The 100 guests arrived at the event venue--the Hollywood Athletic Club--to be greeted not by a red carpet but a cheetah carpet. Seven-foot white vases are filled with hydrangeas.
The foyer features two 12-by-7-foot silver gilded mirrors etched with a custom DB logo--the initials of the birthday girl--and blue-washed walls.
Lillies and orchids
An art deco carpet is the centerpiece of the foyer along with a basket-weave mirrored host stand enhanced with a chic artistic arrangement of white calla lilies twisted around each other. Fuchsia Mokara orchids “hang” on the end of Flexi-Glass in a fiber-optic effect to set the classic Hollywood tone but with a modern twist.
The cocktail hour takes place in an elegant space featuring soaring arches. The building opened in 1924, founded by Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and Cecil B. DeMille.
This was a classic Hollywood lounge--tweaked a bit to add a touch of modernity--with area rugs and seating done in Regency earth tones and white leather furniture. Customized antique mirror tables hold votive candles and small fuchsia orchids and mini white calla lilies.
The power of flower and uplighting
Gold and silver mercury hurricane lamps enclose candles inside a fireplace framed by two 7-foot-tall white vases with lily and dendrobium arrangements. Uplighting patterns on the white walls lend character and warmth.
Dave Koz performs
A custom stage backed by a gold tufted wall provides a dramatic setting for a performance by jazz superstar Dave Koz.
The "before" image
The "before" of the main party space. The event team faced several challenges, including the awkward second-story railing for a running track.
And the "after"
Voila: The event team creates the "Soul Train/classic Vegas" room, which is bathed in blue light. A six-foot-tall scrim wraps completely around the room, from which more than eight “looks” with custom logos morphed as the action changed in the room, creating scenes to reflect the honoree's birthday, classic Hollywood and Las Vegas.
The room features stainless steel cocktail tables topped with fuchsia roses, gold and white art deco furniture, vintage '70s decor, and custom leather tufted bars. The centerpiece 24-by-36-foot stage sports a glossy black Marley floor with a gold-front façade and a gold disk curtain flanked by 16-by-16-foot white leather walls and glam '70s wall scones.
Scenario photo set
A high-end photo set from Scenario features a wall with the DB logo and graphics from the invitation.
An overhead view of the main event space. A highlight of the night: a performance by Bruno Mars.
A pretty bar in the main event space.
Honoree's mongram logo
The cake is emblazoned with the honoree's monogram logo.
The cake is ready for its close-up.