“A Night at the Mission”

Creme de la Creme has enjoyed a warm relationship with the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano for many years, and our latest MSJC event was a wonderful collaboration.

Our corporate client booked the Mission as the venue for their annual gala event and awards ceremony, and Creme de la Creme took care of the rest.

The Mission SJC is the perfect location for large corporate events, with plenty of area for strolling and socializing, as well as hundreds of years of history for guests to explore. Originally founded in 1775, and encompassing 10 acres of land, the Mission is ideally situated to host large groups for cocktail hour in the courtyard, and dinner in the quad. This autumn evening was unseasonable warm, which perfectly suited the guests of the soiree, who had travelled from all over the U.S. for their annual festivities.


The native California flora and fauna at the Mission is a perfect backdrop for bold color choices, like this deep purple and dark orange, interspersed with a neutral champagne. The client was expecting 350+ guests, so Creme utilized  three of the four quadrants for dining area, leaving a large area for a dance floor and a live band. This layout is also great for creating smaller, more intimate areas within the space, so a large party like this one doesn’t look like a sea of tables. Set-up and break down at the Mission is a breeze, thanks to the team at Signature Party Rentals, who have gotten the procedure down to a science!

Creme de la Creme often works with the wonderful Enzo at Floral Creations by Enzo, who we often rely on for his creative centerpieces and accent flowers. The bright yellow pop from the sunflowers and the rustic wood boxes were gorgeous focal points on the cocktail and dining tables. With such bright and beautiful centerpieces, Creme merely accented the space with some of our lantern collection, and let the seasonal beauty of the Mission shine through.

Season: Autumn
Venue: The Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano
Occasion: Corporate Gala
Event Coordinator: Samantha Koch
Catering & Decor: Creme de la Creme Catering & Events
Rentals & Linens: Signature Party Rentals
Florals: Floral Creations by Enzo

Jennifer Wilson