event design, decor & fashion styling

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Flirty Forties Birthday Party

What better party idea for two friends turning 40 than a 1940's themed get together?  We picked red, brown, orange, and jade green as our color scheme as those were popular shades of the 40's.   With the invitation we conjured up an image of ladies dressing up and going out for a glamorous night on the town.
 We had our favorite baker, Rosellini Sweets, whip up a couple of cakes for the occasion.  We thought about what might have been traditional favorites cake varieties in the 1940's and decided on fluffy white coconut and smooth buttermilk with butter cream frosting.  We were so pleased when we happened upon these reproduction jadite cake stands.  We created the cake topper using images from vintage sewing patterns as well as other decorative papers and vintage buttons.

For table tops we used these cute rose themed vintage tablecloths.  Our collections of antique McCoy vases provided the perfect choices for lush bouquets of red roses and orange ranunculus.
 Isn't this little deer vase perfect for a small floral arrangement?  For a larger event it might be fun to find different animal vases for each table.

Later in the evening everyone gathered around while the cakes were served.  We're always amazed at how perfectly delicious Suzanne's cakes are.  They taste like the cakes of your dreams.  Tables were embellished with punched paper flower confetti and cute vintage photo signage.  All of our favorite ladies brought their fellows for an evening of music, dancing, cake, and great conversation.

Invitation & Sign Design- Michelle Stewart
Photography- Rich Casey

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