Wow, I knew this was going to be a fabulous party after having had so much fun planning and creating the theme decor, tablesettings and menu. My brainstorming session seemed to never end as I got such great inspiration from the nature around me on our mountaintop in Western North Carolina. The ideas kept flowing and I kept creating.
As I mentioned in my Fairies of the Forest Twilight Soiree post, this whole party’s color scheme of purples, pinks, greens and oranges started with a bushel of plums! You never know where your inspiration will come from and it’s always a wonderful surprise where it ends up taking you.
FAIRIES LOVE PURPLE!
If you’ve been a visitor to Ingredients For A Fabulous Life before, you might have noticed I like purple, but believe it or not, my favorite color is actually celery green. But I digress…
It all started with how I would express the nature inspired theme in my invitations. I ended up crafting them from my “leftovers stash” of crafting supplies saved for these types of occasions.
Then I went shopping in my garage and came up with these. I get absolutely verbose about how I went about creating them in my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Invitations post. You’ll definitely need to give it a read!
The decision was made to have the primary theme color be various shades of purple, leaning heavily on a deep aubergine for the table linens and buffet base cloth. There are lots of fabulous linen choices at Amazon, and I also found many discount linen sites as well. Obviously, your choices will be based on your number of guests, size of tables, etc. For this party’s color scheme, I chose crinkle taffeta cloths in eggplant, which are just stunning.
HOW FAB ARE THESE PLATES?
I turned to Wayfair for my placesettings, and was enthralled with the many choices in my color palette. Here’s what I ended up ordering for a party of eight. Don’t you just love the dessert plates?
They have a kind of iridescent shimmer that looks fabulous in the candlelight! Just wait until you see my Indian Summer Almond Plum Cake served on it!
Now, I am a bit of what I call a “crafty dabbler”, and because I had decided that I wanted a kind of moody, dark atmosphere for this affair, I wanted to look at different fabric and make my own napkins and table runners.
In my mind I envisioned two runners crossing at the center on the two round tables for four and then a contrasting fabric for some napkins that would be folded and laid across the dinner plate under the salad plate. I’m not really a seamstress, so I kept them simple and straightforward.
IT FEELS LIKE A TREE HOUSE!
The party was to be held on my lower outside deck, so the space was contained and surrounded by the greenery supplied from the trees around our home. I was already half way done with my “forest” theme! I have regaled you all with my love of moss and how I spend time during the year foraging for all of nature’s bounty, so that’s where I started my design plans.
First, my buffet menu would be framed in moss and embellished with tiny rosebuds. I found this fabulous edible botanical “kit” from bMAKER on Amazon that contains jasmine flowers, rosebuds, rose petals, lavender, marigold petals, chamomile flowers and a tiny bottle of rose essential oil. I’ve been using them in both my kitchen and crafting and having a blast getting creative with flowers!
I decided that since I’m using round seating tables I wanted small round centerpieces that would not interfere with my guests’ conversation during their meal.
Then I found some cute 6 inch grapevine wreathes and decided to stack them and add a pillar candle in the center, then “finish” them with various natural elements as I went along. Easy, peasy!
While shopping, I saw some “place card holders” made from a 2 inch slice of a tree branch with a shallow cut made in the top for the place card to slide in and thought, self, why buy those, you can do that! I only needed eight, so I went to find my saw! Honestly, finding the right size branch was the hardest part!
Not too shabby, huh? I told you, inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere you look. Cost: Elbow grease
FAIRY LITE BLOSSOM CHANDELIER
The star of the party decor was my Fairies of the Forest Twilight Soiree Fairy Lite Blossom Chandelier, which hung on a sturdy cup-hook from the “ceiling” of our lower deck. I went into my bin of artificial flowers and pulled out what I could use and then had some fun picking out a few new ones from Michael’s Crafts to round out the color scheme.
It uses a recycled grapevine wreath (in its previous life it was filled with sunflowers) and then found a really pretty leaf-and-twine garland on Amazon that could be cut into lengths and used to hang the finished wreath. How do you think it turned out?
The rest of the decor was comprised of spray-painted curly willow, moss-covered branches, natural elements tucked into the nooks and crannies and just trying to create a general feeling of spending an evening nestled in the bosom of Mother Nature’s sheer profundity.
HOW CUTE ARE THESE?
I always include a “take-away” gift for my guests and was somehow able to work my moss into one more project! I purchased 3 inch paper mache boxes, covered the lids with moss and then embellished them with some of those fabulous botanicals I mentioned earlier.
Tucked inside is a “pile of rocks”, candy rocks that is. Sitting on a cushion of purple or pink tissue paper, are some really realistic candy rocks that I just couldn’t resist working into the party somehow when I saw them the internet. A really nice touch, don’t you think?
I ADMIT I WENT A LITTLE CRAZY!
So, I know that I’ve gone completely overboard on the crafty stuff for this affair, so feel free to pick and choose what you want to make, purchase or leave out. It’s your party, your vision, and most of all, your own fabulous style.
You’ll find the craft projects for this party under the Entertaining tab on the main menu.
I’d love for you to post some of your Fairies of the Forest crafts or party pics in our The Fab Life Facebook Group. I adore seeing how a theme party takes on a life of its own in the hands of my readers!
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