You say it’s your birthday….


MCC  662891When you’re the city’s busiest party planner, your own 30th birthday ought to be the biggest bash in town.

By Christopher Confero

 

Confetti Ball Contributors:

Event Design: Christopher Confero Design

Calligraphy: The Refined Pen

Cakes: Gia’s Bakery Boutique

Catering: Kathy G. & Company

Entertainment: DANCEe  // Ginger Snapp & obSINity

Furniture: Nuage Designs

Lighting & Production: AG Lighting

Music: DJ Coco

Photography: Moesia Davis for Arden Photography

Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

Stationery: DKH Media

Table Linens & Vinyl Decals: I Do Linens

Valet: Apex Valet

Venue & Bar Service: Workplay

Videography: Holloway Productions

 

I’m not one to ever plan a party for myself, but I knew that turning 30 was a milestone in my life that warranted a momentous celebration.  The concept for this production was dreamed up many years ago, and bless my close friends and family, they’ve heard about it ever since.

As a child growing up in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the vibrant neon colors in some of my favorite television shows like Fraggle Rock and Saved by the Bell became my early inspiration for the Confetti Ball. I always knew the soundstage at Workplay would be the perfect blank canvas so my imagination wouldn’t be limited. It would allow me to create and execute at the level that was expected of a personal Confero party. Most parties, as we know, are constructed from a simple formulation of what the host thinks it should be based on what has been seen before. I chose my career not because I enjoy planning parties, but because I have a passion for creating experiences. Some details of the Confetti Ball, such as good music and cocktails, were in place because they are staples to any good soiree. However, I wanted to push the boundaries beyond what has ever been seen in Birmingham. Every aspect was distinctly designed to extend my guests an invitation into my imagination.

MCC  663042I was proud to introduce many new creations at the Confetti Ball. It’s not every day you receive an eight-inch by eight-inch, triple-thick invitation with neon edges, neon mirror foil backing, and hologram imagery on the front. The neon-lined platforms for my go-go dancers, the clean lines of the lounge furniture, the 20-foot-tall double decker platform where the DJ was perched above the crowd—everything was designed to reinforce the square shape and clean lines of the venue. I then layered in 28 crystal chandeliers, 13 disco balls, hard angles of neon flagging tape, smoke machines, laser lights, and confetti cannons to give endless layers of visual dimension.

Performances from a modern dance company and two of Birmingham’s most well-known drag queens added the elevated entertainment I wanted my guests to experience. A custom drink menu that was reflective of my favorite sips, along with a food menu that was created to showcase my favorite bites from all my travels, was an added personal touch I really enjoyed presenting. A round of shots served on neon-lit trays were passed as the cake was cut. Probably the most distinct element was the video mapping that was projected onto the structure in the center of the room to give the effect that the bar was alive and moving. Everything together just exceeded my expectations, even for what I envisioned the space to become.

To my creative team, who dreamed with me for months and months, thank you from the bottom of my heart. To every person who worked for four days straight to make such a huge production come to life, words will never express enough gratitude. Having vision is no solution; it all hinges on the execution, and I could never give life to my crazy ideas without each one of you.

All of my love and I’m already dreaming of my 40th!

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