For my mom’s surprise birthday dinner, I threw a Spanish-style beach party, drawing inspiration from my mom’s hometown, a Spanish beach town, and some photos of her in an orange bikini. We served homemade, authentic Spanish cuisine, and I made the white tablecloth with sheer fabric ruffles — symbolic of the ocean’s waves and the ruffles of a flamenco dress. To go with the orange bikini inspiration, I used orange and teal colors in the decor, from the cookies to the tissue paper carnations on the wooden spoons. And, for dessert, we served a Spanish almond cake, a popular traditional Spanish recipe.
Concept and Design: Patty Smith, Perfect Serendipity (formerly Sweet Treat Stands)
Photography: Pagette Callender Photography
Spanish Almond Cake and Cupcakes: The Cake Lady
Cupcake Fondant Toppers and Mason Jar cakes: Little Shindigs
Paper Fans: Paper Bliss Cards By Nancy
Raffia/Seashell Tablecloth Sash and Raffia/Seashell Cake Plate Décor: Weddings by the Shore
Mini Tissue Paper Carnations: Nikki Crafts
Sugar Cookies (White Sand Dollars, Teal Starfish with White Details, Orange Flowers, White Shells): Say it with Heart
Sugar Cookies (Orange Starfish, Blue Flowers, Yellow and Cream Seashells, “Feliz Cumpleanos,” Fans): Couture Confections
Custom Ribbon and Fabric Chandelier: Pinkapotamus
Seashell Stamped Wooden Forks, Monogram Stamped Wooden Spoons and Retro Paper Straws: The Party Garden
Custom Invitation Design and Food Tent Cards: Pink Paper Trail
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