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Sweet Sixteen Garden Party (9 photos)


Sweet Sixteen Garden Party - Close-up of the springy centerpieces

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This party was actually held in a barn because the it was March and the weather was threatening rain! The space was used mostly for storage, not animals, and had large 6x6" poles so we simply moved all of the lumber, tools and other items into the side bays. Then we stretched 12' tall pieces of green paper, available through Anderson's Prom, along the poles to cover everything. This was the largest part of the transformation, to be honest: just paper!

Guests entered through the large front double doors which were left open to a gravel drive area where we set up a plastic wicker patio set as a lounge area as we ended up with clear weather after all! On their left was the drink station with sparkling cider and other options. The table was decorated with pink gerbera daisies in milk glass bud vases.

Five round tables were set up for formal dining with plates, silverware and napkins in alternating pastel colors tucked into champagne flutes (glasses traditionally used for alcohol are great fun even when the drinks are entirely kid-friendly!) Favors rested on each plate, alternating between metal butterfly-shaped bookmarks and miniature plants in pastel-colored plastic pots. In the center of each table was a flat square mirror and a floral arrangement of tulips, daffodils, roses and other spring flowers in collected milk glass bowls and stands.

The back 1/3 of the event space was taken up by the cake, catering and gift areas. We set up a white pop-up tent in the center and the food on either side. The event was catered with a spring-inspired lunch, including pasta and fish. Because the event was actually for two best friends' birthdays, they each chose a cake flavor, both of which were set up on a round table decorated with more pink gerbera daisies in milk glass bud vases. Near the cake table we also set up a bulletin board on an easel with photos of the two girls and their families.

The gift area came together almost by accident: because the space between the two poles at the back of the space was so large, the paper kept falling in. In order to hold it up, we placed a large white bookshelf in front of it and then covered it in green fabric to cover some unsightly stains. The shelf became an improvised gift table! As a final finishing touch, we hung white eyelight paper lanterns from the ceiling that we picked up in Walmart's wedding department!

Rentals: Lake Event Design

Florals: Middletown Florist & Gifts

Catering: Chic Le Chef Catering

Event Design: The Paper Moon Party Co.

The Paper Moon Party Co.
Middletown, CA
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