05 Oct

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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:

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

*****

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

Tabletop:
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.

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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.

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

Centerpieces:
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!

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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.

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

On the Menu:

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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.

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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).

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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).

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

For drinks I served: espresso, freshly brewed coffee, blackcurrant juice, pineapple juice, and soda.

REAL PARTIES: Chic & Colorful Birthday

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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27Comments

1
Liene Stevens SAYS:

I love how accessible and real this party is.

Reply October 5, 2009 at 11:59 am

2
Alexis SAYS:

Beautiful and festive, I love it!

Reply October 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm

3
Valerie SAYS:

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

Reply October 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

4
Shelley@divinepartyconcepts SAYS:

Love the vibrant colors!!

Reply October 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm

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Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams SAYS:

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

Reply October 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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Susan SAYS:

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

Reply October 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm

7
Prachi SAYS:

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

Reply October 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

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kitchen tables SAYS:

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

Reply October 6, 2009 at 1:03 am

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Alex SAYS:

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

Reply October 6, 2009 at 5:39 am

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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

Reply October 6, 2009 at 6:04 am

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Julianne SAYS:

Beautiful party, I especially love the centerpieces.

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Reply October 6, 2009 at 7:42 am

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southern hostess SAYS:

I love the banner, and the desserts are perfection!

Reply October 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm

13
Laurie SAYS:

Absolutely beautiful, Linda! Well done!

Reply October 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm

14
Nina SAYS:

This is awesomeness!

Reply October 7, 2009 at 12:54 am

15
gillian SAYS:

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

Reply October 7, 2009 at 6:56 am

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