Flora Farm 50th Birthday Party
August 28, 2014
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The minute a party is referred to as a hootenanny, you can consider my on board. Not only doe it imply that a whole lot of fun is too be had, but it also means that said fun will be light and frivolous and likely outdoors.Perfect example: this farm inspired 5oth. The secret to its success? Dinner, live music, and wheelbarrows filled with bevvys! With photos from Sara Richardson, there's more farm fun in the gallery. 
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From Maria Boehme, the event coordinator... So happy I got to do the first Mango Grove party!!!!! The Mango Grove is the new amazing event area at Flora Farms. It is this amazing space just waiting to be converted into your dream event. Who better to initiate the area than Patrick, the owner of Flora. His wife and co-owner Gloria gave me the inspiration, Hootenanny. She told me to google it, this is what I got.

hoot·en·an·ny - Ë?hoÍ?otnË?anÄ?/ - nounUSinformal - an informal gathering with folk music and sometimes dancing.

What better way to celebrate 50 years! Flora Farm with friends enjoying music and dancing. Plus we added the most amazing food and incorporated Pigs being that Patrick loves pigs. Patrick also loves to eat and drink so we came up with the theme of running with the big pigs and made it all about being able to eat and drink and last throughout the night! Rewarding guests with Beads and Golden Pig Medals.

Guests entered the magical area to a fun ol' Ford photo Booth.

Flora's amazing carpenters brought my design's to life. They manufactured the Medio Siglo (Half Century ) bar, The Mango Stage and dance floor, the Beer Bar (so obsessed, the local brewery even made Mango Beer for the event) and helped me pull together all the great items I picked on the property!

The new barn was turned was turned into a lounge and featured a moonshine bar and "Lushies" (slushies made with different liquors).

I used existing items from Flora, hay bales and some rentals to create a laid back, mango grove Hootenanny. Everything was pulled together by incredible signs that I designed and had my great friends Rafael (aka wafles or wax) and Pina help me with! They were spectacular. I funked it up with local finds like the iron cast pans, bird seed and hurricanes for lantern centerpieces, mix & match furnishings and simple flora flowers.

The food of course was out of this world! As well as the handcrafted drinks. The lifesize pig cake by our talented friend Steve was out of this world.

We flew in LA based Bluegrass band The Get Down Boys to play. Then our favorite local boys The Shamanes rocked the night away.

It was a great turnout of about 300 of Patrick´s friends and family. We ate, drank and danced the night away!