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Bring the Wow to Your Special Event

Party Planning Guide

Planning a special event and want to impress your guests?  We’ve found the top vendors and services to help you celebrate in style. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party, wedding, mitzvah, sweet 16 or other milestone event, we’ve got you covered.

The Venue

Location. Location. Location. The venue you select sets the stage for your special event.  Their on-site professional staff will support you every step of the way to ensure your party goes off without a hitch. Here are two of our top picks:


The Westin Stonebriar Hotel and Golf Club

westinpartyplanningAt The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club, we have the best talent on hand across our events, culinary and banquet staff to execute an event that exceeds everyone’s expectations. We can offer themed on-site entertainment, packaged with corresponding menus that are sure to impress and bring everyone together. Examples include live karaoke, drive-in movie night or game night. Our main kitchen prepares the cuisine for both our Legacy Restaurant and our banquets, guaranteeing high quality in everything served. Want to feel your event is truly being held in Texas? Go for expert home-smoked pork ribs with molasses barbeque, Shiner Bock roasted breast of chicken with pico de gallo and cilantro fresco, and slow-smoked brisket rubbed with chilies and Texas barbeque sauce. Another favorite option is the International, with a choice of food stations: Pan Asian, Tour of Italy, Seafood, Mediterranean, Authentic South of the Border and more.

1549 Legacy Dr, Frisco, TX 75034

CONTACT: Deb Skiles

Director of Sales and Marketing

(972) 668-8779    Fax: (972) 668-8794 




slatepartyplanningA clean Slate awaits your event. This “hidden” gem offers over 11,000 square feet of space that is simple and elegant to allow for maximum flexibility. Our space can be arranged to give guests the feeling of smaller, more intimate gatherings. Slate meets the needs of the traditional but can also satisfy more eclectic tastes. It’s the ideal setting to plan your company’s next strategic move or create team building that will last a lifetime.

Weddings, receptions and gatherings of the heart are always special at Slate. Affairs of every variety are enhanced by Slate’s unique ability to identify with your event goals and tailor our space and service accordingly. At Slate we look forward to making each and every event “Uncommonly Eventful.”

Slate at II Creeks

2701 Custer Pkwy, Suite 905, Richardson, TX 75080

CONTACT:  Monica Yvette Disbrow

Director of Corporate and Social Sales

(214) 444-4294  Office: (214) 242-9883



Entertainment & Services

DJ/Photography/Videography/Lighting/Photo Booth

What’s a party without the lights, camera and ACTION?  Here are some of our favorite vendors who can bring the fun and capture the memories.


Bill Cody’s Party Time Texas

billcodyBill Cody’s Party Time Texas is your #1 source for DJs and kids party entertainment in Texas. We offer the DFW area’s best interactive DJ/MCs, bands, dancers, entertainment for all types of parties and ages, photography, videography, instant photo stations, lighting and more.

Our DJ/MCs are upbeat, fun and full of energy—ideal for your child’s birthday party, school socials, homecoming dance, prom or bar/bat mitzvah. Equipped with incredible sound, awesome lighting and an extensive music library with special “clean edits” of top 40 hits, our DJs will keep your guests involved. From special requests to games and activities, we will customize the music and presentation to fit your age group, theme or occasion.

CONTACT: (214) 340-8000 | PartyTimeTexas.com 


White Rock Films

eventfilmingLights! Camera! Success!  White Rock Films, LLC offers video production using the latest equipment, including gimbals and motion control cameras to best tell your story.  And, if you wish to capture a different perspective (literally!), we offer aerial video with the latest quad copters that achieve shots that were simply too costly in the past. If memories are the paintings on the tapestry of life, White Rock Films is the cloth.  We give you the ability to capture and share your most cherished memories for generations to come.

CONTACT: Bill Brock | (214) 405-3909



James Bland Photography

james_photographerJames Bland has been showcasing his award-winning craftsmanship as a photographer for over 25 years.  His zeal for capturing the essence of the people in front of his lens is matched only by the fun he has doing it.  James’ portrait photography has been in exhibits and shows in Dallas and Washington, D.C., and he is widely known for his work for record labels and national magazines.  His love of capturing the heart and emotions of his subjects has led him to offer his services for your special event.

CONTACT:  James Bland | (214) 577-5200




Floral & Décor

Transform your event into an affair to remember with inspiring floral and décor.  There are so many options throughout the metroplex, and it can get overwhelming, so we narrowed down your search to these inspired vendors.


The Haute Blossom

hauteblossom_peachFrom inspiration to execution, our mission at The Haute Blossom is to create concepts unique to your event while providing exceptional customer service to each and every one of our clients. We always go the extra mile, ensuring your event is as memorable as it can possibly be! Whether you’re trying to achieve contemporary and glam, fun and inviting, or an intimate and classic feel, we will listen to your vision and help transform your event into a simply magical one! No matter your budget, we are here to help make your event come to life.  We look forward to taking your vision to reality.

CONTACT:  Stephania Duarte

Owner/Floral Designer/Memory-Maker

(469) 450-0574




Meals On Wheels (Literally!) 

Ruthie’s Rolling Café Brings the Party to You

ruthies_webFood trucks are all the rage, not to mention a ton of fun.  For unique and very festive catering, let Ruthie’s roll on over.  Choose from an assortment of custom sandwiches made to order, like the Turkey Trot (turkey, bacon, cheddar, slob sauce on sourdough), the Boss (BBQ brisket with sharp cheddar), and the Italian Hippy (chicken, mozzarella, grilled tomatoes and pesto on whole grain).

Ruthie’s founder Ashlee Hunt Kleinert incorporates her grandmother’s recipes, business savvy and a passion for philanthropy to drive the success of what she calls “her best idea ever.”

The company donates 10% of its net profits each month to non-profit organizations and regularly rolls into disadvantaged areas to serve the hungry as well. Now that’s something to squeal about!

CONTACT: (972) 380-4233


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