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12/09/2016
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Over-The-Top Parties: Staten Island Style

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Ever want to create an over-the-top party that your guests will be talking about for months? That's exactly what two Staten Islanders recently did to mark major milestone birthdays for their loved ones.

AN ENCHANTED GARDEN

Maya Dispenza created an enchanted garden sweet 16 party at the Vanderbilt at South Beach. "I received a call saying, 'This Friday, Nov 10, 2016, a sweet sixteen party just hired an aerialist for the evening,'" said Salvatore Sulsenti, senior event planner at The Vanderbilt at South Beach.

After checking out the beams and viability, it was a go, along with hanging vines and stilted jugglers, he said. Pink and red lighting illuminated guests and performers, who danced and were entertained by a floating juggler and stilt fan dancer and the aerialist.

It was a dream come true for Maya Dispenza and her parents who helped her plan the event. To help her create this magical garden, Dispenza, along with her mother, AnnMarie Triolo, got inspiration and performers from a website called "gigsalad."

LARRY PALOOZA

Then there was the "Larry Palooza" at Grand Oaks in Huguenot. Larry O'Friel's wife, Diane, wanted to make her husband's 50th birthday party a celebration of his love of rock music.

To make this happen, Everything Entertainment created the feeling of being at a rock concert instead of being in a catering hall at Grand Oaks in Huguenot.

Combining O'Friel's love of rock music with the renowned music festival, Lollapalooza, they created a "Larry Palooza party." The decor included custom made 16 foot round bar centered with Elvis (a lit mannequin wearing the King's signature jumpsuit) and illuminated from above with small, sharp defined lighting pieces, which gave guests the feel of a rock concert stage.

Large posters of rock stars with Larry's image imposed read: "2016 Larry Tour." There were even t-shirts chronicling Larry's personal milestones for each guest and staff member. In addition, the creation of a Larry Palooza logo for party games personalized the party for the guest of honor.

If you're planning an over-the-top celebration, give us a heads up by emailing jsomma@siadvance.com.