Celebrating a very special lady

Recently, my mom celebrated a milestone birthday (and she taught me enough manners to not quantify said milestone). Before any of us realized that she was about to turn a ‘milestone birthday,’ we were planning a simple party at my house, with lasagna and salad. When someone finally did the math and realized that the last number of the age she was turning was a ‘0,’ we knew lasagna wasn’t going to cut it!!

A real celebration was in order! I wanted this party to be elegant, beautiful and luxurious. I’ve been loving the combination of Gold and Blush. I took to Pinterest for inspiration and was overwhelmed by all the great ideas! With a few homemade items and some beautiful touches, it was a smashing success!

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Beautiful flowers are always a must for any party for my mom. She is such a gifted floral designer, I knew they needed to be on point! Above are the arrangements that we did for the dinner table. The photo below is the gigantic arrangement that my mom and Izzy created. Just look at the hydrangea blooms in comparison to the ice bucket!!! They were phenomenal.

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Here’s a peek at the table setting. We lined a long banquet table with satin pink tablecloths and used pink linen napkins. Serendipitously, I found these perfect gold chargers at Williams Sonoma, on major clearance – the wonderful folks at the King of Prussia Williams Sonoma called all around to get me enough chargers. I knew if I could find enough of these beauties, it was the universe telling me to go with the Gold and Blush theme. Thank you, Universe and Chuck Williams!!

The place card holders are little toy birds that I turned into elegant show pieces, really simple project! See that beautiful calligraphy on the blush place cards from Paper Source? I hired a local calligrapher, Manayunk Calligraphy to write the place cards in gold pen. Also, notice the gilded votives and the sparkly menu cards? A little glitter and gold pen go a long way…

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Even the kids got in on the action – Izzy and her cousin Brooke created these fun candy arrangements.

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Dinner was delicious – my friends at House in Media, hosted us with a fully customized menu and took all the worry out of the event. Though I love to cook, it was fun to get to focus on just the decor. Everyone loved their meal.

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The cake, from Whipped Bakeshop in Philadelphia, was a beautiful finish to a wonderful party – the swirls are blush, with gold pearls daintily arranged.

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I think she liked it!!

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Happy Birthday to the woman who taught me everything I know about entertaining and creating a beautiful space (and lots of other stuff, too)! You have been an inspiration to me and I loved getting the chance to celebrate you for everything that you are and everything that you do!! XOXOXO

 

Gilded place card holders

For my mother’s big birthday party, I wanted to create a super lush, luxurious environment with tons of flowers, sparkle and bling. When it came to the place card holders, I was looking for something elegant, with a touch of whimsy. I took to Pinterest (where else would one go??) and got inspired by these fun golden zoo animal place card holders. I knew I needed a different animal for this event, so I headed out to Michaels and found these charming bird figures:

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I used the following materials:

  • 12 gauge gold flower wire
  • Gold spray paint
  • Wire cutters
  • Drill

8SC_7544To start, I made the card holders (the wire coming out of the bird’s back). Using a marker, I wrapped the wire around, making a double-loop:

8SC_7545Next, I cut the length short, using wire cutters:

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Here’s what the wire looks like all done:

8SC_7526Next, we drilled holes into the backs of the birds. Don’t worry, they didn’t feel a thing. It’s important to use the right bit. Nothing bigger than your wire gauge, because you want it to fit in nice and snug. I used pliers to push the holders into the holes – when I tried by hand, the loops bent and lost their tight shape. Once they are assembled, it’s time to spray paint. 

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8SC_7542A couple of notes on the spray painting. Make sure to apply in a well ventilated area. It’s winter here and it was snowing that night, so I had to make due in my kitchen. Not the best idea. Also, I held the birds by the wire while spraying them. That way, I was able to turn them around and get full coverage as well as not cover the wire in paint (since I still needed to put the cards in between the double-loop). Wear gloves!!! I looked like Goldfinger!

These birds were just what we were looking for – they were the perfect little holder for these stunning place cards, beautifully penned by Manayunk Calligraphy:

8SC_7575Of course, they were also the perfect complement to the lovely place setting – blush and gold – luxurious and spectacular.

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More on that soon… 

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