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The Iconic Hostess :: Jane Birkin

March 9th, 2012

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Ana from Grown Up Shoes here, back with a punch of pastels just in time for seasonal soirées. When concepting this party, I envisioned an icon of the flower child era with a serious penchant for style, and Ms. Birkin fits the bill beautifully.

I love the idea of celebrating warmer weather, daylight savings and the beautiful blooms of spring all in one laid-back event. And one of my favorite things about longer days is how front porch happy hours tend to linger into the night. With that in mind, I envision this outdoor party beginning in the late afternoon, lasting through the evening’s “magic hour”— when the light is just right and everything is bathed in a soft rosy glow — and going on until after the stars come out. Keep reading for a few more of the details I’m envisioning for this Birkin-inspired gathering…

The Drink: Why not incorporate the garden into this party’s signature drink? This Blackberry Smash, complete with fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint, hits the spot. Let guests get creative by setting up a self-serve bar of fresh fruits and herbs for garnish, with mismatched colored glasses, as pictured above, to keep things playful but coordinated.

The Food: Light, healthy snacks like Spring Panzanella and Shaved Fennel Salad are perfect for this occasion. A pretty sorbet or granita while the sun is still shining would also be delightful.

The Entertainment: Your beautiful garden or yard! An upbeat playlist, a handful of friends and the simple refreshments listed above are all you need to make this a memorable Saturday afternoon.

And Why Not…

  • Pull out a game of horseshoes if you have room
  • Have sparklers on standby for when evening turns to night, and guests are feeling festive
  • Keep a stack of comfy blankets outside and the fire pit ready to go—who would object to s’mores once the sun goes down?

*images {row 1} flower garland, diptyque roses candle {row 2} embroidered cotton dress, perfume, blush, {row 3} votive holders, table and chair{row 4}sorbet, glasses, butterflies

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9 Comments under :: The Iconic Hostess :: Jane Birkin
  1. Chantel says:

    This is EXACTLY the theme I am using for a bridal shower in May! I might need to add the Blackberry Smash drink to the menu!

    Thanks for the jolt of excitement!

  2. GawgusThings says:

    What a fun theme! Love the shape of the glasses you’ve featured here!
    Emma x

  3. Georgina says:

    This is such a lovely and fresh idea! Thank you for the inspiration :)

  4. [...] say I love this one last blast of wintry air before spring and summer set in. And don’t miss my post on a Jane Birkin inspired Garden Party over at Camille Styles [...]

  5. delia says:

    Love this idea and the embroidered dress.

    delia
    http://www.lovelaughlipglosses.com/

  6. Beautifully done, Ana! Your inspiration board alone is making me smile.

    Cheers to a great weekend!
    Ashley
    anylovelything.blogspot.com

  7. Ana Perkins says:

    Thanks girls! Glad y’all liked it! :) xoxo

  8. Madeleine says:

    Haha. I just did a similar post a few weeks ago. I think it is that time of year. There is nothing better than sorbet time.

    http://flyerverteiler.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/die-party/

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