January 13, 2012

A vintage winter ONE-derland

This past Saturday felt like a spring day. Literally I was setting up for a “winter one-derland” and had to take off my jacket to be only wearing a short sleeve sweater dress. Pretty unreal. Also unreal – was this party and the incredible shots that were taken by our fabulous new find Raquel Bianca – you are crazy talented and we are so glad we found you!

It was the first (and hopefully the last) time Michelle and I accepted two parties on the same day. Since both clients who requested this specific date were also dear friends, we could not refuse. So we busted our tails and pulled off two of our best parties yet. Couldn’t have done it without our main gals and LMP assistants plus so much more: Ali & Lindsay. Thank you ladies, for everything you do. You’re amazing.
The party that I managed for the day was for my sweet friend’s daughter ~ Colette. She turned 1. Colette’s mom Traci wanted the party to feel soft, vintage and feminine and since the party was in the beginning of January (when it usually is cold and snowy) loved the idea of using muted pink, soft gold, ivory and burlap brown for the color story. I was super excited to work with this beautiful palette as it was very fitting for a 1 year old girl.

Traci wanted to have the party at her home but living in Manhattan can be tough when hosting 25 adults and 15 kids. So Michelle and I put on our thinking caps and researched some venues. Thanks to a suggestion from our fabulous new caterers we found a event space called Ramscale that rents lofts in the west village for parties, photo shoots, gallery exhibits, etc. It was cozy, spacious, had a full kitchen and very clean bathroom. Good to note for summer parties…they also had a gorgeous wrap around terrace that overlooks all of downtown Manhattan with the most spectacular views. The venue was absolutely perfect and Traci loved it. We were in business and ready to party.
Next stop was entertainment for the wee ones. Colette loves music and takes the songs for seeds class at Appleseeds with the amazing Dan Dan the guitar man (as my son and I like to call him). We took the same class last year where my son learned to become a rock star. Dan is fun, wonderful with kids and totally cute (blush).

For this part of the party we set up a winter picnic area where we used natural colored rugs from Ikea, sheepskin floor throws (yup, also Ikea.  God I love that place) and yummy West Elm blankets for the couch that was part of the room rental. We also brought in a basket of toys for the kids to play with during the party while the adults got to enjoy some yummy food and drinks…

Speaking of which, let’s discuss. So we had three main tables starting with: Brunch. We are extremely fortunate to have found a new caterer to work with who has proven to be reliable and wonderful to do business with called Cobblestone Catering. They worked with us on a menu that would be well suited for this party and the food was absolutely outstanding. Highlight was the pretzel croissants filled with chicken salad. Oh my gosh. Heaven topped with Kosher salt. Above this station our source of decor was a really pretty bunting that I made out of many strips of fabric. Traci and I spent an afternoon at Mood in the garment district picking out fabrics that were unique in texture, pattern and color making this banner different and interesting against the large wrought iron windows that fit in so perfectly with the vibe of this party.

We also thought it would be fun to spruce up the winter crudite by serving in glass cubes that I covered with burlap fabric and decorated with pretty ribbon that Traci found at Michael’s crafts store.

Onto the drinks. Above the bar we set a string of photos of the birthday gal. Traci gave me 12 sepia printed photos, one from each month of Colette’s first year. So touching and meaningful for a special birthday celebration.

Traci loves Coke so I thought it would be really cute to get some of the old school bottles to set out on a wood tray and they were a hit. We also set out vintage looking milk bottles for the kids with C’s and 1’s tied with ribbon around each. We had some fun with the coffee station as well spicing up the design on our cups and serving hot cocoa for what we thought would be a cold winter’s day…

Last but certainly not least – dessert. This table was my favorite. So clean and pretty looking. As always we turned to our usual and fave vendors: Kreated by Kristan for the gold dusted cake pops and Sugar Sweet Sunshine for the mini cupcakes and cake with Colette’s name etched on. Of course our dessert table wouldn’t have been complete without the LMP staples but we put some fun spins on each…pretzels dipped in chocolate and coated with crushed raspberry peppermint, S’more’s pops, deulce de lece meringues, white powdered donuts, peppermint covered and snowflake shaped pretzels and chocolate covered Oreos which were a big ticket item at the table.

The final touches included number 1 lollipop favors made by Vintage Confections who was featured on Martha Stewart for the work she did for Dylan Lauren’s shower.

We also took fabric and draped it over the stairs that we used for gifts. This was a perfect way to keep the kids from climbing up to the deck and trying to escape from the 13th floor of this loft…not to mention looked very pretty!

The party was timed nicely, the music flowed throughout and the guests truly seemed to enjoy themselves. Most importantly, our guest of honor Colette was happy and looked to have a smashing time at her first birthday party.

The nicest part of this party was working with Traci. She was different from most of our clients as she was very involved in the planning process. With this, we had tons of fun and had many more excuses to grab dinners and chat for hours about Colette’s party. Her thoughts and ideas were creative and realistic and did nothing but made my job easier! It’s one of the benefits to working with LMP…we will help you as much or as little as you need because it’s YOUR party and we are here to bring it to life the best way we can.
The best compliment I could have received on this party was Traci’s reaction when she first walked in and saw the set up. A party planner cannot ask for anything more than tears of joy. The most rewarding emotion you could get out of a client and of course a friend.
So glad you loved the party for Colette, Traci. We know how important this event was to you and are so glad we helped execute it the way you dreamed. Here’s to many more years of celebrating our children’s birthday’s together. Cheers!  xoxo

For more shots of Colette’s party check out the wonderful work on Raquel’s blog.

xx, Seri
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