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3.14.2010

Toni and her husband are celebrating their 40th birthdays with a large dinner party in their yard. Toni's love for New York inspired the event and she gave me free reign on my interpretation, so I opted for 'big city chic meets backyard charm'. The colors lend themselves to the theme by suggesting sophistication with a bright fun pop of yellow...

Theme: A New York Inspired 40th Birthday

Party Ideas
Colors: black, white and yellow
Setting: cocktails & seated dinner outdoors for 50 people. sophisticated city style in a relaxed backyard atmosphere.
Decorations: black and white patterned table cloths with yellow napkins and simple china. sunny centerpieces of yellow flowers including parrot tulips, daises, ranunculus, garden roses etc. for seating assignments, have rows of red apples and attach a tag to each apple with guest’s name and table. name each table after a different landmark in New York (ie: empire state building, central park, statue of liberty) and have B/W photos framed on each table showcasing the corresponding location. string large lights across the pool and dinner tables, italian restaurant style. above the buffet tables, hang lanterns if possible or use votive candles for a romantic effect.
Food: traditional italian buffet with ceasar salad, bread sticks, pasta. offer chocolates and cigars with dessert. for drinks: in addition to beer and wine, consider a champagne bar for toasting to add a little extra new york flair.
Favors: if you go with the champagne bar, have champagne flutes engraved with the event name and date for each guest to take home. or play off the ‘big apple’ concept and offer caramel apples or another variety of apple treat to take home at the end of the evening.

Photo Credits
Row 1: Invitation via
minted; flowers via rose now; hanging langerns via credit crunch bride
Row 2: flag table via
mer mag; apples via papery and cakery; flowers via style me pretty
Row 3: desserts via
amy atlas; champagne bar via todd events; antipasto via style me pretty; striped table via mer mag

Row 4: yellow table via jessica claire; flowers via ariella chezar; outdoor dining via snippet and ink

Sandi (March 14, 2010 at 6:04 PM)  

great ideas! Sounds like it will be a fun party! I esp like the "apple" touches!

Simply Creative Insanity (March 14, 2010 at 9:14 PM)  

Great party idea and fun colors! I am loving this one!

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