Yesterday I introduced you to San Francisco's most innovative event planner, Stanlee Gatti who I had the delightful pleasure of interviewing last week. He has an amazingly positive visual outlook on life that he applies to parties. On the day that I chatted with Stanlee, he had to rush off on his shiny purple vespa to the Fairmont Hotel to check on the progress of a dinner he was designing that night for the San Francisco Opera. To my sheer and utter joy, he invited me over to the hotel's Gold Room to take a few insider pictures. Everything was done in shades of gold, cream, and white - creating a hazy, warm, glowing feel to the space. Long rectangular tables with fruit and floral (roses and pears) arrangements ran down the tables, along with strategically placed gold pillars and white candles in hurricane lamp glasses. The place settings were elegantly simple: white with gold trim and the table was covered in a delicate gold lace. The room itself greatly added to the decor and I advise following Gatti's lead by examining the location of your party or wedding reception before you conceptualize the theme. A man after my own heart, Stanlee was full of interesting fun facts during our conversation.

For his fun facts and a large gallery of images from the set up of the opera dinner, read more


According to Stanlee elephants are the most sensitive and emotional animals after human beings. They have a real sense of feeling closest to that of what a human feels and have been known to express grief and love towards other animals. During the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand, a young girl was actually rescued and delivered to safety by an elephant.

In the 80's Mr. Gatti was the first person to incorporate furniture into an event's landscape changing the life of parties forever with his lounge-y couches and homey decor.

All indigenous Indians - except the Mayans - worshiped Mother Earth. The Mayans worshiped the universe as a whole and believed that every thousand years or so the Earth rejuvenates itself. The end of the Mayan calendar is 2012, following their religious beliefs in this year the earth will rejuvenate. The Mayan definition of "earth rejuvenation" is unclear.

Stanlee believes that a party is its own living entity and once it gets going, you can't control it and he doesn't want to. Gatti doesn't use high tech walkie talkie systems during his events and suggests doing the best you can and letting it go. It is after all, only a party or just a dinner. The best you can do is sit back and have fun. Remember Stanlee's attitude towards party planning while hosting your next event and you are in for a fabulous time. Happy Partying!