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Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Summer Soiree

It's official, my name is Renée and I am addicted to planning parties. Not just parties but fabulous, epic events perfectly coordinated to suit my exquisite tastes but empty pockets.After my birthday soiree the genie was let out of the bottle. I am a planning machine. So I of course I started looking for any excuse to plan something. My plan backfired my sister decided to move to Scotland giving me not only something to plan but something to cry about. Thanks to much inspiration online and many trips to Woolworth and the "$2 and $3 Stores" I was able to plan a Summery Flowery going away party for my sister , Alexis.


Here are a few of my Favourite parts of the set up .

I filled cups with sand and used an umbrella and card to make a little lounge chair tablecloth weight.

I embellished my regular drink umbrellas with tissue  

I used a foam ring to create an exotic wreath 

My steal of the party, lanterns from the $2 store.

This vase from WoolWorth was on sale for $1.95. I imported flowers from Michael's

The candy bar set up with streamer curtains

Cake cones. I baked cake right into the cone and these can be toped with ice-cream!! 
Iced cake cone from GRACIE'S BAKERY !

 Candy!!  Even the "pool noodles" "life-preservers"and "kick-boards" had an umbrella

I LOOOOVED THESE. BBQ grill cake pops from SINNFULLY SWEET CREATIONS were my absolute fav. She never disappoints!

Look at the detail

I printed these cool designs and made cones, filled them with candy popcorn. The guy at Trimart Haggat Hall had all the colours I needed.

I loved cutting wedges of melon and making them stand in the bucket with the skewers.

Cherry Pie pops . Oooey, gooey pie filling on a convenient stick!! This is great

Oh Island in the Sun.. my pal sherry created this fruit plate.... but the 30 year old kids ate candy not fruit!

Gorgeous colours and wonderful food. We made it all !! But Alexis decided we had to have vege kebabs. I would have just had the pig tails, veges not so much.

Looking cool is a breze with this fab find on Oriental Trading

I used my skill from the Joel Brooks Photoshop Class to create a cool banner for my Sun Bar

The Sun Bar was a big hit. Hats, bags, visors, ice cold face towels, beach towels, sunglasses, chapstick, lotion, insect repellant, fans, totebags all available for everyone to take with the more use at the party! Finally Adult loot bags!

Ooh I forgot , Slippers too!

We set up a special area for our Mixologist for the evening KEVIN CLARKE

Luau umbrellas and flamingo stirrers another deal from Wool Worth

I got this cool battery operated fan visor in the $2 store !! I made the Summer BBQ fans with Cardstock.

We hollowed out a melon and Alana made a special punch

How cute are these labels for the towels

Loved this shot from SHAE LASHLEY  one of he photographers for the evening.

I had these skewers from my Kadooment day breakfast Buffet for my makeup clients and use the remainder to make an interesting pineapple centre-piece.

Jello shots in brightly coloured cups from $2 store.$2 for 10 !!!

More $2 store finds

Beachgate was amazing and we had the place all to ourselves.A fabulous location and great managers. They were helpful and friendly and I WILL be back.

I used random fruit and flowers from the garden to make this vodka keeper. It keeps the alcohol cold and looks cool too!

I knew I didn't need a bartender I wanted a Mixologist who could create exciting drinks for my gal pals. Kevin did not disappoint. Sex on the Beach, Strawberry tini, Passionate Screw the possibilities were endless. We had it all and had a ball!


Party was so good Kevin stuck around for the fun.

The  party was great but i think I have more fun planning, plotting cutting and pasting than at the party. I get high and then I need a new project.  My name is Renee and I am a plan-aholic. Can't wait for the next one.

PHOTOS BY CHAKA WELCH, SHAE LASHLEY and random cell phones.

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