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Black Tie and Blue Jeans? Camp couture?

Fairytales of all shapes and sizes...

Intimate to outlandish, sentimental to sublime...

We make it magical.

Celebrations from 2 to 2000!

"The best details don't take themselves too seriously"


Golden Glow

Mid-Peninsula Corporate Campus

Golden and Glowing, 500 Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula patrons, benefactors, and volunteers celebrated 50 years of making a difference for youth in our community. Dazzling details included oversized news clippings of Club milestones, guest emcee BGCA Hall of Fame actor Courtney Vance and an inspirational performance by American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle singing with Club kids as back up.

Photography by: Drew Altizer Photography

Black & White Bash

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

“Rodin by Moonlight” Voted "Best Black Tie Event in The Bay Area" by the SF Chronicle, this biennial fundraiser for 400 used dramatic elegance combined with “Le Corbusier’s less is more” philosophy as the inspiration for a smashing black and white bash at Cantor Arts Center.

Photography by: Drew Altizer Photography

Campy Chic

Menlo School, Atherton CA

Remember sleepaway camp—3 weeks of cabins, sleeping bags, nature walks, arts and crafts, food fights and fun? Recreated in the heart of Atherton on the Menlo Campus, this fundraiser for 1600, complete with canoes, Airstream RV’s and towering redwoods inside and out, raised a record level of FUN-ds for Menlo School.

Road Trip

Private Residence, Woodside CA

The Birthday Boy with a reputation for a need for speed turned 6-0 taking 100 of his best friends on a wild ride…complete with “pitstops” at his favorite foodie haunts and a “side trip” down memory lane..

Out of Africa

Golf & Country Club, Menlo Park, CA

This Bat Mitzvah gal recently returned from a life changing service project in southern Africa.. Her goal –our task-- to recreate a few of the unique memories she brought home with her to share with friends and family .....Safari Success!

Photography by: Scott Lasky Photography

Fabulous 50!

Peninsula Private Residence

“How to Fit 100 years of Living into a Nifty 50” was the theme of this walk down memory lane. Cocktails at sunset with views as far as the eye can see, sumptious dining and time to kick up their heels were all on the menu for the evening’s guests. The entertainment highlight of the night was a spectacular musical medley celebrating the couples’ milestone memories set to fave tunes from each decade.

Superhero Style

Atherton CA

SHAZAM!!! - ALERT the Media! DC Comics and Superheroes UNITE to form one fantastic fundraising event. Step into the zany world of comic book characters and super heroes of all sizes in downtown Menlo-opolis and get ready for ANYTHING to happen!! (No morphing or transporting allowed.) This gallery will have you speed-dialing your RED PHONE HOT LINE connection to reserve your next Best Party!

Photography by: Gene X. Hwang - Orange Photography

Happy Holiday

Peninsula Private Residence

A warm and welcoming corporate Holiday gathering to meet and greet new staff. Great food, good conversation and a relaxed setting made for a very special “year-end and new beginnings” event for this venture capital group.

Photography by: W. Rohn


DREAMS & DETAILS is a Boutique Event Design and Planning firm creating one-of-a kind celebrations for individuals and organizations with stunning results. We offer a hands-on approach to managing each detail of your dream event with flawless execution to ensure the integrity of your celebration remains true to it’s original inspiration -- you! We love the collaborative spirit we share with many innovative vendors and enjoy bringing their unique talents together to make your dream a reality.

At DREAMS & DETAILS our clients are our MOST favorite people to spend time with!


Venue selections: Location, Location, Location

Inspired Invitations & Save the Date

Concept and mood presentations

Destination Celebrations

Unparalleled Production elements: Master plan, floorplan, timeline, lighting, props and furnishings, tablescapes and rentals, favors, greeting gifts

Fabulous Florals

Catering collaboration and coordination

Extraordinary Entertainment

Brilliant After-parties

“All Work and No Play...NO Way!” Corporate Events, Team Building activities, gift services

“Stylish Ideas for a Beautiful Life”: Lifestyle design services

Because you Deserve it: Personal Pampering--Hair, Makeup, Spa, Fitness Training and consultation

Visionary. Trendsetter, Go-Getter.

DREAMS & DETAILS founder Melissa Badger is a “style and substance” force to be reckoned with; a natural entertainer with a unique intuition for throwing the kind of party everyone wants to attend - and talks about for days after! It was her passion for philanthropy - 20+ years of envisioning and producing major fundraising events and milestone celebrations for a whole host of organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Stanford University Cantor Arts Center, and the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula (to name a few) - that led her to launch her firm, DREAMS & DETAILS, in 2010.

Growing up in the Bay area, Melissa set her sights early on a career in Interior Design. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree she started her career here on the peninsula and within a few short years founded her interiors firm, Design Corner Inc. The cross over to event design evolved quickly; merging her passion for philanthropy with her love for transforming spaces into striking event environments - she discovered she COULD have her cake - design an event around it - and eat it too!

Combining incredible vision and out-of-the-box creativity with a keen desire to bring endless positive energy (spelled F-U-N) to every effort quickly made her the “go to” event designer for friends and non-profits in the know.

A Passion for Philanthropy

The Art of Giving is a Matter of the Heart at DREAMS & DETAILS...We are proud to provide special support as well as advisory consultation in fundraising development to the following schools and organizations:

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

Castilleja School

Family Services Mid-Peninsula


Junior League of Palo Alto Mid Peninsula

Junior League -Nor Cal Nevada/Oregon, Seattle, Hawaii

Las Lomitas School District

Menlo School

My New Red Shoes

Positive Coaching Alliance

Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas In April—Dreams Happen)

Stanford University—Cantor Arts Center

The 3rd Door

The Riekes Center

University of Southern California, Kappa Kappa Gamma

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Melissa Badger

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