It’s time for another show and tell with this month’s #CSIExperience story. Today’s event is the “Luxe Havana Night” at the Trump National Doral in Miami. This group of 60 well-traveled guests were transported back in time to 1950’s Havana, Cuba – The Paris of the Caribbean – where the cool Florida breeze blowing through the palms, and the glittering sunset set the tone for a wonderful evening ahead.

As attendees entered the venue, they were greeted with mojitos served by welcoming servers dressed in white linens, and a full beverage service from a wood-adorned bar. Guests gathered at banaret tables made of conga drum bases, topped with glass and tropical florals, while a guitarists entertained the group with Latin compositions beneath a partial awning covering of white and yellow stripes.

Throughout the evening a cigar roller plied his craft on the outdoor lawn’s reception space making cigars for the guests to later savour with a cocktail during the reception, or pair with an after-dinner coffee and cordials. Palm frond gobo lights illuminated the outdoor lawn and terrace as night fell, and guests finished their cocktails as the strumming of the guitar signaled the transition into the next portion of the evening.

As cocktail hour came to an end, guests walked through the foyer before entering the Imperial Ballroom. Both spaces were filled with palm lighting, drapes, foliage, and tropical plants to represent the best of classical Havana and create a mesmerizing island scene. The foyer consisted of furnishings bedecked in cream fabric, and wooden edging centered beneath a cabana of white draping, while the ceiling above featured exposed warm wooden beams, and a bevy of woven rattan lanterns arranged at alternating heights.

Once inside this draped ballroom, the focal point bar became an instant hit, displaying notions of the famous clubs of Havana as well as faux black crocodile leather, flanked by large green leaf prints. The crocodile bar fronts, trimmed in gilt gold metal edges, were set atop a tiled dance floor. The various dinner tables themselves alternated in design. As a focal point in the center of the dining room, a long king’s table was created, with white plinths supporting a custom tabletop wrapped in a tropical black and white hibiscus pattern. Around the perimeter of the room, alternating black and white striped linen, and high polished white linen-less tables, seated the remaining guests. All tables featured striped gold base plates and coordinating silverware, while florals were grouped in alternating heights and different glass vases to correspond with the linen. Additional monstera fronds, elephant ear leaves, and verdant ferns sprouted from bevel glassware vases, highlighting the vaulted ceiling and chandeliers overhead, while lower orbed vases were crowned with Phalaenopsis orchids and dianthus. Candles floating in water-filled hurricane vases of varying heights, and low antique gold votive holders were interspersed between the seating arrangements, adding merry lights to each table

After a delicious latin-infused dinner, guests were not only treated with dessert but also with a performance by Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, who flew in to the States to surprise and entertain the guests at their Havana retreat. In true Sinatra style, the entertainer did the same, and was joined on stage by a three-piece band. They recaptured the scores, the instrumentation, and the feeling of the great era of big band. From swing to Latin rhythms, the band and Sinatra kept guests entertained throughout the later hours.

After Frank’s unforgettable performance, guests retired to the indoor lounge area where they relaxed with rich coffees, after dinner cordials, and their handcrafted cigars! The outdoor terrace was available as well for guests to enjoy any cigars that had not yet been consumed during the reception portion of the night.

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