This time of year, I am always reminded of an event I had the pleasure of planning a couple of years ago. Amber wanted to host a surprise birthday party for her husband, but she wanted it to be different from any party they had ever attended. She wanted the party to incorporate his love for music, fine food, and spirits. I immediately thought a yacht party with a cigar lounge vibe and cognac tasting would be perfect! Once guests received the digital cinematic invitation, the anticipation began to build...
The Boardwalk FantaSea in Kemah, Texas proved to be the best venue with its mirrored tile ceiling and modern nautical carpet. The dark wood paneling on the walls further evoked the masculine feel for the space. To take things up a notch, I brought in dark leather lounge chairs, wooden cocktail tables, and black ghost chairs. Masculine touches were incorporated into all aspects of the event. Upon entering the space, guests were greeted by the scent of cologne-inspired candles, and passed hors d'oeuvres of steak and potatoes, macaroni and cheese balls, and stuffed mushrooms were enjoyed by all.
Entertainment came in many forms for this event. A cigar roller provided custom labeled cigars for guests. A cognac tasting allowed guests to pair the flavors of the various cognacs with the cigars and an assortment of gourmet chocolates - a luxurious trio of delectables. An award-winning flair bartender served signature cocktails while putting on an exciting show. To keep guests moving, the DJ played a mix of old and new hip-hop tunes. And to top things off, this party had a performance from the hip hop group, The Nice Guys!
Exquisitely Dunn by Kayla Marie
Exquisitely Dunn was officially established in 2007, but its story begins many years prior. Our founder and creative director, Kayla Marie Dunn, has been crafting memorable events since childhood. She quickly realized her knack for dreaming big and transforming vision into reality. This, coupled with her impeccable style, allows us to create classic, elegant events to suit any client’s taste. The hummingbird embodies our philosophy at Exquisitely Dunn. It is delicate, yet surprisingly strong; it is versatile, efficient, swift, and graceful. Understated yet bold, the hummingbird provides joy, brightness, and love. This is the unique spirit Exquisitely Dunn brings to every event.