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March 17, 2016

All Aboard the Party Train

We’re all aboard the party train! This sweet second birthday we had the honor of putting together had the best details – from personalized conductor’s caps to a gourmet “dining cart” menu, both parents and their littles were attended to.

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Tray Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Ahi Taco

Mini Brie Grilled Cheese with Apricot Compote

Mini Chicken Tostadas

Mini Mac n Cheese

Kobe Beef Sliders with mini Diet Cokes

Shoestring French Fry Cones

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Steam Engine Popcorn Station

Kettle corn or caramel corn quickly dipped in liquid nitrogen and served to your

guests. One bite into the popcorn and you will be blowing out smoke like that of

a steaming locomotive.

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Soft Pretzel Station

Salted soft pretzels served with whole grain dijon mustard, honey mustard, and warm cheese sauce

Cinnamon sugar soft pretzels served with sweet glaze

 Mini Hot Dog Station

Guests built their own gourmet mini hot dogs on Hawaiian rolls

 Choice of all-beef, chicken-apple, or veggie

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Custom Birthday Cake

by Sweet and Saucy

Pumpkin cake, cinnamon cream cheese frosting, salted caramel

Vanilla cake, lemon cream, fresh raspberries, lemon cream cheese frosting

Chocolate cake, whipped cream, chocolate ganache, fresh raspberries

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Photo credit: Michelle Kim Photography

Inviting Occasion  | Town and Country  | La Tavola LinenSweet and Saucy Shop


August 25, 2014

Lord of the Rings Surprise Birthday Party

We were all swept off to Middle Earth to celebrate the surprise birthday of Kris Brown, owner of 24 carrots Jon Brown’s wife, with a Lord of the Rings themed party.  Jon was sure the surprise contained elements his wife truly appreciates and created, alongside a fabulous vendor team, a birthday celebration that family and closest friends will never forget.





Chuck Jones Center by 24 carrots truly transformed into an enchanted forest complete with wooden chandeliers, designed by Inviting Occasion!



Our hand-scribed Middle Earth menu scroll included:

Tray Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Pigs in a Blanket
Mini Meatballs with Frodo’s Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
Grilled Lamb Chops of the “Under Lying Lands”
Lollilop Fellowship Wings with Buffalo Sauce and Blue Cheese
The Two Towers- Cucumber Jewel Box of Mediterranean Fish Crudo, Meyer Lemon Topped with Golden Rings

Family Style Menu
Forest Salad
Leafy Greens, Forest Mushrooms, Blood Orange, Roasted Beets, Garlic-Herb Lemon Vinaigrette

Lembas Bread
Fruits Of the Mallorn Tree Flatbread; Rolled, Packed, and Baked By Elves

Grilled Tomahawk Bone-In Ribeye
Stacked With Golden Rings and Stuffed Main Lobster

Whipped Petty -Dwarf Root Puree

Steamed Organic Asparagus

Roasted Forest Mushrooms





This unexpected journey came together as the 24 carrots staff each played a part by dressing up in costumes, each as characters of the Lord of the Ring. 






The guests enjoyed games including a Lord of the Rings Toss complete with gold rings.  There was even a caricaturist booth where guests were drawn as their favorite Fellowship of the Ring characters.


The elves, hobbits, and men of gondor all posed for the PhotoBooth, provided by Shutterbooth, with a Hobbit Hole backdrop with cutouts of Aragorn, Frodo, Sam, & more.


DJ Gollum (Brian Lee of Elevated Pulse) spinning tunes!


Our owner, Norm Bennett, taking part in our liquid nitrogen dessert station with build you own ice cream sandwiches!


We ended the evening with a slice of Hobbit Hole cake designed by A Wish and a Whisk.  What incredible artists and such attention to detail!



We caught up with Jon after the birthday and he shared a few words with our team,

“It’s simple.  I love her, she’s special, therefore this event was special!  Other things that made this such a spectacular event was the love that the 24 carrots staff and vendors put into it.  Each of you showed Kris and I how much you cared simply by how much you poured yourselves into the birthday party.  It was BEYOND memorable. As I think back on the birthday, my wife being so surprised and SO happy was what made me feel the most good.  She said that this is the very best birthday party she’s ever had.  But not just because of all the fanfare, but because so many friends from her long lost past were there to celebrate with her.  She saw friends there that she grew up with as a teen (even pre-teen) along with a lot of family.  Thank you.”


Chuck Jones Center for 24 carrots
Event and Design Specialist: Nicole Gagnon
Creative Art Director: Arpi Torosyan

Photography: Studio EMP Photography, Inc.
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Found Vintage Rentals
Baker Party Rentals
Design: Inviting Occasion
PhotoBooth: ShutterBooth
Linens: Designer Specialty Linens
Cake: A Wish and a Whisk
DJ and Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions