Today is Valentines!!! I hope you are all feeling loved and cherished. I have been waiting to share with you this party that happened last year. I was asked to play cupid and help decorate a cocktail party for the Trustees of The New School. I finally had a reason to decorate with these giant heart balloons from Geronimo. I added sweet red roses, gold confetti, and votives to fill the room with more love. No matter what party your throwing I always feel it is more fun to use decorative napkins. I decided to personalize some red linen cocktail napkins from The Stationary Studio. It was my first time ordering from the site and I was so pleased. I couldn’t believe how easy and fast it was to do.
The Perfect Hostess shop on Etsy helped me dress up the beverages by making some festive gold glitter stir sticks. I thought they added some extra pizazz for the night. And of course I couldn’t send anyone home empty handed. As tokens of affection, I ordered sugar cookies cut into x’s and o’s from Amy’s Cookies. Hugs and Kisses! Who doesn’t love them?!! I hope you’re all embracing the spirit of love today! Happy Valentines.
Images: Ilenia Martini
I had so much fun making gift bags for Amy and her best friends. David wanted everything to be extra special and gave me the freedom to shop to my heart’s desire. I seriously couldn’t have been given a more exciting task. I hired Holly Hollon to design the totes. I knew I wanted them to say “Filled with Love” because David wanted all the women to know how cherished they were. Holly was such a joy to work with, I fell in love with her from the start. One of my favorite items I had made for each bag were these beautiful paper flower bouquets. I stumbled across this gem when I was shopping for gifts at John Derian in NYC. I became obsessed with these individual paper flowers made by The Green Vase and I thought if I could get a bouquet made for each bag as a keepsake it would be special. I contacted Livia Cetti and she meticulously crafted me 9 stunning bouquets. You should visited her website just to see her beautiful work. She even makes cake toppers, which I want a reason to hire her again.
At every party you have to have a little something that wows everyone. Whether it’s a unique backdrop, funny prop, big balloon, or colorful garland. We decided to jazz up the chandelier because it was the focal point of the room and was the first thing Amy would see when she walked in the door. John and David ran to Paper Source and bought pink and green wrapping paper and some gorgeous ribbon that we used to wrap tiny presents. We hung them from the chandelier with shiny balls. I’m pretty much in love with how it turned out.
Last year I was asked to help plan a surprise 50th birthday for Amy. Her husband, David, flew out 8 of Amy’s closest girlfriends to Colorado to spend a weekend with her at the Broadmoor. It was the most amazing surprise I have ever been apart of. The entire weekend was kept a secret for many many months. There was a tremendous amount of secretive planning to pull such a fête off. David wanted each meal to be memorable. So together we worked many hours at planning the tables, gifts, menus etc… Each meal was planned to be in a different dinning room on the Broadmoor grounds. I have so much to share with you and can’t wait. So keep checking in as I will be posting. I have been waiting a whole year to share this weekend. I thought I would post their first dinner table that had a fall theme. The dinner that evening was at the “chefs table”. It was a gourmet feast for the birthday girl. I couldn’t have pulled the weekend off without John & David S., the powerhouse duo behind Design Works in Colorado. They are the master florist designers who did all the magic throughout the weekend. Their attention to detail is reflected in everything they touch. For this table they brought in fruits and vegetables, gourds, branches, candles, and centerpieces that were all inspired by the fall season. All I can say is it was spectacular. I wish I could recreate this table for my Thanksgiving. It was an inspirational table.
The menus I thought turned out so unique. These were one of my favorite menus to ever design. I had Bryn and her fantastic assistant Margaret help me with all the calligraphy for the weekend. I designed a menu booklet for this dinner that unfolded with each course on a separate page. As you can see, the front of the book said “A chef’s feast to commemorate my darling wife Amy”, which set the theme of the evening.
Amy and all her girlfriends had a present placed on their chair. To keep with the theme of the night, I wrapped the gifts in kraft paper and tied them with jute ribbon. John and David gave me some fresh greenery to put on the tops. I had tags made up that said “Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times”. Inside each gift were the cutest aprons I found from Coral and Tusk.
The feast couldn’t have turned out more perfect for Amy. I hope you enjoy these photos and I can’t wait to show you more soon.