Kaley Cuoco Throws Another Gorgeous, Wish-We-Were-There Party

09/09/2014 at 01:17 PM ET

Kaley Cuoco Dinner Party
Courtesy Lauren Tatum

In our next life, we want to come back as someone who works for Kaley Cuoco: The Big Bang Theory actress recently hosted yet another of her signature lavish parties, this time to honor the members of her team.

“This was a party for people Kaley has worked with for many, many years,” Los Angleles event designer Lauren Tatum told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. Tatum described the 20-person seated dinner as “sweet and intimate,” and called it “a black-and-white themed party with beautiful food and music and plenty of lovely toasts.”

As for the menu, the night started with bites of brie and white chocolate puff pastry pillows and tandoori chicken satay with garlic yogurt dipping sauce. For dinner, guests feasted on dishes like wine-braised short ribs, white cheddar mashed potatoes and cheese poufs with salted honey butter — all made by Meg Hall, who also handled the food for Cuoco and husband Ryan Sweeting’s New Year’s Eve wedding reception.

And let’s not forget dessert: Guests sampled French vanilla and violet cassis macarons and salted peanut butter brownies. “Kaley always likes to have gluten-free options for guests, so the Brazilian cheese poofs and French macarons fit right in,” Hall tells PEOPLE. During the meal, R&B duo Aragorn & Olivia performed mellow, jazzy music.

The party featured two bars — one with a cityscape backdrop and bartenders serving festive custom cocktails:

The actress might not have suspended a wedding cake from the ceiling as she did for her own nuptials, but there were still plenty of other fun touches that we’re sure had guests talking.

Like how instead of tablecloths or runners, they had movies shown from above, as this video shows:

Tatum told PEOPLE that the idea to project dance clips from old movies was “my surprise to [Kaley].” How did she pull it off? Two projectors were propped on an awning above the table and showed overlapping images.

And since the theme of the night was gratitude for Cuoco’s staffers, Tatum had this phrase projected down into the pool:

But Cuoco’s parting gifts spoke even louder than those elegant words. She sent each guy home with a pocket square that said “Life Is Sweeting,” while the women received personalized Tiffany business card cases. Here’s a shot of a case from Hall, who wrote to Cuoco in her caption, “You brought tears to my eyes.”

—Lexi Dwyer

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Xanadu on

She is so very homely and weird!

Christine on

What the HELL did she do to her hair??!?

Jackie on

Someone makes too much money!

DaisyMoon on

“Life is Sweeting” is dumb…
Yeah I know that’s her husband’s last name…it still sounds really dumb.

Her hair looks terrible…the overlapping chopping bangs…WTF?

DaisyMoon on

* choppy

Guest on

Now we know why she went on strike for more money per episode.
I bet all the women went to the bathroom to throw up after dinner.

Kellie on

most overrated actress on network television….. with the giant raise she just got she should give all her employees raises instead of a lavish party…. she’s such a wannabe!

Gina on

Kaley has too much money on hand.

LESLIE HERBAUGH on

I WONT BE WATCHING BIG BAN ANYMORE SHE LOOKS LIKE A BOY

Jenb64 on

I guess I will leave the one nice comment. She seems really happy with her husband and has a close knit group of friends and people that work with her (like stylists, makeup and hair people, etc.). It was nice of her to do something really special for them. Personally, if I had that kind of money, I would love to spend it spoiling my friends and family!

Tara on

If I was making money like her I would find excuses to waste money unnecessarily too.

Louisa Allycyn on

It’s really sweet that she is so giving. From my experience, the more money ppl have the harder it is for them to part with it. It’s good to take time to appreciate the ppl in your life however you can🙂

thistle on

“Life is Sweeting” — is that girlspeak for “Life is me”? What in the world would someone do with such a souvenir? Can you spell ick?

Gluten free, hahaha, what about dead animal and sodium free?

And this, writers: “guests feasted on dishes like wine-braised short ribs, white cheddar mashed potatoes and cheese poufs with salted honey butter —”

“dishes like”? Why not “guests feasted on wine-braised,” etc. Why “like”? In the rest of the piece, you didn’t say the food was “like” some other unnamed food?

Lots of extravagance and waste, and no homeless people invited.

and yes, agree with others, the hair is looking really really REALLY bad. She needs to grow it out or don a wig for her new “pharm sales rep” gig on BBT.

Count on

Xanadu shut up.u are wired

Sacré on

I’m not sure why, but she has become incredibly annoying since her whirlwind engagement and wedding. Now she comes across as someone who thinks of herself as being incredibly important in the industry when in reality, she doesn’t have the resume to back that up. Sure, the BBT is a hit but it won’t last forever and she doesn’t have movie star potential. I’m all for being self-confident but there’s a thin line between that and being full of yourself.

pepper on

Her new look is doing her no favours, for someone with a team behind her… I like her, is ok, but now if I call the party events and catering co., I am called a party organiser ? I dont think so, I would just have the right contacts in my phone. They seem happy, cheers for that.

Count on

Kallie ,shut up u are a wanna be.and no you are overrated.

Count on

Scare shut up.honestly I do not understand what the crap u are talking about.

AnnG on

Fabulous!!!!!

charlotte on

@Tara, since when is doing something nice for people “wasting money unnecessarily”? I bet you don’t have many friends!

Really nice gesture from Kaley!

D K on

How nice to thank the people that have helped her get where she is. I’m a fan of Big Bang and a fan of Kaley’s. If I had her money I’d be spoiling the people I care about too. Will agree she needs to do something different with her hair. She’s cute but that cut ages her.

Barbara on

She seems like she’s trying really really hard to prove how happy she is.

Aussie cathie on

Well aren’t we posh?

Susan on

I’m glad she is brave enough to wear her hair the way she likes it. For a celebrity to change her hair it takes guts as exhibited by the haters below who actually felt they had to hate on someone because of their HAIR. omg. And also, her show is making millions and millions for the network so she has a right to share in that. Or should she just make a donation to the corporate biggies? I can’t believe first of all people can be so small and mean. And so jealous. Instead of hating on her take that energy and make something of your own life.

Anonymous on

LOL All she did was pull out the checkbook, everyone else did the real work.

Poppy on

LOL All she did was pull out her checkbook, everyone else did the real work.

Anonymous on

What a beautiful dinner party!!! Good for her for showing people she cares for, how much she appreciates them.

Lollipop on

I like how the seating looks, but I do not find it very comfortable to chat among the other guests. But I liked the theme of the party, and the idea of the table images.

Joy on

You people have nothing better to do than bash people. Get over yourselves!

Joe M on

Congrats to the lovely couple great party, may you have many more enjoyable moments both of you deserve so much more. Good luck to the new series of the Big Bang Theory may it continue to be a success.

Megan on

Holy Crap — lots of negative comments!

Ma'am on

Guess she got her first $1,000,000 paycheck. I’d be screaming “Thank You,” too!

Ma'am on

I predict hair extensions will start creeping back in. “Let’s just add a few on the top for volume.”

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