Happy Birthday Karen! Embracing 50 with style, 50 is the new 40!

Special Gift for Karen

Special Gift for Karen

Historic home that served as the venue for Karen's birthday party.

Historic home that served as the venue for Karen’s birthday party.

The inspiration for this soiree was Karen, (The birthday girl) herself. She embodies style, beauty and is such a savvy lady. I wanted to design a party for her that would reflect who she is as well as compliment the incredible estate home that we hosted the party in. The home is one of the oldest in the East Memphis area and is named “Walnut Grove” Look for a complete documentary on the home in an upcoming WKNO special.

Guest of honor, Karen mingling with her guests.

Guest of honor, Karen mingling with her guests.

The scene was set for this party using the gorgeous pool area as the backdrop. We brought in luxurious linen lounge furniture and pillows along with bistro tables and blush sequin linens from www.eventaesthetics.com for guests to lounge around the pool and listen to the fun sounds of Motown from the DJ. We positioned him in the center of the pool house so he could overlook the entire party.

Gorgeous pool house served as the backdrop and vantage point for the DJ.

Gorgeous pool house served as the backdrop and vantage point for the DJ.

 

Fountain

Beautiful Fountain on the grounds of the estate home “Walnut Grove”

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Party guests

Party guests

Party Guests

Party Guests

The menu was a group effort from Karen’s friends. She is a trained CIA chef and is fortunate enough to have other “foodies” and restauranteurs as friends. They all chipped in and brought their favorite dishes. Lamb Lollipops, Side of Smoked Salmon, Cheese display, Veggie Bundles, Mini BLT’s, Ahi Tuna on Cucumber and Greek 7 layer dip. We created a self serve Raspberry Martini & Prosecco display in the Foyer so that guests could grab a cocktail on their way to the pool. Red and white wine was served at the bar. We designed a dessert display with Petit Fours, Whimsy Cookies, Gluten Free mini bundt cakes, French Macaroons and a Strawberry creme birthday cake.

Menu signs

Menu signs

Ahi Tuna on Cucumber

Ahi Tuna on Cucumber

Jenny Vergos

Karen’s friend Jenny Vergos helping to prepare the food

The style and decor for this party was chic and beautiful with lots of blush toned florals. We used a charcoal sequin linen on the Martini and Prosecco display with a large beautiful floral arrangement accented with Raspberry Hydrangeas to compliment the raspberry martinis.

Raspberry Martini & Prosecco Display

Raspberry Martini & Prosecco Display

Bar menu sign

Bar menu sign

Raspberry Martinis garnished with a sprig of mint

Raspberry Martinis garnished with a sprig of mint

As guests stepped out of the house onto the patio they were met with the food station that was topped off with a large trough arrangement of lush ivory and blush blooms.

Yummy food display topped off with lush floral

Yummy food display topped off with lush floral

Food station

Food station

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Julia Okeefe was one of the party’s hostesses and the homeowner who graciously allowed us to have the party there. She shared with me that she loved her pool area but sometimes found it challenging to get guests to go down to the pool during a party because it was a step-down from the backyard. My solution to that challenge was to put the DJ in the pool house and put bistro tables and the dessert display table on the pool deck to draw the guests in.

Gorgeous pool house served as the backdrop and vantage point for the DJ.

Gorgeous pool house served as the backdrop and vantage point for the DJ.

Julia was such a good sport that she let us fill her pool with gorgeous floating flowers.

Floating flowers in the pool

Floating Raspberry Hydrangea heads and loose petals

Bar Menu

Bar Menu

Tabletop Decor

Tabletop Decor

Outdoor Lounge

Outdoor Lounge furniture by www.EventAesthetics.com

 

We flanked the entrance to the pool with two large and lush blush toned floral arrangements in stately silver urns. The party started in the afternoon at 5:30 so by the time the sun was setting the theatrical lighting that we had installed on the front and back of the house along with the pool house really started to come alive! We put a mosaic pattern on the front of the house and used a beautiful teal color. On the back of the house we used a wide chain link pattern in an amber color and in the pool house we used a deep purple that looked amazing on the textured plaster walls.

Mosaic gobo pattern on the front of the house

Mosaic gobo pattern on the front of the house by www.EventPro.lighting

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Gorgeous event lighting by www.EventPro.lighting

Theatrical lighting design

Theatrical lighting design by www.EventPro.lighting

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Gorgeous Theatrical lighting by www.EventPro.lighting

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Gorgeous event lighting by www.EventPro.lighting

Beautiful Vintage Fountain

Beautiful Vintage Fountain