Project Spotlight: La Dolce Vita Birthday Party

We had the sincere pleasure of organizing a 60th Birthday celebration for two wonderful women in September of this year.

The venue selected by the client was Federico’s on Commercial Drive which lent to the most amazing theme options.  In the end we went Italian all the way and proposed a “La Dolce Vita” theme, which was wholeheartedly accepted by the client.


What fun we had putting this together.  Federico’s itself is a lovely space with capacity for up to around 130 people.  They offer a selection of 4 course fixed price menus for large groups, which we tweaked a little to suit our tastes.


We played up the glamorous side of our La Dolce Vita theme and encouraged people to come dressed to the nines in black and white. While Federico’s provided linens and candles, we customized the place settings by bringing in black tablecloths, gold embellished name cards, and beautiful lace-wrapped candles.



We repurposed some old art with gold and black spray paint to create a beautiful seating chart, and embellished the room with small accents in the same theme.


I was asked to be the MC for the event and Federico’s is well equipped with a good sound system and mic for just that.  We also prepared a slide show featuring hundreds of images of the two birthday women throughout their 60 years of life, punctuated by interesting facts from 1955, their birth year.

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From custom designed invitations, menus, place cards, to the slideshow, we made sure that the theme was carried throughout as seamlessly as possible. We worked with the client to ensure that every detail was accounted for, including the budget, the wine selection, and ensuring that guests were waiting in the wings to say SURPRISE!


During the party, we ensured that everything ran smoothly.  Federico’s does an amazing job of keeping things on track, which made our job much easier!

After dinner (with lovely guitar accompaniment) and dessert, we had twin cakes brought out and sang happy birthday to the ladies.  Federico himself then took to the stage.  What fun! He and his band covered a selection of songs that had everyone up dancing and singing along.

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The event was an absolute blast and all of the guests had an amazing time! Especially the guests of honour!


Crystal Roche

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