Indoor Garden Party

Over the weekend we hosted our indoor garden party for Brianna and my 20th birthday. If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook you may have caught our sneak peeks. This party was a huge success! Everyone loved it and with our unpredictable Tennessee weather, it was perfect. We were originally planning a beautiful party out in the garden- but we were expecting strong storms so that plan was quickly abandoned.
You see we have a bit of a problem with events at the Cottage and the weather. Most of the time it pours, a few times we have even had severe weather and the tornado alarm blaring as Mr. Cottage grills out the back door. But we make it work.

Therefore the indoor garden party was born! We gathered all of our mismatched yard-sale find chairs and a few fold out tables that Mr. Cottage got from his last job.

We decided to place one of the fold out tables against our dining room table, and the longer folding table across from those two.

Over the tables, we strung Edison lights that we picked up at Kroger on clearance last season on cup hooks to add a that our door garden feel. Plus it added more light! Score! I had to get Mr. Cottage to help me put them up so I wouldn’t clank them together and break the bulbs.

Mrs. Cottage and Brianna stopped by Dollar Tree and Walmart and bought those beautiful clear confetti balloons and the gold disk garlands. We cut the disk garlands in 1/4ths and used clear thumb tacks to hang them. I found some left over white balloons from another party so Brianna and I blew them up after the first to our pump died so we had to do the rest by hand- or should I say mouth? We hung them inspiringly by a bit of thread and more clear thumb tacks (I knew my obsession with all things office/stationary would come in handy!).

Mrs. Cottage picked up these adorable miniature roses at Kroger for 99 cents a piece- now who can pass up a deal like that? Especially on roses! We put a beautiful cupcake holder that we picked up from Ross several years ago in the center for a touch of bling. You may recognize it from the Mother’s Day Brunch we did.

We used some vintage table clothes in white and cream to cover the table. One of the lace ones my grandmother use to use at every family gathering so it was almost like she was there with us.

We decided to incorporate a few benches into our set up. So we borrowed the one from the front porch that we picked up at the 400-mile long yard sale a few years ago. We also used the Butterfly bench from Kirklands Mr. Cottage gave Mrs. Cottage for their anniversary last week, which was a big hit. Everyone wanted to sit in it!

They also picked up some white Chinese lanterns that we hung from the ceiling also with small electric tea candles in them. Don’t they add a romantic, magical effect?

For the second table, we used our purple garden globe between two miniature red roses. On the far side, we paired a single miniature white rose with to candle sticks. Above the mantle, you can see the Cottage sign we painted a few months ago.

We wanted to keep it really classy so we tried to keep our colors white, with splashes of gold, and of course silver confetti in the clear balloons. On the back wall, you can see another one of our DIY projects the collage print.


We served drinks in these adorable beverage dispensers our little red side table. Behind it is our chalkboard inscribed with Sail Away With Me.

On the opposite side of the room, we placed a three sum of cloche displaying shells, and a three tiered galvanized tray to serve chips on top of an antique dresser.

We picked up this beauty at Hobby Lobby years ago, it pulls in the garden feel and still adds a touch more bling (you guys know how I like shiny things!) with out over doing it.

We talked about painting these pots or adding a bit of glitter, but in the end decided to leave them just as they are. This is a garden party after all.

I love how the confetti filled balloons looked dangling from over head next to the crisp white ones. It gave the room such an enchanted magical feel. Which is really good because it took forever took forever to blow them all up.

Mrs. Cottage also found those beautiful tissue paper flower garlands at dollar tree. We hung them with some more thumb tacks. I love how girly they are!

Our menu included smoked bbq pork on brioche roll sandwiches (I’m drooling just talking about them), hot dogs and hamburgers for the kiddos, chips and salsa, baked beans, fruit punch and sweet tea.

We picked up this cute bee hive dispenser at Ross, it’s so cute and summery. We found those cute napkins at dollar tree, they fit our theme so well that we got them.

We were expecting 20+ people to arrive for our indoor garden party, ironically we checked the weather the night before and it said 0% chance of rain… But with Tennessee weather, you can never really trust it to do as they say. The weather turned out to be hot and muggy so inside was perfect. The adults got to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning while the kids fished for frogs in the ponds.

At first, we planned to bake all the cakes ourselves but we just ran out of time. So we picked up that delicious chocolate piece of heaven in the middle from Publix and an angel food cake that we topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries and blueberries. We made the lemon cake up front (it was DELICIOUS).

We wanted them to be really pretty, so we served them on some of our favorite cake plates. The galvanised one beneath the angel food cake is from World Market (I swear I get into way too much trouble at that store- but I love every minute), the vintage glass beauty under the chocolate is sitting on a charger from Decor Steals and for the final cake we used an adorable green Pioneer Woman cake plate.

To all of our friends and family that came to help us celebrate, and to all of our dear followers that wished us happy birthday thank you so much! You guys mean the world to us. Much love!

~ The Girls

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