Monthly Archives: July 2010

Welcome to LOLLYWOOD!

Designed By: Omar

Making the LOLLYWOOD Glam:

When I first got the message from Lolly regarding her birthday party I got really excited about the Hollywood theme. The ideas started flying through my head thinking how I could make this something beautiful, glamorous, marvelous and something she will never forget!

It all started when she told me about her daughter’s idea of Lollywood for the party theme, Perfect theme because her name is Lolly. I had my concept! I instantly thought of the red carpet, black and white dance floor, red martini glasses, velvet draping, the lounge furniture, specialty linens and of course diamonds, LOTS of diamonds. Everything that Hollywood has to offer. Because I couldn’t express my ideas to a florist completely I decided to do the flowers myself and here is a picture.

The Lounge furniture was an excellent addition to the whole concept, I was thrilled to find out that Concepts Event Design added a new line Shabby Chic furniture and we created different areas for guests to enjoy themselves in this Hollywood glam appeal.

Her website is: www.conceptseventdesign.com

The lighting was a big deal to Lolly. One of her requests was to have twinkle lights everywhere, she said: “I love them”.

This was one more addition that really made this Lollywood glam one of the best ever!
Together with Concepts we came up with a beautiful setting which everybody really enjoyed.

The Masking Tape Master: Leo
When I first saw these very unusualoversize boxes in our offices I had no idea what it was or what it was for. Julie happened to be in the office and mentioned to me that it was the foam core material for a project that Omar had for one of his upcoming events.

I thought that creating something like this would be very interesting and challenging
Therefore I decided to help in the creation of the
LOLLYWOOD sign.

With a few years of engineering and industrial design background, it wasn’t that complicated for me. But, I first had to figure out the scale of the original HOLLYWOOD sign in order to make an exact replica of the LOLLYWOOD sign. With no more tools than a roll of masking tape and a kitchen knife, like a Top Chef Ninja, I spent a day and half slicing & dicing the foam core to create the life size LOLLYWOOD sign.

The Food:
Walnut and Feta Cheese Salad
Mixed Greens, Fresh Raspberries, Candied Walnuts
and Feta Cheese
Tossed with a Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
Garnished with Sliced Strawberries

Salad:

1 Bag of Mixed Greens (enough for 10 Plates)
1 Pound of Candied Walnuts -Can be made or you can buy them (We make our own)**
1 Cup of Feta Cheese
1 Small Box of Raspberries (about 40-50)
10 Fresh Strawberries (sliced)

Dressing:

1/3 Cup of Raspberry vinegar
2 Tablespoon of dijon mustard
5 Garlic cloves minced
2 Shallots minced
1 Lemon (Juice and Zest)
1 Cup of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients except the oil in a bowl or food processor. Whisk the ingredients and start pouring the oil little by little (whisking vigorously) until you add one cup. If it is too thick, add more vinegar.If it is too thin, add mustard and oil.

Candied Walnuts:

4 Cups Shelled Whole walnuts
4 Cups of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon of Turmeric
1 Teaspoon of Cumin
Peanut or corn oil for Frying

Poach the Nuts in a large pot of boiling water for less than 1 minute. Remove the nuts with a strainer, shaking off, as much water as possible, and toss them immediately with the mixed remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Fill a deep heavy saucepan to a depth of approximately 3 inches with the peanut oil and heat to 340O to 350O. Fry the nuts in the oil until they begin to turn golden brown. Remove them with a strainer let them sit on a dry towel for a few minutes and toss a second time in the remaining sugar and spices. Remove. Shake off the excess, and let cool on a wire rack or on top of a paper towel. The Nuts will turn crispy as they cool. Serve the nuts at room temperature.

** You can store the nuts for at least 3 weeks in the refrigerator or 5-8 weeks in the freezer.**

In a large bowl mix the salad with the candied walnuts, raspberries and feta cheese, and desired amount of dressing. Add sliced strawberries on top.

The Photography:

Jaclyn Anne captured this Lollywood birthday party best with beautiful photos.
Check out more pictures at her website www.jaclynanne.com

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