In the category "Budget Under $1,000 Per Guest," Elias Events turns the Bayou City Music Center into an "outlaw country" 50th birthday party for 250 lucky guests.
The decor is rustic but avoids kitsch.
The dramatic rope chandelier, custom-created for the party.
An overview of the room showing the area for the mechanical bull. The dance floor is defined by fencing and hay bales.
The rootin', tootin' birthday cake salutes the honoree's love of hunting and fishing.
Gifts for guests include logo'd lighters, shot glasses and koozies.
A woman "of style and grace" celebrated her 70th birthday with 35 special guests at an event hosted by her daughters. Someone's in the Kitchen oversees the elegant event.
A 40-foot mirrored dining table featured 1,000 tangerine and fuchsia roses, mercury glass vessels.
A closer view.
A painter captures the scene.
The beautiful cake.
Gifts for departing guests.
For a bar mitzvah boy who loves to swim, Newberry Brothers and Creative Events + Occasions brings the pool into the ballroom. "Dive In with Joseph" was the winner in the "Budget Under $1,000 Per Guest" category.
An overview of the dining room, which features both adult and kids' tables.
The dance floor is imagined as a lap pool, with "pool handles" (fashioned from pool noodles) on the stage.
Acrylic "bubbles" appear to float above tables.
Silhouettes of swimming strokes appear above the kids' tables.
Guests departed with custom-embroidered towels.
A Legendary Event helps a couple celebrate 10 years of marriage and a very special birthday with an unforgettable dinner, a nominee in the category "Best Event Produced for a Private Individual: Budget $1,000 Per Guest and Above."
The lavish caviar bar.
The pretty escort card table.
And the dance floor, which includes elegant banquettes for the band.
The event features a variety of gleaming tabletops; one great example is right here ...
... and another.
And the perfect end to the night--an individual cake for each guest.
Something New Events hosts a wild 60th surprise birthday party that channels the 1970s. Can you dig it?
An overview of the room, which played host to 500 guests.
1970s icons serve as servers, including Foxy Brown and other stars,
On cue, the bartenders all start breathing fire.
Professional dancers--here, John "Saturday Night Fever" Travolta--rock the room.
The dance floor.
A 60th birthday cake. Another 6-foot-tall version stalked the honoree to the to music theme from "Jaws."
Departing guests vist the tricked-out 1977 van "Flamed" to collect their mini cake and disco ball.
The winner in this category, this 80th birthday party honoring a business tycoon brought guests from around the world to Singapore for a remarkable five-day event that drew on the honoree's Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Jewish heritage as well as his business accomplishments. The event was created by the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore, and Luminous, Singapore.
Hand-tied notes for the honoree.
A beautiful table ...
And another view.
Highlights included a Shabbat dinner in the ArtScience Museum, a performance by comedienne Rita Rudner, a birthday dinner featuring stages on each side of the room, and a performance by Paul Anka with the Singapore Symphony.
And the Count Basie Orchestra.
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From bar mitzvahs to 80th birthday bashes, enjoy these events nominated for a Special Events Gala Award in the category "Best Event for a Private Individual," all honored at The Special Event 2014. (See all the Gala Award nominees here.)