How to make your Holiday Parties entertaining

Planning a wedding or holiday party is like building a team. You look for the best blend of performance, reviews, hustle, grit, experience and winning attitude. Of course you are never sure how any event will go until it’s well into ‘show time’, however, you can hedge your bets by choosing wisely. That’s the formula for success on how to make your Holiday Parties entertaining. Pick the best Vendors, just don’t wait too long as the best ones get booked EARLY. Make sure they are true professionals and enjoy entertaining people themselves. Like Mark and Shelli Olsen of Get the Picture Photobooth, here in St. Pete. They are perfect examples of pros who know how to party. And I guess I’d know after hosting and surviving over 1000 successful weddings and events here at NOVA 535 in downtown St. Petersburg.

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We wish you a Happy NOVA NOEL

Every year my fabulous team NOVA 535 and I host our annual holiday party NOVA NOEL. It’s amazing how fast time flies and we are all genuinely delighted to be here, stronger than ever, 7 years long long years later. The stories we could tell, the lessons learned and friends made and some lost. Smiles, laughter, tears and joy we’ve been honored to witness, create and share here inside this special place, a structure built in 1920 as a 5 and Dime Store called “Slap Happies”. I was frequenting here as a doggie daycare,

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Wine Not? Menage a Trois launches a luxurious and gluten free Vodka

During the late summer of 2014, here in beautiful sunny St. Pete Florida, the top dog distributor Southern Wine and Spirits, along with top shelf Trinchero Family Estates recently held their vodka launch party here at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, located in downtown St. Pete, for their Tampa Bay sales partners.

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Our best Halloween party to date NOVAWEEN 8

Every year the anticipation grows as the weather begins to cool and October rounds the corner and 2014 was even more electric as this would be our 8th NOVAWEEN in a row. We held the original NOVAWEEN even before we opened our doors and each year we keep building more fans, improving and tweaking and growing and well enough talk, let’s dig into the gory sexy wild details of St. Pete’s favorite halloween party, NOVAWEEN 8.. 2014-10-31-NOVAWEEN-8-Poster-www.novaween.com-google

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Friday Night Live Comedy hosted by Got Jokes

Live comedy is back at NOVA 535 the meticulously renovated 1920 built Five and Dime Store here in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida, this 5 and 10 magically transformed into the highest rated St. Pete wedding venue and special event space in Tampa Bay. You might remember the hilarious improv Troupe, 2-Time Best of the Bay Winners as hosts of the Big Bang Show held here a few years ago. Well Got Jokes has only gotten better, hosted by their charming and charismatic leader Daniel “Motown Pride” Jefferson

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Kiss my hops Budweiser, NOVA 535 goes local brews only!

Life is made of moments, most of them come and go without much notice. Then occasionally we pause long enough to ponder, to think deeply and to make a conscious decision, then to act on that decision and evolve. Last week here in beautiful, sunny and unique downtown St. Pete, Florida was Localicious, a celebration of everything deliciously local. We hosted the KSPL “Local Meltdown” here at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space on Thursday October 16, 2014, and because of all the work and efforts that surrounded that event, plus my frequent conversations with Keep St. Pete Local founder Olga Bof, well a moment of clarity happened.

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I was told that Mexican Weddings were different and well..

and well maybe they are. On this beautifully hot July afternoon of 2014, at St. Pete’s favorite wedding venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space here in downtown St. PeteLeonor and Margarito, friends forever, tie the knot in what they and several of their friends described to me as a “Mexican Wedding.”  Hmmm, exactly am I in store for? 2014-07-12-Leonor-and-Margarito-Summer-Mexican-Wedding-Fiesta-at-NOVA-535-downtown-StPete (29)

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Pinball bride marries her Mario Brothers loving sweetheart

We’ve hosted a ton of cool, unique weddings and most all are fun in their own way. Lot’s of smiling brides and grinning grooms, yet every so often we’ll get the type of clients that spend most of their time laughing, actually enjoying themselves like they were spending the day at the amusement park. A cool thing about NOVA 535 Unique Event Space here in downtown St. Pete, is that we allow our clients to do just that. Create their own amusement park right here in our venue. Christi and Adams’s wedding here in June of 2014 was one of these especially enjoyable events. Their theme was “Love is a two player game”, so the pinball machines (I LOVE PINBALL), the Mario Brothers cookies, the COLORFUL brides maids dresses and son on were perfect for today’s festivities!2014-06-13-Pinball-bride-marries-her-Mario-Brothers-loving-sweetheart-at-NOVA-535-downtown-St-Pete-88

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Fist Bumping Ronald McDonald the Clown

Promise Love Foundation Fun-Raising Carnival was held on Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Today the circus came to town and made a special one day stop at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space. It delivered a trainload of delightful carnival fun that was enjoyed by everyone, from 3 months old to grandma and grandpa. Why? Well the Promise Love Foundation, a Tampa Bay charity, was raising money to help further its special cause. Promise Love Foundation was born to assist people financially and with their expert guidance who want to adopt domestically. Today we met several thrilled new parents and their smiling newly adopted kids. Today was a good day, including Fist Bumping Ronald McDonald the Clown.

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Frankie’s Friends, Barking up the Right Tree

Frankie’s Friends First Annual St. Pete Fundraiser was held at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space on September 18, 2014

Thursday was a fabulous night for our local furry friends and everyone who loves and supports them. A night when everyone was barking up the right tree.  Frankie’s Friend’s is a wonderful charity founded by Dr. Neil Shaw who also founded BluePearl Veterinary Partners.2014-09-18-Frankies-Friends-at-NOVA

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Dueling Pianos during Kevin’s 50th Birthday

Ten minutes into our first meeting, I knew this was going to be another epic NOVA 535 party! Jeanne was so laid back and easy to work with, a perfect client. A decision maker, who knows how to throw a great party, has the budget to produce it properly yet isn’t spending money on anything frivolous. Her concern is throwing her hubby Kevin an EPIC 50th! And that ladies and gentlemen, she did – Dueling Pianos during Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party!

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Carolina Quinceañera

Carolina Quinceañera was held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida. I LOVE DTSP.

Carolina, her mom Yohanis and their entire family were a delight to work with. They wanted the grand NOVA 535 experience and discovered that weeknights were a great value, so they picked an available Wednesday in August, while school was out, and we began planning for our Carolina Quinceañera.

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Pure Romance Awards Party

Pure Romance Awards Party
at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space.

Pure Romance by Mia Rivero. Mia and her delightful ladies held their annual Pure Romance Awards Party here at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space on Sunday, July 2, 2014, in beautiful downtown St. Pete. There were many award categories, for sales, most improvement, best this and hurrah for that. OK, so I was a bit busy snapping all of these photos and not completely paying attention to the small print. What I did learn was that these Pure Romance ladies were all a delightful mix of fun and professional, friendly and eager to learn and grow. Mia has built herself a fantastic team, and it seems like there is nowhere to go but up up UP!

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