Rockin' Birthday Bash

Smashing Euro vibe sets the stage for swank birthday party in chic new venue

Euro vibe sets the stage for swank birthday party in chic new venue

LIFE htx, May 2016, Anne Carl, Monsour Taghdisi, Sima Ladjevardian, Henry Richardson
Anne Carl, Monsour Taghdisi, Sima Ladjevardian, Henry Richardson. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Audrey Toll, Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse
 Audrey Toll, Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse. Photo by Jenny Antill
LIFE htx, May 2016, Javier Loya, Lucinda Loya, Noble Carl, Anne Carl
Javier Loya, Lucinda Loya, Noble Carl, Anne Carl. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
LIFE htx, May 2016,space
Spectacular lighting projections provide a vibrant backdrop for partying. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
LIFE htx, May 2016, Becca Cason Thrash
Becca Cason Thrash. Photo by Jenny Antill
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Heidi Kashani, Todd Hassen, Rana Hassen
Heidi Kashani, Todd Hassen, Rana Hassen. Photo by Jenny Antill,
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Kyle Dutton, Michael Mahlstedt, Kristin Dorsey, Thomas Dorsey
Kyle Dutton, Michael Mahlstedt, Kristin Dorsey, Thomas Dorsey. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Michael Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff
Michael Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff. Photo by Jenny Antill,
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Edward Sanchez, James Dorsett, Mauney Mafrige, Bubba McNeely
 Edward Sanchez, James Dorsett, Mauney Mafrige, Bubba McNeely. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Austin Alvis, Holly Alvis
Austin Alvis, Holly Alvis. Photo by Jenny Antill,
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Sima Ladjevardian, Gregory Fourticq, Sara Dodd
Sima Ladjevardian, Gregory Fourticq, Sara Dodd. Photo by Jenny Antill
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Jeff Shell
Jeff Shell. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Marcus Sloan, Brian Bolke, Shannon Hall
Marcus Sloan, Brian Bolke, Shannon Hall. Photo by Jenny Antill,
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Joel Kalmin, Chree Boydstun,
Joel Kalmin, Chree Boydstun, Mateo Scaiola. Photo by Jenny Antill,
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Roz Pactor, Alan Pactor
Roz Pactor, Alan Pactor. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Lindley Arnoldy, Susan Hansen
Lindley Arnoldy, Susan Hansen. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx opeing 5/16 Luba Bigman, Alan Bigman
Luba Bigman, Alan Bigman. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx opeing 5/16 Steve Summers, Claire Cormier-Thielke, Rocky Mafrige
 Steve Summers, Claire Cormier-Thielke, Rocky Mafrige. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Michael Trevino, Ileana Trevino
Michael Trevino, Ileana Trevino. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx opeing 5/16 Jo Furr, Jim Furr
Jo Furr, Jim Furr. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE HTX event space, May 2016
Light play projections on the LIFE htx walls infuse the party scene with energy. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
LIFE htx, May 2016, Anne Carl, Monsour Taghdisi, Sima Ladjevardian, Henry Richardson
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Audrey Toll, Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse
LIFE htx, May 2016, Javier Loya, Lucinda Loya, Noble Carl, Anne Carl
LIFE htx, May 2016,space
LIFE htx, May 2016, Becca Cason Thrash
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Heidi Kashani, Todd Hassen, Rana Hassen
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Kyle Dutton, Michael Mahlstedt, Kristin Dorsey, Thomas Dorsey
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Michael Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Edward Sanchez, James Dorsett, Mauney Mafrige, Bubba McNeely
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Austin Alvis, Holly Alvis
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Sima Ladjevardian, Gregory Fourticq, Sara Dodd
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Jeff Shell
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Marcus Sloan, Brian Bolke, Shannon Hall
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Joel Kalmin, Chree Boydstun,
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Roz Pactor, Alan Pactor
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Lindley Arnoldy, Susan Hansen
LIFE htx opeing 5/16 Luba Bigman, Alan Bigman
LIFE htx opeing 5/16 Steve Summers, Claire Cormier-Thielke, Rocky Mafrige
LIFE htx opeing 5/16  Michael Trevino, Ileana Trevino
LIFE htx opeing 5/16 Jo Furr, Jim Furr
LIFE HTX event space, May 2016

One moment, guests were engulfed in the seductive atmosphere of Buddha Bar. The next, they were immersed in the heated disco ambience of Studio 54. Such was the ebb and flow of the party vibe during Monsour Taghdisi's 50th birthday bash, held at LIFE htx, the hottest new event space in the city.

More than 300 friends and family (and, oh, what a glamorous group it was) gathered to celebrate the milestone birthday as well as the debut of LIFE htx, created by Taghdisi and his partner, Henry Richardson. With a cast of dazzling party hosts — Sima Ladjevardian, Becca Cason Thrash, Lucinda Loya, Lindley Arnoldy, Dominique Sachse and Melissa Mithoff — this party was destined from the start to be a grand slam.

Taghdisi could not have been happier with the evening and with the results of his sleek Montrose project. "As a builder, I'm proud of my many hours of planning and hard work and as a man turning 50, I feel so blessed to have so many loved ones around me," Taghdisi told CultureMap. "I am a very outgoing social being and it gave me great pleasure to see so many people enjoying a space I have helped create for people's LIFE events."

Guests swooned over the set up including the arrangements by The Events Co.,  i.e. a lavish tent which expanded the party space, and over the generous party fare provided by Rachel Volz and her team at A Fare Extraordinaire. Likewise, the throng was mesmerized by the colorful, ever-changing array of projections that pulsated across the 14-foot gallery walls.

The night's diversion culminated in a stunning exchange of one of the numerous chandeliers for a rotating disco ball, at which point the rhythm of the night was ramped up with DJ III Set, stationed on a balcony, taking over the music along with two go-go dancers and a conga drummer.

Among those tripping this night fantastic were Bob Devlin, Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda, Laura and John Arnold, Maryam and James Khreibani, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Sara Dodd, Gregory Fourtiq, Frank Billingsley and Kevin Gilliard, Divya and Chris Brown, Sahar Athari, Ursaline Hamilton, Marcus Sloan and Shannon Hall, Eileen Lawal, and Mimi and Robert Del Grande.

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