Thursday, June 3, 2010

Party time - A blast of colour

Today it is wet and cold here in Bowral and so was this event that I designed and styled for a television station here in Australia for a corporate lunch many years ago. Yes, a corporate lunch for 120 guest at the races.
It was pouring with rain all week, I worked in gumboots each day as I delivered everything and set up the tent. But the only thing on my mind was the colours that I was working with.

I wanted to do something totally different, fresh, happy and full of fun I decided to bring in the flavour of the sea to a very country setting. Why? I can't really remember, it may have had something to do with my children's paintings at the time. I get inspiration from everywhere. My brief from my client was simply, let's have fun, Coty.... go for it, do what ever you like.....

I was inspired by the colours of goldfish, star fish and all the fabulous colours of sea. I found really cheap bright blue bolts of fabric for the tables. I painted 20 metres of white sheeting fabric with blue swirly lines for the walls. Which believe me took forever. I made some rather crazy looking fish that I attached to the backdrops, which I should have asked five year old children to paint for me, they would have done a better job. But it was fun making them !!!

I grabbed everything that I passed in shops that had bright colours, boxes, plants, coloured pebbles for the fish bowls (yes real little fish) and whilst hunting through a fabric shop I came across hundreds of colourful tea towels with the same sort of painted styles as my backdrops. I cut them all up in half and made napkins out of them.

I even found some fantastic blue water bottles for the table. I bought twenty blue and white striped salad bowls as well for the food tables, which sat on my favourite yellow and white striped fabric. I only had a little roll of this fabric, just enough for some more colour. The food was fresh and also colourful.

I sewed together some fantastic coloured calico into sails trimmed with colourful binding, secured them onto a timber dowel and had them standing in little yellow and white striped pots that I painted on the food table. From a distance, it looked like they were just sailing by.

It was really simple, really easy and it really didn't cost that much to put together either.

Anything is possible - Just have fun ... I hope I have inspired you to create your next party.

and the people at the party were just as glamorous as these wonderful vintage illustrations.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting me and my blog

xxxx Coty

Below: Setting up and my Andrew never far away, the things I get him to do.!!

Don't forget to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more table settings and all her wonderful guests that gather each week to share their settings.

and for the first time I have joined Karin at Style Sisters for a new party 'Centrepiece Wednesday" come and visit, she has some 'great ideas"