On Friday night Jordan (as in the boy one, I don’t refer to myself in third person usually) and I hosted a small cocktail party for a few of our closest friends. When we first began planning the little soiree we were certain we wanted a theme. We tossed around a few ideas from Roaring Twenties Gatsby-esque (I felt weird about that one given obvious circumstances), to Disney Characters to Legally Blonde and finally I suggested Gossip Girl. Since none of the guests attending have the same appreciation for Blair Waldorf’s perfect style or Chuck Bass’ sexy purple scarf as I do it seemed like a silly (and selfish) theme for a party. Still I was determined to incorporate champagne and macaroons into the evening (and Jordan was committed to seeing me stoked about whatever theme we picked) so we settled on a simple “Champagne & Macaroons” themed soiree and requested our guests “dress how a macaroon makes you feel”. It was a little silly but seemed open enough to interpretation that no one would have an issue curating an outfit last minute.
The morning of the party I had already scheduled a hair appointment so I decided to get my makeup done at Sephora and really pamper myself like a princess for the big day. I get my makeup done at Sephora A LOT (like a ridiculously embarrassing amount) and in June I happened to meet a makeup artist named Faith. Long story short I’ve requested her as my makeup artist every time since and she is SO talented. She’s styled my face for dates, my birthday party and even photo-shoots. She’s amazing; I wish I could have her around to make me look like a pretty Victoria’s Secret Angel Barbie doll every day! This time I really wanted a retro look (because my dress was a little 50s housewife-esque) and I think she really nailed the dramatic winged liner. Thank you Faith!!!
Jordan and I spent all day Friday running around Seattle preparing for our party. We custom ordered four dozen macaroons from Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle and the delectable treats did not disappoint. To decorate I wanted everything to look whimsical and girly without looking too much like a 5 year old’s birthday party (I have a tendency to lean too much in the Kindergarten direction). Jordan is also obsessed with bright colors so we were drawn towards the Kate Spade party line but unfortunately started prepping for the party too late to actually order the exact decorations that inspired me. However I was quite pleased with the end result. We used gorgeous fresh tulip arrangements from Pike Place Market (in old wine bottles as vases), tea lights everywhere and pops of pink confetti and rose petals. It helps that Jordan’s house is so perfect for entertaining! There was space to dance, play pool, Cards Against Humanity and of course sip champagne in pretty dresses (my favorite activity). Though we had plenty of drinks and appetizers the night ended with me laying across the pool table and begging to order pizza #typical. Nothing says “I’m having my first Grown Up Cocktail Party” like sprawling out on the floor in your party dress and consuming half of a large cheese pizza at 2:00am.
Overall the night was a huge success. I love entertaining (especially given the proper venue, thanks for having a real house Jordan)! We are already planning our next party and I’m already daydreaming the perfect party dress!
How was your weekend my Pretty Little Lavender Macaroons? Do you like to entertain? Do you have any party hosting tips (I’m new to this)?