When John came to us with the idea to create a big bash to celebrate both his retirement as well as his 60th, we immediately fell in love with the idea of using Jimmy Buffett, one of his favorites, as the theme. Able to play off the common initials of J.B., we began to create an entire “J.B.” celebration!
The clincher of our planning was the day we booked the Tonga Room in San Francisco. You almost couldn’t get more perfect for a venue for this party. Bathing it in greens and blues, with a Margaritaville parrot lit above the bar, and a special Margaritaville bar in the back, complete with neon bar sign, we transformed the space into a Jimmy Buffet paradise. Honoring all of John’s favorite foods, guests were presented with a “treasure map” as they arrived, revealing the location of each food station and entertainment area. From AT&T Park with beer flights, hot dogs and garlic fries to Fisherman’s Wharf with chowder, we covered all the favorite S.F. spots.
The band and DJ kept the party going with lively music, but the real entertainment was from a performance by a family friend of a custom-written Jimmy Buffett song about John’s retirement, and a hosted roast, Comedy Central style, honoring John. At midnight (the beginning of John’s actual birthday), champagne toasts with designed mini cupcakes hovering above the glass were brought out and we all ended the night singing Happy Birthday. It was certainly a night to remember!
Thanks to all our fabulous vendors –
Venue: The Tonga Room
Photography: Kevin Chin Photography
Catering: The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco
Lighting: Got Light?
DJ: Caliber DJs
Band: Island Groove
Transportation: Corinthian Ground Transportation
Rentals: Bright Event Rentals
Paper Goods: Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events
Photo Booth: TapSnap