Happy Friday Loves!
For the first time I don’t know where to start (lol). Omg! I had such great fun at my birthday tea party last weekend! Originally, I wanted to take a grand trip for my 40th. I wasn’t sure where, but I thought a girls’ escaoe would be ideal. However, as the planning for last October’s wedding began followed by the Los Angeles wedding party during January, I decided on having something closer to home. In fact, all the recent planning confirmed something that had been in my heart for some time. I’ve always loved hosting events for my friends and historically my favorite custom is giving presents on my birthday. I get such pleasure from choosing gifts, decorating and seeing appreciative smiles. It may sound cliché, but I really believe it is better to give. I immediately began planning my 40th birthday tea party back in February. There was a certain goal that I needed to achieve by 40…entrepreneurship. Thus, last weekend I announced my new whimsical event planning business during the afternoon team, “PRETTY PARTIES & FANCY FAVORS LLC!” I will write more on my brand new baby in the coming weeks, but for now here’s a little bit about the afternoon birthday tea party!
My inspiration began with my invitation which was gold glittery, chevron and tons of pastel flowers. A wonderful gal on Etsy designed it and the tent cards. I ordered the most amazing centerpiece from Alexandra Mudry of Bijoux Fine Cakes. It was an almond cake with ginger peach compote, covered in gold painted fondant and ginger Italian buttercream. For a truly special favor, Alexandra designed sugar cookies trimmed with edible gold glitter personalized with each guest’s name. My vision was a modernized foodie tea party, so I turned to British bakery BakeHouse to ensure perfection. Guests enjoyed strawberry English scones, cheddar chive black pepper biscuits and sausage cheddar feel seed biscuits. Plus, lemon candied ginger tarts and the most delicious coconut milk loaf with lemon glaze (see my doll topper with funky shoes gracing it). Keeping with the floral theme, I served rose sweetened lemonade topped with edible roses and lavender sweet tea (watch out for my recipe posts). For spirits, my guests sipped on French sparkling wines with rose syrup and edible roses. Lastly, we toasted the milestone birthday with the sofly bubbly and beautifully pink French champagne NV de Venogue Brut Rose, which now dons the look of the original label created in 1864 (very very cool). There were other decor trinkets like mixed china plates, pastel staws, rosette table cloth, vintage-inspired voltives, gold baroque style glasses, chevron and floral runners, tons of flowers, and of course china tea cups and saucers. Details, details, details – yay!
One of the big party highlights was a nail bar where friends got a floral Ciate manicure (I’ll write more about this next week) and featured caricaturist Laura of SKETCHFACESDC. She did an amazing job of capturing each guest!! I’ve been told I can be a bit animated, so I thought this take home favor be the perfect fit for this celebration – lol! In addition, I gifted floral seed packets, mimosa and champagne bath bombs, and bath fizzers with dried bits of lavender and roses. I loved the theme and went as far with it as I could! It was my special thank you to folks who have supported me. I feel blessed to have reached another year and feel so grateful to have you guys as readers. What an honor! I wish you a fantasy -filled and enjoyable spring weekend!
PS: The most awesome photographer Stephanie of Reese Photography was there to “snap” the details. Alhtough, there are some iphone pics in this post, you can tell which are actually Stephanie’s. I cannot wait to post those images!
I’m a media strategist, fashion fan and whimsical event planner. For years, I’ve been “reporting” from fashion shows and fabulous events to my loved one out of pure joy. Unbeknowest to me in February 2012 my sister started kristysamone.com with photos and letters I’d sent her from New York Fashion Week. She said, “I think you need a blog!” LOL! I’ve been trying keep us with this and life ever since:) Thanks so much for reading!View all KristySamone posts.