Tricia McIntosh Design celebrated its one year anniversary with a deck party last Thursday evening with 45 well wishers and party goers in attendance. Besides providing delicious food, lots to drink, background music and good company, I knew I wanted this gathering to feel more like an elegant garden party than an office get-together. Inspired by Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, I decided to host this event outdoors, making the decks and grassy areas the backdrop for the summer soiree. Without an actual boat, I had to rely on the ocean-hue invitations, Bermuda-blue cocktail napkins and Laguna-colored silk hand fans to impart the feeling of sailing along the river.
To be considered a garden party, the presence of flowers is an absolute must. Making up for the lack of blooms on the grounds, I sprinkled Mason Jars of petite arrangements everywhere I could... on the bar, hors d'oeuvres tables and guest tables. I even put one in the bathroom with a yummy little scented candle.
I considered white table linens, real silverware, breakable glasses and plates essential elements. Could you imagine paper plates or plastic cups at Renoir's luncheon? Aghast! Luminaria bags of sand and citronella candles, tied with turquoise ribbon helped to ward off any potential uninvited pests and brought in a bit more of the ocean vibe. The hand fans played triple-duty as a decorative pop of color, a useful cooling apparatus and later a party memento for guests.
As a matter of coincidence, the interior design school I graduated from published an article about me in a Student Success feature on the day of my party. An auspicious day indeed. Cheers!