A 60th birthday calls for a fun celebration with close family and friends. When Ricki’s husband and kids decided to throw her a party, they knew there was no better location for this special occasion than their very own backyard (especially considering this would be the first event in their new home). Each immediate family member took on jobs to make sure the party was a success. To prepare, they sent out these beautiful invitations, planned the menu and other details, and asked us to help out with the decorations. While planning the decor for the party, we decided to use the invitations as inspiration for the rest of the look.

We decided to go with a rustic meets elegant look that was formal yet still appropriate for a mid-morning brunch. To bring this party decor to life, we used glass jars in a variety of shapes and sizes, burlap fabric, burlap string, touches of purple satin ribbon, and all different shades of purple tissue paper.

Lauren, along with some of the other party planners, set out bright and early Saturday morning to fill all the glass jars with flowers from the Flower Mart (as seen in our last post, Los Angeles Flower Mart). They got all different shades of purple garden flowers to complete the look.

For each table, we created a centerpiece which consisted of a glass jar covered in burlap, tied with burlap string, and filled with flowers. These simple tablecloths, in white and sage green, incorporated a Spring motif and went well with our theme.

We wrapped these square and round vases with a smaller strip of burlap to allow the glass to show through as well as give them a different look from the table centerpieces. Lauren spread them out throughout the house to keep the garden look consistent. 

These purple-dyed lilies made a statement on the console table in the dining room.

Purple butterflies were added to some of the flower arrangements, making them perfect for springtime.

This centerpiece (found in the middle of the buffet table) was made up of three square glass vases, and the party’s signature burlap and purple satin ribbon. Different types of purple flowers completed the look. A beautiful black and white photo of the birthday girl was added to give a personal touch.

Two different colored napkins were chosen to go with the party’s color scheme and to add some color to the buffet table.

The hosts set brunch up buffet style with simple but delicious platters from Brent’s Deli filled with bagels, lox, cream cheese, and blintzes for a little something sweet.
The dessert spread consisted of scrumptious berries, a large selection of cut up fruit, and Ricki’s favorite coffee cake from Gelson’s. Her family usually buys a slice for dessert when they stop by the grocery store, but they thought the whole sheet would be fun as a birthday cake.
To add to the brunch selection, Ricki’s husband hired a cappuccino barista and two chefs from Mr. Omelette to make flavored cappuccino and delicious omelettes for their guests. The omelette bar had a variety of options including: mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions. They also had some unexpected choices like smoked salmon and feta cheese.
Lauren hung tissue paper flowers from the patio arbor to make it more festive. In keeping with the purple color scheme, we went with an ombre effect and created strands going from big to small and dark to light.

As a parting party favor, each guest was given a wrapped chocolate, caramel, and rice krispie covered pretzel from Rocky Mountain. The sign on the basket read, “Enjoy a sweet treat for your ride home”.

Lauren had so much fun being a part of the planning for this party and creating things for her new aunt, Ricki. It was a great opportunity for her to spend some extra time with Scott’s cousins, experience the Flower Mart for the first time, and sample some DIY project ideas from Pinterest. We both are so grateful that they trusted us and asked us to help out with the decorations for this party. It was truly a success! 
Erica Leigh Photography (who took some of these beautiful  photos) specializes in family and children’s portraits, and small venue events including: bridal showers, charity functions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, baby showers, children’s birthdays, anniversary parties, and religious ceremonies. You can “like” her on Facebook to see all of her latest work.


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