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custom inspiration board: 70th birthday surprise

2.27.2010

This board was created for Christi of P is for Party. She always hosts fabulous events for her kids, but this party is a surprise for her father's 70th birthday. She and her mother are hosting the event at a favorite local Italian restaurant and want to make sure it's a sophisticated but comfortable affair. She had a lot of great ideas to build on and I know her family will be thrilled with the results.

Theme: 70th Birthday Dinner Party

Party Ideas
Colors: Olive green & sienna
Setting: Evening surprise party. Seated Italian dinner for 130.
Decorations: Incorporate olive branches and greenery into centerpieces of green, white, yellow lush flowers. Consider adding lemons to centerpieces or line in clear glass vases as they compliment nicely with olive green. Use wine bottles with labels as table numbers and insert seating cards into corks. I agree that a blackboard style menu would be perfect for this setting too.
Dessert: Set apart the cake table by using the cake as a centerpiece and have a few other desserts surrounding it. Drape the table with olive branch garland or add height by adding a few olive bushes or Meyer lemon trees at the back of the table.
Favors: Small bottles of olive oil, wine for each couple or create a take home dessert buffet in greens, browns and whites.
Other: Hang small copies of b/w family pictures from the branches of an olive wreath or olive tree, either at the cake table or in a separate area. Instead of a guestbook, have a glass wine carafe at the gift area with a sign instructing guests to drop notes and well wishes.

Photo Credits
Row 1: table setting via elisabeth anne designs; bar via ariella chezar; antipasto; candy jars via rebecca thuss
Row 2: place card holders via the green bride; cake table via the cupcake company
Row 3: dessert buffet via amy atlas; olive wreath via the dirty shirt ; menu via style me pretty; olive oil via stonehouse
Row 4: wine table number via
snippet & ink; centerpiece via style me pretty; chair garlands; mini olive trees via sur la table

Alexis (February 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM)  

Great ideas! I am working on a
70th party too...travel themed.

Pam @ Design Fanatic (February 27, 2010 at 8:58 PM)  

Really lovely. Everything looks beautiful!

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