Midsummer Night Soiree

How to Host a Magical Midsummer Night Soiree Birthday Party!

 This year my daughter was turning 14 years old and insisted her party be sophisticated and mature with only a subtle theme.  I definitely had my work cut out for me!  I am so used to designing parties for younger children where the more fun details, the better. 

After much thought and consideration, we ultimately decided on a evening soiree with a theme based on Shakespeare's,  A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was mature yet quite magical and would include serving the guests a lovely 3 course dinner, an enchanting dessert table, a fun flower crown activity and a viewing of the movie Strange Magic which is an animated movie based on the same Shakespearean play!

I couldn't wait to get started!  I first started with the invitation design. I wanted it to be over the top magical!  Like I have done in the past, I decided to use a black jewelry box, filled it with green moss and added some large glitter for extra sparkle.  I then place the invitation on top of the moss along with a darling butterfly pendant necklace tucked neatly inside a gold organza bag and topped it with a life like dragonfly.  Each box was completed with a beautiful plum satin ribbon tied into a lovely bow and a beautiful tag that coordinated perfectly with the invitation with each girls name on it.  For an extra special touch, we hand delivered each invitation.  I can't tell you how special each girl felt to receive such a magical invitation! They all couldn't wait to attend the party!

 Our back yard is filled with lovely rockery, greenery and loads of beautiful flowers which posed as the perfect backdrop for this event.  I chose to set the table up under the pergola so it would allow me to hang loads of sparkly lights above as well as a beautiful wooden white faux chandelier and attach flowy white drapes at each corner to create an outdoor oasis.  I wanted a bit of a boho chic look as well so setting up the table just 18" high and placing off-white cotton pillows as the seating achieved just that.   To create the faux wood tabletop, I simply attached a realistic wood paper to the top of the tabletops.  A lot of the girls thought it was real wood at first!  I then used a chocolate brown damask table runner down the center along with some moss green crinkle satin fabric strategically twisted and spread  along the center and topped with some faux greenery.  The centerpiece was a rectangular rustic white wooden box filled with the most gorgeous plum, purple, fuchsia and cream flowers. The centerpiece was flanked by mason jars filled with the same beautiful flowers as well as moss and twinkle lights.

 Each place setting started with a large square apple green plate, layered with a plum cloth napkin folded into a beautiful lotus flower and finished with a leaf place card with each girl's name written in gold and a darling little favor box placed on top. The favor boxes contained the sweetest little butterfly keepsake with an inspirational saying etched onto each one.  A plum stemless wine glass was placed at the right hand corner with a fun green and white striped straw and my favorite matte gold silverware added an elegant touch to each setting.

 The dessert table was definitely a magical site with so many bright colors, flower and butterfly accents and a beautiful display of delicate glass globes hovering above. Each one was filled with moss, fuchsia flowers and the most darling little glowing orbs for added mystique. The dessert table was filled with gorgeously decorated sugar cookies, mini chocolate cupcakes, a decadent chocolate brownie tower and a simple naked cake adorned with flowers and butterfly accents.  

 We served the girls a delicious  dinner of  Caesar salad, mozzarella and tomato salad, a little fruit cup and mini slider burgers with all the fixings.  The girls had a wonderful time eating, laughing and just enjoying each other's company!  

After dinner, the girls sang "Happy Birthday" to the birthday girl and enjoyed all the scrumptious desserts.

 No Party is complete without a super fun activity or craft no matter what age!  For this party, it seemed fitting to have the girls create their own flower crowns.  It turned out to be the perfect choice.  They all had so much fun designing and creating.  And the photo shoot ops afterwards were a blast!

 Finally, to wind down the evening, the girls got cozy and watched A Mid Summer Night's Dream inspired movie, Strange Magic. It was the perfect ending to the most magical of parties!

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

Supplies and Vendors:

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

Black invitation box, cut to size moss sheeting, plum satin ribbon, floating lily flowers, hanging glass globes, mini glowing orbs, plum stemless plastic glasses, small white favor boxes, realistic wood paper roll: Oriental Trading 

Matte gold silverware: Target

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 other ideas and opinions are my own. 

Chinoiserie Garden Bridal Shower

How to Host a Beautiful Garden Bridal Shower

Summertime is upon us and that means Wedding and Shower season too!  I have teamed up with Oriental Trading to show you just how easy it can be to host a gorgeous Bridal Shower or even a Wedding reception by using their lovely new line of wedding decor and accessories.
The inspiration for this Shower came from these gorgeous Ralph Lauren plates I found at Home Goods.  I love how the Chinoiserie pattern is mixed so beautifully with the yellow and orange flowers as well as a darling butterfly for some added whimsy!  

I started as I always do by designing the invitation and the coordinating printables.  I decided to include a menu to give the look some added sophistication.  This Invitation suite could easily work for an elegant wedding as well. I absolutely LOVE how the printables turned out!  I think I have a new obsession.....Chinoiserie!

You can find the Chinoiserie Invitation Collection HERE!
 I created this beautiful table design by first adding a floor length white tablecloth to the table and adding a sheer table runner with an intricate gold vine pattern that matched the inspiration plates perfectly. For seating, instead of using typical chairs,  I decided to use a lovely off-white settee on one side and a wooden bench on the other.  I added a couple fun pillows to tie all the colors together and at the same time add warmth and coziness.

The flower arrangements were a collection of varying sized gold mirrored vases placed in the center of the table and one large Chinoiserie vase which I added to the end of the table for added beauty.

The place setting started with these wonderful gold diamond rimmed chargers topped with a simple white dinner plate and finished with the colorful inspiration plate.  I then placed a small orange glass votive filled with a single flower and tucked a small place card among it. The menu was set at an angle to the right.  I tied the silverware together with some beautiful orange silk ribbon for added interest and the napkin was folded in a decorative manner and placed at the upper left of the setting.  I thought a stunning crystal hair comb would make a lovely favor idea. I placed the comb on top of the napkin with a small "thank you" card tucked elegantly within the comb and finished it with a bright orange silk ribbon tied into a neat little bow. 

Finally, the glass I chose was a clear stemless wine glass decorated with a bright yellow striped straw finished off by simply tying a blue ribbon at the top. Even the simplest of details can add such impact to the overall design of a table!

I really enjoyed styling this beautiful Bridal Shower tablescape and I hope you find lots of inspiration to use for you next event.


Styling, Printables and Photography: Misha/A Lovely Design

Table runner, Chargers, Stemless wine glasses, Hair combs, small orange votive, gold mirror vases: Oriental Trading

Ralph Lauren plates, Chinoiserie vase: Home Goods  

Gold Silverware: Target

Thanks for popping over!
For some more awesome summertime inspiration, hop on over to Twinkle Twinkle Little Party where my friend Andressa has the most adorable "You are my Sunshine Birthday Party" !


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.