I’ve always had grandiose ideas about my own upcoming future 30th birthday party. Perhaps we’ll rent a villa in tuscany or go skydiving over the great barrier reef! And as said day approaches, I’m feeling more and more inclined to pull an Alea Lovely and host a simple yet uber glamorous black and gold dinner party for my nearest and dearest. Oh, and there’s more!
From Alea… So my 30th birthday was coming up and instead of going on a trip or something I really wanted to have a fancy dinner party – you know, because I’m a grown up now. Being that I work mostly in the wedding industry I knew it was something we could easily pull off , what with all the styled shoots we do etc, I had the perfect vendors already in mind to make something really special and fun for my close friends and family to enjoy.
Started with the venue and the Simpson House was really perfect for what we were going for. It had this very elegant mansion type of feel that still felt very homey . We planned for about 5 months and from the moment I knew the theme I started collecting things and making some of our own pieces that would really enhance the decor. My husband and I made the Marquee letters. We found the Aluminum letter at Hobby Lobby and my husband ( the engineer ) did all the measurements to make sure the bulbs were perfectly placed. The drilling took forever but once we finished we were able to spray paint them and put the bulbs in and Voila! We made the shot glasses with stencils my brother -in – law made and some glass paint. Fired them in the oven and saved a huge amount of cash on custom favor shot glasses. I got the picture of me when I was little blown up at office max on poster paper for $30 ( a picture blown up that size would have cost a great deal more! ) We spray painted any other fun decor details gold from items we found at the craft store.
I worked closely with Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens with ideas and styling and she’s has just got such an eye and talent for design that once we pulled everything together that day she put such an elegant touch on the way things were set up. I’m also so thankful for our coordinator Whitney, because it would have been nearly impossible to enjoy my actual party without her there taking care of the kinks and making sure everything ran smoothly.
I felt like it was a small wedding we were planning! When guest came in I came up with the idea to have a shot glass seating chart. I know my friends well enough to know what they might go for and so that was how they found their seats. We had a little photo booth that my previous intern, Kyndall, was running along with her taking photos of us during the party so we have photos of everyone coming in. They all sat down and enjoyed a delicious dinner – The food catering was easy. Can we just talk about the cake for a second? SO creative and different and the taste to back it up! Andrea really our did herself. Everyone was raving about the cake and the salt caramel macarons that we had on the tables as favors. After a great time of eating and drinking we headed downtown on a party bus to dance the night away. Best birthday ever.
Event Styling: Victorian Gardens | Floral Design: Victorian Gardens | Cake: Classic Cakes | Invitations: Announce This Design | Catering: Scrape The Plate | Bartender: Kc Mixologist | Custom Shot Glasses: Alea Lovely | Detail Photography: Alea Lovely | Glassware And Chair Rentals: Celebration Party Rentals | Linens, Candlelabras, Gold Plateware: Ultrapom | Marquee Lights: Alea Lovely | Party Bus: Vegas Limousine | Party Coordinator: Whitney Of Confetti Events | Party Photography: Kyndall Durkee | Party Venue: The Simpson House | Piano Player: Howl At The Moon | Salted Caramel Macarons: Colors Macarons