Monday, July 18, 2011

Cloud 9

  A few weeks/months ago we celebrated Kirsty's 40th birthday.  The theme?........ "Cloud 9"
  - and whilst we were encouraged to dress in vintage clothes or vintagey colours, the venue was already slotted well into the vintage era - by age and not by looks but Kirsty had a vision of what it could and would look like and she transformed the room into a magical loveliness.

The walls and ceiling were completed covered with black fabric - metres and metres of it - with hundreds of twinkling fairy lights and many tissue paper clouds hanging through the room.

Chandeliers, candelabras & lamps provided the lighting and
vintage tableware including water jugs and glasses filled the tables.
We settled into our seats and enjoyed the delicious meal.

                                                Marion, Kirsty and me

Kirsty's children were our waitresses and waiter, and her husband
was as debonair as ever

Nameplaces were little swans, with a name wrapped macaron sitting in their backs
and we'd filled lovely dishes full of macarons and had them dotted down the tables.

By the end of the night we were all wearing our wings - even my husband was happy to be photographed with them on.
My job was to make macarons and once started on the lovely pastel colours it was hard to stop. I must say that the photos taken of the mounds of gelati coloured macarons looked fabulous. The fillings included white chocolate ganache with pureed raspberry, salted caramel, lemon butter and milk chocolate with nectarine.

Marion made Kirsty's birthday cake - covered with edible shiny stars,
macarons and persian fairy floss
(I made the cake stand - thanks to the inspiration of Sue and Melissa, using a crystal platter and an upturned dessert bowl.  The cake stand was actually a Kitchen tea present for my new "niece-in-law" and as often the case, I now want one like it too!)

She's got 10 years to plan for her 50th, wonder what she'll do to top this party?!


Kirsty said...

I just happened to drop by and look what I are better than me... I haven't blogged about it yet.......Ha Yet!!!!!
We are all good for the weekend we spoke about too. Mum and Dad are available!!!

Mogs Designs said...

WOW, looks fabulous and I'm sure you all had a wonderful time, any time is good to dress up and party but esp. a bitrhday

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Wow, you did a great job with the theme carrying it through everywhere! :)