Matt "Mateo" Diaz transported guests to a North Pole meets Candyland universe during his company's annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 8. "A Candyland Soiree" took place at Republic Nola and was truly a night to remember with incredible design, vendors, entertainment, and more. Son of a Saint was the beneficiary and received nearly $35,000 for its organization ahead of Christmas.

Mateo & Co 2021 Holiday Party New Orleans Photography-101-2.jpg

The festive fête was attended by several hundred guests who each received a Candyland game board upon arrival. The program, designed by Dogwood Blossom Stationery, served as a map for the stations throughout the event and provided event details. Flowers by Kim Starr Wise adorned the room and Explore Element provided rentals and décor.

Mateo & Co 2021 Holiday Party New Orleans Photography-234.jpg

Stations included an oxygen bar by Remedy Room, a photo booth, treats by Bittersweet Confections, and juice provided by Main Squeeze Juice Company. Guests enjoyed fare by Pigeon Caterers, wine by Artisan Fine Wines, Chandon champagne, tequila and Sonny’s Margarita by Cuervo Tradicional, beer by Urban South Brewery, and spirits by Who Dat Spirits.

Mateo & Co 2021 Holiday Party New Orleans Photography-684.jpg

When it came to entertainment, the options were endless. From a flash mob by Move Studio to aerialists and acrobats by YellowBoxCircus, there was always something to watch. Guests also enjoyed the sounds of Jordan Kahn Orchestra and DJ Krieger. Following the event, attendees headed to an after party at Virgin Hotels New Orleans on the rooftop. 

Mateo & Co 2021 Holiday Party New Orleans Photography-811.jpg

Valerie, Matt, and Belinda

The weeknight black tie affair was truly made a success by the help of Belinda Belk of Blue Gardenia Events and Valerie Gernhauser of Sapphire Events. For additional photos and details, visit Mateo & Company.