THE WEEKND x GQ Grammy Party

We had the pleasure of planning and designing GQ’s Grammy party which also celebrated the birthdays of one of my friends, The Weeknd. Abel won 2 Grammy’s so it was definitely cause for a huge celebration. The private party was held at a mansion in Beverly Hills and didn’t stop until 4:30 AM. Diplo, Skrillex and A-Trak provided the music for the evening and the celebrity guestlist included Justin Bieber, P. Diddy, Travis Scott, Zendaya, DJ Khaled, Juicy J, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign, Belly, Machine Gun Kelly, Bella Hadid, Stephen Hill, Jamie Foxx – to name a few. I had to take one of my favorite elements from one of The Weeknd’s music videos and park it (upside down) at the entrance of the party. We took the same model, make, and year car that was featured in “The Hills” video, — we flipped it, smashed it, and made it look like it was on fire right at the front door. Some of the other design elements we custom created for this party were a massive XO created in metal and sunk to the bottom of the swimming pool. We also had a 30 foot GQ Black and White neon created to illuminate the entire space.

 

Congratulations to all my Grammy-nominated friends today. Fingers crossed…

 

Celebrate Beautifully,

 

x, m

 

Shop Melissa Andre Bloom Boxes in LA, NY, MIA, ATL + TO

I am so excited to share with you a closer look at our exclusive bloom box collection! Available in a lucious red, beautiful blush and stunning ivory roses – they make the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift! Shop these beauties here, now available in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Atlanta and Toronto. Miami and Atlanta are coming soon. Leave your comments below on where you’d like to see us pop up next.

Celebrate Beautifully,

x, m

Circus Themed Party Editorial

Quite possibly one of my most favorite designs, this circus themed party editorial blended child-like whimsical elements with a playful bridal look and everything that sparkles in between. I can see this colorful design working for a birthday party, baby shower, a fantasy filled summer soirée, or a unique wedding theme for a couple who likes to get creative and keep things different. I wanted to create something without any traditional wedding elements that was so beautifully detailed that adults and children alike could appreciate it. We sourced really rare elements like the old carousel horses, but also blended new elements in that can be readily sourced today, like the anthropologie plates. (Link to plates below like we do with the clothes). I’ve had event planners and designers all over the world reference this piece from my portfolio when they reach out to me so it makes me so thrilled to know that so many people who saw it, thought it was as special as I did. I even had a client ask to frame images from this editorial in their children’s play room. So, if I had to choose one event of mine that I felt had crossed the most design borders, aesthetics, and applications, this would likely have to be the one.

Celebrate Beautifully,

x, m

| Event Design: Melissa Andre Events | Cake: Cake Opera | Stationary: Paper + Poste | Photography: 5ive 15ifteen | Top Plates: Anthropologie |

Up In The Clouds Birthday Party

When we were first approached about designing this 60th birthday party, we were given references of cherry blossom trees and navy fabrics. Somehow, through endless rounds of edits and some ideas I was dying to try, we ended up with one of my favorite installations of all time. It was one of those parties where the reveal of the space took about four times longer than we expected it too, because it really took everyone’s breath away. Our client Victoria knew how throw a party! She loves all things design-y, romantic, whimsical, and could gush at every beautiful detail at the exact same pace we were. This one was definitely an ethereal fantasy I will never get tired of revisiting….

Celebrate Beautifully,

x, m

 | Event Design, Clouds, Florals + Stationary: Melissa Andre Events | Cake: Cake Opera | Photography: Art Haus Photo | 

 

Melissa Andre x Stella Artois Holiday

Hi Everyone,

This holiday season I’ve partnered up with Stella Artois to share with you some of my favorite holiday hosting tips and tricks.

I know the holiday season can seem like a whirlwind, and to help keep the stress at bay I’ve listed four hosting tips below. With all the hustle and bustle at this time of the year, I want to encourage you to enjoy time with great company and create memorable moments this holiday season.

Tip 1 -Metallic Accents:

Nothing is more eye-catching than holiday décor that glows and illuminates a room all on its own. Dazzle your guests by incorporating dazzling gold and metallic accents into your holiday color palette. From bronzed candle holders and cutlery, to gold-trimmed Stella Artois glassware – a touch of gold, will leave a lasting impression for your guests.

Tip 2 – Store Bought vs. Homemade

Perfecting the art of hosting during the holidays doesn’t mean spending your night in the kitchen. I always incorporate a mix of homemade with personalized store-bought items during my holiday festivities. Try adding fresh berries to a store-bought cake, or creating a holiday inspired topping for baked cheese with rosemary and cranberries  – these will not only help you save on time, but give you more time with your guests.

Tip 3 – Welcome Tray

As a host, you put passion, dedication and care into making your holiday occasion truly memorable for everyone in attendance. The smallest details can leave their mark – like a welcome tray with seasonal-flavoured cocktails, custom glassware and a selection of fresh appetizers – all surrounded by greenery and your favourite ornaments for an added holiday touch.

Tip 4 – Gifting 101

As a guest during the holidays, I am always on the search for unique items that stand out and let the host know I appreciate all they’ve done. I love to provide a gift that can be shared and immediately enjoyed by guests. Think a seasonal sharing bottle from Stella Artois, fresh baked brie or Holiday treats. To make sure your gift stands out, wrap in beautiful tissue paper or place in a box with a heartfelt note, accessorizing with holiday ribbon and greenery.  

What are your holiday hosting tips?  Comment below or on Instagram and let me know what you like to do to create memorable moments.

Celebrate Beautifully,

x, m 

| Event Design: Melissa Andre Events | Florals: Coriander Girl | Beverages: Stella Artois | 

Shop my holiday inspiration here:

| Chloe Dress | Prada Shoes | Her Majesty’s Pleasure Manicure | Stella Artois Sharing Bottle | Stella Artois Chalice |

The Weeknd XO Loft Party

There really is nothing better in my professional life, than collaborating with a brand I love on a successful design. When The Weeknd approached us about doing another party to celebrate the birthday of his creative director, Lamar, we wanted something that felt edgy but special with birthday touches that didn’t feel too obvious. We achieved it with the mix of hanging neons tubes, some really great graphics and a neon sign that I gifted the birthday boy with, featuring one of The Weeknd’s iconic lyrics “You wanna be high for this”. Hope you love it.

Celebrate Beautifully,

x, m

Santa Monica Pier: Food Styling

I wanted to compliment the playful aesthetic of our Santa Monica Inspired Party with miniature versions of all the treats you’d find at the pier– with a few elevated touches, of course. Food styling is one of my favorite things to work on and these tiny pairings and sweet treats were the perfect way to carry our look and feel through to the very last bite.

Celebrate Beautifully,

x,m

| Event Design + Florals + Food Styling: Melissa Andre Events | Stationery: Paper + Poste | Photography: 5ive 15ifteen | Cake: Nadia & Co. | Icecream: Sweet Sammies | 

Santa Monica Themed Event

I love the playful aesthetic of Santa Monica. When I was dreaming up the look and feel for this dinner, I wanted to include all of those lively colors and textures you see at the Pier. It really feels like an endless summer at the Pier – swirly soft serve ice cream cones, funnel cakes, and a ferris wheel with a view of the ocean. It’s really a magical recipe of beautiful things. I had a lot of fun with this one. Hope you love it.

Celebrate Beautifully,
x, m

| Event Design + Florals + Food Styling: Melissa Andre Events | Stationery: Paper + Poste | Photography: 5ive 15ifteen | Cake: Nadia & Co. | Icecream: Sweet Sammies | Vinyl Printing: Dance Floor Decor |

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