Inspired by my love for purchasing fresh flowers at the super market - I saw a vision of a brown paper bag filled with the brightest of blooms. The color palette for this particular soiree was difficult to dream up as, we are right in the middle of a seasonal transition. I stuck to deeper shades of my favorite bolds, which are all represented in the paper flowers shown as a first impression on the invitation.
The scene was set on the Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury, Connecticut. Note back to the invitation for a second, party goers love to know what they can expect. With that in mind, I used the invitation to set the scene long before party day and guest arrival. The flowers on the party paper were a representation of the beauty to come. If you have never stepped foot on this flower bridge I highly suggest a trip to little old Simsbury! This place is absolutely magical.
Paper Bag Picnic
Per usual, I like to keep my parties as practical as possible! Low and behold this easily transportable paper bag meal, with menu and all. When packing the picnic my idea was to keep it classic with a simple food menu and a specialty drink with lots of flavor. Cue Nicole - my insanely talented bestie who is a mixology maven! She concocted a flawless Peach Tea cocktail for this occasion and will be chatting more about it over on her blog Behind My Bar!
This small celebration it set to be a double date style picnic, although there would only be 4 attendees I still see it fitting to use place cards. Labeling names is always an extra way to class-up the table, and as always helps the host to delegate seating.
I believe that the only thing any dinner party needs is good company and good conversation. Nevertheless, this tic-tac-toe set is provided in hopes to add a bit of excitement and laughter to the night and may be a great idea to try when dining with new friends!
Shoot Styling, Event Production & Photos - Ariel Nathan: Until Next Time Notes / Cocktail Creation & Drink Decoration & Staging – Nicole Mailloux: Behind My Bar / Location – The Drake Hill Flower Bridge: Simsbury CT / Event Coordination & Marketing – Jean Alban / Party Paper & Accessories - Michaels Stores: Michaels'
The best part about this party is that there is another one to follow! This is my idea of a four top dinner - however, you might find yourself thinking, this place is so romantically (yes, it's so filled with romance it needed it's own word, heart) how might I go about preparing this sort of picnic for a date night?! Well stay tuned my loves - next week I will show you my version of The Perfect Picnic, anniversary date style!