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90th Birds and Blooms Party (9 photos)


Party flags on the paper straws welcomed guests to grab a lemonade and relax.

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This sophisticated garden party was inspired by my grandmother and used for her recent 90th birthday party. When starting the design, I asked myself what was it about my grandmother that I would always remember.  Thoughts of birdwatching off of her back porch and digging in the dirt of her rose garden came to mind immediately.  This inspired the Birds and Blooms themed party.  Her birthday was in the spring, so I chose dark purples, lavendar and minty green. I designed a party collection taken right from the garden that featured bird, butterfly and dragonfly silhouettes dancing in the flowers. 

I hosted the party at a historic house in Pennsylvania.  It was an afternoon dessert, so I set up the dessert table in front of the historic fireplace.  All of the treats were inspired by the spring.  I made coconut drizzled bird's nests, marshmallow pansy pops, chocolate covered strawberries, cream puffs filled with whipped cream, cupcakes with purple and green buttercream icing and butterfly kisses (purple and green meringues). 

For decorations, I created a bird house to add height to the table and made a signature "90" as the house numbers.  I also mixed in flowers, clay pots, bird topped apothecary jars and fresh fruit.  For the favors, we gave each guest a special herb with a handmade plant marker.  It was crafted with party straws and favor tags. 

My grandmother was quite surprised when she walked into her own birthday party and thrilled to see such a special gathering in honor of her.

Alexandria, Virginia
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