Monday, 27 August 2012

30th Birthday Clash

This party was for a friend of mine whose favourite colour is pink!  The restaurant she had chosen had red décor including red walls and red chairs so we had to make the colour scheme look like we had intentionally clashed the red and pink.  So we threw in a third colour of purple and called it a birthday 'clash' instead of bash!

The tables were already beautifully laid with white table cloths and all cutlery, glasses etc..  I pre ordered balloons to be delivered to the restaurant and we had 30 of them in red, pink and purple, tied in bunches and placed at the end of each table.  Two small bunches of fresh flowers sat on each table and we hid glow sticks in the vases which made a very cool effect in the dim lighting!  I try to keep flower centre pieces low so guests can always make conversation with those across from them.  And the balloons always high enough for the same reason.

Candles always create an atmosphere and go a long way if your venue will allow it. We mixed up some coloured candles with regular tea light candles.  
We sprinkled table confetti of course and wrapped pipe cleaners around the stems of every wine glass.   Pink and purple napkins were scrunched into the wine glasses.  There were gorgeous linen napkins provided so the paper ones were more for colour than to actually be used.  All these little things may seem unnecessary but once the table is decorated the overall impact of all the details is gorgeous.  We even added some coloured straws to the water glasses and paper butterfly cut outs to the balloon ribbons.

For favours, sweets always go down well and are easy and cheap to do.  For this one I just wrapped a good mix of favourites in cellophane and tied with a satin ribbon.  Each had a 'thank you' tag.  These were perfect for guests to take home with them (although many were devoured before starters!).

As a fun addition to the party I created a Mad Lib story for each guest to complete about the birthday girl.  This is an American tradition and such a great idea.  Hilarious the next morning when the birthday girl/guy reads through all the stories.  For this one I punched a hole in each card and we thread them all on a ribbon to keep them safe.  It would be a nice idea to put them into an album - great wedding guest book idea!

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