Allow me to introduce you to some awesome companies, DPS and The Event Company. Owned by Anthony Dever, DPS provides sound, lighting and production services which means they help put together some amazing fashion shows, concerts, large corporate parties, and most recently handled the cooking demos with our Queen Bee, Martha Stewart, at several Macy's locations. They are local to Orange County but spread their amazingness to the surrounding counties as well. Check out their blog to see some of the ridiculously cool things they've been up to recently. A few months ago they moved their offices to a new location. They decided to throw an open house for their clients, friends and family and I was lucky enough to attend with my husband.
Sensing that their services would be perfect for the wedding and event industry, they rolled out The Event Company. Providing lighting, cinematography and live music talent, they can totally take your private event to the next level. Both companies work from their new offices in Irvine and the space is truly gorgeous! Totally sleek and chic and just from walking in, you immediately want them to take over and produce your event (I mean, I don't really have any events to produce but you know how my head works, I started trying to come up with things...) They had this gorgeous purple and white dessert table set up in the front room by Cookielicious. It was the perfect, delicious welcome.
The party, coordinated in part by Callie of The Event Company, was mainly held in the warehouse space at the back of the offices so there was this industrial, chic feel to the party. The decor was handled by Larissa of Inviting Occasions and was GORGEOUS! This picture does not do it justice. It was simple, elegant, totally cool with just a few florals. Simply stunning.
The food and bar were done by 24 Carrots Catering and I was blown away. For a hearty appetizer/meal, they had a create your own slider bar. There were bunches of toppings and at least 8 different sauces for you to choose from. This would be a totally fun idea to recreate at home. And for desserts they dazzled with some molecular gastronomy. I'm a wanna be foodie and adore the Top Chef franchise but this was the first time getting to actually try some. You all should have this at your next party!!!!!! So fun! For one dish, they did some sort of an inside out cheesecake pop. Forgive my lack of knowledge on what was actually happening but here is my take. They had some dough balls, dipped them in a cream cheesey/whipped creamy mixture then dipped it some super scientific solution (maybe just dry ice? I'm not a scientist. I just don't know). They came out all frozen and fun. And were quite delicious as well. But my absolute favorite was the Dragon's Breathe Caramel Corn. They dipped a ladle of caramel corn into a very mysterious foggy mixture and then served it in these adorable wood dishes (similar dishes can be found here). Watch the video below of my husband eating it to see why they called it Dragon's Breath Caramel Corn:
Not only was this super fun to eat, it tasted amazing. I wanted to eat gallons and gallons of the stuff but was minorly self conscious of the smoke coming out of my face. They also had a signature cocktail that was super yummy which tasted like and orange creamsicle.
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I didn't bring a legit camera to the event so these are the photos taken with my husband's iphone. I was absolutely mesmerized by this light ring hanging over the stage. For real. It was perfectly timed to the music and was like nothing I have ever seen. In talking to other party goers I learned that the strings can actually be hung in a number of ways including straight down as a curtain which can then be programmed to display words! Oh the possibilities! DPS seems to be on the cutting edge of not only what is advanced, technologically speaking, but also what is crazy cool.
Anthony had this insanely good recording artist play the party. His name is Jasper Sawyer and I'm so grateful to have been introduced to his music. Everyone on stage was so talented and it was a really great show!
Check out this DJ booth created by DPS. I wish there was video of it, the totally unique ways that it could be customized for an event are crazy. From the colors, words, etc. it can totally sync up with the music and create a really cool vibe for your event. And DJ Kevin Scott could be the best DJ ever. He played a cool mix of music that appealed to everyone at the party. That can be really hard to do when you've got the too cool for school, an older generation and those just looking to dance. But he killed it!
I love when good humans give birth to good humans. We met Anthony's parents at a birthday party for him a while back and they were awesome. You can tell that Anthony gets his love of music from his mom who my husband and I bonded with over new wave music. I adore his sister, Nicole (in the middle in blue) she is absolutely the life of every party. And his wife Courtney (on the end) is such a sweetie (Oh and a talented interior designer. I'm guessing she had a hand in the pretty new office.) Anthony is the real deal. He is so good at what he does, his happiness is infectious and he is a good person. In talking to some clients at the party, they all echoed those sentiments and raved about working with both companies. While some of their services might be too large for your next home party, keep them in mind for your company holiday parties and for the next time you need to throw a concert in your back yard.
Check out the DPS blog for the cool things they have been a part of recently.
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All images are by Reza Allah-bakhski except the crappy ones noted as mine