|Posted on November 26, 2016 at 10:20 AM|
Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina and passport ready My Eventful Life provides wedding and event planning services to the smart socialite. The woman who could (DIY) or do it herself, but doesn’t want to. She hires My Eventful Life because she wants to be on trend, but not look trendy. She also wants to have the most exquisite details for her event whether it’s her wedding, baby shower or child’s birthday party. But she also knows her life is an eventful one and that she needs help.
Every mother knows that moment, the moment you start thinking about your child’s birthday party in the upcoming year. That is a very defining moment, that is when all things are considered, in one short minute, including the date, budget, venue, theme and colors. All of which are decided in an extremely short timeframe. Well, even as a wedding planner that moment strikes up anxiety almost immediately. This year I decided to use this anxiety in a good way, so needless to say this shoot was inspired by my daughters 8 birthday. That means eight birthday parties, eight cakes, and eight birthday party themes. I decided this year was going to be the year we go all out and do something we would never forget at My Eventful Life. I don’t know why I didn’t wait until she turned 10 or even 16…but at 8 years old and having a mom as an event planner it just seemed right to do it now. I found that second to weddings, my passion is kids parties. I am inspired every year by the nerves that come with trying to outdo myself, so I will be back next year with that same goal. I hope you enjoy this party as much as I do.
Venue: Hey Sugar Shop Rock Hill, SC is a quaint little bakery, tucked into a cute, small South Carolina town right outside of Charlotte. It was like finding a surprise in the center of a cupcake when I met Mary Kate. She and her amazing “VIP Suite” was the perfect backdrop for our styled shoot/birthday party. And consistent with her brand, she was the most gracious host.
Shoot Theme: The Princess and the Prince Tea Party was an over the top blinged out tea party, complete with real china and tea sandwiches. We left no stone unturned with this one.
Colors Used in the Shoot: Shades of light Pink and hot pink, Gold accents, pops of Violet and Tiffany Blue, Dark Teal, Bright Yellow and a hint of Silver.
Stand out Details: My two favorite details has to be the mirrored Chandelier by Nicole Ketchum at Chandeliers by NK and the fine bone China by The Whimsical Rose. Both of these details stole the show, Nicole’s Chandelier was begging to be in this shoot. And I gave it a front row seat. From the moment I met The Whimsical Rose and she saw my determination in obtaining fine china, I knew I had met my spirit animal. She came through for me in a major way. I also am completely obsessed over the sandwich picks by Ascend Designs. They were personalized for the birthday girl in her name and the number "8". It's all in the details.
More about the Details: This shoot was an opportunity for me to show off my styling skills. I grew up eating dinner on fine china and using “real” dishes, so I wanted to expose my daughter and her friends to that experience. From the delectable and addictive finger foods served by Hey Sugar Shop, to the affirmations done at the end of the party by T'aira at Kiss My Tiara Party Company, this was all about giving these kiddos an experience of a lifetime. As T'aira gave instructions to the children about how to drink tea properly (pinkies up, hand under cup) and how to look in the mirror and love themselves, I dropped a tear.
Linens: I used a linen runner in a neutral bone so as not to distract from the florals and china. The room has a rustic feel so I used burlap chair ties. I used a rosette linen in silver on the cake table.
Stationery: I knew I wanted these invites to make her friends feel that this was a party they can NOT miss and Bonhomie Events and Design captured my vision immediately. Also, the invitation had to mention both boys and girls. We have a boy bff and the boy mom would never have forgiven me if they were not invited. Hence the Prince theme. The stationary had all of the colors detailed above with a sheen on the paper that once the envelope was open, we received immediate RSVP’s just as expected.
Place Setting: There were gold chargers, white acrylic plates, topped with an actual usable napkin in our hot pink, the lunch menu and a handwritten name card. There was also a gold and white polka dot party hat for each of the littles, and a precious candy wand by Lisa Frank that I just had to have as a part of the décor. This pulled together nicely and was so fun. Oh wait, lets not forget the monogrammed milk bottles by Events by Anderson at each place setting complete with each child’s initial. They actually used these for their pink lemonade sipped through a paper straw.
Photographer: Nicholas Bossi owner, Fotobossi Photograpy. He said “You are setting the bar pretty high mom”. Well you knocked it out the park Nick!
Planner: Lead Planner, Stacie L. Bittle My Eventful Life
Venue: Hey Sugar Shop
Birthday Girls Styling: My Eventful Life (styling) Dress Aeropostale
The Prince’s Styling: DejaBo Bow Ties
Cake: Hey Sugar Shop
Makeup: Makeup By Lissia
Florals: Hey Sugar Shop
Birthday Girl’s Accessories: The Bead Lady
Goodie Bag sponsors: Aloha Nail Wraps Avon by Samantha Confetti Gifts by Festivefetti
Stationery: Bonhomie Events and Design
Linens: Creative Touch Event Planning and Catering
A few DESIGN IDEAS FOR CREATING A Princess and the prince tea party
1. Go over the top with fine bone china.
2. Utilize sequins and sparkle in your décor anywhere you see fit.
3. Make sure each place setting is personalized for each child.
4. Sweets, sweets and more sweets did I mention sweets.
5. Give goodie bags that are unparalleled filled with gifts the child can actually use.
6. Use florals just as you would for an adult affair, and lots of them.
7. Make sure this is a learning experience for each child and have fun!
A heartfelt thank you to all of the above vendors for this project would have not taken place without YOU! For questions about any of the design elements of the event please feel free to contact me directly. I hope you enjoyed the party!
My Eventful Life