When you turn 63, YOLO (You Only Live Once) takes on a new meaning. You don’t just have a simple 2-hour dinner at a restaurant with a couple close friends and family, instead you start off your birthday weekend with a Friday buyout of the famous Scarpetta Restaurant in Los Angeles. A restaurant that features soulful refined Italian dishes that boast the finest seasonal ingredients by celebrity award-winning Chef Scott Conant.
Continuing with expectation of serving their guests the only the finest banquet cuisine, they chose to spoil their guests to stay and feast at the Montage Beverly Hills. Upon guests arrival to the party on Saturday evening, Montage banquets butler passed a beautiful variety of canapés: Petite Beef Wellington with Béarnaise Sauce, Spinach and Feta Spanakopita, Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraiche and Capers on Udi’s French Baguette, Potato Blini, Osetra Caviar and Hamachi Tartar with Yuzu cream on a Crispy Sesame Cone. At the opening of doors, guests gasped at the intense yellow, black and white magical ballroom. Joyful vibrant yellow roses and crystals danced from the ceiling. Magnificent mirrors emulating oversized menu cards surrounding the ballroom balanced the large mirror table tops filled with captivating blooms of yellow roses and callas accented by black glass goblets. Black and white striped end chairs were artfully placed.
After dinner, traditional larger than life size Baked Alaskas with brandied cherries were lit on fire served in a synchronized parade around the ballroom. Shortly after the large string orchestra from West Coast Music finished playing, the surprise curtain opened revealing the dance party with Hall & Oates performing! A truly memorable milestone.
Images by: Joan Fuller Photography
Vendors | Design and Planning: Marianne Weiman Nelson of Special Occasions | Décor and Draping: Revelry Event Designers | Floral: Eric Buterbaugh Florals | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Sound: No Static AV | Entertainment: Hall & Oates