Monday, June 17, 2013

A Hydrangea Happy Birthday

Pin It There's not too much I enjoy more than treating my mom to something. This year my sisters and I had a lot to celebrate: her 60th birthday and her approaching 5-year mark of being cancer free. We themed the party around something she loves: flowers, particularly hydrangeas. Her favorite blue-purple hydrangeas inspired our palette, decor, and treats.

We chose the beautiful Dandelion Salon in East Nashville for the party--they're closed on Sunday afternoons, and the space there is just beautiful--light, airy, and feminine. I hope to have another event there soon!

For the dessert table, I hung banners of all the names my mom is known by: Mom, Teresa, and Gigi (to the grandkids). My talented sister Mary Ruth of Lady Sprinkles in Cookeville, TN, made the gorgeous hydrangea- and rose-patterend cake and cupcakes, and the beautiful bird cage cookies. I am so proud of her talents! We filled in with macarons (cinnamon and pistachio), meringues (from Trader Joe's), and small vases of hydrangeas and white roses.

Can you tell the cakes from the real flowers? It's tough. And her cakes are as delicious as they are gorgeous.

Although we focused on desserts (and why not?), we offered a few other options: caprese skewers, BLT crostini, balsamic watermelon bites, and a fruit-cheese-nut platter.

You may have noticed the invitation promised "Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Carrying On"! We took care of the cocktail portion with a signature cocktail called "The Gigi": lavender lemonade, one pour of vodka, and a splash of St. Germain. We also had bottled water and prosecco (Cupcake brand, of course!) on hand. We rounded out the bar with some fresh flowers and mason jar glasses with paper hydrangea stirrers.

A fun activity that guests were invited to do was our flower banner.  Guests were encouraged to "pick a flower" from a table scattered with flower-shaped notecards and write a note for the birthday girl. Over the course of the party, these notes created a beautiful banner full of sweet sentiments. Also adding to the party's decor were all the flowers that guests brought as gifts! Her love of gardening and flowers is no secret. Afterwards, we took the notecards down to compile in a book as a keepsake for Mom.

Everyone had a wonderful time, especially Mom. I love celebrating people who deserve to be appreciated, and all of our guests were so happy to have the chance to celebrate Mom. She is so loved by everyone she meets, and for good reason.

Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you!

Photography: Stella Dolce Photography
Styling, decorations, paper goods: Smarty Parties
Cake, cupcakes, cookies: Lady Sprinkles
Venue: Dandelion Salon, Nashville
Macarons, Lavender Lemonade: Provence Breads

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