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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