Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hanging Out With Chandelier: Creative Edge Parties' 20th Anniversary

                                                                                                                                    Photos: Christian Grattan Photography

Friday night's fete celebrating the 20th anniversary of Creative Edge Parties -- a creme-of-the-crop caterers and party planning company--was by far one of the highlights of our year at Chandelier.

Wedding industry legends including Sylvia Weinstock, David Beahm, Ron Ben Israel, Ed Libby, Bentley Meeker and Mark Ingram gathered with about 300 more! (including yours truly, and planners extraordinaire Xochitl Gonzales, Maya Kalman, Annie Lee, and Barb Salzman of Hatch) were invited to the IAC Building on Manhattan's West Side to toast the success of co-owners and creative geniuses Carla Ruben and Bob Spiegel (pictured above). 

The food, well, was delicious, stylish, and well, creative (of course!)--for instance, I was totally shocked that what I thought was tuna tartare was actually made of tomato. And leave it to Creative Edge to take table presentation to a whole new level printing the menu right onto the linen napkin and dreaming up double-sided placecards at each seat (brilliant!!!) so that I knew where I was sitting, and the name of the people sitting across from me. 

And the entertainment was mindblowing: Eclectic Method, a dynamic DJ collective that spun amazing tunes paired with crazy audio-visual mash-ups while "scratching" videos and visuals on the IAC's wall-sized monitors. Even the servers were rocking the dance-floor (who knew?). 

My three favorite parts of the evening? Witnessing my dear friends Sylvia and David swap signature glasses for a classic photo (above), ditching the LBD for a FAB turquoise dress, and getting to take my husband out on the town for a change!

Congratulations Carla, Bob and the whole Creative Edge Parties team (shout out to Brooke Whiteside!) for a wonderful evening--and a wonderful 20 years.

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