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Party like it’s 1785!
Anyone can have an 80s party, but as we’ve been discussing in this space, the real fun comes from a 1780s party. A Marie Antoinette party is a super theme for showers, milestone birthdays, DVD Viewing parties and even weddings. It’s even a great idea for a fundraiser, Marie was known to donate to hospitals, animals, unwed mothers and children. We’ve covered cakes [here and here] and invitations [here and here] and even party accessories. Today, in honor of in honor of the queen, we will discuss decor.
Setting: Anywhere with a chandelier is always good, but barring that, anyplace with enough space for conversating, fun and dancing. Don’t limit yourself to restaurants, halls and homes. Recreate the Queen’s toilette at a spa party, her Ministry of Fashion at shoe or shopping party at your favorite boutique, or her charming Hameau at your favorite park. Whatever you choose, make sure you can make it seem fun, inviting and like a setting to remember.
From Cachic Design
Must have accessories: Fresh flowers in china cups and pots and on cake stands. For ambiance, gather white lights in birdcages, place votive candles, silver or gold candleholders anywhere you want romance. For sparkle, use mirrors for trays of petits fours. Tie ribbons to anything that won’t move and use your food in your decor: pile Viennese pastries, macarons and cupcakes on tiered trays.
Color Scheme: Pastel blues and pinks are great, as are punkier black and hot pink. It never hurts to incorporate gold or silver, to mimic the riches and much-ness of Versailles. Wedsmack adds: “Focus on the immense range of neutrals on the pastel end of the wheel for your base: porcelain, biscuit, pale pink, peach, oyster, pearl. Accent with frothy, feminine colors that aren’t oversaturated: salmon, dusty rose, coffee, celadon.”
Think in textures: Wedsmak also suggests you consider “Silky damasks in two or more layers. Don’t use the same combinations at every table. Do use complementary colors. Other must-haves: feathers (look at vintage shoe clips, hair embellishments, fans, centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquet collars). Gold chargers, luxury napkins folded into fleur-de-lis, silk fans opened on a plate with a handwritten guest tag woven between the spokes, rose topiaries on the tables, corded or braided edging in ivory or gold, letterpressed gold monograms, parasols, satin bows, gloves and ruffles.”
From Primadonna Bride
Which party ideas are your favorite? How is your planning coming?