It’s finally here! The long-awaited pictures from the Sip & See party. I was toying with splitting it up into two posts, but I’m just going to sensory overload you with one. You’re welcome? Anyway, I’m just gonna get straight to the pictures and explain each set as I go along. I know that’s what I’d want as a blog reader (you all know how I feel about words v. pictures – I’m like a 2-year old). Oh, but I also feel the need to apologize. Things got a little hectic as the hour of the party approached, so I didn’t get to take any pictures before the guests arrived. Actually, I took very few pictures in general. These are courtesy of a guest (thanks Johnny!).
First off, here’s what this show was all about:
Isn’t she the cutest?! And it’s not just because her middle name is Elizabeth. Although, that does help. I won’t lie.
I was SO excited when I saw the small guest list because it meant that I FINALLY WOULD BE ABLE TO DO THE VIEWMASTER INVITES!!!! I tried to get a picture of the “view” inside the “master,” but it obviously doesn’t capture the 3D effect. (Oh, and excuse my strange-looking finger – I guess I was squeezing that thing super hard or something). Needless to say, they were a hit. I don’t think I could ever top them.
I actually took the “before” picture the next day (I’m a cheater) because I forgot to get a shot of the snoozefest empty patio. The neighbor who lives in the building next door was very impressed. She would come out every once in a while and look at the transformation. I gave her my blog address, so if you’re reading this, neighbor, HI!
More rosettes, of course. I love these things. They totally liven up the space.
I broke down the table a bit for you so that you could see everything up close.
- I made one of those string art initials for Charlie (aka Lizzie) as a gift. It turned out EXACTLY how I wanted. That doesn’t happen often.
- Our friend Edith did all the flower arrangements. They were GORGEOUS. They had peonies! And not the paper kind that I slaved over. I told Ryan that I wanted to make more of those and he flat-out told me no. No, I couldn’t. HA! Oh, and we of course used the Bombay Sapphire vases. You know, it was in honor of a baby, so it just made sense.
- I made the tiered trays (for the tea party) which housed DELICIOUS food (that I didn’t even attempt to make). If you’re in the Greater Los Angeles area, go to Clementine. I’m telling you. Oh, and MACARONS!!!
- The cake…good grief. It was so delicious (I went off Paleo for the day). It’s my favorite cake from a bakery here called Sweet Lady Jane. Again, go there. Oh, and I made the glittery cake topper. I looked like a stripper for the rest of the day. Damn glitter.
I decided that I wanted to use real cloth napkins (again, it was a small party), so I bought boring white cotton hemstitch ones from eBay (12 for $10!) and dyed them to match the color palette we decided on. And Ryan made these gorgeous walnut napkin rings. Remember these???? I talked about them in a Tutorial Tuesday post. I’m hoping to have a tutorial for you guys, but it all depends on The Boss. I also hope to have them listed on Etsy. Hurray!
A VAT of sangria (prosecco, and gin and tonic were also served; and water, of course). It. Was. So. Good. I also re-used the etched glasses from the Palm Springs anniversary party. I love those. Side note – isn’t that ring so pretty?! Wait until you see her nails in the next picture.
Even though I have the exact opposite of a green thumb, I decided to give out plant favors. BUT. They were air plants which don’t require too much care. Hopefully. And they came inside a sea urchin shell. Right?! Here’s the Etsy seller. Oh, and notice my Cathrineholm bowl! I was very happy to use that.
I decided to give you a closer look at the “lounge” area. Yes, that’s our couch. We brought it outside (along with our dining room table and chairs). And I gave you a sneak peek the other day, but here are Ryan’s other projects for the party - a coffee table and side table. I’ll get better pictures so that you can see them in all their glory. Aren’t they gorgeous?! We’re actually going to put them up on Etsy as well. Maybe we’ll start a woodworking business. You can start calling him Ron Swanson. (Yes, we both know these tables are not in the same wheelhouse (HA – I love that term) as a woodworker). We can’t fit the square table in our apartment which is a total bummer. But it looked fabulous on the patio. Oh, and we also put a throw rug on the ground to give it a more lounge-y feel. I think it worked. Thanks Ikea!
So that’s it! I want to again thank everyone who helped – flowers, photography, lifting of heavy furniture, making a hundred trips up and down the stairs, everything. Especially my friend Steph who was initially planning the party with me (including spending 8 hours making those rosettes with me), but had a family emergency and had to go out-of-town. You were missed, but…now we just “have to” plan another party! That’s the route I’m taking when I tell Ryan.
So what do you think? Want to hire me for your next party? I think you do…Pin It