How quickly can you through together a party? WARNING – photo heavy post!!!
What is the shortage amount of time you’ve taken to pull a party together?
I just experienced a new record.
My brother has been looking for a job.
I found out on Thursday night that he had accepted a position in Florida!!!
He was leaving the following Thursday.
That meant there was only one Saturday night available before he left.
Which was exactly two days from when I found out.
I’ve been spoiled, I know it.
My brother has lived in the same town as I, except for when we were in college.
For him to be moving all the way to Florida, from New York was huge.
I’ll be honest, I am not happy about this.
I’m trying to be a supportive adult, but in all honesty, I wish this didn’t happen.
My husband teased me, when the going gets tough, I throw a party.
I realized very quickly, that if I wanted the party to be up to my standards that I’d have to have it catered.
In two days I could either do all of the cooking or make the party the appropriate send off I knew my brother deserved – but not both, in two days.
My brother loves Martinis.
Therefore I had a Martini Bar…
…with all of the trimmings.
Some thought the theme should be sunshine, palm trees and all things Florida.
Not a chance.
This was clearly an I LOVE NY party – everything was black, red or white!
Everyone (well at least the men) wore I LOVE NY tee shirts that I had my niece negotiate and procure from the city early Saturday morning.
It’s hard to find a cookie more NY than Black and Whites.
Although I’m a grown women and know that in order to provide for our families, sometimes we have to do things we’d rather not, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t break your heart.
So, in two short days, with the help of my family (and a very cooperative caterer), I threw together a send off befitting my wonderful brother. You’d be amazed how many people changed their plans so they could be there.
Here’s what I did. I pulled out all of my black and red plates. I lot of them are nothing special, it was more a matter of following the theme. It had to be red, black or white. Some of the guests teased me that they couldn’t tell where Valentine’s ended and the party décor began (part of my plan!). I ordered a bunch of red, black and white balloons. It gave it that party feel. I gathered a bunch of red and black napkins in my urns. I used the red mercury glass hurricanes that I had purchased at an after Christmas sale as vases for the red and white roses purchased from Costco. I added black bamboo sticks from Dollar Tree. The only other items purchased specifically for this party (who had time to shop??) were the glass cubes, square mirrors, black rocks and red votives – all from Dollar Tree. I wanted to use the recently purchased (at HomeGoods) black and white tablecloth but it wasn’t quite long enough so I put a large solid red cloth underneath. At the Martini Bar in the living room I placed a black tablecloth and then topped with a red fleece throw (from Ikea). I had recently purchased the photo coasters. My youngest had the idea to continue the theme by placing the I LOVE NEW YORK logo within them.Please visit the following parties I’m joining:
Ivy and Elephants for What’s it Wednesday;The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday;for Susan at Between the Naps for Tablescape Thursday;Sherry of No Minimalist Here for Open House Thursday;Kathy of A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday;Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday;Sheri at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home;Courtney of French Country Cottage for Feather Your Nest Friday;Alison of Stuff and Nonsense for Fridays Unfold
See you Sunday!
- The Tablescaper