Thank you so much ladies for all your expert advice yesterday on my birthday party plans.
I'd love to say that I've come to a decision but I think I'm even more torn now :)
I put together a very quick moodboard of the theme ideas I have for each option.
Sit down dinner at the Sailing Club, would be natural earthy/beachy tones and textures.
I'm thinking a hessian table running over white table cloth with white river pebbles and tea light candles sprinkled down the tables and interspersed with green and white flowers. A few white paper lanterns hanging and the invitations and wooden fans by Illume Design.
Cocktail party at home, would be an elegant black, white and turquoise theme (well it is the Pantone colour of the year). I would have lace accents from the cupcake cases, lanterns and star bursts, lace doily bunting, lace wrapped vases and candle holders to the invitations and thank you present boxes, again by Illume Design. (Many of you know my wonderful friend of 25yrs Louise of Illume Design, but if you don't, then take a look at her gorgeous online shop and equally gorgeous blog )
I've had some great ideas on how I would cater the cocktail party without too much fuss and hastle and I think I would do Engracia's great suggestions of getting the teenage wait staff to help with the clean up and Lisa's suggestions of the cocktail machine (or I'd just do glass jugs of help yourself cocktails) so I'm not as daunted by the cocktail party anymore.
So that's how far I've gotten...
What do you think, which theme do you prefer???
Thanks so much again ladies, I love blogging, it's like getting all your girlfriends together in one room to help brainstorm without the logistics of babysitting, setting a date three weeks in advance, and you can do it in your PJ's :)
Have a great Friday,