photos by Jared Smith
In case you haven’t had the chance to experience the retro goodness that is Palm Springs in real life just yet, we’re helping bring the DIY version straight to you with this DIY retro Summer brunch or soiree we created alongside Beau Tied Events! Call me obsessed (or just ‘Bridgette Bardot’, in this instance), but this 60’s style game has my name all over it!
Naturally we had to bring a little DIY touch to it all, so I have lots of how-to details, printables, and even a giveaway for one lucky reader for a seriously amazing goodie bag fit for poolside glamour…
First and foremost, you can’t host a retro Summer brunch without forcing all of your friends to wear 60’s inspired ensembles, so we snatched up all of the retro designer goodness that we could from Tootsies, and I think it came together perfectly (I want this mint green matching set immediately!). Once everyone is in uniform, the real party can begin!
Printable Striped Drink Umbrellas
To make the umbrellas, print out the printable sheets and cut along the outside edge of each colored umbrella, then cut a slit from one side to the middle of the circle. Fold the cut ends over each other just a bit until it forms a cone shape, then adhere into place along with a plastic stir stick in the middle with the glue gun.
No matter the decor, what’s a brunch without the bites? We teamed up with A Fare Extraordinaire to cater the brunch bites (these raspberry scones were seriously to die for!), alongside Robin of Double Trouble who mixed her famous tiki cocktails and made us all jealous that she actually owned these ceramic coconut cups!
Sadly the perfect patterned pineapple plates to do not exists (I’m sensing a missed opportunity here, no?!), so Paula from Beau Tied used mod podge to adhere patterned fabric on the backsides of clear plates, and I love the way they turned out!
Pair them with custom calligraphy menus from Nib and Pixel, a faux banana leaf, custom vinyl chair name decals, and gold flatware, and you’ve got yourself one stylist place setting!
DIY Dotted Wall Backdrop
- 2.5 inch hole punch
- Lots of paint chip samples from the hardware store
- Double sided-tape
- Ruler and level
- Painter’s tape
To make the backdrop, Kathlee measured and taped off even squares along the wall with painter’s tape and a ruler to mark off perfect 4.5 inch sections for the paint sample chips that she cut using a 2.5″ circle hole punch.
In all seriousness, how fake to these floral arrangements from Bramble & Bee look?! They were so perfect I could’ve cried. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such beautiful ombre peonies, and I even like to consider myself a non-florist, just stare-from-the-side-lines connoisseur.
Of course no fete is complete without a killer goodie bag, so we compiled the perfect Summer must-have bag comprised of a Lolo Bag pool tote and sunglasses case, Murphy & Daughters bon bon soap set, Artifact Skin Co. face masks, Manoosh watercolor scarf, Kate Aspen flamingo bottle opener, Salty Road mango taffy, and champagne truffles. Now to enter to win it!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, THE WINNER IS ANDREA GALLAGHER!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS FOR THE RETRO BRUNCH GOODIE BAG AND CONTENTS. CONTEST ENDS 7/21/15 AT 12AM CST, ONE WINNER WILL BE RANDOMLY CHOSEN AND NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL, NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN. ONLY TWO OPTIONS ARE MANDATORY, BUT ALL OTHERS MAY BE COMPLETED FOR MORE CHANCES TO WIN. OPEN WORLDWIDE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Sources: Shoot conceptualized, styled alongside, and coordinated by Beau Tied Events // hair styling by Dee Lauren // makeup by Rivki Makeup Artistry // catering by A Fare Extraordinaire // flower arrangements by Bramble & Bee // calligraphy names and stationary by Nib and Pixel // clothing c/o Tootsies // cocktails by Robin Berwick of Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails // flatware and rose glasses from Birch & Brass Rentals // linen napkins from La Tavola Linen // photography by Jared Smith