Tennis Anyone?

A Tennis Birthday!

When your Step-Dad is coming out for a visit AND turning 79 years old.... what do you do?  ...You throw him a party!!  And when his favorite sport is tennis....why you throw him a Tennis themed birthday party!

And that's exactly what I did! 
My inspiration for this party came to me one day when I was shopping in one of my favorite stores (Home Goods) and came across a darling little package of tennis ball gumballs.  I knew right then and there that the theme would most definitely be...TENNIS!

I kept the decor quite simple and put the focus more on the cake and the food.  What I did put up for decoration though was a simple blank white canvas for a backdrop and hung a colorful tissue tassel garland from it made up of different shades of greens, navy blue and white which added just the right amount of pizzazz to make it feel like a celebration!

Now when it came to the food, I knew that a couple Charcuterie platters would definitely be the perfect choice.  They are always such a great option for just about any occasion.  They not only look beautiful, they give your guests so many wonderful selections to choose from and they allow everyone to socialize while casually grazing on the delicious platters of yumminess!

The cake was definitely the centerpiece of the table! It was 6 layers of delicious lemon and key-lime cake filled with Bavarian cream, finished with a buttercream frosting and drizzled with white chocolate ganache! I loved using the tennis ball gumballs as decor too!  Such a sweet touch!

This party turned out great!  Not too over the top, not too fancy,..... just right for a guy's 79th birthday!

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Party Styling , cake and photography: A Lovely Design

Tissue Tassel: Glamfete

"Let's Celebrate Us" - Mother's Day Tablescape

Host a Lovely Mother's Day Luncheon

Mother's Day is an opportunity to show those special Moms in your life just how much they mean, so why not WOW them with a gorgeous tablescape and a lovely luncheon! The theme I chose, "Let's Celebrate Us" summed it up perfectly!

{download your FREE printable here.}

The primary inspiration for this fresh and bright tablescape came from these gorgeous melamine plates from Plateshoppe.  I chose the Seabreeze collection for it's amazing color palette and whimsical patterns. And the lemon and lime details paired perfectly!

This look was easier than you think to achieve.  The table runner was a beautiful wrapping paper I had found and  simply just cut to size. Layered plates always gives a classy look to any tablescape and gives you an opportunity to mix and match different patterns and colors.  I love my gold silverware, which by the way is from Target.  You can buy as little or as much as you need because it's sold by the piece!

Placing a colorful linen napkin between your layered plates adds a delightful touch of sophistication and yet another opportunity to add color to your design.
The lemon place card was by far my favorite detail of this party though.  Not your usual place card holder, but wrapped with some pretty ribbon and add in a darling place card and you have an instant conversation everyone knows where to sit! LOL

Now, for this tablescape, I decided to place the gorgeous DIY floral arrangement at the end of the table instead of the middle.  I love making my floral arrangements big and grand but not always condusive for conversation purposes.  With this table design, you can have a grand floral arrangement and still see your guests across the table.  The lemon detail on the vase was achieved quite simply by placing a slightly smaller vase inside of the outer vase and sliding slices of lemons between. Impress all your guests at those upcoming summer soirees with this simple yet impressive technique!

Finally, I always have several sheer white drapes on hand for adding a little elegance and drama to any occasion.  For this party, I simply attached them to the pergola and draped them to either side. The final touch was definitly the fun tissue tassel from Glamfete though. I love that she will customize her garlands to match your parties unique color palette!

I hope you found some great inspiration and ideas to use for your next party or perhaps for your Mother's Day celebration! 

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Party Styling, Printables, Cake and Photography : Misha/ A Lovely Design

Melamine Plates: Plateshoppe 

Tissue Tassel Garland: Glamfete


Terrarium Making Party

How to Host a
 Modern Teen Terrarium Making Party!

Succulents..... they're all the rage!  At least that's what my teenage daughter tells me! LOL!
So I thought, what better theme for her fifteenth birthday than a Terrarium Making Party! My daughter thought it was a fabulous idea, and that's all I needed.
I have been wanting to do something with succulents for some time and now I had the perfect party to do it with.

Collaborating with Oriental Trading for this party was a must, as they have so many supplies that I needed to create the most adorable terrariums, plus many more wonderful products as well.

When choosing the color palette for this party, I knew I wanted to keep it modern and crisp but also encompass the essence of my daughter by using her favorite color purple throughout, along with various hues of green, whites and of course coppers and golds for some added sparkle and sophistication.
Designing the invitation and the printables was so much fun.  I really love how they all turned out. The whole invitation suite is available HERE at my Etsy shoppe.

But my favorite element of this party would definitely have to be the stunning balloon garland that framed out the dessert table. 

 I had been wanting to create a balloon garland for sometime and just needed the perfect party for it. I'm so glad I tried it! It turned out to be a lot easier than I had anticipated it would be. By adding a few tissue flowers to the garland,  it added a level of sophistication but still kept enough whimsy for a teenager to appreciate!

The dessert table was filled with gorgeous succulent inspired desserts from scrumptious mini chocolate cupcakes to beautifully decorated sugar cookies.
The cake was certainly an eye catcher though, with its chocolatey layers peeking through the buttercream icing and finished with a decadent white chocolate lavender ganache dripping down the sides.
There were also beautifully decorated chocolate covered strawberries and individual  lavender cheesecakes finished with blackberries and a sprig of mint.

The tabletop was equally as impressive with a gorgeous floral arrangement as the centerpiece surrounded by darling geometric shaped terrariums all placed atop a modern white and green table runner.

 Each place setting started with a simple square white plate layered with a darling leaf shaped plate and finally topped off with a white linen napkin, rolled and tied off with lavender twine and finished with a lovely place card for each guest.  The setting was flanked by matte gold silverware and the most fabulous purple mason jars for their beverage.  Above each place setting was an adorable succulent favor jar filled with delicious chocolate covered fruits for each guest to take home. I cannot have a party without a party favor! It's just such a nice way of saying "Thanks for coming".

We served the girls a wonderful lunch consisting of {all my daughter's favorite foods}, homemade French onion soup, Caesar salad, croissant sandwiches and lovely fruit cups.  
Once lunch had finished, it was time to "Dig in and get their hands dirty"! The girls couldn't wait to create their very own little terrariums.
Each girl got a box containing a darling hanging glass terrarium globe with a little card diagramming the process.

All the ingredients were neatly placed in the cutest little mini flowerpots with darling name tags identifying what each item was.

The girls had so much fun getting a little dirty creating the sweetest little succulent terrariums!

This was definitely the perfect party for a fifteenth birthday but can certainly be the perfect theme for a tween birthday, a baby shower or even a lovely ladies luncheon, because after all, succulents ARE all the rage!

I hope you were able to find tons of wonderful inspiration to use for your next party or event!
Thanks for visiting!

Thinking about having a little Terrarium Making Party of your own?
Here's a list of supplies you'll need to make your own mini terrariums PLUS Free printables!

-Mini glass Globes
-decorative green moss
FREE printables HERE and HERE
(Soil and succulents can be found at your local garden center) 



Supplies and Vendors:

Party Styling, Desserts and Printables: Misha/ A Lovely Design

Glass terrarium globes,  mini white ceramic flowerpots, moss, sand, square white plates, succulent/cactus napkins, gold tissue flowers: Oriental Trading

Purple mason jars, table runner fabric, decorative moss and pebbles : Joanns

Screen backdrop, glass and gold terrarium containers, favor jars and faux succulents for favor jars: Hobby Lobby

Matte gold silverware: Target

Tissue tassel: Glamfete

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided  samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.