Recently, one of our clients wanted us to throw the ultimate rock-a-billy party to celebrate her sister’s engagement. Her sister and fiancée were fun, grad students in their early 20s and she knew she wanted something really unique for her younger sister. Something “very Austin”.
And I said, “yup, we can do that!”
It was a backyard BBQ for about 50 guests, all in the same age range and all grad students. So, our design team knew we wanted to create something not too stuffy, but chic and funky. Knowing their love for all things rockabilly, roller derby and beyond, we decked out the entire backyard with red/white bandana fabric and created one long banquet table for everyone to sit at. We topped the table with beautiful arrangements of white daisies, yellow tulips, green pom poms and circle-sliced limes showing in the vase below.
The lighting was a bit tricky in the backyard, so we created these fantastic hanging luminaries out of (empty) cans and cans of corn by drilling a pattern of holes in them to make a design and using votive candles inside. We also placed giant sunflower blooms in some to add color above the banquet table. Hung in matching red ribbon from the trees, they were a nice touch to their rock-a-billy/country theme.
Catering brought in from Rudy’s BBQ, we did pork ribs, brisket, chicken and paired them with our homemade sides: Green Bean Almondine, Garlic Butter Roasted Corn on the Cob, and good ol fashioned Potato Salad and Coleslaw. Can’t forget the fixins! Sliced pickles, onions, jalapenos and white bread to sop up all the BBQ sauce…naturally. We are in Texas, after all. (Also, on the table settings, we placed out individual packets of “wet wipes”…ya know, just in case.
For the bar, they wanted the basics: beer, wine and a spicy shiraz to match the BBQ, whiskey and mixed drinks.
After dinner while the guests mingled and played “washers”, They planned a surprise. When everyone least expected it, in thru the door arrives: Mariachis en Fuego! Dressed in traditional mariachi clothing, trumpets, guitars and all, they barged in and everyone’s mouths dropped to the floor! They ate it up. Dancing and smiling from ear to ear, the newly engaged couple kept thanking us over and over for such a wonderful and memorable evening.
We were glad to be a part of it.