Although Spring wasn’t to officially begin for a couple more weeks, we at SAVVY got a bit of a head start on the season, bidding adieu to winter rain and gloom and welcoming bright spring blooms. What better way to beckon the arrival of Spring but with a birthday party?
When the Choi family approached Jennifer for their event, they requested shades of pink, orange, and green for the party elements. Since the majority of their guests were adults, Jennifer set out to design an event that strikes the delicate balance of being chic and sophisticated as well as playful befitting a child’s party.
Jennifer and the SAVVY team transformed the room from a blank white canvas to an inviting event space. Lights, candles, and draped sheers provided drama, while pops of spring color found in the floral centerpieces, table settings, and dessert table added cheerfulness to the room. During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed custom Italian sodas served alongside mushroom cappuccino shooters, tuna tartare tacos, and beef wellingtons. For dinner, interactive stations offered shrimp scampi pasta; honey and truffle glazed sea bass topped with tomato caponata and served with caramelized shallot orzo; and carved tri tip served with mixed herb salad tossed with toasted farro, dates, cranberries manchego, and toasted marcona almonds. Dessert included macarons and traditional Korean rice cakes. The stations not only offered varied dining options, but they also encouraged guests to move through the space to casually dine and chat with friends.
About three and a half years ago — in the first two months of his life — Timothy was diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease, also known as CDG. It is a rare and life threatening condition, and the only viable cure is a bone marrow transplant. While such a journey is no doubt overwhelming, the Song family found comfort and strength in their faith, their family, and their community.
Now, a year and a half later, Timothy is healthy thanks to a successful bone marrow transplant. To celebrate his recovery as well as appreciate the community of family and friends who supported the Songs throughout their journey, they hosted a party at La Mirada Regional Park. The party was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go! Jennifer brought the whimsy of this Dr. Seuss favorite to life with oversized balloons, bunting, and paper windmills. Tables were decorated with wooden train tracks and framed illustrations and quotes from the book as a nod to the journey the Songs have taken and the journey to come with Timothy’s recovery.
Children and adults were encouraged to participate in a game of bocce ball or horseshoe toss while enjoying tacos made to order, avocado salad, watermelon, and treats from the snack and dessert table. In addition to cake pops and cookies, guests cooled off in the sun with snow ice. Most importantly, Timothy took in the day and was happy to take part in the simple joys of running, laughing, eating, and playing. Here’s to celebrating life! Cheers!