A wonderful friend of mine turned 30 this past September and wanted to host a beautiful, farm-to-table celebration surrounded by 30 of her closest friends and family. When she asked if I would plan, design, and execute this milestone party, of course I said yes knowing she has impeccable taste (and the food would be to die for)!
September is prime apple picking season and so she chose her favorite apple orchard in the Hudson Valley, Fishkill Farms, to be the venue for the party. We chose a rustic and elegant design to blend with the farm and a color palette of soft whites, grays, and light peachy pink for the relaxed summery, feminine celebration.
We incorporated some fun design elements that tied everything together including:
- antique wooden crates
- water hyacinth chargers
- mason jar glasses & calligraphy name tags
- chalkboard signage with calligraphy
- flowing linens
- cozy throw blankets and pillows
- hundreds of colorful blooms picked from the farm’s gardens
The party kicked off with apple picking in the rolling hills of orchards and then after everyone had had enough of the late summer sun and heat, they came down the hill to the al fresco setup for refreshments and relaxation. The outdoor lounge setup invited guests to kick back until dinner and sip on the light and refreshing drinks of classic lemonade garnished with grapefruits and blood oranges, watermelon aqua fresca, and an apple cider and peach sangria made with fresh cider from the farm. Each guest had a mason jar glass with calligraphy on chalkboard stickers to sip their drinks from!
The evening finished with an amazing family-style feast of all locally sourced foods, farm-fresh seasonal pies and apple cider donuts, and roasting s’mores over a roaring campfire. Each guest was sent home with their escort card miniature frame with a photo of them and the birthday girl as well as individual apple cider donuts in kraft paper bags sweetly tied up with pink ribbon.
It is always so special when I get to help plan and pull off beautiful events for beautiful friends. What a treat to ring in this new decade with such a close friend! To see all the photos, head over to the gallery here!