Okay, here goes...I decided to start with a party that would be perfect for Spring. And with Easter right around the corner, you could certainly use these ideas for your Easter Brunch/Lunch. For me, the theme usually starts with seeing an invitation and from there my mind goes wild with ideas. Isn't this the cutest invitation?? How could I not buy these and have a party??
Garden Party Invitation
Garden Party Invitation
I feel the invitation always sets the mood for the party, I want everyone to be as excited as I am. The invitations are sent out three weeks in advance. Getting the invitations printed and envelopes labeled and stamped are done as soon as possible. Anything that can be done ahead of time, should be done ahead of time! Another fun way to get the party started before it even starts, is the wording on the invitation. I usually come up with some silly verse, and my friends know me, so they would expect nothing less. The invite reads:
Dots and Stripes...Butterflies and Bees, We'll dine in my garden...You'll love what you see! Faux Gardening Advice, Call Your Perennial Host - Kim (Everyone knows I don't garden)
Now for a peek inside the party.... Each place setting had a cute little butterfly cupcake~
(sitting on edible grass) under a glass dome.
The water goblets were embellished with a little butterfly which I used my glue gun to attach and they easily popped off after the party.
Different sized glass flower dishes were displayed down the center of the table holding sweet little pastel candies of taffy, jordan almonds, mints etc. Pastel buttons acted as confetti sprinkled all over the dining table.
The place cards were card stock initials for each guest and glued to the tag where I printed the last letters of their name. Tied with a satin cord and a chocolate coated reception stick, each was attached to a rolled napkin.
On to the Menu card... I printed these up in advance, but make sure you won't be changing your menu. But don't worry, if that happens (which it once did to me) I just handed out little papers that said "grilled vegetables" will be playing the part of "glazed carrots"! LOL At first my guests looked at me like I was crazy, but then I explained that it was just like going to the theatre, if there is a change in the cast, they always insert a little paper telling who will be playing the part. They probably still thought I was a little nuts, but things like that really make me smile! :)
My Pretty Place Setting~
Stay tuned for more on this party tomorrow....It's only taken me 7 hours to figure out how to post this much!
Stop & Smell The Flowers!