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Here are a few pictures from our Hip Hostess Series NYC event last month – the Modern Parisian Soirée! You’ll find lots more photos in 2 albums on the HWTM Facebook Page: Hip Hostess Series NYC: Part 1 & Part 2. And in the meantime, here are a few of my favorite details…

Pictured at top is the centerpiece for the huge square dining table that was part of the venue. Instead of one large centerpiece, several small bunches of white & yellow flowers were grouped together to take up more of the table’s surface space. The vases were decorated with black, white, and magenta screen-printed clear overlay papers from Hambly, which featured a vintage-looking scroll print.

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The same screen-printed overlay paper was used on top of a yellow & white damask-print paper (“Fancy” by American Crafts™) to create “place mats”, which really helped to tie the place settings & centerpiece together. Black napkins folded into a squares & wrapped with a 1.5″ strip of the “Fancy” paper sat atop patterned salad plates and black dinner plates…

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A piece of yellow acrylic crystal garland was placed on top of the napkins to add a little sparkle to the settings, and Clear Placecard Holders and Black Placecards from Social Couture sat near a square tealight holder at the top of each place setting.

Black, yellow, and raspberry Ostrich Feather “trees” were also a key piece of the party decor for this theme. Step-by-step instructions on how to create these pieces are coming later this week (and are surprisingly easy!)!

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3 signature cocktails featuring Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur were served at the party: the French Martini (a necessary for a “Modern Parisian theme!), Chambord & Champagne, and a special concoction called the “Little Black Dress” (recipe to come…).

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Pictured below: mixologist Tim Laird during the cocktail demo… In this picture he’s working on the recipe that was definitely the hit of all 3 sessions that night: the Chocolate Raspberry Martini dessert cocktail!

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French Martini taste test… (she liked it!)

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Guests enjoying the Little Black Dress cocktails…

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One of the many fabulous appetizers created by Bite

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Contrary to what you might first expect… men actually do come to the Hip Hostess events too! Here’s some proof… (and I promise there was more than one!)

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The best part about these events for me is being able to meet HWTM readers in person!

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Visit the Facebook photo albums for more pics… and stay tuned for a Dallas event recap coming very soon (I’m hoping to have pics form the photographer later this week)!

By |2018-02-12T09:40:21-07:00October 27th, 2008|Party Decor Projects, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Brianna October 27, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Everything is STUNNING! Wish I could’ve been there to see everything in person and sip French Martinis too!!

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  3. Tiffany October 27, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Beautiful party! The clear scrapbook paper in the place settings & on the vases is genius!

  4. dwellings and decor October 27, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Your table settings are really beautiful and inspiring and those vases are really great.

  5. http://stemparties.blogspot.com/ October 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    I love this party, Jenn. I need stacks of the clear paper. Stacks, I tell you. You did an amazing job. Loves.

    I also am sending a shout out to Sonny since he called me out for commenting in Dallas. If you are reading this, Sonny…hollaaaaa.

  6. laurie October 27, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    The feather trees look so cool! Love the bright yellow!

  7. Lisa Jeffries October 27, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Drool-worthy… as usual!

  8. Weddings on the Strand October 27, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Tim Laird really looks like he’s got the right kind of finesse to enhance his role as mixologist!

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  10. Abby November 5, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    LOVE THIS! How did you get the scrapbook overlays to stick to the vases?

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