CASA’s Second Annual Celebration of Children’s Fashion Show and Luncheon

hpy_9602_std-MLinda Young’s Elite OC Productions was responsible for the full production for Court Appointed Special Advocates’ (CASA) Second Annual Celebration of Children’s Fashion Show and Luncheon at South Coast Plaza. The Parisian-themed fundraiser commenced with a champagne reception at Jo Malone, where guests enjoyed sipping the bubbly, sampling the latest fragrances from the popular perfumer and entering a raffle for a Jo Malone orange blossom candle.

One hundred forty-seven guests gathered at AnQi Gourmet Bistro for lunch and a runway fashion presentation co-sponsored by French fashion boutique Barbara Bui and South Coast Plaza. Elite carried out the Parisian theme in the restaurant foyer with a large flower cart overflowing with roses, a signature Parisian lamp post??? and an oversized Eiffel Tower lit from within. Colorful upside down umbrellas and hearts were hung throughout the restaurant and, together with pink uplighting, gave the soiree a Valentine’s Day feel. Elite engaged three male models wearing berets to sell the opportunity tickets, which included a Jo Malone gift basket with a private party in your home, an AnQi Valentine’s Day dinner for two with a bottle of champagne, a $1000 South Coast Plaza gift certificate and one-year valet pass, and a 1.4 cts. diamond bangle from Lugano Diamonds.

The event co-chairs welcomed everyone and introduced the Celebration of Children’s Gala co-chairs, who also spoke. Elite created the script for the speakers.  Elite also ran the production of the Barbara Bui spring and summer fashion show and was responsible for the table décor, which featured pink table runners on black tables with varying shades of pink rose centerpieces. Guests could purchase the roses, which were tied in small bundles, from the centerpieces and flower cart. The two-course AnQi lunch followed.

The fundraiser segued into an exclusive after-party at the Barbara Bui boutique with dessert and champagne. The fashion retailer offered a Barbara Bui “Air” handbag as a raffle prize for attendees.

Jo Malone and Barbara Bui offered 15% of their sales proceeds to CASA, and Lugano Diamonds offered 10% of sales through February 14.  AnQi presented guests with a $25 gift certificate towards dinner.

Elite OC Created a Parisian Garden to Shower Parents-to-Be

Elite Baby ShowerLinda Young’s Elite OC Productions handled the full production for a couple’s baby shower at a private home in Newport Beach. The 25 guests, including family and close friends, were each asked to bring a bottle of wine to share at the Parisian garden themed party.

The décor, featuring different shades of pink, was carried out in the entry where a chalkboard welcomed the expected baby girl with pink balloons, and a table in the foyer showcased a breathtaking flower arrangement in white and shades of pink. The backyard featured hanging pink and white paper lanterns, with guests seated at rectangular wood Almafi tables with customized bronze ivory-cushioned chiavari chairs. The table centerpieces were rectangular wood boxes filled with roses, peonies, hydrangeas, daisies, and a variety of other pink and white florals. Tall wood Almafi cocktail tables with similar smaller floral arrangements in wood boxes were also featured.

The cuisine, catered by Mark’s Catering, offered guests wine, mimosas and pink lemonade as they arrived, and a beautiful Parisian-inspired display of cheeses, crackers, spreads, charcuterie, salad, vegetables, and fruits was available inside the house. Also inside was a scrumptious candy bar display, with large and small glass containers filled with different candies and decorated with pink ribbon with custom name tags. Outdoors, Elite engaged the Crepe Maker to create savory and sweet custom crepes for each guest. Set up underneath a white umbrella, guests enjoyed viewing their crepes being made while Parisian music played.

Games, always a part of a baby shower, included one at the entrance, where five diapers were displayed, each with a different melted candy bar wrapped inside. The object of the game was to identify the candy bar in each diaper by smelling it. The “Baby Olympics” relay race featured two teams (the women against the men) racing to complete a number of tasks, such as putting a diaper on a doll, putting powder in a diaper, burping the baby 10 times, changing the baby’s clothes, strapping the baby into a toy stroller, wheeling it around cones and bringing it back to the next person in line. Surprisingly, the men won!

The party ended when the mother-to-be and the father cut a luscious cake brought by one of their friends. Each guest departed with a personalized thank you and a goody bag filled with delicious candies.

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Elite Baby Shower


A Holiday Affair for WPO’s Holiday Party

Holiday Holiday WPO PartyLinda Young’s Elite OC Productions was in charge of the full production for the WPO Holiday Party for 50 guests, held at a private home in Orange County.

Not your typical Christmas party, the holiday affair showcased four holidays in one party – Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Full production included the save the date card and the invitation, décor, catering by Good Gracious, beverages, the signature drink, floral centerpieces by Paul Fenner. entertainment by Asher Entertainment, A/V, photography by Patrick Rogers, and rsvps. The save the date card was on glittered paper and showcased each of the holidays. The invitation was a mailed box that featured four areas to represent each holiday – cinnamon sticks and candy corn in a burlap bag for Thanksgiving, a bag of gold coins for Hanukah, candy canes for Christmas, and mini-champagne chocolate bottles for New Year’s Eve.

In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, guests were greeted with apple cider martinis and by actors dressed as Pilgrims and native Americans, with whom they could interact. Couples photos were offered. The Christmas and Hanukah themes were featured in an outside tent, where Christmas carolers entertained and egg nog shooters were offered. A giant, decorated Menorah was placed in front of the fireplace and visual projections of snow and winter scenes were shown on the tent walls. Festive table centerpieces showcased the holiday theme, and a three-course repast with wine pairings enticed the guests.

While guests were enjoying the gourmet meal, the Thanksgiving space was being transformed into New Year’s Eve. All the furniture was removed and in its place beautiful white lounges were brought in and hundreds of silver, white and black balloons provided the party touch. As guests stepped through the double doors into the New Year’s Eve space, they were greeted by rocketeer dancers wearing glitter dresses, pomegranate champagne, and a DJ pumping music throughout the space. Ten minutes later, the New Year’s Eve ball dropped with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” playing in the background as balloons, horns, New Year’s hats and more were given to guests celebrate.

As a final touch, guests departed with a silver gift box filled with goodies and a framed photo of them that was taken when they arrived.

Holiday Holiday WPO Party

Holiday Holiday WPO Party

Holiday Holiday WPO Party

Holiday Holiday WPO Party

Holiday Holiday WPO Party

Assistance League of Saddleback Valley’s 25th Annual Christmas Tree Luncheon

Saddleback Assistance LeagueLinda Young ‘s Elite OC Productions was responsible for Saddleback Valley’s 25th Annual Christmas Tree Luncheon’s silent auction production.  The auction design and layout was conceived by Elite, and the packaging and signage for the holiday auction baskets was accomplished by the event company. Elite also dressed up the many auction categories with holiday décor, including décor for the nine Christmas trees, which were part of the silent auction. The décor related to such themes as Fun in the Sun Beach Christmas Tree, Sports Themed Christmas tree, etc. A Fund a Program money-maker in silver boxes was also executed by Elite.  Elite’s final task was the auction setup breakdown.

Held at the Balboa Bay Club, the well-attended event drew 330 guests and garnered more than $115,000 in net proceeds for the Assistance League’s mission to provide services to children, families and the elderly in the Saddleback Valley communities.

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