My daughter turned 24 this month
so it was the perfect time to throw a family
In the past so many of her birthdays have had a pink jumping off point.
But this year
since I have become an empty nester
I knew I wanted to style something
new and fresh
The idea came to me one early morning
when I was in my backyard shooting an amazing sunrise.
I noticed that my espalier orange trees really needed to be harvested
realized what an amazing party decor idea the fresh oranges would be!
I was so excited to find a dwarf kumquat tree at Home Depot.
My search for one ended up to be perfectly timed
as they were out in plenty for the Lunar New Year!
I simply gave it a quick planting in my extra large champagne bowl
and filled it with my harvested oranges.
The bamboo lanterns were a recent find from Target
that I purchased for the upcoming May wedding
realized the birthday party would be a perfect time to give them a test run.
With large hurricanes inside
they ended up casting the most remarkable shadows
through the bamboo strips.
Since we had wedding appointments on the day of the party
I chose to simply do a fantastic visual spread
then order Chinese food for dinner.
I filled bowls on the table with nibbles from the Asian market.
Center stage on the table
a magical birthday cake!
I knew this cake was perfect for my sprinkle loving daughter
as soon as I saw it at Von's Pavillion!
The plastic chandelier candle holder from Target
was the absolute perfect finishing touch!
I had wine, champagne, sparkling juice and champagne
set up serve yourself style in a galvanized bucket.
As well as another bucket filled with an assortment of Ballast Point beers on the other side of the table.
I set up our kitchen bar buffet style
with wooden trays waiting for the arrival of the Chinese food
plates, napkins and utensils.
The relaxed nature of the food service
made for such a lovely flow to the party.
I rearranged and edited furniture pieces earlier in the week from the living room
to create a better flow and a more spacious feel for guests.
I carried my styling choices over to the living room as well.
Sprinkling enough similar elements
to have a visual flow of color and texture.
For the party I wore my Beholden dress
this time topped off with a cashmere sweater
again with my velvet flower crown.
It was a comfortable ensemble
perfect for hostessing.
Music and a lit fireplace and candles
were the perfect finishing party touches.
I was so happy with the fresh citrus party styling
I have decided to keep it up for this week.
It makes me smile every time I see it!
It ended up to be such a wonderful and memorable evening
celebrating with family and friends!
As always my friends
I wish you love and joy
as you style your life