Mid Century Cactus Party

The thing I like best about event styling is taking something and using it in a unique and different way from its
intended purpose. For this party,I challenged myself to find items that I could re-purpose. I hope this gives you the inspiration to try something new the next time you have an event! 


Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

With fall right around the corner I wanted to squeeze in one last summer party, and since we still have 80 degree weather in Washington, fall still feels like a distant thought. I opted for the popular cactus theme with a slight twist, I wanted to evoke the feeling of mid-century Palm Springs. 

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

My first thought was to have an awesome vintage starburst metal wall art for my backdrop. It really wasn't in the budget for this event, so I opted to make one! I bought a pack of paint stir sticks, spray painted them gold metallic and then hot glued them together in a pattern I liked. I then added an old glass drawer knob to the top. This was a fun re-purpose of paint stir sticks! 

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

In my opinion the most important part of any dessert table is the backdrop. It sets the stage for your theme and all the yummy treats on your table. I went searching for something creative to use as a modern backdrop and came across this fabulous removable wallpaper by Repeel. I love that it has flecks of wood grain in the pattern and a metallic shimmery chevron/herringbone design. 


Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Over the years I have done several dessert tables, this time I wanted something different (after all that seems to be the theme for this party). This time I decided on brunch. I kept everything very simple, but still scrumptious! 

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

I offered my guests old fashioned cake donuts, fresh fruit, orange-cranberry scones and banana nut muffins. The best about this menu was the ease of food prep, the grocery store did all the hard work for me. 

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

For drinks we had mango lemonade and vodka on the side for anyone wanting a spiked version. If you haven't tried these yummy lemonades from Hubert's, you definitely should, they are delicious!

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

One of my favorite finds for this party was this vintage inspired radio box. How cute is this? I couldn't resist, it fit the theme so perfectly, so in my cart it went!

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio


Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

If you really want to make your food stand out and look more impressive, try adding lots of varying heights to the table. You can use boxes, cake plates, jars or buckets. In this case I found a cute modern looking metal garbage in peach, turn upside down and now I have a cute stand. 

Mid Century Palm Springs Cactus Party - AK Party Studio

This was such a fun way to end summer, now I think I am just about ready for fall! I hope you found some helpful tips in this fun Cactus Party! What is your favorite thing about styling for an event? 






PIN FOR LATER


Event Styling & Photography: AK Party Studio
Cactus cups, sign, stand-up centerpieces, napkins, medallions: Oriental Trading
Radio box, greenery, cactus pieces: Michaels
Garbage can stand: Target


*I was provided free product samples in exchange for my honest review. 
No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.



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