April 1, 2009

Lakeside Love

We received another reader request for an anniversary party from Victoria Lynn that I just couldn't wait to get started on:

"My siblings and I are trying to plan a 25th anniversary for my parents.We were thinking for the theme, an outdoors party seeing my parents both love the outdoors and the beach. We live around Lake Superior so we would love to have it on the beach or just the ceremony on the beach. We would like elegance and not luau-cheesiness. Silver is a must seeing its their 25th. Their wedding colors were lilac and a gray tone. My older sister and I are quite lost on which way to attack this! Do you think you could aid us a little? We would love your input!"

Personally, I think the colors lilac and silver make for a really enchanting event, especially when coupled with a waterfront venue. Introducing a few deeper shades of purple and gray into the party palette will help to add a sophisticated elegance to the evening. To stay clear of "cheesy" waterfront decor, choose accents like rocks and wooden Adirondack chairs as opposed to seashells and leis.

Lakeside Love

  • Start the party just before sunset to take advantage of the beautiful scenery -- Flickr user Xopher
  • Send this elegant invitation by Checkerboard, it goes perfectly with the silver and purple theme -- FineStationery.com
  • This cake is so simple, yet so beautiful -- The Knot
  • Candlelight in the evenings adds extra shimmer in all the right places. I love the romantic ambiance these lanterns give off when hanging from the branches of a tree (would also work in a tent environment) -- Martha Stewart
  • Set hors d'oeuvres out on these beautiful silver platters -- Michael C. Fina
  • Lavender hued hydrangeas would be perfect as centerpieces as the petals contain natural variations of silver and lilac -- The Knot
  • Fill candle holders with purple petals to line the length of each table -- The Knot
  • Place a few of these Adirondack chairs near the water in sets of two. Tie a small nosegay of purple flowers to one of the arms with purple or silver ribbon. Finish with a simple bow around the stems -- Pocket Full of Roses
  • Set one of these dark gray river rocks at each place setting and attach a small card that reads "'You still make my heart skip a beat' -- Skip this rock and make a wish for the happy couple." I think I would replace the raffia with a thin silvery ribbon. You may also want to set up "rock skipping stations" by the water using these rocks and vases from Pottery Barn. Tie a thick purple ribbon around the top of each vase for added elegance -- The Knot