Glitter Guide founder, Taylor Sterling, reminisces about the celebration she hosted, which marked GG's fifth anniversary. All of the photos, vendors and petaled details are below!
When dreaming up what our five-year anniversary celebration would look like, the first thing that came to mind was summer-inspired florals. Flowers are often an integral part of any party, but for this bash, we knew we wanted them to take center stage. For our flower-filled fête, we asked two industry friends of ours—event planner and stylist PJ Dunn of Going Lovely and florists Karen Burling and Jeeryn Dang of Petite Petal—to bring our visions to life. Below, you'll find more photos and insight into the fabulous details we had at our event!
DIY Bouquet Bar
This was a huge hit at the party. I mean, who doesn't want to bring home their own gorgeous flower arrangement?! We set out a variety of different kinds of flowers for guests to mix and match. Karen and Jeeryn made sure to have filler flowers, as well as dramatic flowers, to create a nice balance for the bouquets. Guests then wrapped their arrangements in butcher paper and paper doilies with handmade pom-pom tassels to finish the look.
Savory Summer Parfait Bar
We worked with Culinary Eye Catering & Events on the food. Because the party was from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., we opted to not do a formal meal, but instead have a summer food bar, plus delicious bites that could be passed out to guests. We loved the idea of a parfait bar filled with snacks that our friends and visitors could add to their parfait or eat alone. Scroll on for Culinary Eye Catering & Events' recipe for the parfait dish!
Sweet Summer Corn Pudding with Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil
Corn Pudding Ingredients:
- 6 ears of sweet Brentwood yellow corn
- ¼ cup of cream
- Approximately ½ cup of corn stock
- Salt to taste
- Remove all of the kernels of corn and set aside.
- Place the cobs in a pot and barely cover with water.
- Simmer the corn cobs for about an hour or until you get a full-flavored corn stock.
- In a separate pot, place all of the corn kernels with ½ cup of corn stock. The stock should barely cover the corn—if you need more, add stock.
- Slowly simmer the corn mixture for about 10 minutes.
- The liquid should reduce by at least half and the kernels should be soft to the bite.
- Place the mixture in a blender with the cream and blend until completely smooth.
- Add salt to taste. For a smoother texture, pass the purée through a fine mesh strainer.
- Set in a bowl in the refrigerator to completely cool before serving.
Basil Purée Ingredients:
- 4 bunches of basil
- ¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ lemon of zest
- Place the basil, olive oil and salt in a blender and blend until bright green and smooth.
- Remove from the blender and fold in zest from half a lemon.
- To finish, cut in different shapes and sizes about one pound of heirloom tomatoes—our favorites are green zebras and purple Cherokees—and toss them with a little salt and the basil purée.
- Carefully spoon tomatoes on top of the cool corn pudding and garnish with some basil tips.
It seems that no party is complete these days without a dedicated photo wall. To keep with our floral theme, the team created a gorgeous floral backdrop on a brick wall. It acted as the perfect place for snapping memories with guests.
When thinking about the décor for the party, we decided that we wanted it to feel like a bohemian oasis. Pieces by Violet had the perfect furniture and accents to help us create that vibe. We wanted to take home the pink couch and this peacock chair!
The party could not have been more lovely. It was such a treat to spend time with local friends and family to celebrate five awesome years at Glitter Guide. Thank you so much to everyone who helped at the party, and to all of you for being loyal readers. We appreciate you so much!