Cocktails & Celebrations

It was a pleasure being a part of cocktails and celebrations with the lovely women of the Junior League of Charlotte.  Two events that occur twice a year are for new members, Kickoff and Graduation.  Both serve a different purpose, but are similar in making the women feel welcome as new members of the Junior League of Charlotte.

Drawing from the fresh blooms of spring, I used pinks and oranges for a clean and bright feel throughout the graduation cocktail party, which celebrated the newly active members of the Junior League.

Inspiration for the fall kickoff event held in late August came from one of my pink and blue nautical Lilly Pulitzer dresses.  Using a nautical theme, we had pinks and blues throughout the cocktail party.

Sofia’s 1st Birthday Bash: Cherry Blossom & Birds

After all the fun I had planning it’s hard to believe a year has come and gone!  The inspiration for my daughter Sofia’s 1st birthday party came from this cherry blossom and bird painting that she loves and is the theme of her nursery.  The blues, pinks, and greens are feminine and the birds are so whimsical.  I incorporated the color scheme throughout the party using pink polka dots and baby birds, which was the perfect touch for a girl’s 1st birthday bash!

Details, details, details! I started collecting bird cages, birds and anything pink, blue, and green.  I designed two wooden bird houses, a ribbon wreath, the invitation and fabric letters in the color scheme. (See previous posts for DIY fabric letters).   Sofia’s blue/green dresser drawer was the perfect touch for the gift table and to display the party favors. Pink paper lanterns and green/pink butterflies added a pop of color and continued the whimsical feel throughout the space.

A birthday bash isn’t complete until the birthday girl has a party dress, right?  I found a fabulous dress designed by Lil Bit of Whimsy Couture that is aqua and pink polka dot.  I requested the baby bird appliqué and Monica’s dress design was the perfect fit for our little birthday girl!

The party was held in one of my childhood friend’s backyard in Columbus, Ohio.  The Ellis family went all out with providing a tent and a beautifully landscaped yard.  While the rain held off, it was a hot and humid day and the pink lemonade served in mason jars was a favorite by kids and adults.  Comfort Witcher of Comfort Photography did an amazing job capturing Sofia’s milestone birthday, putting everyone at ease, even my sweet Sofia who was in a lot of pain from teething.

The dessert table was the main focus with the cherry blossom and bird painting and flower arrangement with blue twigs as the centerpiece.  Your eye then immediately drew to the stunning cake by Edible Art of Charlotte, which has both the cherry blossom and baby bird design.  Keeping it simple I used farmer’s market baskets to display pastel colored M&M’s and chocolate colored almonds.  Pink and green macaroons from Pistachio Vera are always a delicious treat and the perfect impact of color.  Adding some whimsical delight and keeping with the bird theme I made M&M’s bird nest cookies.

Tweet Tweet Enjoys These Treats!  Edible Art of Charlotte did an amazing job weaving the theme into the baby bird cookies that were given as party favors.  The adorable printables were designed by Sweet Scarlet Designs.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com/

Photography – Comfort Photography http://comfortphotography.com/

Secondary Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Decorative Chocolate and Vanilla Birthday Pound Cake – Edible Art of Charlotte http://edible-art-charlotte.com/

Short Bread Bird Party Favor Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Smash Cake – Kroger

Macaroon – Pistachio Vera (pistachio and pink guava yuzu) http://www.pistaciavera.com/

M&M’s Bird’s Nest Cookies – Sarah Sofia Productions                                                           http://www.pastrywiz.com/dailyrecipes/recipes/451.htm

Printables – Sweet Scarlet Designs http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetScarletDesigns

Aqua & Pink Polka Dot Bird Party Dress – Lil Bit of Whimsy Couture                              http://www.etsy.com/shop/LilBitofWhimsyCoutur

Aqua Mason Jars – World Market

Daisy Stamped Pewter Mason Jar Lids – Glitter Daisy Shop                                               http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterDaisyShop

Fabric Letters – Sarah Sofia Productions

Pink and Aqua Bird Houses – Sarah Sofia Productions

Ribbon Wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Invitation – Sarah Sofia Productions design via Tiny Prints https://www.tinyprints.com/

Pink Polka Dot Paper Straws – DK DeleKtables                                                                                                             http://www.etsy.com/shop/DKDeleKtables