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Surprise 50th Birthday Party for Tammy | Pearl Stable | San Antonio, TX

It’s only fitting that our last event of 2019 is the first one we blog about for 2020! This surprise 50th birthday party honoring Tammy Watts in downtown San Antonio was a magical, detail-driven event with an amazing team of vendors to pull it all together! We were super focused on design, carrying our theme throughout the entire event, and no detail was missed! We hope you enjoy looking at these beautiful photos from Snap Chic Photography as much as we enjoy reliving every minute of this special day!

We began working with the Watts family about 15 months before their event in December so that we could curate a party that truly embodied the wonderful, vibrant, and caring personality of their matriarch, Tammy. We worked on a mood board for design, incorporating Tammy’s favorite flowers (confetti roses) throughout the palette. The Girl General created the most stunning invitation suite I think I’ve ever seen – it was as if every guest received a box of roses! You’ll notice how we continued this design into the custom dance floor done by the always incredible Laced Vinyl Shoppe. And, YOU GUYS…the flowers! Blume Haus totally knocked it out of the park, and they estimated they used around 3500 roses….WOW!

We wanted to celebrate Tammy through all parts of her life, ensuring she had time to spend with family and close friends before the big shindig, so the morning started with a family brunch at Mokara downtown. It was the perfect space for these 35 people to come together and spend some intimate time chatting and laughing together. Later in the evening Tammy and her family enjoyed a private performance at Jazz TX with some of her closest friends! This was the perfect way to kick-off our big surprise event.

Guests entered through a back part of Pearl Stable as to not tip off our special birthday girl. There were photos of Tammy through the years to view in the foyer while guests enjoyed delicious, passed appetizers from Absolutely Delicious Catering. We gathered everyone into the foyer (in front of the most gorgeous custom boxwood wall by DPC Events) to give a huge ‘SURPRISE!’ welcome to our guest of honor.

After mingling a bit with all of her nearest and dearest, we sent Tammy and her husband Mikal upstairs to see what was put together in her honor. Honestly, when I saw these photos and the joy and shock and happiness that was on her face – I cried! We don’t always get to see our clients’ reactions to a room reveal, so this was the best photo in the album if you ask me!

Every detail, every vendor, from the custom ice cubes and sculpture to the chocolate fountain, to the ornate cake from The Painted Cake were all meticulously planned and thought out. We created an ‘at home’ vibe with lounge furniture from DPC Events and Absolutely Delicious had a variety of stations and passed appetizers that were *to die for* - it was truly an all-star vendor team!

Tammy and all of her guests danced all night to songs from Blind Date, one of our favorite and most-entertaining bands in the area! During their breaks she was serenaded “Happy Birthday” by a close family friend, her family spoke about her kind and giving heart, and we all got to celebrate a woman who in her fifty years has created an impact that will last a lifetime. If I’m being honest (again), I choked up a bit listening to Mikal talk about his bride, and how in all their years she has been such a constant, positive force for him and their family. While this event was not our typical wedding we plan, it was filled with as much (if not more!) love than any other weekend we get to experience. We are so grateful to the Watts family for allowing us to be a part of such a special day. I say it every time… #bestjobever.

Vendor Team:

Planning & Design: Katy Padilla of Snap Chic Planning

Photography: Snap Chic Photography

Venues: Mokara Hotel & Spa, Jazz TX, The Pearl Stable

Floral: Blume Haus

Videography: Crescent Films

Lounge furniture, custom boxwood, rentals: DPC Event Services

Catering & Bar: Absolutely Delicious Catering

Band: Blind Date

Ice sculpture / cubes: Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures

Custom dance floor: Laced Vinyl Shoppe

Stationery: Girl General

Cake: The Painted Cake

Chocolate fountain: Fruit & Chocolate Sensations

Easels: Cru Vintage Rentals

Calligraphy: Lazy Creek Designs

Valet: Ace Parking

Coat Check: Bluebonnet Events