Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{My Parties} Lime Green and Navy 40th Birthday

A few weeks ago, I got a call from one of my favorite client's Jennifer (mommy to Brett--of the Safari Party and the Planes, Trains, and Automobiles party) She emailed me and said that she wanted help throw a surprise 40th birthday for her friend Becky with the help of Becky's husband Tim. 
She sent me over a little swatch of lime green and white trellis pattern and said that it reminded her of Becky. 
So, I thought that lime green and navy would be really fresh, summery color combination for her party.
I found these beautiful baby shower printables by Love the Day on Lindi's Etsy shop and I knew that was the direction I wanted to go. Lindi was sweet enough to customize them for me and make them 40th birthday party friendly!

In the foyer, I hung a little welcome sign from Lindi's collection with some of the leftover fabric from the table. 
 A little double stick tape and some thumbtacks made it into a really cute welcome sign for the guests. 
 Becky's husband, Tim, decided on BBQ for the menu. I mean, this is Memphis--if you don't like BBQ, you had better just move. BBQ is an easy pick-up meal around here and everyone loves it. It's perfect for any sized crowd!

I found this lime, royal, and navy fabric at Hobby Lobby and it was perfect for this theme. It was the nexus of everything else. I really wanted a pillow made out of it. 
I also bought some coordinating fabric to go with the main table fabric and framed them using these awesome lime green embroidery hoops! Who knew that there were colored hoops? I lucked out on that one!
On the sideboard, I used Love the Day's printable banner and added some visual interest with some blue Greek key fabric. I got that little blue table/cake stand at the antique mall and spray painted it. It was originally a pretty aqua color, which was lovely, but just didn't go with my theme. 
They already had these large vases on their sideboard, so I just kept them there and added a little something to them to tie them in with the theme!
A little green ribbon and a printable circle and it looked absolutely fabulous!

All the plates, napkins, and utensils are from Target. I adore these! They are so modern and fresh!

BBQ is one of those menu items that you have to really work to make look cute, you know?
Of course, the pork had to be in a chafing dish, but to give everything else a little more visual interest, I tried to dress it up!
The beans went into jelly jars with custom tops by Love the Day.  
The slaw went into clear plastic cups. Did you know that the standard size cupcake wrapper fits perfectly on those clear plastic cups? 
Well, you do now!
To add some extra cuteness, I put straw flags onto the spoons. 
To make the food have a little height, I used soup cans covered in fabric! Soup cans are totally sturdy and work perfectly as risers for your serving pieces!

Becky had a gorgeous collection of white, contemporary stoneware that I served the chips and sauces in. 
When I opened her serving storage closet, I gasped! It's not often that you come upon a client with such an assortment of beautiful serving pieces. 

Best part of this party? It was afforable!
I only spent $165 on all this! Now, that's my favorite kind of party!

Happy 40th birthday Becky!
Hope you loved your surprise!


Printables: Love the Day
Fabrics: Hobby Lobby
All Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs


  1. Beautiful color combination!!! Love the lime green embroidery hoops!!! Fabulous job as usual, Brittany!!!

  2. Lime green always adds a great pop of color! And I like your tip about standard cupcake liners fitting around cups...must remember that. :-)

  3. Love the colors! Cute party! Smiles, Jill


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