REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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This gorgeous party that Linda Roos created for her 35th birthday is so colorful, chic… and versatile! Her tiered centerpieces – and this overall look – would also be great for wedding showers and anniversary celebrations. And how great is this homemade birthday banner:


Read on for lots of photos and all the details, as told by Linda herself…


I pictured this party being colorful, cheery, and sassy…

I totally lucked out in finding the striped fabric on the clearance table at a fabric store. It matched the colors of the invite perfectly. With the fabric having so many different colors, I decided to use it as a table runner along with white china. I alternated hot pink and white napkins at each setting.


I used big plates so that the guests could load up on different cakes and desserts from the buffet. I also put glasses and then altered espresso cups, larger coffee cups, and tea mugs on the table to give the guests a choice of what to drink.


I saw a post on HWTM a while back about a tablescape from Brides that I have been wanting to do for the longest time. It had a tiered cake stand full of flowers. So I got the stands from IKEA (which were ideal for flowers as the plates are deep enough to hold water), a bunch of fresh flowers and different colors of polka dot ribbon. I am so happy with how this turned out. Thanks for the tip Jen!


I also also hung pink glass ornaments from the chandelier over the table to add some bling (gotta have bling!), and spent three nights cutting and stringing scrapbook paper into flags that I hung across our dining area and over to the kitchen island where I had the buffet.




The buffet was filled with different kinds of homemade cakes and desserts. I am so not a baker and it took me all night Friday, huge chunks of Saturday, and all morning Sunday to make everything. But thanks to delish recipes from one fabulous sweetheart – Swedish celebrity cook Leila Lindholm – it all turned out amazing! I made two times too much and had to send some of it home with the guests as they left. But it’s all good, LOL. I think it made them happy.


I served New York blueberry cheesecake, torta della nonna (which I think is my favorite cake ever!), chocolate chip walnut brownies, creme brulée, raspberry mousse, fruit salad, and a cupcake tower (inspired by Martha Stewart).



I also had glass jars with some sweets (marshmallows, M&Ms, and Toblerone chocolate) and made little labels for each item by using a digital scrapbooking label by Jessica Sprague (from her Thank Ya Kindly kit).


espresso, freshly brewed coffee, blackcurrant juice, pineapple juice, and soda.


It was a lot of hard work but all worth it I think!”

Thanks for all the great inspiration, Linda! We think your hard work was worth it too!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

27 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday”

  1. I love how accessible and real this party is.

  2. Alexis says:

    Beautiful and festive, I love it!

  3. Valerie says:

    I love all the colors and the fun way to display flowers on the tables. Food looks great too!

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous! Good job and that blueberry cheesecake looks soooo good. I wish I had tasty-vision!

  5. Susan says:

    I just ADORE everything about this party!! Great job!

  6. Prachi says:

    Wow…i love the colors and the effort that went into baking so many goodies…

  7. I love the photos and the concept of the party! So casual yet stands out! Perfect!

  8. Alex says:

    I love this! But ideally there would be someone setting it up for me…

  9. Grosse bite says:

    Oh my…. this is jsut wonderful… I can’t imagine how much you have to work to prepare everything, every detail is perfect… It’s lovely!!! And food look just… uhm yummy

  10. Julianne says:

    Beautiful party, I especially love the centerpieces.

  11. I love the banner, and the desserts are perfection!

  12. Laurie says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Linda! Well done!

  13. Nina says:

    This is awesomeness!

  14. gillian says:

    really beautiful! where did you get the glass containers? (marshmellows and candy are in)

  15. Lindsan says:

    @gillian, I bought the jars at a Swedish shop called Bolagret. I checked your blog quickly and I think you are in the US, so I think this will probably not help you much. I am sorry! Perhaps someone else reading here has a few tips?

  16. DawnS says:

    Linda…beautiful as always!

  17. Magatha May says:

    What a great looking party. The dessert buffet sounds amazing, yum!

  18. Zahra says:

    Wow very pretty :)

    I have a question though! How did you make (or where did you buy?) the cupcake stand? Ive been wanting one for AGES!

  19. jenn s. says:

    Hi Zahra –
    Linda bought the cupcake stands at IKEA . I’ve actually seen similar versions at Target too! :)