We hosted a huge celebration this past weekend and it was for our daughter Samara that lives in Dallas. Her birthday was actually March 7th but when we’re always ready to party. This was the first time she had been home for a birthday in about 15 years. To top it off, this was also the weekend where we were able to meet the love of her life. Wait it gets even better, all the kids were home. We knew Garlon would be coming in from Indiana and bringing the most adorable puppy on the planet. What Samara and I didn’t know is that Casey would be coming in from Atlanta. She invited friends from college and friends from here also. It was the most awesome weekend and we didn’t scare off her sweetie pie! He’s a very nice guy and it was a pleasure to meet him.
There are lots of pictures but I’m only going to include a few here. At the end of this post I’ll give you the link to the slideshow in my portfolio. Charisse and I really went deep into party styling mode once the birthday girl gave us the color scheme. One of her favorite cities is Miami so we wanted to create a Miami lounge ambience.
We set up four banquet tables and covered them with orange table covers. I was given orders by my daughters to use disposable everything. You know me I would have been on a mission to find as many white dishes and linen napkins that I could. Disposable items can definitely work especially when combined with other accessories. Charisse is the centerpiece queen and she nailed these. She started with cylindrical vases from the dollar store and partially filled them with sand. Then she topped it with salmon colored glass stones. Twigs with some serious bling finished them.
Orange and turquoise tumblers from Big Lots were the holders for water beads that were dyed a deep shade bluish-green. LED lights buried inside the beads cast a beautiful glow on the ceiling and walls.
The place setting started with white cardstock with crystals in the upper corners. A turquoise plate went down first and I placed a clear one on top. This party gave me another opportunity to use my Cricut. I made monogrammed napkin rings and added a small crystal to them. Turquoise tulle sashes were tied to the backs of the chairs.
Then there were the sweets tables. Cakes, cookies and candy oh my! Charisse wanted to do a candy bar so we decided to set the candy bar and dessert table side by side. We used turquoise table covers and scattered various shaped oranges stones on both tables. If you’re not going to fill your containers to the top with candy here’s a tip to make them seem full. Place a glass or some wrapping tissue in the center and fill around it with the candy. No one will ever know the container is completely filled with candy.
At her request I baked a chocolate truffle cake and a peanut butter one as well. Had I known Casey was coming the chocolate cake surely would have been larger. On top of the chocolate cake I placed strawberry cake truffles, chocolate leaves and other fun shapes that I made in a candy mold. The peanut butter cake is her recipe and it was good. The peanut butter flavor wasn’t overwhelming at all and I shudder to think of the amount of fat grams that were in it.
The cupcakes were vanilla and received a splash of blue raspberry vodka. I also used the same vodka in the frosting, can we say yummy! Also on the table were the remainder of the strawberry cake truffles and lemon tartlets.
Gabbi was happy that I decided to make sugar cookies. I iced them with a plain glaze and decorated with edible image cutouts.
Our basement is very well lit and Samara had the wonderful idea to add a lamp to the dessert area. I like the glow from it and it added to the atmosphere. We did have some savory food to balance out all the sugar.
- Spinach Artichoke Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip served in a hollowed sourdough bread round. Turkey meatballs in barbecue sauce three different kinds of chicken wings, braised cabbage, macaroni and cheese, old fashioned cornbread, tossed salad and rolls.
Other than food and décor, music is a big element of a party. Most of the time I use Pandora. This time I went with a two hour mix on Youtube. It’s Acid Jazz/Lounge music mixed by Ja Big and it was the perfect music for the atmosphere we were creating. It was so much fun to do this for her and of course she loved it. Plans are in the works for our summer family get together, looks like I’ll be packing up my supplies and taking them on the road!!!!
Here’s the link for the slideshow.