible to get reservations. Fortunately for us, they could take us for a late dinner and voila….we had a fabulous meal in a gorgeous setting!

La Societe
La Societe

Best known for its bar and outdoor courtyard, Hotel Costes is still just as much fun as the last time I went there almost a decade ago (and pregnant as well!) The over the top decor was created by Jacques Garcia in 1991. What looks like a den of opulence turns into a racuous dance club late in the evening.  It is worth every penny for the people watching alone.

Hotel Costes
Courtyard and Interior Shot-Hotel Costes
The setting at Cafe Marly is so spectacular that we actually went there a handful of times during our trip. Any trip to the Louvre would not be complete without a stop here for lunch, dinner or drinks.
Overlooking IM Pei’s Masterpiece-Cafe Marly
Arcade View-Cafe Marly

Hotel Particulier was completely different from any other place we went. Literally, hotel particulier means a townhouse of a grand sort. Located on a side street in Montmartre, through a gate and past a bocce court, we felt like we had been invited into one of Paris’s most sophisticated residences. The food was outstanding, the service charming and the interiors were spectacular!

Library-Hotel Particulair
Dining Room-Hotel Particulair

Of course, we had to hit Cafe de Flore…located on the corner of Boulevard St. Germain and Rue St. Benoit.

Open since 1885
Le Petit Dejuener

The gorgeous courtyard of Ralph’s was the perfect spot for lunch in the 17th century setting…

Courtyard-Ralph’s
Courtyard-Ralph’s

Le Castiglione was an ideal setting for a shopping break on the Rue St. Honore.  If it is nice, the sidewalk tables are divine. If cold and rainy, nestle in to a booth on the second floor overlooking the boulevard.

After our design tour had ended, my husband joined me to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. His favorite spot was Le Relais de l’Entrecote which basically serves as much steak frites as you can handle. Their secret green sauce and simple menu executed to perfection has people lining up outside for hours to eat at this delightful spot.

Les Fleurs-Le Relais de L’Entrecote
Mon Mignon sur
Notre Anniversaie de Mariage

Finally, here are the other restaurants I am dying to try that we did not have time for on this trip….Next time!

Les Ombres is situated on top of the Musee du Quai Branly. The museum showcases indigenous art art cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The restaurant offers unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.

Designed by architect Jospeh Dirand, Monsieur Bleu is located in the new wing of the Palais de Tokyo, a space for artistic experimentation and cutting edge exhibitions.

Also designed by Phillipe Starck, Kong is an ultramodern glass space loactaed on the top of the Kenzo building in front of the Pont Neuf.

What are your favorite Parisian places to share?

BON APPETIT!






PALM BEACH PANACHE

In addition to the Evening Under the Palms party that I detailed in my last post, there are many more Palm Beach-inspired events to experience during the Room to Bloom Celebration. All proceeds from the events enable the Mint Museum to enhance its educational programs and acquire new works of art for the permanent collection. Celerie Kemble, noted interior designer, author, and Palm Beach native, is the keynote speaker at the Decorative Arts Symposium. If you are unable to attend the Symposium, there are two other ways to meet this talented and celebrated designer.  Celerie will be doing a book signing at Room to Bloom sponsor Circa Interiors and Antiques on Wednesday, April 25th from 2:00-3:30. 

Celerie’s latest book is a must have for any design library.  Please see below for the publisher’s book review:

“Black and white décor is at once dramatic and understated, modern and classic, apparent in the work of iconic designers such as Dorothy Draper and Madeleine Castaing but just as present in design today. And the inspiration is all around us—from nature (a zebra’s stripes, tree trunks rising from drifts of snow) to old Hollywood movies and fashion to black-and-white photography and patterns we encounter in our everyday lives (crossword puzzles and the pages of our favorite novels).

In Black and White (and a Bit in Between), acclaimed interior designer Celerie Kemble trades in her signature vivid palette for this iconic aesthetic, highlighting the black and white work of design stars and peers, including Bunny Williams, Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Victoria Hagan, Mark Hampton, Delphine Krakoff, Brad Ford, Philip Gorrivan, Carrier and Co., and Miles Redd, and welcoming you into more than 100 spaces in every imaginable aesthetic. Woven throughout are her witty observations and expert advice on choosing the best paints and finishes, adding patterns and accessories, building an entire room scheme based on inspiration found in nature, collecting black and white objects, and even choosing the perfect accent colors. With more than 350 gorgeous color photographs, this is a vividly photographed celebration of a timeless scheme, infused with inspirational tips, glimpses into showstopping homes, and proof that a limited palette is anything but.”

The last opportunity to meet Celerie Kemble will be at The CommenceMINT Party on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30-9:00pm. Wells Fargo Private Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for the evening which will be held in the beautiful home and gardens of Kelly and Rick Hopkins. Other sponsors include Allen Tate, Cummins Atlantic, Hubert Whitlock Builders, The Morgan Landscape Group, and The Triad Foundation

 

FOR THE LOVE OF LILLY

 

Courtesy of Lilly Pulitzer
“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble,” said Lilly Pulitzer, legendary dress designer, rebellious socialite, entrepreneur, trendsetter, rule breaker and hostess extraordinaire.
The famous story begins, “It all started with a juice stand.  When 21 year old Lilly eloped with Peter Pulitzer, they escaped the hustle and bustle of New York City for the sun and sand of Palm Beach. In the shadow of her husband’s family’s citrus groves, Lilly opened a juice stand.  To disguise the juice stains on her clothing, she had a sleeveless dress made from colorfully-printed cotton.”
Lilly was a true pioneer.  She had a very privileged, yet restricted upbringing and wanted to experience life to the fullest. While her other friends were getting married and being introduced to society, Lilly worked for the Frontier Nurses Service in Kentucky, and as nurse’s aide at the Veterans’ Hospital in the Bronx. After she eloped as a very young age, she chose the unconventional path of becoming an entrepreneur which was highly uncommon for women during the 1950s. Lilly always lived by the adage to “Treat a duke like a dustman and and a dustman like a duke.”
Lovely Ladies in Lilly, circa 1964
Photo by Slim Aarons

The Lilly label happened somewhat accidentally and everyone fell in love with the shift dress that was comfortable, fun and flirty, just like Lilly herself.  When her classmate Jackie Kennedy appeared in Life magazine wearing one of Lilly’s creations, the brand become more popular than ever.

In the book Essentially Lilly, she is described as “loved by all, not for whom she is, but how she lives-with gusto, generosity and a never-ending sense of fun.”

In honor of this delightful spirit , the Mint Museum Auxiliary is continuing the Room to Bloom tradition by celebrating all things Palm Beach.  The festivities begin on Wednesday, April 25th and continue through Friday, May 18th. All proceeds from the fundraiser enable the Mint Museum to enhance its educational programs and acquire new works of art for the permanent collection.

One of the highlights of this year’s Room to Bloom Celebration is Evening Under the Palms. The committee has teamed up with Presenting Sponsors Belk,Inc and Lilly Pulitzer to create a magical Palm-Beach inspired event. See the invitation below for more details of the evening…

Please join us!
For reservations, email vesutton90@gmail.com.
Guests are encouraged to dress
LILLY OR LOUDER!
Photo by Slim Aarons/ Getty Images
Photo by Slim Aarons/ Getty Images
Vogue Magazine Ad
circa 1971
 The evening includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing to the sounds of Hot Sauce
Painting by a Lilly artist
The Lilly Jeep
Lilly Pulitzer has donated their new
Mariposa Fabric for the Decor
Lilly artists will be on hand to create a painting
to be donated to the Mint Museum
Guests will receive a complimentary raffle ticket to win
this Lilly Pulitzer beach cruiser
House Beautiful

In quintessential Lilly style, the brand has now expanded to include everything from tabletop and stationary to designer fabrics, high end furniture and upholstery. It is easy to understand why the Lilly brand is so attractive.  She elevated the art of living well and made it accessible to everyone. The way Lilly described her clothes applies to all of her products; “These clothes make people happy. You feel happy wearing a bright color. It makes you smile.  And who does not want to smile a little bit more these days?”

Photo from Lee Jofa

For more information on Lilly fabrics featured by Lee Jofa, please see my friend and fellow designer Holly Phillips’ wonderful blog  Musings of a Design Aficionado (The English Room).

I would have loved to have lived in Palm Beach during the 1960s and attended some of Lilly’s legendary parties. They were known for their eclectic guests, lively music, fabulous food (prepared by the hostess herself!), and dancing everywhere-in the kitchen, by the pool, on the beach, on the cocktail table, wherever the party ended up.

I cannot wait to grab my vintage Lilly shift, put my husband in some patchwork Lilly pants and dance the night away at Evening Under the Palms all for a wonderful charity….I think Lilly would definitely approve!

GOODBYE FORTY!

Last week, I said goodbye to my fortieth year.  I remember when my parents turned forty and it seemed like they were senior citizens.  My father surprised my mother with a jukebox that she filled with all of her favorite 45 records (remember those?)  In reward for good behavior growing up, my mother would let me and my brother go to the record store every Friday after school and pick out songs for the jukebox.  It was the highlight of our week.  Our house was always full of dancing and music growing up.  When I turned forty, I knew exactly how I wanted to celebrate….design my own disco and have a rowdy dance party….

The Invitation

Every great party should start with a clever invitation to set the tone.  Elizabeth Peters of Arzberger Stationers helped me create the perfect invitation.  She is incredibly creative and over delivers on every project.  She found a reflective metallic ink that tied in with the disco theme beautifully. We used a silver envelope with pink ink and a custom pink disco ball stamp to complete the package.

The Inspiration

My dear friend and florist extraordinaire Jay Lughibihl of In Bloom graciously allowed me to convert his warehouse space into the disco of my dreams. He shares space with the talented event consultant Dina Berg Blazek who kindly helped me track down some hard to find hot pink tinsel draping and disco balls of all sizes. Unfortunately, we were all having so much fun we forgot to take a picture of the 15 disco balls hanging overhead washed in hot pink spot lights. The image below gives a glimpse of the space.

The Dance Floor, DJ  and Dancers

In addition to the decor, I wanted to make sure we had the proper festive and lively atmosphere for the party.  Our DJ was outstanding and the dancers flanking the DJ booth inspired even the wallflowers to GET YOUR GROOVE ON-our motto for the night…

The Motto
Hot pink, silver and crystal accents
Tables were draped with hot pink linens and accents included silver ballroom chairs and hundreds of mirrored votives throughout the space. Thank goodness we did not burn the place down!
Signature Cocktails by Porcupine Provisions
Leslie and Bruce Schlernitzauer of Porcupine Provisions are hands down the best catering team around.  I adore working with them and they make every single event personal and unique.  My only complaint was that they insisted on working the event instead of being guests to make sure everything ran smoothly.  They came up with a much needed menu of gourmet late night fare.  I also wanted a pink cocktail to tie in with the decor and they came up with the libation seen in the picture above.
SWEET RUBY RED
 2 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron Vodka
2 1/2 oz. Red Ruby Pink Grapefruit Juice
 2 1/2 oz. Grenadine
Sugar to rim the glass
My Disco Diva Daughter
The most outstanding part of the evening were the guests.  I have the most wonderful friends in the world. It was fabulous celebrating with so many old and new friends. Most of us were either born or grew up during the 1970s . The effort that everyone put into their costumes was outstanding.  The get ups, dance moves and 70s vibe that everyone brought to the party were the best gift I could have ever received.  It certainly made turning forty a lot less painful.
Best Dressed Couple
Most Creative (and Gutsy-est) Costumes
Most Original Entrance
A Bevy of Groovy Beauties
Best Footwear
Jive Talkin’
My Hipster Hubby
Isn’t 40 the new 30?
And this post would not be complete without sharing the play list from the evening.  I spent hours deliberating which songs would make the cut.  All songs can be downloaded from I-Tunes.  Perfect for your next late night dance party!!
THE PLAY LIST
American Boy                            Estelle
Baby                                          Justin Bieber & Ludacris
Baby Boy                                    Beyoncé Feat. Sean Paul
Bad Girls                                   Donna Summer
Blame It On the Boogie              The Jacksons
The Bomb!                                 The Bucketheads
Boogie Oogie Oogie                    A Taste Of Honey
Born This Way                            Lady GaGa
Burning Up                                Madonna
Bust a Move                             Young MC
Buzzin (Remix)                           Mann & 50 Cent
C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)       Quad City DJ’s
California Gurls                          Katy Perry
Can You Feel It                           Michael Jackson
Canned Heat                              Jamiroquai
Car Wash (Single Version)          Rose Royce
Check It Out                             will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
Crazy In Love                             Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z
A Deeper Love                           Aretha Franklin
Deja Vu (Featuring Jay-Z)          Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
Disturbia                                   Rihanna
Do I Do                                     Stevie Wonder
Don’t Let Go                             Isaac Hayes
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough   Michael Jackson
Back In Love Again                   L.T.D.
Everybody Dance                       Chic
Express Yourself                        Madonna
F**k You                                    Cee Lo Green
Fashion Beats                           The Black Eyed Peas
Fastlove, Pt. 1                           George Michael
Feel Good Inc.                           Gorillaz
Finally                                       Ce Ce Peniston
Fire Burning                               Sean Kingston
Forever                                     Chris Brown
Freedom                                   George Michael
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It                     Will Smith
Girls on Film                             Duran Duran
Glamorous                                Fergie
Good Vibrations                        Danceteria
Got To Be Real                          Cheryl Lynn
Gotta Get Thru This                  Daniel Bedingfield
Heaven Knows                           Donna Summer & Brooklyn Dreams
Hold It Against Me                      Britney Spears
Hot In Herre                             Nelly
Hotel Room Service                   Pitbull
I’m Coming Out                         Diana Ross
I’m Gonna Get                           Bizarre Inc
I Know You Want Me                  Pitbull
I Like It (feat. Pitbull)                 Enrique Iglesias
I Wanna Be Your Lover               Prince
In da Club                                  50 Cent
Instant Replay                           Dan Hartman
It’s Raining Men                         The Weather Girls
It Takes Two                             Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Jungle Love                               Time
Knock on Wood                         Amli Stewart
Lady (You Bring Me Up)              Commodores
Last Dance (12″ Version)             Donna Summer
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)         Katy Perry
Let’s Get Loud                           Jennifer Lopez
Like a G6 (feat. Cataracs & Dev)Far East Movement
The Love You Save                   Jackson 5
LoveStoned                               Justin Timberlake
Low (feat. T-Pain)                     Flo Rida
Me Against the Music                 Glee Cast
Missing (Todd Terry Remix)        Everything But The Girl
Move Ya Body (Radio Edit)          Nina Sky
Nasty Girl (Full Mix)                    Inaya Day
Now That We Found Love          Heavy D & The Boyz
On the Floor (feat. Pitbull)         Jennifer Lopez
Only Girl (In the World)              Rihanna
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)        Michael Jackson
Please Don’t Go                         Double You
Poison                                       Bell Biv DeVoe
Pon de Replay                           Rihanna & Elephant Man
Rapper’s Delight                        The Sugarhill Gang
Rio                                           Duran Duran
Rock Your Body                         Justin Timberlake Feat. Pharrell Williams
Señorita                                    Justin Timberlake Feat. Pharrell Williams
Shake Your Body                        Michael Jackson
Shame                                       Evelyn “Champagne” King
She Loves Me Back                   Luther Vandross
Show Me Love                           Robin S.
Sing A Song                               Earth Wind & Fire
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)   Beyoncé
Somebody to Love (Remix)         Justin Bieber
Strike It Up                                Black Box
Take Your Time (Do It Right)      The S.O.S. Band
Teenage Dream                         Katy Perry
The Time (Dirty Bit)                  The Black Eyed Peas
Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)             Enrique Iglesias
The Way You Move                   OutKast & Sleepy Brown
Where Is the Love?                   Black Eyed Peas & Justin Timberlake
Who Dat Girl (feat. Akon)          Flo Rida
Yeah!                                      Usher featuring Lil’ Jon & Ludacris
You Dropped the Bomb On Me    The Gap Band
You Rock My World                   Michael Jackson
You Should Be Dancing               Bee Gees
100% Pure Love                         Crystal