Back From Tijuana

Well, sort of.

On Friday night, I threw a party for about 150 people where the theme was “Welcome to Tijuana.”  Except for a few visible ramps and other partially concealed elements, one wouldn’t immediately surmise that the venue was a 16,000 square-foot skate warehouse.

My client wanted to go “cheesy” on the decor, and I definitely went there– with Mexican blankets, dollar store pinatas, and sombreros.  But, I couldn’t go completely cheesy, so I added pipe-and-drape and a few technological candy, like the spinning circular screen that showed Mexican movies all night.

I had a four-sided bar made and had a bit of a worry during the install when we discovered that the bar wouldn’t fit in the freight elevator.  (Three words I should always remember = Measure. Measure. Measure!)  It had to be dismantled then put back together.  No matter–it was supposed to look rustic anyway. 🙂

People were greeted with Jello shots as they entered the space, and were invited to imbibe from the Tequila fountain at the entry.  Oh, boy, did they imbibe!  Amid the food, an awesome DJ, and overflowing drinks at the bar, I had several “shot girls” (see pretty young thang below) walking around the venue, prodding attendees of both genders–although, admittedly, they targeted mostly the guys–to a tequila shot or two (or seven).

Since the guests were from the Action Sports group, many predictably showed up an hour-and-a-half after the party started.  No worries, though.  As long as the booze was flowing, everyone was happy.  When I felt the guests’ lucidity reached acceptable low levels, I brought out Nacho Libre–actually, a catering staff member who is shaped like Jack Black (and then some!) and agreed to don the costume.  As cynical as this group generally is, they ate him up!

I left before the party ended– confident that the rest of the evening would go well (which it did, thankfully!) — and got me a good night’s sleep.  So now, off to clean things up!


3 Responses to “Back From Tijuana”

  1. 1 DAVE ID July 12, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Dude the Cirque could use someone like you I’m sure 😀 That looks awesome.

  2. 2 jonsquared July 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    @ DAVE – thanks! i have a great team!

  3. 3 andrewbest25 July 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    how come i wasnt invited?

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