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 |

Drake’s Birthday Dinner

When I was asked to plan Drake’s birthday, I had about 4 days to come up with something equal parts intimate, original, and memorable. The guest list was a mix of both family and friends, so I needed a design that would work for the right group. I chose one of Susur Lee’s restaurants and incorporated an Asian inspired menu. Next came my idea for custom Ovo bento boxes and the chopsticks we created especially to celebrate Drake. Guests enjoyed a mix of desserts – boxes of d-oVo- nuts, a tiered cake featuring his signature owl logo, and black Popsicles with gold “6” ‘s on them, representing “The6ix” – a nickname for Toronto popularized by Drake.

Every time we collaborate with Drake on an event, it’s such a pleasure to be able to take his brand and represent it within our work. There really is nothing as flattering as being hired by someone who has quite literally attended hundreds of parties. Happy birthday Drake!!

Celebrate Beautifully,

x, m

 | Event Design: Melissa Andre Events | Venue: Bent | Photography: Mango Studios |  Photography of Drake: Theo |

Black + White Modern Wedding

This bold yet classic black and white color palette manages to look timeless and modern at the same time. I wanted something high contrast that would pop against the grey/blue city skyline. We replaced the traditional floral wedding cakes you often see at weddings for sleek individual mini cakes so it continued to feel more like a black tie dinner party than a traditional wedding. We even served popsicles in candy flavours as an unexpected frozen alternative to some of the more traditional desserts you see at weddings. I hope you enjoy!

Celebrate beautifully.

x, m

| Event Design + Florals: Melissa Andre Events | Venue: Malaparte | Photography: Mango Studios | Mini Cakes: Bobette & Belle | Popsicles: Sweet Jesus | 

Wizard of Oz Themed Party

The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies. The film is set almost entirely in a dream sequence which has provided me with countless inspirations throughout my career. I wanted to use pretty literal representations of the movie in this design. The linear yellow touches on the table and the floor underneath it represent the yellow brick road, the cake is quite clearly the emerald city, and it’s flanked by the poppies that make Dorothy sleepy in the film. The bed was designed to look like it was caught in the twister but only the most beautiful pieces of the “mess” were left behind. This was one of my favorite projects to design. I hope you love it.

Celebrate Beautifully,

x, m

| Event Design + Florals: Melissa Andre Events | Stationery: Paper + Poste | Photography: 5ive Fifteen | Cake: Cake Opera |

The Weeknd XO Dinner Party

When The Weeknd’s creative team asks you to design a party for them, you do it…. In 4 days….instead of the 4 months that you actually need to get the job done. They’re great friends of mine, so I made an exception on our short notice policy and this is what we came up with.

Celebrate beautifully.

x, m

Pastel Paris Inspired Bat Mitzvah

My team worked on this pastel dream bat mitzvah for many months. With all the ideas I had floating around in my head, I knew we had to find a venue to accommodate all the Parisienne design installations I wanted to execute.

We needed space for our whimsical custom covered all white carousel complete with an “L ” flag on the top.  We needed a ceiling heigh to accommodate the 20 foot hot air balloons we had created to float above the tables. The ceiling had to be large enough to be filled with all the clouds we had sprinkled between the balloons. We needed a floor that would allow us to lay out cobblestone motifs and grass and every other type of floor I designed to move through the space. So, we found the largest film studio available and created this wonderland like a true movie set.

In true Parisienne fashion, we had custom walls made with a pastel door to suit every shop front you’d ever need. There was of course a patisserie, perfumerie, parc zoologique de Paris, and champagne boutique, to name a few. We even opened the event with a performance from 3 beautiful ballerinas.

I could go on and on about the details because were endless wonders to awe at (like….a 6 foot tall Eiffel Tower made entirely of French macaron and gum balls!) but I’ll let the photos do the talking below. Enjoy!

Celebrate Beautifully,

x, m

| Event Design + Florals + Balloons: Melissa Andre Events | Photography: Mango Studios | Cake: Cake Opera | Sweets: Nadia & Co | 

Happy Birthday Melissa

I don’t generally plan or design parties for myself, because my idea of the perfect birthday (considering the career I’ve chosen and often-crazy schedule I have) involves a day off my feet!! However, last year felt different. It seemed like a good year to plan one extra event , this one for my nearest and dearest. Truthfully, it had nothing to do with celebrating me and everything to do with the fact that many of my friends including my twin brother haven’t actually attended one of the events I’m hired to design. So, I made my birthday an excuse to bring 24 of my closest together for a night under the clouds. My team at Melissa Andre events has now become very recognized for this style and some of the lovely little details I spend my life fussing over.

Special thanks to:

|Event Design + Florals: Melissa Andre Events | Calligraphy: The Lettering Studio | Photography: Mango Studios | Venue: The Richmond |

| Rentals: Detailz Chair Couture & Contemporary Furniture Rentals | Staffing: Leave it to Us | Catering: Toben Food by Design |

Dîner en Blanc – All White Design

A combination of paper flowers, real flowers, a white marble tabletop, and clean square stacked plates were the essentials to my monochromatic all-white design. The overall look I put together, is clean with a few whimsical touches to add interest. I collaborated with Dîner en Blanc and Metro Ontario on a video to give you tips and tricks to creating your own all white tablescape at home. Here are a few behind the scenes photos! Stay tuned for the video!

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