As promised, here are ways you can recreate the Sunflower & Stripes Party all by yourself.
Since we wanted to incorporate stripes in lots of different places, we found this navy and white grosgrain ribbon from Ribbon Factory and ordered in a few different widths. We literally used the ribbon everywhere we could. We also found individual silk sunflowers from a local craft store in Ohio, but very similar to ones I found here on eBay today.
We wrapped these glass square serving bowls with a strand of ribbon and attached a sunflower with a hot glue gun. We also wrapped the small serving spoon with a thinner ribbon and sunflower. Then we filled the bowls with yellow chocolate-covered sunflower seeds from the Sunflower Food Company. We ordered the seeds in bulk to use as decorative treats and also as favors (see below).
We glued the ribbon and sunflowers onto plastic serving trays for the meal (above is a tray with filo veggie pizzas courtesy of Beth O’Leary Catering… Yum!)
The food, which included lots of salads, pizza, sesame noodles, pita slices, and parmesan puffs, was served in the dining room. Four large sunflower arrangements in ceramic vases flanked the delicious meal.
The napkin rings made of wood were purchased here. They were wrapped in the ribbon with a sunflower (see what I mean about a hot glue gun obsession). We gathered the silverware in plain white cloth napkins, fed them through the napkin ring, and laid them on the tables at each setting.
We served cold gazpacho in mason jars (available at your local grocery store). The jar lids were wrapped in… you got it: ribbon & a sunflower. The top of the jar had a label wishing Julie a happy birthday. The cold soup was so refreshing on a hot and sunny afternoon.
I was in charge of the favors. We found these adorable mini aluminum watering cans from a local store, very similar to these. I bought small plastic bags and filled them with a mix of blue, yellow and white chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. Then I tied the bags with the grosgrain ribbon. Lastly, I placed a tiny label on each can. A favor was distributed at each setting. To purchase favors, feel free to contact us at Papery & Cakery.
For dessert we served miniature cupcakes with iced sunflowers, along with sunflower sugar cookies. These were placed on square serving cake stands stacked one on another. A ribbon was glued around the front edge of each platter. We found cut out letters to attach to each tier.
Hopefully this sunflower and stripes soiree can inspire you too!