I met up at the initial consult with the sweetest, most soft-spoken southern lady. She begins to tell me all about her handsome hubby, how he’s turning 40 this year …. and she would love to throw him a surprise party but she’s not quite sure what the “theme” should be … or if there should be one. so …. as I would normally do, I ask about the person … what’s he like? what are his favorite hobbies? …. etc.
WELL …. the answers surprised me … to say the least.
Here are just a few:
- he likes ‘lil wayne AND pavarotti
- he likes hermes (and he owns hermes pieces)
- he’s a HUGE social butterfly (i.e. could be the honorary mayor of charlotte)
- HUGE panther fan
- had a pet tarantula and a pet snake
- loves squirrel hunting
- double lettered in fencing and cheerleading
I will keep the rest of his “likes” under wraps – but you get that this guy is a CHARACTER, right?!?
I totally had my work cut out for me. The brainstorming commenced.
All I could think of is – this guy is someone EVERYONE would love knowing … and once they knew him, they probably loved him, loved being around him, loved hanging out with him, loved his infectious character …. so I blurted out the most random idea for an invitation and the whole event took on a life of it’s own.
We came up with a fun “fan club” party invitation since he seemed to have a huge friend base … and let’s face it … who wouldn’t want a party like this …. CHECK IT OUT!
The handsome Greg Olsen made an appearance (swoon)
THIS CAKE! Describes all of his likes + passions … served by none other than “Lil-Lil Wayne”.
xoxo – deb
PAPER GOODS / PRINT ITEMS: olive paper | PHOTOGRAPHY / BULLET BOOTH: smitten & hooked
CAKE: cake expressions by lisa | VENUE: fahrenheit | HUNKY FOOTBALL PLAYER: greg olsen 🙂
Today I am crushing on this simple and super southern first birthday party hosted at The Duke Mansion for Bennett.
All of the fixings were there – barbeque, coleslaw, mac and cheese, birthday cake and more …. plus a few yard games.
Birthdays (and other non-wedding parties) are exciting to design for me because it’s a fun break from the wedding styles and colors (read: blush and champagne) that are so popular (although I DO absolutely think that color palette is gorgeous) …. but it’s just nice to do something a bit different every now and then 🙂
Take a peek into this party for sweet Bennett …. and please check out the amazing vendors at the end of the blog post!
PLANNER: hart + co. events | VENUE: the duke mansion | ALL PAPER GOODS/DESIGN: olive paper
CAKE: suarez bakery | PHOTOGRAPHY: sunshower photography | LINEN: latavola linen | FLORALS: lily greenthumb’s
one of my favorite people ever has one of the sweetest mommas ever (well right after my momma!).
last year she hit a little milestone – middle age. 60. the older i get, the younger that sounds. right??
check out these amazing photos from the beautiful mess.
the birthday girl!
my bestie and her hottie hubby. she was the mastermind behind organizing this secret soiree!
photography: the beautiful mess | venue: the mint museum, uptown | planner / designer: ivy robinson events
florals: lily greenthumbs | rentals: afr (chairs) + classic party rentals (china/tables)
linens: nuage | paper / stationery: olive paper