We're so happy with how well our First Feature Party went last month! It was exactly what we invisioned: low-key and relaxed, with a cool atmosphere and plenty of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails for guests to enjoy.
And Sticks was definitely the right spot. Floor-to-really-high-ceiling windows and the industrial style of the venue worked so well with the modern aesthetic we always strive for, and Sticks Events Coordinator and Out of Box Event Productions owner Anthony Marinaro was so helpful during the planning process.
We were also just really blown away by the turnout for the event. The party started at 6, and by 6:15 the place was packed (thanks everyone!!). Our friend Lyndon from Limelight Entertainment was spot on with the vibes he chose for the party, so from the very start the energy was just right as guests walked in and picked up a cocktail. Annnd about those cocktails – can we just pause for a second and reflect? Jeff from Beard Behind the Bar and his lovely right-hand woman Lacy were amazing – from the delicious and super creative drinks and demonstrations down to the details like the cool little tips and tricks Jeff taught guests. We also loved working with Brenda from As You Wish Floral Design (seriously one of the sweetest people we've met!) who was at the event setting up beautiful tropical-inspired florals that gave the party the inviting feel we hoped for (along with an absolutely lovely arrangement from Artistan Floral & Events by Saley!). We were also so grateful to have hors d'oeuvres provided for our guests by Occasions Catering, Taste! To Go and The Radish, and cupcakes by Valley Junction bakery Let Them Eat Cake.
Last but not least, we'd like to give a specal thanks to Austin Day. Austin photographed the party and captured the great images below that we are so excited to share with you. Enjoy!
We hope you enjoyed our first Feature Party, because we're planning another one for this summer!
Which venue would you like us to feature next? Let us know in the comments below!
1440 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA