THE BAR: FIVE Bar  Birmingham is nestled in the bustling Lakeview restaurant district. Known for its simple menu (take note Cheesecake Factory)  you can visit one of their five locations found in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and most recently Tennessee!


Soy-ginger seasoned Sriracha aioloi

AMBIANCE: I’d visited the restaurant once prior to this review and I have to say it’s such a hipster spot! Its corner location and open café features make up for the parking challenge (valet is offered). The lighting was dim and the whimsical over-sized chalkboard menu was a nice touch. Bar, booth   and table seating inside and on the  patio are available.  

SERVICE: On my first visit, a Friday night dinner, the restaurant was packed but the hostess sat us quickly and our waiter was more than attentive. We had a little one in our party and our waiter was more than happy to put in a special kitchen request for toasted bread to suit the mini palate! I grabbed an after work snack for this visit and with such pleasant weather it was a treat to be seated near the large open doors.

pimento cheese five pepper jelly toasted crostinis

MENU: The concept of 5 is a simple menu. With its 5, snacks (appetizers), entrée’s and red and white wines, the minimalist menu does not affect the food quality!   5 also has nightly entrée specials such as  Shrimp Rigatoni, Crab Cakes and Ms. Anne’s fried chicken and they top of the menu with a dessert of White Chocolate Bread Pudding!

VERDICT: 5 is definitely on my frequent visit list. Though the menu choices are limited the portions and the flavor are more than accommodating. On my dinner visit I ordered the panéed chicken with mac and cheese and the portion was so generous that I had lunch for the next day. The chicken was awesome and while I wasn't a fan of the mac and cheese I've noticed it's currently being replaced with mashed potatoes. I have to admit  I also devoured one and a half orders of bread pudding! With friendly and efficient staff, good food and a cool venue to match 5 gets a high 5!
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ALOHA:  What's better than a trip to Hawaii? An island themed retirement party of course! 

JOIN US: Soft coral and pink colored Evites were accented with a gold palm tree.
LEI:We created this beautiful fresh flower lei and brought a little bit of Hawaii to the guest of honor! 

'ahui: Gold Vases held colorful Gladiolus and Palm Leaves, creating simple yet  elegant tropical arrangements.

Votive candles flanked equally stunning windowsill arrangements.

SOUTHERN HAWAIIAN: A southern cuisine was only appropriate and a creamy grits bar is a great way to let guest control their main dish! Toppings included bacon crumbles, sausage, cheddar cheese, asiago cheese , portobello mushrooms and green onions.

Small clip on chalkboard signs guided guest through the breakfast buffet. SWEET TREATS: An assortment of pastries included cheese danish, mini cinnamon buns and blueberry muffins.

HEALTHY: Selections of Yogurt, Granola and Fresh Fruit rounded out the breakfast buffet. 

I SPY:A flamingo playing in the sand! 

CONVERSATION PIECE: A large Straw umbrella anchored the buffet bar.

QUENCH: Guest refreshed at a beverage station featuring green apple  infused water, orange juice and Starbucks coffee!
Chalk it up! 

Large Chalkboard signs looked awesome on our Monticello beverage dispensers! 
ALOHA: It's not a send off without custom luggage! This twist on a guest book gave guest a chance to leave messages for the guest of honor on custom postcards.

Design &Styling: ëmagine
Grits: Culinard
Florals: Sourced from Davis Flower Warehouse
Tropical Birds: West Elm
Chalkboard Signs & Suitcase: Hobby Lobby


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When a diva celebrates 60, it’s all about class, style and flair!  This super chic Stripes & Roses Celebration was all of that and a scoop of popcorn! 

Nibble: The Hampton Popcorn Company striped tins  were a perfect pair with these super cute Black & White Striped mini treat bags via The Party Fairy! 

BYOB in style: Guest enjoyed a beverage station 
with  custom monogrammed cups and whimsical straws! 

Making of a Diva: Vintage photographs were enlarged 
and placed on easels throughout the venue. 
A Good Year :  Gold Foil Number Balloons float above the buffet.

Wish: A beautiful coconut cake from Pastry Art shared a space with Love Tweets! Guest were asked to jot down their favorite memory or well wish for the guest of honor and place them in a super sweet birdcage. 

POP: In lieu of traditional birthday cake, guest chose from an assortment 
of gourmet popsicles from an on site popsicle cart!

Design & Styling: ëmagine
Videographer: Phase2Solutions
Popsicle Cart: Steel City Pops
Rose Table Linen: Tablescloth Factory

Beverage Dispensers: Horchow
Mini Striped Treat Bags:The Party Fairy
Venue: The Kress Building