Wednesday, July 17, 2013

1st Annual Garden Party - Downton Abbey

This last Saturday I got to be a part of something really fun.

Last month my friend Jennifer from Salt Cake City asked me if I would be interested in being a sponsor at a party, a garden party, a garden party with a Downton Abbey theme!! Who would say no to that!

I would make the cookies for the event and in return I would get to have my business cards and brochures available to the attendees.

It was a no brain-er at the time and of course I said I would do it.

A few weeks later and we have a 150 RSVP's. Then I thought oh man I have to make a ton of cookies. I made three different cookies one was a authentic shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate (which is not pictured) and then I did both vanilla bean and chocolate sugar cookies decorated in vintage style.

I ended up making a total of 400 mini cookies!!

The chocolate blue ones with ribbon roses were the simple ones.

I had planned to do Sweet Ambs cracked glaze cookies but then when I started I realized that was going to take WAY too much time. So for the vanilla bean cookies I did a combination of wet on wet roses as well as hand painted roses.

I made some bagged ones for easy take home. Since they are mini it does not look like much but there are 160 cookies in this picture!

Betsy of  Betsy Couture was the host of the party. She is an amazing custom wedding dress designer. If you are in the market for an amazing dress and especially if you want a vintage dress you NEED to go to Betsy. Check out her site, her dresses are so beautiful!

She threw the party in her brothers back yard. The gardens were absolutely beautiful, it really helped you believe that you were back in time. Especially since almost all of the attendees were amazing and dressed up in period pieces. I should have taken more pictures but didn't and I am grateful to my husband for taking the pictures that we got.

My cookies being served by the one of the lovely servers.

Betsy, Jennifer, myself and Lisa did some giveaways. Oh Lisa of Timeless Music was another sponsor and she provided lovely music for the afternoon, her voice was so delightful.

Me and my handsome hubby, so grateful for his support! I cut my hair off just the week before so it was a little difficult to do a 1910 hairstyle but I tried.

Betsy and I as well as one of her lovely vintage dresses.

It was so much fun to be a part of the event and Betsy plans this to be an annual garden party with every year a different era. I hope to be able to come back again it's a great way to thank our clients, family and friends for all their love and support they give us.

If you want to check out the other sponsors of the party you can see their sites here.

Cookies - Natalie Puikkonen - Sweet Shop Natalie
Flowers - Val Hunter -Flower Afternoon
Cakes - Jennifer Hill - Salt Cake City
Dresses - Betsy Barker - Betsy Couture
Music - Lisa Reed -Timeless Music
Photographer - Brooke Davis - Blush Photography
Fudge - Antie M's

This last picture was NOT taken by me. Brooke of Blush Photography took this amazing photo you should click on over to her site!! You will not be disappointed in fact you will want to book her immediately. :)

1 comment:

  1. Great job Natalie! I absolutely adore the simple blue ones with the rose. Need to place an order soon. It's been almost a month since I've had one of your cookies :)