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40th Birthday Party Event Styling

After a busy few months, I am now going to start up my blog post again, and what better way than to introduce you to a wonderful surprise 40th birthday soiree that I just finished styling…

Back in the summer, I styled a wedding for a wonderful couple at Ashdown Park Hotel with a rustic, enchanted forest feel. It was at this wedding that the brother of the groom saw my styling work and decided upon using my services to style the 40th birthday party for his wife. This is a truely romantic gesture, as his wife Sam knew only of a dinner planned at the beautiful venue of Horsted Place in Uckfield, and nothing of the added decor, balloons, sparklers and birthday cake and sweet trolley that her husband entrusted me with planning and styling.

What a fabulous gesture and what a fabulous job for me… given a chance to come up with a theme and ideas for styling a large dining table and room in this venue. We decided upon a colour scheme of black, white and gold with arrows and geometric patterns introduced subtly. We kept all the table decor simple and low, so as not to obstruct any view across the table. I finally got to showcase my retro, gold trolley as a cake/ sweet trolley for Sams fab cake (courtesy of choccywoccydoodah) and covered my vintage folding screen with some gold sequin fabric to enhance this look, finished off with twinkling fairy lights at the bottom of the trolley.

50 gold and white helium balloons tied with gold or black ribbons attached, and white lanterns with candles lining the pathway outside of the dining room windows, a vase of sparklers at the ready by the door (for after dinner) and the room was complete.

Final details included; bespoke luggage tags with gold ribbons, sent to each guest before the party, that would be staying at the hotel, bespoke child minding cards sent in gold envelopes to each guest that would need to make child minding arrangements in order to attend the party and bespoke name place cards for the dining table. All flowers from Viva Verde in Hove. All photos by the wonderful Sarah London Photography. Venue Horsted Place.

See all images from this event in Portfolio- Event Styling.


Pattern Love

Dots, stripes, chevrons, geometric, nature inspired… it’s hard to keep up with trending fashions, never mind figure out how to introduce such busy or dominating patterns into your home.

If, like me, you sit and drool over wonderful colours and patterns in magazines, books and my fave Pinterest, then surely at some point you too must have thought about how to introduce some of these wonderful shapes and colours into your house.

To mix and match or to keep to a theme? Personally, I like to mix and match a bit, but don’t go crazy- either mix patterns of a similar type or different patterns in similar colours. Use your eye, bring things into your home to try and see what works. PS… keep it simple elsewhere, a white or neutral coloured room with similar coloured bedding or sofas can take a splash of ‘wow pattern‘ in a rug/ throw or cushion. Dont use more than 2 colours (not including your neutral white/ grey/ cream background), you can use several different shades of them though.

Here’s a little taste of some pattern loves I have gathered from my own home (and a few rugs courtesy of my flatmates recent spend at Urban Outfitters).