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Lavish Liquid + Shing Weddings party

Lavish Liquid and Shing Events & Weddings 15th years strong!

Tonight we were gathered at The Pipe Shop in North Vancouver, to celebrate the longevity that Lavish Liquids and Shing Weddings has had in Vancouver’s food, drink, and event scene. The former a caterer of cocktails and a dispenser of spirits for many public and private events. The latter a behemoth in the world of wedding and event planning. So naturally we expected quite the turn out and party from their collaborative efforts. And trust me, they did not disappoint.

The theme was the essence of Tulum, as guests were invited to ditch their 9-5pm formal wear and opt for something more beachy. To match, the venue was dressed with the help of Bespoke Decor. Rattan lighting fixtures, hemp rugs, beige linens, tropical plants, and bamboo furniture helped to cultivate the scene. There was plenty of seating across these cultivated lounge spaces and more as high tops that doubled as resting points.

At the tables, bowls of chips and salsa to help yourself to, courtesy of La Mezcaleria.

They also had servers dressed in Hawaiian shirts bringing around small bites the likes of taquitos, spicy shrimp, and avocado tostadas; that I got a taste of.

For dessert there were vanilla and butter cream miniature cupcakes from The Cake & The Giraffe.

And Earnest Ice cream brought out their ice cream cart to scoop vanilla, cookies and cream, and a sorbet number for guests.

And as per all great events, there was a Photo Booth for guests to help capture the evening and memories. Hosted by Dang Good Booths who printed copies and sent photos digitally.

They even had mariachis performing to add authenticity to the theme.

However, the main feature was definitely the drinks. There was an agave station that quickly turned into a shot bar. The intention was to allow guests the opportunity to try tequila with salt and fruit, experimenting with different combinations.

You start by choosing your tequila between the Tres Generaciones Blanco or Anejo, or a mezcal from Montelobos.

From there the salt types include the more classic tajin, a salt made from the worm at the bottom of tequila bottles; or one from crickets, which I have never heard of.

After a lick of the salt and a taste of the tequila you wash both down with a chew of sharp fruit. Either pineapple, grapefruit, or orange. The combinations are endless and does change the experience. For myself, I preferred the mezcal with worm salt and an orange slice to end it all.

There were iced cans of Low Rider, ready to drink tropical cocktails. Available in three flavours that includes Peach, Chai Tea & Lemon; Guava, Passionfruit & Hibiscus; and Lychee, Jasmine Tea & Lime Leaf. I had the guava one this time, but my favourite is the lychee.

And the bar you can get hand mixed specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and non alcoholic pop and juice.

The Playa Margarita was tart and refreshing with Hornitos Plata, Coconut, Lime, and Mint Syrup.

Whereas the Tulum Sunrise was more sweet and tropical with Hornitos Plata, Dragon Fruit, Mango, Lime, and Soda.

The night took off after speeches from the owners of both Lavish Liquid and Shing Weddings acknowledging the distance they have come, the people that have helped get them there, and all the possibilities that lie ahead.

Then with one grand cheers guests were invited to drink and dance until night’s end. And that we did, and then some.

I won’t go into detail about how the night ends but let’s just say I had blisters at the bottom of my feet and my strappy sandals broke from all the dancing.

And the dancing only quickened and hardened when a bottle found its way to the dance floor and I took an ounce straight into my mouth. To say the least, this was an amazingly fun night and the only way to round out 15 years for a drink catering and a wedding planning company.

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