May 22, 2012

~ birthday bash

I am happy to report the birthday celebration was a huge success. 
Let me start by saying Kyle Robino was the flower guru for this party, and I believe they were the prettiest I've ever seen! I showed her all kinds of photos, but her rendition surpassed anything I had envisioned. Each arrangement was special and unique, and appreciated by all!
Let's check out the beauty, shall we?





I've fantasized about putting flowers in this tiered piece for years.. now was the time, and it turned out beautifully!


Broke out all the Mackenzie-Childs collection for this little shindig...






My favorite chicken casserole made a charming container for this spectacular arrangement...







These peach ruffly flowers were stunners... 



I rented the glass dessert plates and spiced things up a bit with the woven ribbon requiring several trips to Hobby Lobby... 
Note to self: It takes more ribbon than you think to thread 25 plates!

I bought a package of these Mackenzie-Childs paper liners years ago and have used them periodically through the years... Love an opportunity to pull them out!


More chicken...


The cakes were a hit... the green ribbon was carrot cake, the pink ribbon traditional white. We served with ice-cream and berries... delicious!





All my favorites from John Benker... 


It could not have been prettier outside.. a bit chilly, but just fine...

The peonies didn't even look real!




Love the MC colander with flowers...















Started the evening with votives in the fire pit, but by the end of the night, we had the real fire going... felt more like fall than summer!


I assembled party favors days ahead and had them hidden away for a special surprise at the end of the evening... Of course I forgot about the special surprise until half the guests were gone. I literally chased people out to their cars when I realized. 

Little Mackenzie-Childs bowls were filled with lime green gum balls and tied with ribbon. Why gum balls? No, the birthday girl is not a big fan of gum... I just loved the color!


I believe it's safe to say the party was a success. It was a celebration for a special 50th and I hope a night to remember...

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Will be linking up for Tablescape Thursday here


Flowers: Kyle Robino of Old Market Habitat
Catering: John Benker of Full Plate Inc
Chairs, linens and dessert plates: AAA Rents


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32 comments:

cindy said...

Your already gorgeous home with all those STUNNING arrangements...WOW!

I know you are still enjoying them now that your lovely home is quiet again. Everything so pretty, great photos and amazing creativity by you and your florist. Well done!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jan...

Ohhh my goodness...what a fabulous birthday bash is was too! I just adored this post...getting to see your lovely home and outdoor area. Everything looked sooo very beautiful! Ohhh..and the florals...GORGEOUS!!! I love the tiered piece that you added the beautiful flowers to...very pretty! Sooo many beautiful vignettes...I was in vignette heaven, my friend! Thank you for sharing your fabulous party with us...and by the way...Happy Birthday!

I wanted to come by to say thank you for adding Happy To Design to your list of blog follows. I am truly honored. I have added your delightful blog to my list of follows as well! It's so very nice to meet you, Jan!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What a beautiful birthday party! Thanks for allowing us to take a look!

vignette design said...

Wow and Wow again! You knocked it out of the park! What gorgeous flowers, and a gorgeous party. Loved every single photo.
Oh, and you deserve to still be in your pajamas! PS: I am too! ~Delores
PSS: I'm adding you to my sidebar so I don't miss a single post!

Rebecca Grace said...

Happy birthday! I would never be sane enough or have the foresight to snap pictures right before hosting a party; that's when I'm all frazzled and my husband is chasing me around with a glass of wine, saying "Relax, these people are our FRIENDS, everything will be fine!" ;-) Your florals are lovely, but I was even more enchanted by your dining room drapery fabric. I'm getting a Pierre Frey or maybe a Vervain vibe, but I don't recognize the pattern. Do you have another post somewhere about the interior design of your home?

cathy said...

Thank you for such a lovely evening Jan. Everything was so beautiful, you really have the magic touch. I do not recall ever seeing such a gorgeous setting- leave it to you to have thought of every detail! Great friends and food... a winning combination. Thanks again for a memorable evening.

Lauren said...

Absolutely stunning - the flowers, your house & yard, the food and all the pretty details!! Everything you post is always beyond gorgeous and this was no exception. Your lovely patio was the perfect setting for such a beautiful party. You are so inspiring Jan...thanks for sharing!

Lauren

Stacy Curran said...

This post just kept getting better and better...first the flowers, then McKenzie Childs, then those CAKES, then the outdoors...everything looks absolutely PERFECT!!
Stacy

The enchanted home said...

Jan! The more I scrolled down the better it got...seriously off the charts kind of beauty (and I do not say it lightly or freely)! WOW! You know how to throw a party, I will be sure to send you my birthday just in case you want to throw me an across the country soiree! The colors, the food, the flowers, the presentation, the backyard, your house...its all so magnifique!!
Well done......thanks for sharing!!!!!!!! Hope you were blessed by the weather gods with amazing weather too:)

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Everything looks gorgeous!!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Looks amazing, Jan!
What an enchanting setting.
I love the oranges and coral colors together.... so pretty with the neutrals table linens. Stunning!

May I ask, who is the maker of your metal oval lattice back chairs? They are so pretty....
and I am in the market for a non-wooden set!

Such a magical setting.
Would love to sit near that firepit one summer evening. I bet it is fantastic!

Alison

Michelle said...

Now thats commitment threading ribbon through plates! What a statement it makes all together, and all those flowers are just gorgeous I especially love those little tea pots. Its fun to be creative with vases. Love it.

Garden Centre said...

Great ideas, like always! I am very much impressed with your work..

Garden Centre Barnsley

jayneonweedstreet said...

Happy Birthday! The setting was beautiful; your friends must cherish you!

Kathy said...

What a wonderful day your shared. I know each guest felt they had entered heaven. Your photos are always stunning but the garden and patio is fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

annechovie said...

Happy Belated 50th, Jan! You sure know how to throw a lovely party. xx

Leslie said...

Jan,

what an amazing party you hosted! Your flowers (and their containers!) are just gorgeous. What a spread of delicious food and the cakes looked too good to cut in to! Your property looks so pretty. I love your topiaries!

leslie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Jan, You created such a beautiful atmosphere for a party. Everything is lovely.

BRASWELL said...

Congratulations! Beautiful flowers + party! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Decoratopia said...

That was so beautiful! I am just overwhelmed with all the gorgeous flowers. You really knocked this party out of the park!

Decoratopia said...

That was so beautiful! I'm just overwhelmed by the gorgeousness of the flowers - and everything else. You really knocked this party out of the park!

Carol Ann said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!

Bonnie said...

Everything is stunning. Florals are spectacular. I love your Mackensie Childs pieces and the food looks wonderful. I see so many beautiful pieces in your home and garden. It was a great party. You should be very pleased with all your hard work. I am sure the birthday girl was thrilled.

Town and Country Mom said...

First, thanks so much for following me. I am not worthy! I am swooning over the flowers, Rose Medallion, cakes, terrace and topiaries. Simply beautiful!

The French Hutch said...

Wow, the floral arrangements are breathtaking! The color combinations are gorgeous. You have a beautiful collection of MacKenzie-Childs and it looks so pretty on your dining room table. Your gardens take my breath away, beautiful. I'm sure your guests enjoyed the party. Beautiful photographs.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Entertaining Women said...

Isn't it wonderful when you visualize a setting in your mind, and it actually turns out that way. Gorgeous party...everything flowed perfectly. MacKenzie-Childs always adds a marvelous finishing touch. The flowers are spectacular....I always love the blown out peonies the best. It's amazing what a floral designer can do with a blow dryer...blows me away. The party favors were so special...great choice. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Barbara said...

Oh, this is lovely! I can't get over the beautiful flowers. Each arrangement so special. I love MacKenzie-Childs and you put it all together beautifully. Your outdoor setting is divine. Love the gumballs!

Denise Adorian said...

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pretty pink tulips said...

Jan,
Everything about this party made me want to fly through the screen and join in! The flower arrangements are stunning....and I'm totally enamored with your outdoor entertaining area.

Love the special 50 you tied onto the napkins. And, those party favors...Wow! I know your guests are glad you chased after them!

Happy Birthday to your sister in law!
xoxo Elizabeth

injoyinmylife said...

Oh my, this post is delightful! I loved every bit of it. The flowers were exquisite. Loved the cake table, your plates are to die for. I'm taking cake decorating classes so I really appreciate the beautiful cakes. The tables outdoors were just gorgeous. I know I'm missing something, but please know that I truly loved this post. The guests of the party mush have been just in awe. They are probably still talking about it.

Patti said...

Absolutely stunning! You have some lovely M-C pieces and, as a long time fan, I must say that I have never seen the paper liners - they are fabulous! Wish they still carried those. The floral arrangements are lovely in all of your pieces. Something that really caught my eye are the 6 tall candlesticks outside - they are so unique. You have a lovely yard for entertaining, too - your photos really captured a beautiful event!!

mishebe said...

you had me just with your MKC collections. Jealous! lol. Lovely outdoor settings . I love all of it. The salmon color roses. Love!