SPARKLING SOIRÉE

SPARKLING SOIRÉE

A significant birthday is always a time to celebrate. For its success, mix a private club setting, a party-perfect host and design team, guests aplenty, and terrific music to create the magical and memorable evening that ensued.

By Lance Avery Morgan   Photography by Hannah Gibson

Recently, Keller Henderson celebrated a landmark, socially safe birthday gathering. An array of friends and family from throughout Texas and Mexico City gathered at The Argyle in San Antonio to fête the honoree.

In the works for months, the celebration was planned by Belgium-born Pascal Delisse of Pascal Delisse Events and Entertaining. Delisse worked closely with The Argyle’s Chef Jesse Villanueva to create a nouvelle dining experience.

The culmination was a delectable menu that consisted of Mikimoto oysters (served on a bed of coarse salt, seaweed, and dry ice, with Argyle mignonette sauce), Sous Vide Quail (with a King Oyster mushroom and wild mushroom puree), fried quail egg )finished with natural quail jus), Chive Parmesan Gnocchi (tossed with roasted red peppers and pine nuts, finished in a Kiolbassa smoked bacon cream sauce), Sous Vide Wagyu filet mignon (with braised shallots, baby sweet peppers filled with braised oxtail-infused pearl barley, pickled shallots, toasted garlic, finished with red wine au jus and garnished with micro beets). Individual tartes tatin of Mexican vanilla ice cream drizzled with salted caramel, completed the feast.

The table centerpieces, set upon the venue’s pastoral lawn, were bouquets of pincushions, orange ranunculus, white buds, and seeded eucalyptus, among other greenery delights.

For entertainment, the Monica Moore Smooth Jazz Trio provided music for guests through the cocktail hour and into dinner. Afterward,  Keller Henderson toasted his friends and family who attended, then DJ Steven Moya took over, and the dancing continued late into the evening.

GROOVIN’ IN MALIBU

GROOVIN’ IN MALIBU

John Paul and Eloise DeJoria Host A Groovy 60’s-Inspired Holiday Party At Their Malibu Home

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Silvia Mautner Photography

THE SETTING: On a recent, picture-perfect Sunday afternoon in the Malibu hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, John Paul and Eloise DeJoria hosted a 60s-themed holiday party. Over a thousand friends, celebrities, and employees of the iconic Paul Mitchell brand, founded by John Paul DeJoria himself, were on hand to celebrate the holiday season…and, of course, have a groovy good time.

THE STYLE: As guests arrived at the DeJoria home, many could not help but think of Groovin’ (on a Sunday afternoon), the iconic song by the Rascals, and partygoers were doing just that the moment they walked (or were escorted via golf cart) up to the top of the winding driveway where the jaws of kids, and kids at heart, dropped at the spectacular winter wonderland on display. Ever the fabulous hosts, John Paul and Eloise, were on hand to pose for pictures with each and every guest there to celebrate. Many of the partygoers got into the 60s spirit with peace signs, tinted sunglasses, Pucci dresses, and the turtleneck/sport coat combos spotted among many of the attendees.

Once inside, the good times continued as everyone was treated to an array of festive food and activities that appealed to one’s inner cool cat. Those who wanted to do something sporty could try their skills at miniature golf or sled down an ice-capped hill on the side of the estate with views of the Pacific Ocean (thanks to the two tons of snow trucked in for the event). Those who were feeling hungry had an impressive array of morsels to sample, including 60s staples, burgers, and fries, as well as a buffet with classic TV tray fare. Iinterested in channeling your inner creativity? Attendees could take part in a host of crafts activities as well as the chance to visit the Beehive Hair Salon, where Paul Mitchell stylists were on hand to do transformative 60s makeovers.

The day was capped off with a snow resort photo booth to commemorate this one-of-a-kind holiday experience that allowed all on hand to cherish the memory of a special event that will be talked about for years to come. Until next time, Peace Out.