company, and your sister’s only child turns one shortly thereafter, it’s sort of
a given that you’ll be in charge of devising something special. Lucky for me, I
come from an amazingly talented family and Emery’s party was a labor of love for
just about everyone.
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lives in a historic neighborhood in Ruston, Louisiana and I really wanted the
party to reflect the area we were in, and work with a chosen theme since we were
having the party at her home. We infused a “You Are My Sunshine” theme with a
lemonade soiree combined with a ton of vintage details. I really didn’t develop
a full on “inspiration board”, but here’s a list of buzz words we factored into
every decision we made:
parked the car and walked up the front walk.
we moved all the furniture to the edges of the room, worked with the large
windows in the room rather than covering them or creating any sort of backdrop
for the dessert table. It was a last minute decision to add pops of hot pink to
the all yellow & white gingham palette and I couldn’t have been more pleased
with the result.
my favorite details of the party. My sister worked with Jaime from The Cake Barn on the
cake design. My sister is so much more of a free spirit than myself and gave
Jaime very little direction, used the word “dainty”, “our lil sunshine”, and
gave her free reign. For a planner, had I not completely trusted Jaime’s work, I
would’ve been an absolute wreck. She couldn’t have nailed the cake any better
than she did. It was stunning and absolute perfection.
Sunshine” and Jaime worked them onto the cake.
on it was vintage. The lace tablecloth, the metal cake carrier, the glass cake
stand, the bubble glasses of lemonade that were my grandmother’s. If every event
I planned would let me infuse vintage, I’d be a happy girl.
because well, she’s just so darn cute!
dip, chips and crackers. I used the same antique window pane I used in Lucy’s
party, and just updated it with an E my sister had.
as a bench in her dining room that normally sits under the large windows. We
made it festive by tossing some pillows on it and attaching an applique I
purchased from The Sewing Loft.
photograph well, but my mom did such an incredible job on it. It’s going to be
adorable in Emery’s room.
man did we have a lemonade stand.
stand, she gave it to her husband and father in law, and voila!
found an hour before the party hanging poms and an obsene amount of ribbon in
the trees. I absolutely loved the way it blew in the wind as people sipped their
lemonade. I’m not sure if you’re keeping count but we’re now on Mason Jar usage
number 2. Number 1 was the hanging vases that lined the front walkway.
used antique milk bottles filled with fresh flowers and a handpainted canvas my
sister made with the “You Are My Sunshine” lyrics.
around Christmas time, so we gave them a pop of gingham fabric and tied some
ribbon on them. It was really nice to have something to snack on for the ride
home as many of her guests were out-of-towners.