When Annmarie, one of my favorite brides, called to plan her daughter Riley’s first birthday bash–I knew it was going to be a blast. Annmarie and Brian are all about sharing life’s most exciting milestones with their incredible family and friends–and I knew Riley’s party could not disappoint. Annmarie knows how to throw a great party–and that’s why I LOVE working with her.
As always, she tasked me with finding a fabulous urban space. She wanted an “outdoor” beergarden-like atmosphere–but one that was weather-proof (last year, we needed to bring in a tent last minute when her gorgeous baby shower was suddenly threatened by thunderstorms!). She was open to different New York City boroughs, so we headed over the Williamsburg Bridge Brooklyn Winery. Their popular outdoor courtyard had just received a massive facelift including a temperature-controlled, glass-roof atrium! It was cool, hip, and delicious. Check.
A winery? For a first birthday–I know, it’s out of the box. But that’s what this party was all about–creating a laid-back, cool, grown-up environment for Annmarie & Brian’s friends to enjoy while entertaining the growing brood of offspring among their set (many of whom I met four years ago when I planned their wedding). Working with Brooklyn Winery, we created a menu that featured Annmarie & Brian’s signature sophisticated plays on kid food–a Mac ‘N Cheese Bar with all the Fixings, BBQ sliders, French Fry Station with Dipping Sauces and fun passed bites, and a gorgeously-stocked bar of old-fashioned sodas and libations.
To make this hipster joint a bit more girly for Riley’s celebration, we chose a palette of hot pink and orange — with chevron all over. I popped hot pink chevron runners on the rustic farm tables, and added a touch of whimsy with a collection of handmade paper pinwheels and tulle poms that I discovered on Etsy’s Shanz Partaaay Decor!
And really, who are we kidding? This was a kid’s party–and the little ones deserved a special place to call their own. I created a space just for them with a custom checkerboard rug, complete with activities, face-painting by the amazing Sharon, and of course, I styled the ultimate sweets station with printables by Chandelier Events and confections from my friends over at Sweet City Candy.
We’ll post more pics from this adorable in our gallery soon!
So be sure to check back on the spotlight blog. Happy Summer.