Let’s Hear it for the Girls

Cassie Hanson from Dae Planner and I were honored to co-host a spring soiree — for ladies celebrating ladies! Our guests were a talented group of South Sound women business owners and creatives. It was a dream to design a beautiful brunch to kick off a fresh season.

To set the tone before the event, East Avenue Press created a spectacular watercolor invitation suite for our guests, and the theme continued throughout the event, with pretty menus, name cards, and stunning art. Our guests were styled by Brooke Svanda of Suburban Girl Boutique, so they felt stylish and beautiful for the special day.

To get this party started, Hanson and I transformed the Studio 305 space in downtown Tacoma into a spring oasis for brunching, mingling, and sipping. The space was designed to be light and airy with colors, textures, food, florals, and cocktails to celebrate spring and the ladies.

The guest table was filled with candles, cactus flower, aloe, and jade scents. 

When it came time to brunch, Gayle Orth Catering created the most exquisite spread. The attention to detail was like delicious art. Floral pressed cookies and botanical bark were the perfect sweet treats to end the celebration. 

The biggest impact was the incredible balloon installations designed by Confete Party Box. The custom colors complemented our decor perfectly.

There were gorgeous florals throughout the space, including a floral wall, arrangements that filled the tables, and even a bouquet bar for our guests to design their own bouquet to take home. In addition to their bouquet, guests received curated gift boxes.

The Brunch Menu

Little croissants filled with egg salad, topped with  fresh herbs.

Passion fruit and coconut cream parfaits.

Miniature brie bites with a myriad of toppings, including seasonal fresh fruits and berries.

Mini lemon ricotta pancake stacks with fresh berries, lemon curd, and mint.

We wanted to mix up the typical brunch mimosa and went to Heritage Distillery in Gig Harbor for their classic cocktail recipes. Our favorites were the Gin and the Giant Peach and the Cherry Old-Fashioned Smash with bourbon.

Cherry Old-Fashioned Smash 

In a shaker, muddle two cherries and then add: 

2 ounces HDC Dual Barrel Old Fashioned Ready Bourbon, 

1½ ounces cherry simple syrup, 

and 2 dashes of orange bitters.

Gin and the Giant Peach 

In a shaker, combine:

½ ounces RAFT grenadine

½ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce Elk Rider Crisp Gin

1½ ounces Heritage Distilling Co. peach vodka

Add ice, shake, and mesh strain into a cocktail goblet. Garnish with a lemon twist. Recipe courtesy of Heritage Distilling Co.

Shake, and pour into a glass. Top with club soda, and garnish with two pitted cherries and an orange peel twist. Recipe courtesy of Heritage Distilling Co.

We are so very blessed and lucky to be involved in this community where ladies celebrate ladies and talent and creativity are in abundance. 

Resource List

Event Planner + Designers

Jordan Moll Events, Jordan Moll, jordanmoll.com

Dae Planner, Cassie Hanson, daeplanner.com

Photography

Hushed Revelry Photography, Paige Wells, IG @hushedrevelry

Stationery Designer + Paper Invites + Art

East Avenue Press, Bethany Huggins, IG @eastavenuepress

Table Linens + Napkins

BBJ Linen, bbjlinen.com

Runner + Gossamer Textile

Tono + Co., tonoandco.com

Catering

Gayle Orth Catering, Gayle Orth, gayleorth.com

Rentals

Cort Party Rentals, cortpartyrental.com

Cookies + Lollipops

Botanical Bakery Seattle, botanicalbakeryseattle.com

Balloon Garland

Confete Party Box, Jamie Taylor, confetepartybox.com

Drinks

Heritage Distilling, heritagedistilling.com

Floral

Washington Floral Service, washingtonfloralservice.com

Floral Design

Jordan Moll Events, Jordan Moll, jordanmollevents.com

Tablescape Candles

En Light Candle Co., Brianne Kampbell, enlightcandle.com

Clothing + Guest Styling

Suburban Girl Boutique, Brooke Svanda, suburbangirlboutique.com

Party Favors + Welcome Gifts

GIVE Custom Curated Gifting Box, jordanmoll.com. Boxes included En Light Candles, East Avenue Press coasters, Petal Pops from the Botanical Bakery, and Skeem brand matches.

Guests

Brooke Svanda, Brianne Kampbell, Molly Granlund, Shannon Eyford, Sasha Tartaglia, Jordan Moll, and Cassie Hanson.

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