Tuesday, May 12, 2015

{My Party} Backyard Concert Party

When my longtime client Melissa asked me to style this event for her, I was so excited!
How awesome is it to just invite all your friends and family over for a fun backyard concert?
And especially since that concert is Luther Dickinson, The North Mississippi All-Stars, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band!
I mean, that is the ultimate in cool!
Being that we are in Memphis, I drew my inspiration from the musical city that I call my home. I wanted this event to really hark back to the days of the Juke Joint or the Blues Hall.
I wanted it to feel casual, yet elegant; a fun night to get dressed up cute and hear some good music!

Memphis blue was the name of the game when I was designing a color scheme. I used a deep, gorgeous navy as my starting point and then added lots of mixed metallics, other shades of blue, wood tones, and touches of vintage in the styling.

The beautiful invitation was designed by Paula at BluGrass Designs. I told her I wanted it to look like a vintage concert poster and she really delivered! I LOVE these! The back of the invitation was amazing too!

The centerpiece of the event was this gorgeous clear tent from my friends at Mahaffey Tents. They strung the insides with string lights and hung two crystal chandeliers inside. Then, we added a stage at the end of the tent with wooden toned dance floor on the top. My friends at L&Jay Production softened the tent poles with willow branches to really pull the outdoors into the inside of the tent. 
I had a brainstorm to do hanging paper chandeliers in two of the peaks of the tent. I saw a super cute paper guitar installation that Holly at The Hardin House had created for the window of a local store and I immediately asked her if she could convert these into a chandelier shape. She even made the paper metallic, which gave them some extra sheen and visual interest. 
For the stage backdrop, I knew I wanted to add some focal point. So, I went to 4 different thrift stores to find as many blue 78" record sleeves and vintage records as I could find. 
Then I punched holes in the records and used zip ties to thread them together into sheets. 
I did the same thing with the sleeves. I love the interest that they added behind the band!

Underneath the tent, I did several different seating vignettes from PropCellar. I LOVE their stuff and I went through their warehouse one day with them and picked every blue couch and chair that they had! This gorgeous turquoise one is one of my faves!
I added some of their old crates and vintage marble coffee tables to the seating areas to give people some places to sit their drinks and plates. 

Inside the tent and also inside their beautiful home, we did some traditional table seating for the guests. I added these gorgeous navy crinkle linens from Mahaffey onto small tables with 4 and 6 chairs. The gorgeous Tuscan chairs added a soft, natural touch to the outdoor venue. 
These gorgeous galvanized lanterns are from Target of all places! I snatched them up in two sizes because I knew they would be the perfect centerpiece for this event! L & Jay added some gorgeous hydrangeas around them and added some mercury glass votives and really made them gorgeous!

The wooden centerpiece is an old sugar mold that I got at an antique store. I got several of them and they added the perfect balance for the wooden chairs. 
I added some leftover vintage record sleeves under some of the smaller arrangements for more visual interest and to tie in the theme. 
Around the covered porch and the tent, I added these awesome silver spandex ottomans from Mahaffey. They are lit from underneath and they look really cool at night! The pillows are from At Home, Target, and Home Goods. I was lucky enough to find a lot of fun navy sequins and gray metallic ones to fit the theme!
One of the first stations that the guests saw was the signature drink station. I wanted to really frame this gorgeous porch that the clients have, so I hung a large chandelier that I made out of vintage 45 records. Then L&Jay displayed these beautiful tall white arrangements on either side. 
In the middle, Simply Delicious Catering created this adorable blue signature drink that I called the "Delta Blues."

Simply Delicious served it in these awesome drink cups with dry ice in the bottoms, so it looked like the drink was smoking! Very fun! 
One of my very favorite details of this event was this bar area. I rented the awesome boxwood bar and lit bar sign from PropCellar and then I added a backdrop made from vintage concert poster reproductions. I ordered all these off Amazon and simply tied them together into a "quilt" using a hole punch and zip ties!
I got this beautiful wooden guitar sign from The Mossy Moose on Etsy. I think it added the perfect touch to the front of the bar!
Since this is Memphis, you know I had to have an Elvis poster from and center!!
The bar in the tent was also a boxwood bar, but for this one, I added these vintage marquee letters that I picked up at a local antique store. 
For the menu, Simply Delicious killed it, as always!
Our passed appetizers included Smokey Chipotle Deviled Eggs, Smoked Bacon Caramel Corn, Watermelon and Feta Bites, and BBQ pulled pork Sliders. Simply Delicious is also known as Corky's here in Memphis, and you can't have a backyard party without some BBQ!

Another fun idea that Simply Delicious had for this party was a rolling oyster table. Lovely Laura was our oyster girl that night and she rolled the table all over the living room to show the guests the beautiful oyster choices.  My sister and I made her that awesome music themed fascinator to wear and we paired it with a navy tulle overlaid skirt and a fabulous music note themed cloth from Mahaffey. 

On the porch, we also did a shaken salad station. Simply Delicious always goes over the top for the details and I loved that they did these blue shakers! L&Jay did all these gorgeous little arrangements in the cubbies behind the station. 

I have to talk about these BEAUTIFUL graphics that Paula at BluGrass Designs did for me. How awesome are they? 
The bar from Mahaffey lit up blue when the sun went down, which created an awesome showpiece!
Inside there was a station for grilled meats, including all kinds of sausage and bison burgers which were AMAZING. 

And, of course, no party is complete without dessert!
For dessert, we had two different stations. 
The first was this Smore station, which was so fun and interactive. We displayed it on some Whiskey barrels and an old vintage door to bring the outside into to house. 
I made the Smore sign on my Silhouette using navy blue cardstock and music note themed vellum. 
Elvis smores, of course!!

The second station was an awesome liquid nitrogen ice cream lollipop station!
They prepared these all right in front of the guests!
My favorite was the Chocolate Habanero one! Yum!

And of course, what concert would be complete without some concert pictures? 

This was a seriously fun and amazing event!
Thank you McEniry family for allowing me the pleasure of designing it for you!!


Rentals and Tent: Mahaffey Tent
Catering: Simply Delicious Catering
Vintage Rentals: PropCellar
Graphic Design: BluGrass Design
Guitar Chandeliers: The Hardin House
Photography: Creation Studios
Event Concept and Design: GreyGrey Designs

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