Boy was I ecstatic to learn that the Millerfest hiatus was ending after 7 WHOLE YEARS!! But there was a caveat…….. I had to plan the event! I’ve always been down for a GOOD party and THIS was one that I had previously looked forward to attending every year. Now it was back after a long-awaited return, and Exquisitely Dunn by Kayla Marie had the privilege of serving as the event planner, and making the return of this event well worth the wait (though it meant retiring my ‘guest’ hat)!
First things first, we needed an invitation that adequately conveyed this auspicious occasion for The Millers. I had the perfect invite in mind! I’m a fan of video invitations for parties and I’d been waiting to use this USB card invite for quite some time - this was the perfect event for it. The black card design evoked an exclusive vibe coupled with the video saved on it that hyped up the guests as well as providing them with all the details (and it didn't hurt that they could use this to save files in the future). It worked because guests were referring to Millerfest 2017… The Return as their Adult Homecoming/Prom, lol.
Now, I just needed the actual event to exceed those expectations set by the invitation. Originally, this was going to be a Summer Solstice Pool Party. When visiting venues, however, Mrs. Miller wasn’t aware that the Four Seasons Hotel Houston had completed an extensive remodel of the hotel lobby. She immediately fell in love with the new lobby bar, Bayou & Bottle. When I took her to the Top Golf Swing Suite space, the original plan was squashed on the spot, and Mrs. Miller committed to this chic, masculine lounge. Her husband is an advent golfer, and this was a celebration for his promotion. Who am I to deny her of this change?! We viewed the pool space and the adjoining suites. By the end of the tour, the event scene was set.
The Millerfest 2017 vision culminated in a modern country club party. Once guests checked in at the door, they hit the boxwood step and repeat and photobooth before being welcomed by the food display and butler-passed hors d’oeuvres. As guests proceeded around the corner a golf pro was in the Top Golf Swing Suite along with a satellite bar to assist guests as needed. When they came around the second corner a steward was in the Bourbon Locker conducting Scotch, Whiskey, and Bourbon tastings. Football fanatic guests were glued to the Texas A&M Aggies vs the University of Florida Gators game in the fireplace lounge rooting for a win similar to the Houston Astros in Game 2 against the New York Yankees earlier that evening. A cigar station was set with custom labeled cigars, roller, and more to enjoy in a private outdoor smoking lounge paired with each guest's drink of choice. Guests could visit the Millerfest Pop-up Shop to get all of their Millerfest swag which included golf ball packs, sunglasses, caps, and t-shirts. Each guest was allowed to bag check and claim their items at the end of the evening so they could party freely to the sounds of DJ Def Jam Blaster. And partied they did! With the Astros and Aggies wins, the atmosphere was beyond electric throughout the hotel - all wanting to be a part of the LIT party in the privatized Swing Suite. Mrs. Miller danced right out of her red bottoms! Good thing there was a Recovery Brunch planned for those guests that stayed overnight …… Stay Tuned!
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.