To kick off our second Vendor Challenge, I have a gorgeous “Summer in Provence” luncheon or dinner party idea from Bird of Bird’s Party. The theme this time was “Citrus” and the participants were able to interpret that any way they like and create a seated table + dessert table. I think this party would transport anyone right into France and is great for a birthday or shower. Here’s what Bird has to say:
“I went for a “Lemon and Lavender” color block palette – The punchy blue hues are all over the fashion world this summer aren’t they?! And it certainly inspired me to couple it with a bright lemony yellow. The inspiration also came from all around me here in southern France, especially my garden.
Provençale dining is usually a very relaxed outdoors affair in the summer, and the colors reflect the heat and vibrancy of the season over here. I went for a grown up feel, which would be perfect for a Summer Birthday Party or Bridal Shower luncheon!
I also tried to keep things quite traditional in terms of decor, but mixing in some basic glassware to keep it homey and not too formal.”
“I hate fussy tabletops, and it certainly does not have its place in a Provençale table, so I selected whatever’s in season (fruit and flowers) and in-keeping with the color-scheme and party theme. To keep the rustic, bold theme going, I used a main centerpieces and several other smaller vases with lavender and sunflowers spread throughout the table.
The lemons also help to keep summer bugs away from dinners, so it serves a dual purpose here. I also use some sunflower-shaped tea lights inside two bright yellow cage-lanterns to create a cosy atmosphere when the sun goes down.
I used decorative items and objects I had at home, most of which were finds at local flea markets and thrifty stores.”
“I tried to incorporate a lot of fresh, lemon flavors in this rustic dessert table, set up on a lichens-covered stone bench. I love the contrast of the worn out surface and the desert platters. Plus, the bright yellow lichens really matches my color scheme!
All desserts were homemade or home-assembled. I purchased a lemon tart from my local bakers, then dressed it up to create a “deconstructed” lemon Meringue Pie with bought meringues and whipped cream. Decorated with slices of Sicilian lemons and lavender from my garden.
Lemon mousse, lemon-curd tartelettes, as well as citrus Madeleines and petit fours from my local bakers were
dressed up with the party printables. I also used some of the printables to embellish the two-toered cake! Cupcakes were simple lemon sponge, with fondant white icing and lemon butter-cream, topped with lavender sprigs (edible BTW)”
I just adore this simple, chic design and there are so many great ideas for dressing up store-bought desserts! Thanks Bird for the beautiful inspiration!