Wednesday, February 4, 2015

{Client Party} 40th Birthday: Black & White Masquerade!

Party Planner, Dessert Table, Fondant Cake
I've always wondered what the perfect client would be like. One who hears a quote and asks who to write the check to. One who completely trusts my aesthetic and doesn't attempt to design the party herself. One who respects my time... And gives me ample notice on the party. One who loves to throw a big ol' bash and even places a dress code on the invite (black & white attire- and come in a mask... Now we're talking!) And most importantly... One who likes pink, black and white, duh.

I was pretty excited when my ideal client, Michelle called me about doing a dessert bar for her 40th birthday party last month (January 2015). This is my fourth 40th birthday in the last two years and I've got to say 40th birthdays are some of my faves. Talk about a fun job I have: Designing, Dining and Dancing... All in a nights work!

I had a blast putting this cake & candy bar together for about 100 guests (yes, lots of refills required). It was my first time ordering bulk candy and I learned a ton. (Like you need a ton of candy to fill them jars.) I partnered up with Tania Fischer Design for graphics and she came up with a fab invite, backdrop graphic and dessert cards that helped me pull together exactly the Black/White & Pink Masquerade Ball I was going for.

I love the way the table turned out- my fave part was the extra large sugar rimmed martini glasses filled with candy. The guests had a blast filling up their custom candy bags and cups... I mean, who doesn't love a candy bar... There's a reason The Sweet Factory has been around forever people!

xo Party or Die xo
kenna

Vendor Credits:
Party Design & Styling: Miss Party Mom Event Planning
Venue: Santa Maria Country Club
Photographer: Kuya Jep Photography, Central Coast Ca
Graphic Design & Printables: Tania Fischer Design
Candy: Candy Me Up
Macarons: Jennifer Hawkins, Orcutt Ca
Custom 40th Cookies: Creating Awesomenessity
Custom Lollipops: LolliPics
Fondant Ruffle Cake: Kelli Cakes, Orcutt Ca
Bottle Stopper Party Favors: Kate Aspen Favors
Backdrop: PrintMy
"Let Us Eat Cake" Glitter Banner: The Bannerie
Photo Booth Pics: Lots of Funny Photo Booth, Central Coast Ca


Dessert Tabke
Apothecary Jars, Candy Bar


Pink Rock Candy, Custom Sugar Cookies

Custom Sugar Cookies, Fortieth Birthday
Jumbo Gum balls, Candy bar
Dessert Table
Jelly Bellies


Custom Lollipops, Lollipics, Candy Bar, Martini Glass

Macarons, Black and White

Macarons, Fortieth Sugar Cookies


Party Planner, Dessert Table

Masquerade Ball, Mask, Party Guests

Masquerade Ball
Fortieth Birthday




Thursday, January 29, 2015

Captain Cormac's Pirate 6th Birthday Party



There is nothing quite like eating crow. I guess if there were a bird a pirate might eat... It would be crow... So at least I'm in theme? See, for years I have been completely dumbfounded why people (especially party planners... EEEK!) would choose to throw a pirate party... "Of all the fantastic themes out there... And you pick the one that's been done a million times!?" Yes. I've said those exact words, to myself and to others. I was actually kind of surprised how long it took people to remind me of this fact... And here I am, owning it because... I JUST DID A PIRATE PARTY!

When Cormac was turning four I lost control of theme decisions, it was a dark day in my house. Kind of like how Birdie has been wearing socks with her sandals and Frozen tee shirts? Ya. In some ways I'm softer than I've ever been... BUT A PIRATE PARTY KENNA?! For the love of it all. I mean... I'd better make it a good one, right?!

Cormac's been obsessed with pirates for a while now. There are days I'm convinced he wants to grow up to BE a pirate... Which is slightly scary ever since that whole Captain Phillips movie came out... I digress, he told me point blank this year: "It's a pirate party"... When I tried to remind him we already did Peter Pan which had a lot of Hook elements to it, he looked at me like I was NOT tracking with him... "I mean REAL pirates mom"... Okaaaay, got it! 

A week before Cormac's real birthday (January 20th) I asked him if he wanted a pirate coat for his birthday gift. We don't usually do gifts because our kids get big parties (and that IS the gift)... But I figured a pirate coat made by momma would be a nice exception to the rule. The kids and I headed to the fabric store where Cormac picked out a wine colored corduroy, a striped cotton lining and ruffles for his sleeves... And let me tell you he KNEW what he wanted (even when I tried to talk him in to a more true red). I got to work using the same pattern I had used for his Peter Pan outfit which also had a pirate coat option... Convenient, eh? I finished it in two days and was pretty stoked on how it turned out and fit him perfectly.

As usual I started on the theme months ago, first with Elena on graphics. She got my vision as she always does, and created the most awesome invite and printables set. I wanted to focus on a ship and a treasure map look and sort of channel a "Sailor Jerry" vibe... I was trying to stay away from the typical black and white striped pirate look. Shortly after we nailed down the graphics I started picking up decor at thrift shops (a standing globe, goblets and skulls after Halloween)... Luckily I already had a ton to pull from in the Party Cave. My friend Kara (who is a prop designer by hobby) texted me about her pirate sail that she'd built a couple of years ago for her son's birthday. I knew that would bring in a huge BANG and was excited to see it sail once again at our party. She graciously packed it all up and brought it down to Santa Barbara the morning of the party, and the two of us- like total crazies- used a dolly to roll in two wheel barrels, a 14 ft. sail, 12 ft. ladder and a 10 ft. wood plank to use for the table. All in a public park. It was a little intense, I'm not gonna lie. We drew a crowd within a few minutes, kids and parents watching us set up... There's some saying about "Go Big or Go Home" that seems fitting here...

Earlier in the week I had a real moment with celebrity party planner, Amy Atlas at a conference I attended... (Read about it here). She shared some personal experiences about throwing parties for her sons and I took our talk to heart and decided to go in to Cormac's party without expectations... Which is like HUGE for me. I had the mindset that if the sail worked out, great... If not, I'd figure something else simple out. I didn't do one trial run through, iron linens, stay up till 4am making hand made favors... I didn't even hire a photographer (although a photographer did come with the pirate act, which was a bonus). My goal was to be 100% present, mellow and as normal of a mom throwing a party as possible... (who happens to have connections to a pirate sail and a basement full of party decor and supplies, duh.)

I'm not trying to brag here but I'd say I succeeded.... I felt pretty normal. I wasn't exhausted (well, by the end of the day I was), I wasn't preoccupied with the photographer making sure she shot every little detail... I didn't totally freak out when the sails striped backdrop fell down knocking all of my cupcakes to the ground... Miss Party Mom for the win is all I'm saying.

We had a great day celebrating our little pirate. We invited his entire Kindergarten class, friends from Orcutt, church friends and our family from Los Angeles... It was a day to remember!

xx Party ARRRRR Die xx
kenna


Party Credits
Venue: Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara Ca
Party Styling & Desserts: Miss Party Mom Event Planning
Invitation & Party Printables: World Wide Party by Elena
Ocean Cake: Cindy Almanza
Cormac's Pirate Jacket: Miss Party Mom
("Looking Glass Cones" original idea from Oh Sugar Events)
My Instagram feed was filled all week with behind the scenes pirate party photos... If you're not following me yet... WHYYY!!?



pirate party backdrop

party backdrop


Golden coin oreos pirate party



Pirate Party desserts

Pirate Party Cupcakes


Pirate Party Candy Table

Pirate Party Cake

Ship in a Bottle Pirate Party

Pirate Party Candy Table

Pirate PartyPirate Party Favor Bags

Pirate Party Sail

Pirate Party Photos

Pirate Party Sail

Pirate Party

Pirate Party Activity

Pirate Activity

Pirate Chest Decorating
Boy's Pirate Costume

Pirate Party Game



Pirate Costume

Pirate Party Sword Fight

Pirate Act

Pirate Act


Walk the Plank gameWalk the plank game


Pirate party

Pirate Party

Pirate Party






Pirate Girl

Pirate costume

Pirate Cake

Pirate Pinata

Pirate Party


Pirate Boy
I think we need to work on the scariness of his "pirate face"...