When you live in a small apartment throwing dinner parties can be somewhat difficult, and when you live in an apartment the size that we currently live in it’s basically impossible.
Two bar stools does not a dinner party make.
Until the day I can throw a party in our home I will spend hours dreaming of how I will execute the perfect event. Personally, I love dinner parties because they are incredibly intimate and allow you as a host to throw an event that would be more difficult with a larger invite list.
One of my favorite dinner parties I draw for inspiration was the 30th birthday that Sally Balt, of la Happy had for her big day. Sally did the custom paper goods for our wedding and you can tell by the gorgeous work she did for her own celebration how incredibly talented she is.
From the moment a guest received one of these amazing invitations in the mail how could they not feel like they were a part of an amazing event. Having an invitation hand-lettered in scrumptious calligraphy just sets the tone for the event from the second your guest takes their invitation out of their mail box. I am just a little envious at her amazing skill of taking an art form that for years many thought of as antiquated and adding a touch of whimsy that completely modernizes it.
Now, to what really makes me love the details of this dinner party…the napkins.
Yes, napkins. But these aren’t just any ordinary napkins, these napkins double as place cards with Sally having hand-lettered iron-on transfer paper with the guest’s name and applying it to the cloth napkins. I seriously cannot get enough of this and would never have thought of this fantastic idea on my own.
Don’t you just love it!
All the calligraphy in the world would not look amazing if it was not set upon a gorgeous back drop, and for this event we have the amazing talents of Finch & Thistle Event Design to gush over.
Rachel Bowes, of Finch & Thistle, probably has more design pizzaz in her little pinky than I have in my whole body and when we have an outdoor space where I can do my best to recreate a version of her magic. What I love best about the design is the juxtaposition of the black and white table runner with the lush florals in an array of pinks. And really, there is no such thing as too much pink when executed with gorgeous roses and peonies on a backdrop of dinner plate dahlias and natural elements like fresh hops.
Days like today I just dream of summer nights where I can pretend to be just as fabulous of a party thrower with as much talent as these amazing ladies.
This event was originally posted on 100 Layer Cake, a fabulous place to get inspiration for any occasion.
Floral, Event Design and Styling: Rachel Bowes of Finch & Thistle Event Design / Stationery, Invitations & Calligraphy: Sally Balt of La Happy / Photography: Scott and Ashlee of O’Malley Photographers