very excited to share the details on this party because we went all out and it turned out so pretty! it has been awhile since we got to host a party for no reason other than to celebrate and hang with friends on a warm summer evening and this ended up being perfect. the only thing we knew from the onset was that we8217;d be hosting it at ROW DTLA on one of their rooftops and that we wanted it to have a mixology tie in, i love when events have some type of interactive/learning element! it8217;s a good ice breaker and people walk away with a little knowledge they didn8217;t have before. we landed on the theme of Tiki which felt like the perfect combo of summer and celebration.
the roof top offered a completely blank slate. the background is of downtown LA and has killer views so i knew we wanted to highlight that and to also create a relaxing, intimate environment. i invited about 15 friends so i didn8217;t want the party to be too spread out. to create the atmosphere, i started with found rentals, which is an amazing furniture company in southern california. we8217;ve used them for many events and they have the best selection. they have a bunch of cool rattan pieces that were perfect for the theme and i mixed in some colorful rugs, pillows and tons of lanterns.
we worked with of the flowers (she did my wedding florals too!) and she really nailed it with all of the details from the palms decorating the bar to the dried leaves and flowers over the day bed and the lanterns and greens hanging on the lights. she created small center pieces for the table we8217;d have room to make drinks but still have a punch of color and texture.
for the food, we hired Haute Chefs who always do a great job of creating a vibe and they really focus on the details, which i love. we had a tropical fruit station to start and then passed appetizers like mini poké bowls, friend chicken sandwiches, crab cakes and mini pineapple dole whips for dessert. they also helped us curate the drink list which included a pain killer and the classic mai tai. since it was an all female crowed we wanted to have a female mixologist for the teaching portion and haute chef8217;s introduced us to Nikki who was perfect for the evening. she taught everyone a bit about the origins of tiki culture and bars and also how to make a mai tai, do a whip shake and some different elements to have on hand for creating tiki cocktails at home.
everyone was outfitted with their own mixology kit. the shakers and jiggers were from cocktail kingdom which is one of our favorite places to buy bar supplies, they have such pretty glassware! a linen napkin from hawkins new york (which has a gorgeous store at ROW DTLA and the best curation), a tiki mug that we collected from all over the internet at places like etsy and ebay, a metal straw (from Flask & Field, they also have a killer wine selection!) and a tiki drink pick.
this post is part of our year long partnership with ROW DTLA which is one of our favorite places in the city to shop, eat, drink and hang. we8217;re super excited to be hosted two more events there. you can see all of the shops and restaurants they have here. and you can follow them on instagram to hear about new openings, events and parties!
Original source: http://www.designlovefest.com/2019/07/a-tiki-party-at-row/