Have you ever heard the expression “the devil is in the details”? It couldn’t be more true. Whether it’s a home renovation, DIY project or a party you’re planning, the details are what can make it or break it. The details make the ordinary extraordinary. Quite simply, they are what makes something memorable, special and personal. As with any special event that I host, whether in my home or at a restaurant or catering facility, I labor over the details. So when my sister-in-law announced that she was expecting a baby girl this spring, I knew right away that I would throw her a baby sprinkle with lots of personal touches and special details (she already has a little boy, so a “sprinkle” is held instead of a shower when you are having a baby of the opposite sex)!
The first thing I do when I approach the design of an event is to decide what the tone of the day will be. What is the atmosphere that I want to create? How do I want my guests to feel? Once I have an idea of the mood, I usually come up with a theme that’s fitting. For a Baby Sprinkle honoring an expectant mother and a baby girl on the way, I decided there was nothing more feminine and delicate than a group of women at a springtime tea party!
Next, I start layering my thoughts and ideas into a plan. Colors, decor and overall ambiance begin to take shape. My approach to the menu comes next. Formal, informal, buffet, nibbles and cocktails? For a ladies tea party, I decided on a cross between brunch and lunch. I didn’t want the menu to be too breakfast-y, but I also didn’t want anything too heavy, especially for a group of women.
Once I have my theme and plan of action in place, I craft the most important part — the DETAILS! Anyone can cater food and call it a party… but the most memorable events are the ones that are chock full of special touches. Just take a look at this adorable, feminine, vintage-inspired TEA PARTY in honor of my new niece! Recipes for the food I served will be posted separately and can be found under the FEAST section. As a sidenote, this luncheon/tea party would be perfect for Mother’s Day or any other springtime affair where a little pink is on the menu!
Not pictured here was a non-alcoholic pink lemonade punch, as well as a pink moscato punch served in my vintage punch bowl, bottles of rose wine, coffee and of course, tea! A beautiful day was had by my sister-in-law and all of her guests!