Cocktail Party Wrap-Up

I am back today with more of the details on my mom’s birthday party. My sister and I hosted a cocktail party to celebrate her and all that she means to us. It truly was an amazing group of friends that attended. Some of their friends have been around long before I was born. And to the attendees that read my blog {you know who you are!} . . . I love you and I thank you. You mean so much to me and to our family.   ………………………dessert first My mom is known for wanting to always eat dessert first! It’s amazing she is so tiny. So I thought we would start with dessert first here as well. We kept things simple with yummy treats that people could pick up and eat with their fingers. By varying the height of the dishes, the table has a bit more interest. IMG_9604IMG_9606IMG_9609 We hand dipped the strawberries and the added detail to the lemon bites {Costco find} and brownies. My sister piped each brownie with an “L” for my mom {Linda} and I added a bit of frosting, a mint leaf and fresh raspberry to the top of each lemon cake. IMG_9614 …………………..…looking back We really wanted my mom to feel special and find a fun way to celebrate her amazing life. My dad helped us by digging up some wonderful old photos. We mounted them on tiny gift bags {dollar section of Target} and hung them from raffia behind the dessert table. IMG_9619IMG_9620IMG_9622IMG_9625IMG_9630IMG_9627 We also sassied up {not a word, but I think I like it!} the clothes pins with srapbook paper and a flower. We strung photos on the fireplace and set more on top of the mantel. IMG_9629   ………………..…outdoor details IMG_9643 IMG_9644 We were blessed with a gorgeous evening weather wise. For décor we stuck with all things teal and lime green. The cute green candle with the hurricane is actually sitting on an upside down green graphic print bowl from Target {very clever sister!}. IMG_9647 With a large group, it’s nice to have name tag labels so that people can easily set their drinks down and not worry if they picked up the right one or not. We printed these on the computer ahead of time and used the lime green and teal ribbon to attach them {hint: to quickly find a name, we had them separated by male, female, and our family}. IMG_9648IMG_9649IMG_9660   For the smaller fresh flower arrangements we used mason jars that I spray painted with the color “lagoon”. It was a great match to the rest of the color scheme. IMG_9665   …………………………the menu IMG_9673 the menu vegetables with cilantro curry & toasted onion dips cheese & grape platter roaster fingerling potatoes with gorgonzola parmesan crab crostini parmesan crostini avocado salsa salad pulled beef sliders with blue cheese   IMG_9675 IMG_9676IMG_9678IMG_9679 The appetizers were all labeled. I think people like to know what they are eating {and great if there are any allergies}. Another trick we have is handwriting the labels rather than using a computer in case you have in last minute changes. IMG_9689   IMG_9727 And here is a shot of our family {albeit at the very end of the night}. So very blessed to be a part of this clan. I love you, mom! sharing this party with: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  


  1. says

    So many beautiful touches…I love the photos clipped like that- I did that for my brother's graduation party a few weekends ago. Beautiful family photo, too!

  2. says

    Gorgeous!! Stealing many of these ideas for my next outdoor party! Great job Court!! I'm sure your mom loved everything you and your sister did :)

  3. says

    What a beautiful party and a lovely outdoor setting. Your Mom is a beautiful woman….a classy party for a classy lady! Love all of the details. Your daughter's dress is adorable Courtney and you look stunning. A great family photo!

  4. says

    AMAZZZZZZZZING. wow. I am just blown away! That is a professional party! You and your sis did an amazing job. I am sure your mom will cherish the special day. What a celebration!

  5. says

    Just beautiful! I'll have to remember the trick for snazzing up store-bought desserts. LOVE the nametag wine charms as well! Beautifully done.

  6. says

    what the wha!?!?!?! that looks like a freaking magazine shoot!!! like martha and eddie ross got busy over there! so beautiful, i know your mom felt blessed by you and her family! Love the shot at the end, and now I'm starving. thanks

  7. says

    Aw, looks like so much fun!! I'm sure your mom loved it. Was hoping to see a few baby Court pics somewhere in the mix… : ) PS. You should definitely add "event planning" to Casey Grace's services. PPS. I'm with Cass, starrrving now! Yum!

  8. says

    I love all of your party hosting ideas – you always make it look so easy! The painted mason jars are so pretty and I love all the personal touches with the old photos. What a great looking family you all are- such a treasure to a get a big group shot like that. Your little girl's dress is adorable!

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