Simply Smashing September!
September 03, 2019
The best thing about a birthday is that everyone has one, including us! We’re marking our 36th birthday this month with a celebration that we call Simply Smashing September. All month long, you’ll learn more about our company and get introduced to products that have been fan favorites over the years. We’ll also focus on our Aurora Artisanal collection, which spotlights products, including ceramics, furniture, and lighting, that are made at our studios in Aurora, New York.
To kick things off, let’s plan a party with MacKenzie-Childs style. We hope some of our ideas will inspire your next birthday celebration.
Start by picking a theme that you can carry through your invitations, decor, and menu. It should celebrate the birthday recipient, of course, by incorporating his or her favorite colors, foods, and interests. And because a birthday comes but once a year, we’d like to suggest that you go over the top when it comes to decorating, like we did with our party setting.
Our theme is colorful balloons and an abundance of confetti. The centerpiece of our celebration is our Courtly Stripe Console Table, which is topped with a selection of our cake stands piled high with sweet treats and our Courtly Check and Flower Market canisters, which contain all types of colorful confetti. Framing the setting, which was staged in our herb garden overlooking Cayuga Lake, is a festive balloon garland.
We assembled the garland in three 10-foot sections. To make each section, we threaded fishing line through the tied ends of four or five balloons, and then we tied those groups into the longer section of garland. Be sure to mix balloon colors and sizes, and once the basic garland is done, you can add more balloons or faux flowers if you like. If you’re uncertain of the right mix of balloons, you can purchase garland kits online. You can assemble the garland the day before the celebration, and you should plan to borrow or purchase an inexpensive electric balloon pump that makes it a breeze to blow up lots of balloons.
As for the rest of the decor, set the table or tables with runners made from our Courtly Check or Courtly Stripe Wallpaper and use our classic Courtly Check enamel dinnerware. We also have Courtly Check paper napkins to complete the setting.
Finally, there’s picking the perfect presents. You can find some suggestions for just about every type of recipient with our Gift Guide. And if you need help with gift wrapping, we have all sorts of wrapping paper and ribbons as well as tips on gift wrapping.
Lastly, be sure you top that gift with one of our custom-designed downloadable cards, along with party invitations, below. (To download, right-click on each one and save to your desktop.)
Now, you’re ready to throw your next party with a bit of MacKenzie-Childs style. So, come along with us and celebrate Simply Smashing September!