Spring Soiree-An Afternoon Outdoor Luncheon
If you've ever lived in the South, you know our weather can be extremely bipolar. Two days ago, I was completely comfortable in short sleeves and sandals. Now, I'm sitting here wrapped up in a blanket and there is a freeze warning out. My friends just east of me are experiencing snow. Say what??!!
I'm craving sunny days, springtime flowers in bloom and NO MORE WINTER! Can I get an Amen?
Since I can't have that right now, I'm reminiscing of this party I created for a bridesmaid's luncheon/photoshoot in Nashville. The weather was on point that day, and seeing these pictures, gets me in a springtime mood.
Here's hoping they might lift your spirits on this dreary winter day! (All photos courtesy of Jonathan Campbell Photography).
This invitation was the inspiration for this hot pink and lime green Bridal Shower/Bridesmaid’s Luncheon. Oftentimes, I will take an invitation and use it to help develop the overall look and feel of a party. If you need inspiration for your next party, I encourage you to visit an invitation/stationery store for ideas! I have always loved birds, in both décor and invitation design.
We packaged the invitations in little white boxes that had been lined in hot pink raffia. I love non-traditional ways of sending a fabulous invitation.
I chose a 60” square table with fuchsia satin linen, and a 48” round table with a lime green linen for the food and beverages. I love using a mixture of square and round tables at parties. I also chose white chiavari chairs. The crisp white really pops against the pinks and the greens.
For the 60” square table where guests were seated, we used 4 large green topiaries, a glass pitcher filled with lime slices, wheat grass in ceramic containers and little bird boxes (to continue with our bird theme) and lime green Caspari placemats.
In addition, we used monogrammed Pickard china for the placesettings. This Pickard china is extremely popular for bride’s wedding registries. (Rentals were courtesy of Music City Tents & Events).
For this particular arrangement, I used Bells of Ireland, pink larkspur, green curly willow and hot pink dried floral accents. In addition, I filled 8 bud vases with pink sweet peas. I placed these bud vases around the table near each guest’s place setting.
DIY Party Food and Decorations
- I created bird sticks for the dessert shooter glasses. These are super easy to do with a Cameo, a Cricut or a paper punch. I used pink textured cardstock and popsicle sticks and hot glue. They are cheap to make but I think really help brand a party/event.
- I wanted to incorporate the pink and green into the food and beverage table as well.
- The dessert shooters were strawberries and cream trifle and key lime and cream dessert shots. You can make these homemade or "cheat" with store-bought angel food cake, Sara Lee's frozen pound cake, pudding, Cool Whip and a jar of Key Lime curd. Always add fresh fruit accents to these dessert shots.
- I also served sparkling pink punch and rimmed the etched antique glasses with pink sugar. I collect antique glassware, and I try to bring it out instead of letting it sit in my pantry!
- In addition, I utilized glass bird containers in varying heights, and filled them with fresh dogwood blossoms.
- Another decoration I used on the food and beverage table was wheat grass in wooden boxes.
- To add another dimension, I added sweet pea stems to the boxes for a pop of pink color.
This set up could also be taken indoors, we just happened to have a fabulous day with gorgeous weather but you could create this inside in a beautiful dining area or a screened in porch. A good party can be done indoors or outdoors and I always recommend having a back-up plan.
I hope seeing these party pics gets you in a springtime mood and lifts your spirits. I know I'm personally counting down the days when the A/C stays on for at least a week, and we don't alternate between it and the heat!