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Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum

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Guest Contributors:

Bogoth Wedding & Events and Melanie Cassie Photography

Rick and Sharon wanted to plan a unique surprise dinner party at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum in historic Beach Haven, NJ. The cause for celebration drilled down to the core of everything so many people love about celebrating love and family down the shore; childhood memories of spending time with family, weeks and month spent in anticipation of the annual week “down the shore,”  spending time with family and friends. So, when Rick and Sharon contacted Bogath Weddings and Events, to say they wanted to plan a surprise dinner party to celebrate 10 years of vacationing with close family friends, it was a match made in heaven!

LBI Historical Museum Event | A Unique Dining Experience

Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum

They wanted a delicious meal and elegant dining experience, but in a unique setting. A number of ideas were tossed around before settling on the LBI Historical Museum on Engleside Ave. in Beach Haven. It’s right down the street from the quaint Victorian home that they have been vacationing in for a decade. And, seriously, what could be more unique than having dinner underneath a whale skeleton!? When it came time to select a menu, Rick & Sharon chose a local Italian restaurant, Carmine’s Unique Beach Cuisine, because of their amazing seafood, steak, and vegetarian options. Although there was only a guest count of 12, there were a variety of dietary needs; meat-lovers, vegetarians, and a few in-between. For dessert, we chose to once again highlight the vacation home so special to these families.  Sweet Memories Cake Shoppe and Tea Room designed a delicious cake with a model of the home made out of fondant on top. 

Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum

The Vacation-Aversary Home

Rick and Sharon hired a team of  vendors that worked together to add special touches to their event.  It didn’t take long to realize that the common design element was going to be the Victorian home these families had been vacationing in for the past decade. It became the heart of the event’s design inspiration. It all seemed to come together once Bunkerfish artist, and Beach Haven local, Jessie Temple, was commissioned to paint a watercolor of the home. The painting was then reproduced on t-shirts by Jetty. The end result was just stunning. Sweet Memories Cake Shoppe and Tea Room recreated the home in fondant as the top of a delicious cake. The menu was carefully curated to include local seafood selections and a raw bar.  

Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum

The remaining design elements just seemed to fall into place. Delicate place “cards” using sand dollars with calligraphy from The Shaded Maple, a stunning place setting from Ocean Tents combined with hand-crafted table and mis-matched chairs from Rustic Drift, a delicate ivory lace runner, hurricane lamps, and a show-stopping drift wood centerpiece from Reynolds Garden Shop completed the look. And there to capture it all, in amazing detail, was Melanie from Melanie Cassie Photography. 

Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum
Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum

I hope you enjoy these images as much as the team that worked together to create this unique event did!

Equipment Rentals: Ocean Tents & Party Rentals//Other: Jetty Apparel Co.//Other: Bunkerfish//Cake Designer: A SWEET MEMORY CAKE SHOPPE AND TEA ROOM//Calligrapher: The Shaded Maple//Floral Designer:Reynolds Garden Shop//Equipment Rentals: Rustic Drift//Caterer: Carmen’s Unique Beach Cuisine//Reception Venue: Long Beach Island Historical Museum//Event Planner: Bogath Weddings and Events//Photographer: Melanie Cassie Photography//

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1 Comment

  1. Antoinette M says:

    Great menu & design elements. I love it!

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