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Music Themes for a Party

I started a Halloween tradition that my son dresses up like a musician. He’s had 3 so far, (The Boss, Baby Mozart and Elton John if you are curious), so we’ll see if this continues. Music can be a great theme for a party. Here are a few to get you started, but the turntable is your oyster - a song, musician or era – fun for young and old alike!


FOREVER YOUNG – BOB DYLAN

Love this idea for the really young or really old. If old, bring out everything that makes you feel young again – toys, balloons, ice-cream!

LIKE A VIRGIN – MADONNA

Think of a “white party” but with religious (although inoffensive) undertones. You could go a bit goth with the crucifixes, candles, but juxtaposed with lace. And then keep the fun 80s Madonna music pumping so it is more fun than serious.

BORN IN THE USA – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Bring out your full on patriotism, everyone should be encouraged to wear their red, white and blue, with a little rock influence. Go over the top with everything Americana from farm style seating to flags to Apple Pie and a live musician.

BAROQUE MASTERS – BEETHOVEN, MOZART & VIVALDI

One of my faves, bring on the wigs, petticoats and ensembles to this masterpiece. Consider venues that have a historic feel, and utilize music that has the masters’ influence. Everyone can feel like a lady and gentleman at this formal affair.

TINY DANCER – ELTON JOHN

Embrace your disco dancer, and add a little subtlety and sophistication to a typical disco party.

Welcome Detroit!

We are so excited to launch EventMates Detroit with Detroit local and event planner extraordinaire, Adrienne Nutter. Here’s what she had to say about the Motor City and the exciting events happening there:  

Tell us about what's happening in Detroit:

Detroit is so vibrant and full of opportunity! In the last ten years, some really amazing transformations have occurred, and the city has morphed into a hotbed of fantastic new restaurants, public art, entertainment and accommodations. All of this translates into a wealth of opportunities for unique event experiences. The Handlebar pedal pub lets small groups tour The District Detroit, the city’s growing sports and entertainment hub. The Dequindre Cut, Detroit Riverfront, The Belt, and an updated Eastern Market have brought miles of walkable outdoor space to downtown, provided sprawling locations for outdoor events and festivals, and filled the city with murals.  

Your top three event venues in Detroit and why?

1. Planterra: Do you want to hold your event in a garden in February? You got it! Planterra is an amazing tropical greenhouse with top notch in-house floral design and catering. It’s a truly one of a kind, magical location for events.  

2. Colony Club: In the heart of The District, his former women’s club boasts four floors of restored event spaces, including two gilded ballrooms. With options for events of various sizes and budgets, the Colony Club consistently delivers memorable events to its clients and their guests.  

Photo Credit: A Pair of Photographers

Photo Credit: A Pair of Photographers

3. The Scarab Club: A piece of Detroit history, the Scarab Club has provided a home for the arts in Detroit for nearly 100 years. Its beautiful building features a walled garden and two floors of space filled with a rotating gallery of art and is a fantastic place to hold everything from business meetings to smaller weddings and parties.

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Tell us about one of your most memorable local events...

I was recently fortunate enough to plan a wedding on the grounds of the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate in nearby Grosse Pointe Woods. The former home of Henry Ford’s eldest son and his family, this estate sits on the shores of Lake St. Clair and is an amazing property. Since only five weddings had been held on this exclusive property, it was an amazing experience to be able to work at the venue. Mother Nature provided her fair share of challenges, but in the end, the tented August affair for close to 200 guests was a fantastic success.

Photo Credit Heather Jowett Photography

Photo Credit Heather Jowett Photography

The perfect Detroit "favor" to give to guests...

Pewabic Pottery! Mary Chase Perry Stratton founded Pewabic in 1903, and it’s been turning out innovative and beautiful ceramics ever since. Their tiles and ornaments are quintessential Detroit, and are fantastic favors and gifts. Pewabic will even create custom tiles to commemorate milestones for corporate and non-profit events and anniversaries.