Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Summer Citrus Party

Although it wasn't a "milestone" birthday for some strange reason I decided earlier in the year that I wanted to have a birthday party this year. I don't know what was wrong with me, I had already thrown 3 parties for each of my boys, and was completely booked out with cakes but nevertheless the seed was planted in the back of my mind.
As it turns out it was wonderful, and a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends...and new :-)
Now my birthday falls a week into December, so I wanted the style of the party to reflect the gorgeous summer weather. I wanted it to be colourful, fresh, and summery....so I decided on a Summer Citrus Party!

I have to admit, I don't think I have ever loved Pinterest quite so much as in the past month, and it was a lifesaver for my party planning. As I mentioned earier, I was crazy busy with cake orders, so this left very little time to organise the party. It was all down to the 2 weeks prior. This is where Pinterest came into it's own, in the 3 or so months leading up to the party, I would pin various ideas and concepts onto my board while enjoying a little down time after the kids went to bed at night, then these were all called upon in those final 2 weeks, when I finally had a chance to leave my kitchen and hit the stores!

My husband came up with the idea to use Chep Pallets as the tables, which I loved, however I needed something to make them a little more feminine, so I decided to add pink to the citrus colour pallet of yellow, orange and green. I found some beautiful pink table cloths from Spotlight which featured the citrus colours, and also the same blue as the chep pallets...they were PERFECT!
I also bought some dance satin in the pink, blue, green, yellow and orange colours which was ripped into strips and tied onto some cord and used as the backdrop to the cake/dessert table.
I also found some nice tall cylinder vases from one of the cheap $2 shops which were filled with lemons & oranges. My final decorative touch was the addition of the gorgeous flowers. I bought a few little jars and bottles which were used as the vases, and filled with various roses, lisianthus and green trick dianthus (had to google these). To be honest, I had nothing to do with the flower choices, I have a friend of a friend who is a florist, and I sent her my pinterest images of what style I was after, and the colour pallet, and the rest was left up to her! 

Now the cake.....I chose this design as I LOVE the whole ombre thing that is everywhere at the moment, and I thought it was just a gorgeous, simple and elegant design. The roses were the exact same colour as my dress too :-)