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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.

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

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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.”

Venue:

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

Vendors:
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

 


May 19, 2014

Real Wedding: Vintage Tea Party

The inspiration behind the real wedding of  Dillon and Aaron was the party in which Pride & Prejudice and Alice In Wonderland meet, which just so happen to be two of the most beautiful stories of all time.  We loved this relaxed and darling wedding with outdoor vintage tea party elements and were very much inspired to create an entirely vintage menu with elegant bites.

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From the beautiful bride…

“To me, a wedding is about family—and that is what we wanted: a small intimate gathering of friends and family celebrating our union. “A tea party,” he said, “but a vintage one in the forest as if we are in another, more magical world. It was perfect; after all, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite love story of all time, and an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party sounded fun! We wanted our day to be perfect, not just for us, but for everyone. We would spend the next two years planning and coordinating every finite detail making sure everything was representative of who we are. It may sound like a long time, but our wedding was upon us before we realized.

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Trying to find the just right details to match our vision was no small task. We explored the Internet searching for vintage teacups and teapots, lace runners, and Victorian furniture. Our vision was very specific, and unfortunately we couldn’t find everything we had envisioned online— luckily the groom’s family is very crafty. His mother created all the table runners, and his grandfather crafted the signs and posts, which guided our guests. The vintage silver trays, salt and pepper shakers, water urn and other linens were family heirloom pieces provided by the groom’s aunt, and the calligraphy on the signs was done by myself. In the end, every hand picked detail was more than we had hoped for.

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Both having Celtic roots, we wanted to incorporate tradition into our ceremony by including the hand fasting ceremony. The hand fasting ceremony, where colorful chords of ribbon are tied around the couple’s hands, is the origin of “tying the knot”. We made ours even more special by using ribbon made of the groom’s Buchanan clan tartan. Being a small intimate ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye to be found, and even the musician and officiant had to wipe away tears! The tender air of love could be felt by every heart at the wedding.

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We really wanted everyone to have an amazing time so we came up with idea to incorporate a photo area. The photo area would double as entertainment and as our guest book. To keep every detail period appropriate, our guest book is a vintage, leather bound book rooted with portrait styled photographs so common to the era. Carrying on with the vintage theme, we provided a variety of props from hats, gloves, and canes to pearl necklaces, throws, and morning coats for guests to dress up in for their unique photograph. Everyone had so much fun with it that it took on a life of its own and became a highlight of the reception.

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I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Our vendors did an amazing job recreating our vision and making everything go so smoothly. I can’t express enough our gratitude to them for their hard work. With each and everyone’s help and support, we were able to make our dream wedding a reality.”

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As featured in Style Me Pretty: Whimsical & Elegant Tea Party Wedding

Catering: 24 Carrots
Photography: Linda Arredondo
Wedding Venue: Whispering Pines Estate
Videography: New Classic Films
Event Styling and Florist: Kim Sanders of Art with Nature Floral Design
Bakery: Sugar Pine Bake Shop | Cake: The Cake Shop
Hair Stylist: Hair Comes The Bride
Lighting: Mathew Kronquist – Southern California Lighting
DJ: SoundWave Productions
Dishware Rentals: Borrowed Blu
Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals