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

Monday, June 4, 2012

Giveaway: Party Like Paula Printables

I've got an awesome giveaway to share with my readers today!
One of the most creative ladies I know, Paula, from Party Like Paula, is offering one of my readers a FREE printable package from her Etsy shop!
If you are not familiar with her work, you can check out her website here. 
I featured one of her adorable parties a while back, you might remember it--the All American Round Up!
So, now I will let her tell you a little bit about her printables!

Party Like Paula was born in October of 2011 with a passion to bring creative and affordable parties to our customers!  Currently we offer printable parties, but printing services are on the horizon.  Whether it be a birthday party, baby/bridal shower, mom's night out, or any holiday party we have you covered.  All designs are original to Party Like Paula and strive to bring you fresh and fun designs.  Their A La Carte section allows you to pick and choose your favorites from a package saving you money!  

Fast delivery and excellent customer service is something I am passionate about.  You will receives all orders within 24 hours unless it is a custom order.  Whatever you choose, Party Like Paula is sure to help you plan the perfect party.

For all Grey Grey Design followers they are offering 30% off for the month of June.  Use Coupon CodeGreyGrey2012 when checking out.

Today you have a chance to win a free customized full printable party package that is worth $50!  Paula will work directly with you to create a unique invitation that brings your vision to life.  Then 18 additional items will be created to match the invitation.  Here is what is included:

  5X7 Invitation

Return Address Labels

 2" Party Circles
Welcome Sign
Shirt Design (can also be used as a centerpiece and/or cake topper)
Party Signs (Drinks, Food, Favors, Gifts, Cake)
 3 Different Designed Yard Signs
4x6 Thank You Cards {Flat}
Happy Birthday Banner
 Dessert/ Food Labels {Blank}
 Address Labels {Blank, for use in addressing invitations)
 Napkin Rings
Water Bottle wraps
Patterned Paper {Use to make drink flags, confetti, mobiles, placemats, and much more!}
 4x6.5 Treat Bag Topper {Works great with ziploc baggies}
 Coordinating Favor Box {Looks customized when a party circle and/or favor tag is attached to the front}
2 Coordinating Fry Boxes {Looks customized when a party circle and/or favor tag is attached to the front}
 2" Favor Tags

Instructions Guide {Explains how to make and gives suggestions on how to use each item}  

You of course can choose an existing theme from the Party Like Paula shop if you like!  Some of the most popular themes right now is their Vintage Baseball, Summer Fun, and Pool Party themes.  Just in time for all of those summer birthday parties!

Giveaway runs from Monday, June 4th-Friday, June 8th. 
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