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custom inspiration board: coastal mediterranean

3.28.2010

I created this board for Katina's 40th birthday and housewarming party. She and her husband are moving into a new home by the sea in Perth Australia, where unfortunately it is winter season in June. As such, they decided to hold the party indoors, but I suggested she could still maintain a coastal feel by creating a mediterranean theme (which also celebrates her greek heritage). I truly love this blue & bronze look and think it's going to be the perfect way to celebrate & showcase their new home.

Theme: Coastal Mediterranean

Party Ideas
Colors: blues, bronze and whites
Setting: an evening of cocktails, food and music at private home by the sea
Decorations: create old world coastal charm using blue & white patterned linens on food tables, blue napkins, colorful china and toss pillows on the floor for extra seating. Flowers may include succulents and/or simple white flowers in glass vases adorned with stones or beach glass. Make liberal use of candles & lanterns as lighting.
Food: passed appetizers and small plate stations with a mediterranean flavor (ie: dolmas, falafel, hummus, lamb, filo wrapped chicken, tabbouleh and other salads, etc). Consider a traditional birthday cake for dessert iced in fondant with blue, bronze pattern detailing, and include a few traditional desserts like baklava or cheese & fruits such as pears, figs and grapes. drinks: cocktail service including a special champagne bar area (with bottles in blue glass ice buckets or other accents of blue).
Favors: jordan almonds are a traditional greek favor and can be wrapped up in delicate packaging with paper labels.
Other: a greek band for dancing and background music during cocktails & dinner.

Photo Credits
Row 1: table setting via weekend host; china via country living; invite via dauphine press; greek panorama via google
Row 2: pear place card via
100 layer cake; greek salad via real simple; mosaic table setting via sunday suppers
Row 3: succulents via
ritzy bee; jordan almonds via lolliblog; paper fans via flickr
Row 4: tent and pillows via
betsy white; menu via brooklyn bride; champagne via hotel club

Lisa (March 29, 2010 at 7:55 AM)  

I've always loved the crisp color pallet of white and blue and dreamed of going to Greece. Your inspiration board just captures it all wonderfully!

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