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I have seen more party venues than 10 people see in a life time, this venue is absolutely perfect!

The London Penthouse West Hollywood
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The London Penthouse Suite Features

  • The largest suite in Los Angeles, with over 11,000 square feet of living space

  • 5,000-square-foot rooftop deck with 360-degree views

  • 2,000-square-foot Grand Salon

Plan Your Perfect Party or Event in 10 Easy Steps

 

Planning a party or Event?

The easiest method to keep track of all tasks & steps needed to have a successful event is to make lists. Dividing your list into smaller lists allows you to focus and execute each list effectively.

Below is 10 lists to help you create your perfect event.

1. Theme list.

Pick a theme that suits the time of year & guest list You may be planning a costume party, backyard BBQ, a formal black tie party, a pool party or a charity event. Once you have picked your theme create a list that includes all the details that support your theme for i.e: props, outfits, unique food, special talent, decorations and props you will need to purchase or rent. For larger events you will need to further break this list down into more details as lists below. 

2. Budget list.

Write down the budget your willing to spend on your event. Begin by writing down the cost next to each item you will need to purchase in your theme list. Total all costs together & look for items or areas you can cut costs without neglecting your party theme. 

3. Invite list.

Who would you like to invite to your event? This lists consists of more than just guests, include attendees, vendors, bartenders, servers, party planners, performers, attendee's with + 1's and special talent i.e: gogo dancers, emcee's & DJ's

4. RSVP list.

This list is confirmation of all attendee's that are confirmed for your event. It is a great way to keep track of who is coming & will assist you in planning your food & beverage catering. 

5. Decoration list.

Include all of your decorations that you will need to create the perfect theme & environment for your event. I.e candles, streamers, table cloths, wall art, party favors? Do some research online of similar events, be creative when listing all of the decorations you would like to have at your event. 

6. Food and drink list.

List what food & beverage items you already have available and then list what items you will need to purchase or have catered. Depending on your budget having your food & beverage catered to your needs takes a lot of stress of you in the planning process and on the day of your event.  If you would like to have your event catered create a list of food items that you think will match your theme. If you have trouble thinking of what you should include in this list, do some research online or call a bartending or food catering company for assistance. 

7. Supplies list.

List all supplies & rentals you will need to pick up or have delivered. This list can include non f&B items such as forks, knives, plates, napkins, bowls, tape, cords, speakers, umbrellas, chairs, tables, trash bags.

8. Music playlist.

If your planning to bring in your own DJ or play DJ yourself its always a great idea to create a playlist ahead of time and have it ready for the day. 

9. Day-of-the-party/event to-do list.

This list is for the day of your event and will help you execute everything you need to do efficiently. Perhaps you will need to run down the street to pick up some catered food, last minute supplies, put up decorations, set up the party area or electrical supplies for event performers? 

10. Cleanup list

The final list is your clean up list. This helps you remember what rentals & items need to be returned,  trash that needs to be removed, pay outstanding balances associated with your event and everything that needs to be addressed to before you can relax!

 

 

 

The Art of Cocktails

CHOOSE YOUR BASE NOTE

Making a drink is similar to making a perfume.  When you smell a scent, it has to have several layers. Once the alcohol evaporates, what are you left with?

Most perfumes started with a solid base note. So start tasting different spirits and try to figure out which one you want to start with as your base mix for the drink. Once you decide keep in mind that you’re the choice of your base spirits flavor will always remain in the cocktail.

Once you have decided on your base liquor (also note that you can always have two alcohols in your base) the sweet and tart elements become your canvas for creativity. A tart element could be something like freshly squeezed lime or grapefruit juice and a sweet element could include simple syrup, agave, a (lower ABV/alcohol by volume) liqueur and plenty of less concentrated sweet options such as orange juice. With this framework in mind, the mix-and-match possibilities are endless.

COMPLEMENTARY FLAVORS

The difference between decent drinks and amazing drinks is often the length of their flavor, how long it  sits in your mouth, fascinating your mind once it leaves your tongue. By making the sweet and tart parts complementary to your base flavor, you will expand on the cocktails experience. This is why many top mixologists enjoy using dark brown spirits as their base-flavor for their creations. Whiskeys tend to have more complementary flavors than tequila or vodka.

CONSRUCT GLUE WITH COMPLEXITY

Once you have completed your 2:1:1 cocktail, the next step is adding aromatics. The simplest way to do this is to include a couple of drops of bitters—a minuscule amount of liquid that won’t mess with the balance of your ratio.

Technically, in the history of the classic cocktail world, a cocktail is not considered a true cocktail unless it contained bitters. The true original formula of a cocktail was to simply just add alcohol, bitters and sugar. If you didn’tadd bitters you could definitely taste something missing. They added this final kind of balance that brought everything together—like the glue.

However bitters are not your only solution. You can add complex glue quickly is through a wash on the inside of the glass with something like absinthe. Or you could also use a hydrosol, which is a distillate of herbs or flowers extracted into water or oil. Rosewater is an example of a hydrosol.

Now that you know all off the ingredients to make a cocktail, be careful not to lose control. Most of
my cocktails consist of only five ingredients. Beyond that, the flavors can become muddled.

ADDING BUBBLES

Your cocktail at this point should taste pretty amazing. But what if it’s just too boozy? or not completely satisfying?

Soda water or even some champagne with some citric acid or a little extra simple syrup usually help to complete the balance. I tend to add soda water to 80% of my cocktails to give it that bubbly and refreshing edge that is missing.

Remember to keep in mind that eyeballing for speed is never a great option for your measurements once you have them figured out. Cocktail making is similar to baking, you need to make sure all of your ingredients are correct to achieve perfection.