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pring is the perfect time to celebrate all of life’s big occasions. The weather is beautiful, the sun is out, and everyone is in a cheery spirit – the perfect ingredients for a party. I recently had the opportunity to meet and chat with Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about perfect parties, it’s Lisa. The last season of the show ended with her daughter’s gorgeous wedding, one of the most exclusive and talked about social events on the West Coast last year. Even though Lisa employed a party planner, she still stayed true to her own vision. The result was one of her signature pink galas that blended her British elegance with her Beverly Hills glamour. If you want your event to be just as chic, contact any of our featured planners to bring your distinct vision to life.

Our team is so excited to be working with some of the most cutting-edge names in the Houston party industry. Stylingbar is a new concept in Rice Village that marries the leisure of salon hair treatments with the fun of a girls’ night out. Just imagine getting your hair done while sipping on a tasty cocktail with a group of your closest girlfriends. Now that’s a party to remember. And if you want to make sure you look your best for your next social engagement, give Maggie Hill a call. She does a lunchtime facelift that will leave you feeling and looking like the perfect hostess. Her facelift treatment is non-invasive and you will see amazing results in just a few sessions. I am both a loyal client and an avid fan. Our big summer party will be on June 7th at Houston Event Planning. As always, our readers are invited to attend. We will be hosting a casino-themed event, so be prepared for a night of Las Vegas-style fun. This will be a great opportunity for readers to dance to great music, taste delicious catered cuisine, and meet some of the city’s best party vendors. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to find out the latest news from Perfect Party Planner Guide.

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Publisher Nicole Alvarez

Writer and Editor Adam Castañeda

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Publication Manager Cristina Alvarez

Office manager Mandy Mejia

Distribution Manager Ender Rincon

Art Director

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Web Developer Michael Hobley

Contributing Photographers

In this Issue

Ana & Ivan Photography Edward Charles Photography Hoffland Studios Kristi O’Connell Photography Serendipity Photography Shawn Fashion Photography Sunshine Winters Photography

Intrigue at the National Museum of Funeral History • 11 Cajun catering for Zesty Events • 19 The Details of Décor • 27

For more information, contact Nicole Alvarez 281-912-4526 info@perfectpartyplannerguide.com

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Casino Night Fun • 29

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Memories are Forever • 37 Blowouts and Bubbles for a Perfect Party • 43 4

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The Pros of Hiring an Event Planner

••• By adam castañeda / PPPG Editor

Even a corporate event planner wants to be able to participate in the training seminar or conference they’re organizing. To celebrate with your guests, invest in a planner that will work for you, not against you.

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ilestone events are meant to be cherished by every guest in attendance, but especially by the host or hostess. A bride should be able to feel the magic of every moment of her wedding, and a couple should be able should be able to enjoy the company of friends and family at their anniversary party.


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An experienced planner has a preferred list of vendors so that clients can get the best rate on everything from the venue to catering to entertainment. Don’t assume that that a professional planner is just an added expense in an already tight budget. A good planner will consider a project and determine a plan-of-action that is customized to each client. “Instead of having a generic package with elements that the client may or may not use, I first

have them fill out a questionnaire that allows me to truly focus on what they need,” says Ameerah Saine of Avie Prince Events. “That way we can create a package that is specific to each event.” An a la carte system of planning is the best way for clients to get the most value out of their budget. Once a planner is involved, the quality of the end product goes up exponentially. When a client is on their own, they have a limited number of resources and are stuck cold calling vendors for quotes and an inventory of their services. An experienced planner has a preferred list of vendors so that clients can get the best rate on everything

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from the venue to catering to entertainment. In addition, planners provide creative direction that is essential for truly memorable events. Avie Prince Events has been producing some of the most innovative parties in Houston since 2008. Their method of planning is simple: never repeat the same event twice. “I think outside the box,” explains Ameerah. “I strive to make every event unique. Each party has one outstanding feature or selling point that makes it different from what everyone else is doing.” A reputable planner has a solid gauge of the local and national events scene, so they’ll be able to direct the client towards trends that are relevant and interesting and steer them away from fads that are disposable and dated. It’s always a bonus when your planner puts their all into your party. “I go above and beyond for my client,” asserts Ameerah. “I take every event and plan it as if it were my own. I take my work personally and do whatever it takes to get the job done.” A client can’t go wrong with that type of energy on their side. To put it simply, hiring a planner is a top priority in a market where lavish social parties and professional-level corporate events are the norm. A planner is more than hired help; they’re a creative head, a project manager, and a trusted adviser all rolled into one. It’s the best investment a host or hostess can make for a one-of-a-kind event. P


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Corporate Events and Occasions is a female owned, minority certified business that can provide creative solutions for corporate meetings, special events, golf tournaments, travel and merchandise incentives. Our owner has over 29 years experience in the meeting and hospitality industry working with both international and domestic venues. CE&O’s main office is in Houston, TX. CE&O takes pride in treating each client as an individual. We custom design each program based on your specifications, ensuring cost effectiveness, while producing a quality and memorable event. Whether your goal is to spotlight a product, create an event, compliment a concept or emphasize corporate philosophy, count on Corporate Events and Occasions to deliver!

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Intrigue at the National Museum of Funeral History

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The uniqueness of the museum is the main draw,” says President and CEO Genevieve Keeney. “Hosts can entertain and educate at the same time. You can interact with friends, family, and clients in a museum setting that

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f you’re in the market for planning an event that’s one-of-a-kind and truly original, consider booking the National Museum of Funeral History as your venue. Having a party here is not at all the morbid and gloomy prospect it sounds like. Rather, it’s a space full of life and intriguing exhibits that set the backdrop for engaging of all types.


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otherwise wouldn’t be possible.” Just imagine your guests opening their invitations and reading that the location is the National Museum of Funeral History. The curiosity factor alone will be enough to guarantee a sizeable turnout. Not only is the Museum a unique space, it’s also a highly versatile one. The facility has an onsite auditorium that can seat 130 people. It’s perfect for corporate events that require a podium and audiovisual equipment for speakers and slideshow presentations. For formal engagements, there is a full-scale kitchen and a dining area that can seat 150 guests. In addition, the Museum itself can accommodate groups of up to 300. The list of events that the National Museum of Funeral History has hosted is as eclectic as the facility itself. Birthday parties, cocktail recep-

tions, and anniversary celebrations happen regularly at the facility, as do a wide range of corporate events. “It’s a good place for corporate parties for planners who want to set an atmosphere,” says Keeney. “We also have a boardroom and a larger classroom for executive functions prior to the main event. The space is also conducive to miniconventions with vendors able to set up their booths throughout the area.” Recently, the Museum has become an indemand wedding location for brides who want to think outside the norm. Brides, corporate planners, and other patrons are free to bring in outside vendors for a standard usage fee, which makes for an endless array of party possibilities. It also goes without saying that a museum of this ilk is a natural setting for Halloween parties, Dia

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de Los Muertos celebrations, and other afterlifethemed events. Keeney is also working to develop a program of Memorial Holiday parties that mark significant events in the nation’s history that will include free museum access to guests working in the line of duty. Commenting on a recent fiftieth anniversary celebration, Keeney says that guests are usually surprised by how inviting the museum really is. “Everyone was wowed by the facility. The party was a success and everyone had a great time.” With interesting exhibits, versatile meeting space, and every amenity imaginable, the National Museum of Funeral History is the new venue for inspired events. P

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The National Museum of Funeral History provides both a unique and entertaining atmosphere to hold corporate events and parties. We offer more than 20,000 ft. of exhibition space where your guests may gather, as well as 10,000 ft. in dinning, kitchen and private meeting area. Full catering is available for events of any size. Full audio and visual support. Contact us for more information on booking your event at the National Museum of Funeral History.

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Cajun catering for Zesty Events

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Nothing spices up a social event like catered cuisine that really pops. Whether it’s a formal wedding ceremony or a casual anniversary party, the food is always the center of attention. To spice up the occasion, consider an alternative to the standard catering fare. Cajun cuisine offers the perfect combination of comfort food favorites and exciting fusion options that are sure to be a hit with everyone in attendance. For the ultimate Cajun culinary experience, Boudreaux’s offers party planners the best of their signature restaurant. Some of Boudreaux’s standout catering options include shrimp and grits, pasta Lafayette, traditional jambalaya, and their convenient and tasty chicken salad sandwich trays. “We specialize in comfort food,” says Development Director Monica Levitz. “We offer


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food that everyone loves for every type of special occasion.” For dessert, guests can indulge in a delicious sweet potato bread pudding. What makes Boudreaux’s such a standout catering service is their flexibility to meet the needs of the client. Keeping up with industry trends, their team can do much more than a traditional buffet; they can put together a menu of small plates or customize a series of trays for passing. And if the client is in need for something a little more formal, Boudreaux’s can also set an elegant sit-down dinner. Clients also don’t have to stick with the menu. “Our chefs are able to construct a menu specifically for the client’s needs,” explains Monica. “They can create a new item or take a

traditional recipe and add a Cajun spin on it for a truly original catering experience.” No matter what the venue, Boudreaux’s can bring the flavor of its restaurant to any environment. And if a space is needed, their Party Room at the West Loop location is perfect for groups of up to 40 guests. The team can also handle a client’s adult beverage needs with a full bar service that can be customized to each event. Boudreaux’s is also a great option for corporate events that require quick meals delivered in a neat and effective package. Boudreaux’s savory boxed lunches include several enticing options, including shrimp or crawfish etouffee, pecan crusted chicken salad, Greek salad with shrimp, and chicken salad St. James. Corporate event planners who want to make every training seminar, boardroom meeting, and team-building session an enjoyable one should avoid making lunchtime a bore. Instead of the usual sandwich and chips combo, planners should upgrade to a shrimp or crawfish poboy courtesy of Boudreaux’s restaurant-quality boxed meals. That’s a lunch worth going to work for. Don’t go bland when looking for catering options for your next big event. Go spicy by going Cajun. Boudreaux’s is a Houston dining institution with a reputation for Cajun cuisine excellence. Thanks to their extensive catering menus, clients can now bring Boudreaux’s right to the party. What do you call shrimp etouffee and jambalaya? The perfect way to kick-start a fabulous event. P

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Whether it’s an office luncheon, family picnic, party, or tailgating, nothing pleases like Jersey Mike’s Subs. Choose from our wide variety of authentic Northeast-style subs, signature wraps, and fresh baked cookies. No one’s quality or freshness comes close to Jersey Mike’s! Jersey Mike’s Catering - the ultimate crowd pleaser! 1635 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077 I 281-589-6453 I www.jerseymikes.com

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Dee’s Desserts and Sweets is a special order dessert company that makes borderline sinful treats from scratch, using fresh ingredients. Our items include Cupcakes, Cakepops, Dipped Strawberries, Dipped Cookies, Bavarian Creme Tartlets, Baklava, Cream Caramel, Dipped Pretzels and more. We also offer dessert tables for any event. 713-291-8825 I borderlinesinful@gmail.com I Like us on Facebook: Dee’s Desserts and Sweets

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The Details of Décor

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For awe-inspiring visual and audio flourishes, Houston planners turn to Party Props Inc. for all the latest trends in event design. What sets them apart from the rest of the local industry is the sheer size of their inventory. Their

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taging a world-class event or a party for the ages is all about the details. A chic venue, top-rate catering, and engaging entertainment are must-haves for any high-profile event, so what makes the difference between a great party and an amazing one is the attention to detail. Well-designed décor elements have the power to elevate an ordinary space into the extraordinary.


Party Props is all about innovation and exploring the latest advancements in technology, so clients can expect to be at the forefront of the audiovisual world when staging an event that needs to deliver a strong message. arsenal includes a 40,000-square-foot warehouse filled with party props for every type of event imaginable. Whether it’s a corporate event or a social soiree, the team at Party Props has a plethora of three-dimensional facades, accessories, and centerpieces to add an extra layer of intrigue that will leave guests dazzled. One of the unique services Party Props provides is their ability to create custom backdrops by taking a client’s hi-res photographs and printing them onto fabric for a unique and self-defining background image. The creative team can also design and hand-paint a backdrop for a completely original result. And if a specific theme is required, Party Props has more than 300 backdrops stocked and ready to use. For large-scale conventions, trade shows, and conferences, lighting and sound design are a top priority. Party Props is all about innovation and exploring the latest advancements in technology, so clients can expect to be at the forefront of the audiovisual world when staging an event that needs to deliver a strong message. Most venues offer ornate linen options, but that doesn’t mean they have something that suits

the client’s needs. Party Props, however, offers linens, chair covers, and chair ties in every hue imaginable so that clients can put their signature stamp on any ballroom arrangement or gala space. Their popular themed centerpieces are also a great way to make an indelible impression. Don’t just settle for flowers; let their artists create captivating centerpieces that will sure to be one of the evening’s talking points. Party Props isn’t just a vendor; they’re a turn-key event production crew. The team utilizes digital production systems and computeraided technical design systems to create stunning events from the ground up. Every aspect from show management to stage setup to technical support can be simplified with their renowned expertise. In a crowded season of social events or a full calendar of corporate gatherings, the parties that will leave the most impact are those that make an impression. And nothing’s more impressive than a planner or host who pays attention to even the smallest details. P

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Katie & Co. This Washington Avenue shop features many lines, including Crane & Co., William Arthur and Lallie. They offer in-house printing, calligraphy and assembly services as well as custom ordering. Choose from invitations, stationery, notepads, greeting cards and gifts, as well as personalized napkins, koozies and styrofoam cups . . . all while basking in the glow of the funky red chandelier. 4500 Washington Avenue, Suite 400 Houston, Texas 77007 I 713-802-1345 I www.katie-co.com

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Proprock – We Make Every Event Rock! Prop Rock Concepts & Productions Inc., Houston’s Lounge & Full Service Special Event Furniture Rental Solution. We provide our clients with a personalized experience and an outstanding selection of high quality furniture to take there event to the next level. We want every event to have Signature Style That ROCKS!! www.PropRock.com I C: 713-829-0703 I Jade@PropRock.com

Express your style with Expressions Dcor, a tantalizing upscale floral design and event decor company based in Houston, Texas. We offer an extensive array of amazing event designs and decorations, exquisite linens with scenic backdrops and breathtaking uplighting. Our unequalled taste in table/lounge furniture and rousing floral designs offer a variety of options to our clientele. We customize all of our services to your unique needs. Call Us Today! Cassandra Brooks I 713-459-6555 I www.ExpressionsDcor.com I Cassandra@Expressionsdcor.com

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Casino Night Fun

••• By Adam castañeda / PPPG Editor

party spirit is by transforming your event space into every adult’s favorite playground: Las Vegas. A Vegas-themed casino night provides interactive entertainment and an exciting atmosphere, the perfect combination for a successful event. “Casino night is a great way to be active and productive while having fun,” says Bill Heuer of iHostPoker, an event planning company that specializes in Perfect Party Planner Guide I 33

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“Within minutes everyone was relaxed and mingling over the blackjack and roulette tables. Everyone had a great time and left the party as a family.”

Las Vegas-style entertainment. “You can have a room of complete strangers and still have something for them to do and talk about as a group.” iHostPoker produces both corporate events and private home functions, making casino night a viable party option for every occasion. The list of events Bill has organized includes charity soirees, fundraisers, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, graduations, cocktail receptions, reunions, Monte Carlo nights, tradeshows, and customer appreciation events. With iHostPoker, clients can expect top-level customer service that includes early delivery of rental equipment, set up, and dismantling. And it’s not just poker tables that are available. Other rental equipment includes blackjack, craps, roulette, slot machines, three-card poker, Wheel of

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Fortune, and just about any table game you can find in a major casino. In addition, Bill and his team can also book magicians, showgirls, singers, caricaturists, and wait staff upon request for a full-scale entertainment experience. What makes iHostPoker such a standout in the events industry is its authentic and realistic creations of casino environments. Mr. Heuer is an expert on the subject, as he was born and raised in Las Vegas and knows firsthand all of the details that make the city the top destination for group events. His team also knows that the needs of each client depend on the type of event that’s being planned, so they’re more than happy to sit down and customize an itinerary. To highlight the effectiveness of a casinothemed party, Bill recalls a recent engagement party where members of both families had never met. “Within minutes everyone was relaxed and mingling over the blackjack and roulette tables. Everyone had a great time and left the party as a family.” It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a professional corporate event or an informal social gathering; everyone loves Vegas and iHostPoker specializes in bringing the excitement of Sin City to Houston. Thanks to the versatility of their services, iHostPoker can organize a memorable casino-themed party at any venue in town. Bringing your guests together through a game of chance is a gamble that you just can’t lose. P


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Memories are Forever

••• By Adam castañeda / PPPG editor

in order to share your memories with the rest of the world, a professional photographer is needed to make sure that every moment is captured and well-preserved. Houston’s finest photographers are also renowned visual artists with years of international experience. Don’t let a candid wedding scene or the moment of surprise at a birthday party go forgotten. Have a photographer on hand than can produce a world-class photo album that will be enjoyed for years to come. P Perfect Party Planner Guide I 39

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t’s certainly true that a great memory lasts a lifetime. It’s also true that some of the best memories are made at milestone events and parties shared with family and friends. But


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Hoffland Studios Wedding photography over a wide variety of budgets backed by experienced photographers and a portfolio of work published widely in books and magazines. We invite you to visit our studio to discuss your wedding and see our “award winning” albums and photographs in person. Hoffland Studios since 1998. 300 E Main St. Humble, TX 77338 I 281.359.7486 I www.HofflandStudios.com

Imaginarte - Photo and Films

Let the creative team of Imaginarte capture the best moments of your special event. Our company provides the best quality photography and videography services with an artistic touch. We specialize in Wedding Photography, Wedding Video/Cinematography, Bridal Portraits, Family and Children Photography, Quienceañeras, and much more ... Imagine everything that you dream of and more... possible with Imaginarte. Hablamos español. 832-767-7722 I imaginarte2video@gmail.com I www.imaginarte.us

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Blowouts and Bubbles for a Perfect Party

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The Stylingbar is a posh and feminine space that’s perfect for hosting parties for the fairer sex. The salon features gorgeous light fixtures and Perfect Party Planner Guide I 43

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or Houston’s fashionable and sophisticated ladies looking for a fresh and fun girls’ night out, the Stylingbar in Rice Village offers an innovative new concept that combines the world of beauty and party planning. Designed and developed by beauty experts Claudie and Rino Jasper, Stylingbar offers a professional salon experience with the decadence and flirtatiousness of a woman’s favorite cocktail confection.


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ornate mirrors imported from France, as well as a stunning white marble counter that serves as the “bar” area. “I wanted to create a very girlie atmosphere,” explains Claudie. “The look is very soft and modern, very feminine.” It’s a venue with a true woman’s touch and an ideal location for sweet sixteens, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and prom nights. The Stylingbar offers two options for parties and celebrations: private events and group booking. With the exception of the Groom Room, clients can have the Stylingbar all to themselves with a private event. The per hour fee includes all the blowouts the team can handle (usually four to six per hour), plus complimentary champagne, white wine, light snacks, and sumptuous macaroons from the world-

famous La Duree. For smaller gatherings, the group booking option allows guests to schedule a block of appointments at the same time. Each guest is provided with a glass of champagne or white wine, and light snacks. Of course, you don’t have to be planning a party to enjoy the services of the Stylingbar. The concept is just as enjoyable with one as it is with a group. “Women in New York City and LA already experience this on a regular basis,” says Rino. “Now women in Houston can experience this luxury firsthand.” For $35, guests get a wash, condition, blowout, and style with Claudie’s and Rino’s signature Beauty-id products, not to mention a glass of champagne. The Stylingbar menu consists of other cocktail-inspired options, including Cosmo Curls for added volume, Upiña Colada for a trendsetting updo, and Firtini for rehydration and moisturizing of the hair. And if a more comprehensive treatment is needed, the Groom Room offers a full-service cut and color center for ultimate hair stylization. The Groom Room is hidden from the rest of the salon for ultimate relaxation and privacy. It’s the perfect gift to give to yourself. Spending time with girlfriends is always a special affair. Next time it’s your turn to host girls’ night out, consider enjoying salon treatment and cocktails at Stylingbar. And if there’s a milestone occasion on the horizon, book a private event. It’s sure to be an affair to remember. P

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Dina Lash Studio

Be pretty, be confident, be you!

CALL Dina 832-367-1038 Email: dinatorres14@yahoo.com

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Dina Lash Studio helps create your perfect look for any ocasion. We specialize in make up, hair and semipermanent lash extensions. We offer high class service doing natural looks, high glam, elegant and sophisticated.


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Licenced Esthetician/Clinical Oncology Esthetician *Facials *Microderm *Acid Peel *Body works

Cell: (832) 435-6202

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13525 Westheimer Rd. Suite 1 Houston, Texas 77082 inside of Art and Beauty Salon

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Style in Transit

Photos courtesy of Royal Carriages

Photos by Hoffland Studios

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Long drives to and from venues can be a bore. And while some hotels offer shuttles to their venue partners, there’s no guarantee of comfort. Be the host of the year by picking up your guests in a stylish Hummer limo or sophisticated town car. Or better yet, treat yourself to a smooth ride to your own party.

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s every socialite knows, the party doesn’t start when you walk in the door. It starts the moment you leave the house. Today’s fleet of high-end limousines and party buses ensures that guests will arrive in high spirits and ready to mingle.


Quality Luxury Service

(713) 269-6969

Limousine Fleet: Town Car Sedans Luxury Suburban Seats 7 with luggage

Small Limousine Seats 6 passenger

Large Limousine Seats 10 passenger Stretch SUV Limos

Stretch Hummer limousine Seats 18 passengers

Stretch Ford Excursion SUV limousine Seats 16 passengers

Passenger Van Limousines Stretch SUV Limos Luxury Limo Buses Shuttles Suburbans Sedans

Corporate Events Airport Cruise Transfers Casino Trips Concerts Sporting Events Bachelor/ette Parties Weddings Special Occasions Prom Quincea単eras

Onyx Limousine Service, Inc.

3811 Ade Street Houston, Texas 77063

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6 to 14 passengers or simply for cargo transportation

Limo Buses Seats 20 to 35 passengers

Shuttle Buses Seats 28 passengers

Motor Coaches Seats 56 passengers

Mammoth SUV Limo Seats 27 passengers

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