It's not very often that you get to be surrounded by a group of talented, hardworking, inspiring, uplifting people. I have felt so fortunate to call these ladies my friends and learn from and be inspired by them as we have come together and build each other up.
In an effort to do the same to our community; to inspire, uplift and say thank you to all our readers and supporters who have given us so much, Brittany had the idea to throw a garden party. She invited us on as hosts and I couldn't have been more happy with how everything turned out. It was so fun to be able to collaborate with creative, likeminded ladies. We couldn't have done this party without the generous support of our sponsors: Cricut, Save on Crafts, Land of Nod, Atly, Called to Surf, and Blinckenstaff's, to name just a few. The photographs are all by the lovely Natalie Norton. There were so many beautiful images I had a really hard time editing and deciding which ones not to use. I had such a hard time I decided to post part two later this week.
At the entrance was a gorgeous balloon arch installation with the lovely sign designed by Mer. Each guest received their very own floral crown (designed by Amy Anne), a canvas tote filled with goodies from Minted, Hello Maypole, Darly Bird, and so much more.
The balloon installation was created by Brittany and her amazingly talented group of interns, as was the vision and concept for the party. They put so much hard work into this event and I think it exceeded all of our expectations.
One of Brittany's ideas was for each of the hosts to provide an "experience" as well as a craft, or swag, for our guests to take away with them as they meandered along the lovely path in my in-laws back yard. I'll get to our experiences and swag in part two...stay tuned.
The pathway that lead the guests to the beginning of our event was lined with a sea of string lights from Save on Crafts. Lighting, in my opinion, really sets the mood for any environment and Save on Crafts have so many lovely lighting options.
Rambling Rose Cafe really out did themselves and had this amazing trailer greeting the guests at the beginning with mint and lavender infused ice tea! It was so good and refreshing.
The guests were invited to wear their summer whites, and I have to say I was so impressed with everyone and their beautiful all white ensembles. It really set the tone for the entire event.
Rambling Rose Cafe did all the food and it was divine. I didn't get a chance to eat during the party, but made sure to eat about five goat cheese and cucumber sandwiches while I was cleaning up. I seriously couldn't stop eating them.
Playing in the background we had a lovely french jazz band, the Red Rock Hot Club. They played the entire evening. It was so magical, it felt like I was transported back to France (more on that trip later) and it was the just the right music to set the tone for the evening!
We even had the most darling group of dancers do a maypole dance for the guests. I was so sad that I missed it. It is one of my biggest regrets that evening. Everyone told me how lovely it was. Sarah Jane's Husband Ken, built the amazing Maypole and Michael Miller provided us with the beautiful colored ribbons.
And yes, those are enormous white beach balls and balloons in the pool. You should have seen me try to blow up the 48 inch beach ball and throw on table clothes at the same time. It was comical, if not entertaining, to say the least.
Thank you for indulging us. I had such a lovely time and it was so fun to be able to really connect with people in person. Thanks again for all our generous sponsors, we really appreciated everything and couldn't have done it without them.
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