A Little Party Never Killed Nobody, But It Sure Took A Long Time To Plan
Center Pieces were completed with book piles, gold and silver wine bottles, diamond and star confetti, feathers, pearls and candles.
The drink station featured the signature Moscow Mule drink, lemonade, iced tea, water and featured bottles of wine and beer. The mason jar dispensers were such a fabulous addition and the brick stands were a last minute addition that really pulled everything together!
As always, the Zagos go big when throwing themed parties. We love transforming our backyard and transporting our guests to eras long ago. When our littlest sister turned one, our mom went all out on a Strawberry Shortcake theme and when I graduated from college, we took guests to Paris.
Most recently, we held a college graduation party for Brittany (who received her B.A in English) in June 0f 2015 and we invited a few guests over for a soirée they'd never forget. We, of course, gathered many ideas from Pinterest, but the overall set-up was purely that of the imagination of the Zago women (with help from dad too, of course).
Now, our backyard is pretty ideal for parties, however oddly enough, we don't have big parties that often. I mean with all the time that goes into planning them the way we plan them, we'd have to make it our full time jobs to put them on (hey! Idea!!). For this party we wanted the atmosphere to feel as if you were in a swanky speakeasy ready to have the night of your life.
The preparation that went into this party took about 5 months of strategizing, creating, crafting, painting, and searching for the perfect items to complete the atmosphere.
Our preparation began with searching for the perfect lighting for the scene. So, to set the mood we strung carnival style light bulbs over the entire backyard (picture to come soon!).
IT WAS GLORIOUS. After the party, we actually kept the lights up for about 3 months because we just loved the way they looked! We actually found the light bulbs at a local warehouse that sells stuff online, and the price was extremely reasonable. We got lucky that's for sure.
We also drank lots of wine and alcohol in order to have many glass bottles to spray paint gold and silver to use as table decorations. It was such a burden to drink all of that alcohol.... haha.
Additionally, feathers, diamonds, candles and pearls used as table decorations were purchased from places like Amazon, Hobby Lobby, and Target. Godsend stores.
For food we went a little less Gatsby and a little more delicious and got a fabulous taco truck. It made for one less thing to have to worry about. The cake (because no party is complete without cake..) was Brittany's favorite - Funfetti!
Finally, we set up a photo booth and let our guests show off their dapper selves. Unfortunately, this time around we didn't have enough space to set up our homemade PVC pipe photo booth, so we had to improvise. In the end it didn't matter because our guests still had a great time!
We bring these photos to you to hopefully inspire you in your next party ventures!
With Lots of Love,
To help with the theme of The Great Gatsby and the Prohibition, we decided to create these wanted posters of our guests. This was a last minute idea that really helped bring together the entire speakeasy theme. We gathered photos of our guests and charged them with various crimes. We had them printed at Staples and then coffee stained them (brew coffee, wait until cold and gently sweep over paper with a wide bristled brush). Our guests loved these just as much as we did!
This banner was purchased at Target! So cute, right?
Our guests loved showing off their dapper Gatsby wear in our photo booth. The guests that did not dress up for the party had the opportunity to pick up some beads, headbands, fake cigars and top hats at the dress up station. Everyone got into the Gatsby spirit!
Table Homage to Brittany