Go behind the scenes with Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito as she produces a dinner party for 350 guests at the Keep Memory Alive Center.

As an event planner in Las Vegas, I am always in search of something that ups the ante and blows my guests' minds.  The Keep Memory Alive Center is magnificent to behold!

As an event planner in Las Vegas, I am always in search of something that ups the ante and blows my guests' minds.  The Keep Memory Alive Center is magnificent to behold!

What a spectacular night for a dinner party!

Qualys is an internet securities company based in San Francisco.  Twice a year they gather their partners and clients from around the world and meet in Las Vegas for education, advancement and, of course, one big blow out night of food and fun!  Having worked on two of their cocktail parties in the past, I knew that their gala dinner celebration would require something different and magnificent!  I have been lucky enough to work with them for the past few years as their local, Las Vegas event planner, and cannot tell you how much fun we have together!  Seriously, it shouldn't be allowed!

With Qualys Director of Events and my dear, funny friend Maria Nardi. Photo selfie by Las Vegas Party Planner Andrea Eppolito.

With Qualys Director of Events and my dear, funny friend Maria Nardi. Photo selfie by Las Vegas Party Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Welcome to my behind the scenes look at what it takes to host 350 people for dinner at the Keep Memory Alive Center!

It takes a village! Or, in this case, a very large crew! Photo by me.

It takes a village! Or, in this case, a very large crew! Photo by me.

The KMAC is truly the epitome of a "special" space.  The room is raw and completely empty when not in use.  Hosting an event here requires vast efforts on the part of the in house event team and the catering and service crew.  Throughout the day and night there were no fewer than 45 people working behind the scenes to create a stunning and interactive evening.

Architectural Centerpieces combined art, form, and function.  The red rose accents were a nod to Qualys' company color.

Architectural Centerpieces combined art, form, and function.  The red rose accents were a nod to Qualys' company color.

Naakiti Floral constructed each of the centerpieces by hand onsite. Half were curved, featuring large pomander balls. The others were very structured, topped with mirrors and dressed with hanging roses. Photo by Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Naakiti Floral constructed each of the centerpieces by hand onsite. Half were curved, featuring large pomander balls. The others were very structured, topped with mirrors and dressed with hanging roses. Photo by Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Once the tables were set and dressed with linens, our friends from Naakiti Floral came in to construct really fantastic centerpieces.  We wanted something that felt rich and dramatic, while complimenting the Frank Gehry architecture of the room.

Centerpieces by Naakiti Floral.

Centerpieces by Naakiti Floral.

To add interest and keep the eye moving, each table featured a different style of centerpiece.  Some were low, surrounded by candles.  Others were high and featured mirrored tops, giving guests another view of the ceiling and windows.  Still others were softer, with curves that cradled pomander balls of roses.

Our living statues lead guests into dinner, and took their places beside the Qualys ices sculpture, which is now a tradition and at all of our events! Photo by Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Our living statues lead guests into dinner, and took their places beside the Qualys ices sculpture, which is now a tradition and at all of our events! Photo by Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by Living Statues provided by Dragon Talent Group.  After cocktails and a delightful selection of yummy hors d'oeuvres, guests moved inside for dinner, catered by Wolfgang Puck Special Events.

Wolfgang Puck Catering was kind enough to create small tasting platters of the hors d'oeuvres for the meeting planning team to sample. Lamb Chops, Tuna Tartar Cones, Spring Rolls and (of course) the pizzas were fan favorites! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Wolfgang Puck Catering was kind enough to create small tasting platters of the hors d'oeuvres for the meeting planning team to sample. Lamb Chops, Tuna Tartar Cones, Spring Rolls and (of course) the pizzas were fan favorites! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to actually feed a party of 200, 300 or more?  It is no small task!  But the team at Wolfgang Puck Catering provided seamless service, and ran the kitchen with the authority and precision of a military operation!  Impressive to watch!

Organization and precision gets the food out! Photo by Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Organization and precision gets the food out! Photo by Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Everything about this evening was stunning!  From the spectacular architecture and ambiance of the Keep Memory Alive Center to the gorgeous flowers by Naakiti Florals and the food from Wolfgang Puck Catering, guests raved about each and ever element came together beautifully.

Beet & Goat Cheese Salad by Wolfgang Puck. Photo by Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Beet & Goat Cheese Salad by Wolfgang Puck. Photo by Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Sweet Corn Agnolotti by Wolfgang Puck. Photo by Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Sweet Corn Agnolotti by Wolfgang Puck. Photo by Las Vegas Event Planner Andrea Eppolito.

On a personal note...I love, love, LOVE planning weddings!  But I have to say, there is something about throwing a gala and the occasional birthday party that just excites me and gets my creative juices flowing in a completely different way! It's nice to mix it up a bit and shake things up...Especially when I get to do it with awesome and amazing people that I love!  Special thanks to the lovely ladies of Qualys Maria Nardi and Victoria Venturi for making me a part of the team.

My Qualys Girls - Victoria (cleverly h icing her bump) and Maria.

My Qualys Girls - Victoria (cleverly h icing her bump) and Maria.

And to the incomparable David Watts.  David, I've worked with you for nearly 15 years now and you never cease to amaze me.  Events like this are why I love you too much!

With my friend of 15 years and amazing Special Events Director, David Watts. Photo Selfie by Las Vegas Party Planner Andrea Eppolito.

With my friend of 15 years and amazing Special Events Director, David Watts. Photo Selfie by Las Vegas Party Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Looking forward to 2014 and sticking around as a part of the Qualys family!

Always...



Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, LA Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend.

An internationally acclaimed speaker, Andrea appears and speaks at events for The Engage Luxury Wedding Summit, NACE, The Knot, the Wedding MBA, and more.  Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013, 2015, 2016), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love!

Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.