Any event planner knows that coming up with a unique birthday theme, can be a challenge from time to time. This past weekend, one of our employees hosted a 30th birthday party for her husband. She wanted something unique and fun and decided to have a Havana Nights themed party. This was perfect since it honored his Latin heritage and provided a great atmosphere for a summer evening. With a passion for events and DIY crafts, she focused on the decor to achieve the overall look. Guests walked through the side yard which was transformed into a tropical paradise. Hemp fencing covered the side walls and trees from Greens Nursery were brought in to enhance the theme. Market lights were strung to light up the space on bamboo poles that were placed in custom buckets made by the host’s father.
As guests arrived to the party, they were greeted with hand passed appetizers from Porto’s Bakery. They then made their way to the bartender who was serving specialty drinks including flavored mojitos, Cuba Libres, and Havana Especials. Event staff was provided from IV Special Events. The sign was handmade by the host to highlight the drinks that were being served for the evening.
Cocktail tables were covered with brown linens tied with a turquoise wrap, and a centerpiece made by the host. She made every effort to keep each detail in line with the overall Cuban theme.
Dining tables were adorned with brown linens, gold chargers and beautifully designed florals which were done by a family friend.
Tiki torches lit up the perimeter of the backyard. Market lights were strung throughout the back yard with uplighting highlighting the palm trees.
As dinner time approached, guests nibbled on the fruit display and made their way down the buffet line to enjoy a green salad, Ropa Vieja, chicken, rice, beans, and fried plantains. Catering was provided by Hidden Havana Cafe in Newhall.
Guests mingled for the rest of the evening to the tunes from the DJ. Many danced on the basketball court which acted as the dance floor of the evening. Men also were able to enjoy the cigars from the bar that was set up for the guests.
Later in the evening, all the guests gathered around the birthday boy and his cake which was made by our employee. Guests enjoyed the three tiered cake along with a hand passed servings of homemade flan which was made by the host’s mother-in-law.
Everyone enjoyed the remainder of the evening which went in to the early hours of the following day. Before leaving, guests were encouraged to sign the guest book which were Jenga blocks and everyone went home with a favor to make Cuba Libre’s at home. Guest book sign and labels were purchased on Etsy from Sasafras Printables and Artisa Creations, respectively.
It is fun to see what comes from a little bit of vision and creativity. With just a few rented essentials, you can transform any space into your own tropical paradise.