Surprise 50th Birthday Party

50th Surprise Party This 5oth surprise bash wasn’t your typical backyard party! Susan went all out for her husband Jim’s 5oth by surprising him with a night that everyone will remember!

Guests gathered on the tent covered deck for cocktails and horderves while waiting for Jim’s arrival.

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

50th Surprise Party

When Jim walked into his backyard he was overwhelmed with emotion to see 120 friends and family members gathered from all of the country underneath the tents!

Taylored Visions

Taylored Visions

The color scheme and décor was a subtle navy and burlap.  In lieu of flowers Susan, the hostess, wanted a more neutral look for her husband’s party and choose centerpieces with rocks and flameless candles with navy and straw craft ribbon.  In addition to the lights strung above the tents we added candles (flameless) around the event space and tiki torches around the pool.

50th Surprise Party

The dinner buffet was plentiful with beef tenderloin sandwiches and chicken lollipops being the favorites.

50th Surprise Party

For dessert, Susan served assorted cakes from Jim’s favorite bakery in Athens, GA.  However, the highlight was when the cigar and scotch bar opened, which are two of Jim’s favorites.

50th Surprise Party

Guests danced the night away while children played in the pool, and all enjoyed the pop up photo booth!

50th Surprise Party

The most important elements of the party for Susan were for guests to feel relaxed, enjoy themselves on the dance floor and come away loving the food.  The party did not disappoint!

Vendor Credits

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

Photography and pop up photo booth- Taylored Visions, Nicole Taylor http://www.tayloredvisions.com/

Additional photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Tent, table, chair, & linen rentals – Party Reflections http://charlotte.partyreflections.com

Catering – Triple Crown Caterers http://triplecrowncaterers.com/

 

 

Throwing a successful fundraiser: PlayPlay! Theatre

PlayPlay! Theatre Fundraiser

I recently had the opportunity to put my fundraising hat on along with my event and styling to headline PlayPlay! Theatre’s first fundraiser in Charlotte.

A husband and wife duo, Mark and Meredith Sutton, who are passionate about children and the arts, started PlayPlay! Theatre, plays geared toward the very young, ages 0-3.

As with any organization planning its first fundraiser, PlayPlay! Theatre needed to build their donor base and find an audience in Charlotte.  We reached out to the arts community and started brainstorming on creative spaces to host a cocktail event.

LaCa Projects, Latin American Contemporary Art, hosted the fundraiser at their gallery.  The gallery not only showcased beautiful art work, but was the perfect, creative space for an evening benefiting theatre for young children. The exposed brick walls and dim-lit gallery set the mood for an evening cocktail event.  The floral arrangements by Sarah Sofia Productions were simple, yet elegant adding a pop of color to the black linens.  The origami pieces were a perfect addition for this artsy affair!

PlayPlay! Theatre Fundraiser

PlayPlay! Theatre Fundraiser

Vendor Credits:

Event Design & Style – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Fundraiser – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Venue – LaCa Projects http://lacaprojects.com/

Cocktail tables & black linens – Party Reflections http://www.partyreflections.com/

Candles – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com/

Origami and props – PlayPlay! Theatre http://www.playplaytheatre.org/

 

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

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I have always wanted to design and style a glam bridal shower and finally had the opportunity when Pasha Davis with Bridal Flavors and Mekeda Dempsey with Queen’s Sweets asked me to team up with them for this photo shoot!

The collaborative look was created by pulling together stationery, party supplies, delicious and glamorous sweets, linens, and a few of my favorite DIY projects.

Inspiration for this Pink + Gold GLAM bridal shower began with a little glitter and sequins.  Pink and gold are becoming a hot trend for 2014 and was the perfect fit for this GLAM themed bridal shower! Add a splash of sparkle and a pinch of glitter and you have yourself a glamorous party that all your guests will remember.

GLAM is all in the details! From the invitation and place cards by Bridal Flavors, to the linens, chairs, and place settings by Party Reflections, to the floral arrangement by The Place for Flowers, you will see the different shades of pink and gold.  Don’t forget about the pop of sparkle from the pink and gold glitter cake pops and mini whoopie pies by Queen’s Sweets.

My favorite design of this photo shoot was making the gold and pink glitter champagne bottle! I started out trying to make straight lines and alternating between gold and different shades of pink.  However, I decided half way through that it looked more unique to have the colors blend together.

I used hot pink ribbon with glitter to make napkin holders and gold sequins ribbon for ties on the hot pink polka dot straws, which added a punch of color, glam and glitter!

Adding the gold candles accented in gold glitter and the gold votive candle holders glammed up the pink tablescape and gave it the right amount of sparkle!

I have to applaud Christopher Bollinger with Bollinger Images for bringing this GLAM photo shoot to life in all the photographs.  I hope you enjoy this photo shoot as much as we enjoyed working on it!

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

Pinl + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

 

Vendor Credits:

Event Design & Style – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Photography – Bollinger Images www.bollingerimages.com

Invitation and printables – Bridal Flavors www.bridalflavors.com

Cake Pops and mini whoopie Pies – Queen’s Sweets http://queensweets.net/

Table, chairs, linens, glassware, and place settings – Party Reflections www.partyreflections.com

Floral arrangement – The Place for Flowers www.theplaceforflowers.com

Glitter Champagne bottle & paper rosettes – Sarah Sofia Productions