A dinner set for 50 turned into an epic Great Gatsby style soiree for over 200 at Youngsong’s private party at HBO’s Entourage House – Toberman Estates. Set in the heart of Hollywood Hills, this iconic location set the backdrop to one of this year’s most talked about parties. Hosted by Youngsong Martin, owner and CEO of Wildflower Linen, she along with the owners of Toberman Estates, ChefDance set forth to entertain their closest friends along with debuting the works of Natalie and David of Grand Éclair who will be the exclusive in-house floral designer for the estate.
Youngsong designed the entire event with its theme title in mind: “Hollywood Then & Now“. She wanted to show the sophistication and glamour of the past but also incorporate today’s hot trend for vibrant colors, textures and styles. The design elements included: a unique and clever table configuration for guest to co-mingle comfortably, a gorgeous tablescape that included vibrant peacock teal and blue linens featuring new chair cover styles in rich jewel tones and lush pauve of florals that also included ten foot tall floral centerpieces!
Gorgeous photos taken by the talented Gene Higa truly captured the brilliant and bold colors displayed in the décor.
“Lighting was also key in creating the overall feel and look of the event so we used dozens of candles and votives in varying styles on the tables, pinspot the florals and uplit the walls and background trees with amber and emerald and sapphire lighting” says Youngsong.
About C.E. Toberman Estate
For the first time, VIP and select guests were invited to a rare and exciting inside glimpse to one of the most beautiful and glamorous homes in Hollywood, the C.E. Toberman estate.
Built in 1922 and featured on the cover of the first-ever edition of Architectural Digest, this show-stopping property appeared in numerous films, most recently as the “the hip ‘trophy’” house of Vincent Chase on the first two seasons of HBO‘s Entourage and the later sixth season. As the former home of the legendary real estate developer behind other such notable landmarks such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Chinese Theatre, The Rooservelt Hotel and the Egyptian Theatre, this estate was the crown jewel in the empire of Charles Toberman, “The Father of Hollywood”.
C. E. Toberman hired architects Russell & Alpaugh to design his Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style dream house, which took two years to build and was completed in 1924. The estate, built on a 2-acre lot, includes a 19-room, 9,800-square-foot main house, a 1,809-square-foot guest apartment and garage, and a separate natatorium with a 30 by 50-foot tiled pool with cabanas under skylights. The main house has eight fireplaces, a butler’s pantry and cut-crystal doorknobs. Toberman, who lived to be 101 years old, recalled in a 1981 interview that the estate became “practically a country club” with its enclosed swimming pool, tennis courts, a nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, and formal gardens.
The Ladies of the Evening: Natalie Jung of Grand Éclair, Host Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen and Mimi Griswold of ChefDance
Owners of the C.E Toberman Estates in Hollywood Hills, Mimi and Kenny Griswold created ChefDance 11 years ago as formal dinner get-together for family and friends. It was a one-of-a-kind, 5 night, culinary extravaganza occurring at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. With repeated requests to throw these dinners all year round, the company took off without a hitch and include many celebrity clientele. Today, ChefDance has grown into an outlet to help others discover new ways to enjoy dining with friends and family from people all over the world.
About Grand Éclair:
Grand Éclair is an event production company focused around bespoke floral designs and artistic collaborations with up and coming designers from various industries. Their mission is to become an Artistic Agency to help promote artists, designers, brands, and services by hosting events and generating press. Natalia and David share the two haves to the vision, respectfully coming from the event production and luxury Hotel & Resort industry. Natalia has worked with flower arrangements on ‘Gossip Girl’ sets, New York Fashion Week, Saks Fifth Ave department store, the flagship Balenciaga store’s weekly flower arrangements as well as private parties in NYC. Her designs are based on classical London styles combined with a luxury New York edge, tailor-made with meticulous attention. David has coordinated and managed the floral production for the 65th Emmy Award Governors Ball, Grammy Pre-party, Billboard 100 Event, Piaget Event and Oscars Pre- Cocktail Reception.
About Wildflower Linen:
Wildflower Linen is the leader in designer table linen and chair cover rentals. In 2001, founder Youngsong Martin, formerly an internationally known fashion designer and marketer of high-style women’s apparel, launched Wildflower Linen in Southern California. Her full-service rental company has since redefined the special-event linen field in terms of style, glamour and customer service while becoming a prestigious provider to clients nationwide and abroad. In addition to lavish weddings and large-scale banquets, Wildflower Linen products have been featured at the Governor’s Ball Oscar Party, Vanity Fair after-parties, aboard charter yachts, numerous Presidential White House events and at many noted resorts & country clubs. Wildflower Linen is also home to the official linens as seen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Our extensive inventory of fashion-forward and traditional styles is now available for purchase, ideal for any special occasion or for everyday home decor.
Youngsong Martin, Owner and CEO of Wildflower Linen
Till the next soiree…
Design Concept and Host: Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen
Venue: C.E. Toberman Estate: ChefDance
Floral Design: Grand Éclair
Table Linen and Chair Cover Rentals: Wildflower Linen
Coordinator: LVL Events
Rentals: Town & Country Rentals
Catering: Cory Martin Events
Photography: Gene Higa Photography
Entertainment: Tim Laughlin – Live Jazz, DJ Cool Whip,
Step and Repeat: MK Magnets