I love hosting a party, and even more so in the blooms of summer when everything is bright and sunny. Hosting a garden party is my idea of girly perfection. When I think of garden party I think of…..china, pink, flowers, cake, linens, doilies, refreshing drinks, colorful table covers, mason jars, freshly cut flowers, hanging lights, desserts, fruit and vintage anything! Here are some of my inspirations. Jealous? Then start planning now!
I recently attended the 11th annual “Benefit by the Sea” for Crossroads House in Portsmouth, NH. Crossroads House provides a safe, transitional shelter and program that helps its residents move with confidence to stable and worthy housing.
Again, it was an impressive event of beautifully dressed people and pretty touches all around. As I looked around, some were dressed in formal black tie and others in slacks and the ladies were mostly in cocktail attire with some being more or less formal. But in the Seacoast area, really anything goes.
Last year I was in a long form fitting dress, so this year I went for a short babydoll dress.
Love the details of this dress….flowy, light and airy feel. A very easy dress to wear~!
Hair by Salon Sabeha
soft pink nails
Dress by H&M
shoes by Alfani
Wore a large pearl ring to pick up the small pearls in my necklace
Compared to last year, this look felt much more casual. Last year people were really drawn to my dress. I like to mix up my looks, as it’s part of my creative process. Really who cares what you’re wearing to such a well deserved cause. Overall, what a hit!
I am, one of may women who are mystified by the complex and beautiful Marilyn Monroe. She was so confident being Marilyn yet so overwhelming insecure as her real self. Well aren’t we all! She said and did so many great iconic things- I mean our culture will always remember her as ‘the other woman’ singing to the president. Weather you agree with her or not, she was and still is the Marilyn Monroe.
This year I decorated for a Marilyn themed birthday party. I knew I wanted to use Marilyn’s oh so famous quotes and images. For the guest of honor’s (who had a fun full of life personality) big day, I knew I could take the decorations a bit was over the top, so I added glitz and glam to everything. I’m such a girly girl, so this private birthday party was fun to decorate.
My mother in laws ceramic Marilyn doll.
I picked up a great book on Marilyn and used the photos and quotes to add to the tables.
I mixed photos of the birthday girl with Marilyn’s photos.
Use a clear vase to add a collage of photographs.
I love how this metal picture stand looked with Marilyn’s quote, photo and the birthday girl’s photo. I picked it up at Jo-Ann’s fabrics because you can adjust the height of each rod, which gave a great effect on the guest book table.
Love how this ceramic container looked with a rhinestone sticker from Michael’s.
Tissue balls add a lot of glam with very little money. I loved using a boa to hang these!
Trim everything with craft scissors.
The guest of honor loves purple and pink, so I used p&p with gold and silver which are great neutrals to work with.
The guest book was the perfect place to add shine with rhinestone! Why not!?
Don’t forget the dessert! How classic is Marilyn in this one!!! How fun!