Bonjour, mes amis, and welcome to a party you don’t want to miss! Kylie Jenkins of Made by a Princess has always loved Marie Antoinette, that unforgettable French queen with impeccable style and one giant of a sweet tooth! So when Kylie began to plan her annual Favorite Things Party — an event where guests give and receive five small gifts — she knew that a Marie Antoinette themed garden party was the perfect choice! After receiving their royal invitations, guests arrived at the party and stepped into the backyard to find a breathtaking scene swathed in pretty pink, white, gold, and blue decor. Delicate pom poms dangled from the trees, and portraits of Queen Marie were set up on easels for display. On the fence hung a banner of the gardens of Versailles, transporting all who saw it to the resplendent estate as they mingled and sipped drinks from cobalt glasses. Decadent desserts including cake pops, cupcakes, and cookies — all designed with a feminine, French flair — were savored in the warmth of the California sunshine while the ladies enjoyed some fun and laughter with their “favorite things” questionnaires and drew names to receive five new wonderful things! All in all, a party that was très magnifique! Find out more about this posh affaire from the hostess herself as you peruse these photos by Maria Healey Wedding Photography!
“I found cobalt blue wine glasses . . . and hand painted glass plates. My mom found the perfect shade of blue hydrangeas and beautiful pink roses at our local flower mart for our centerpieces. My friends, Beth & Emily, arrived before the party and quickly jumped into their ‘here-to-help’ modes and put . . . the centerpieces together. I loved them! The candelabras were set into the middle of them and finished off with custom made masks from Tiffany of Fizzy Party. LaTreece of I Do Too Event + Design made 36 hand sewn floral and ribbon wine glass embellishments which were affixed to the glasses and added the most elegant touch to something so simple as a blue wine glass. At each place setting was a masquerade mask which and a handcrafted napkin ring around raspberry napkins. Chelsea of Ribbon Revelry sent me a collection of rhinestone and pearl buttons that were to die for. After making the ring of ribbon, soft tulle, and gold trim, I affixed to the buttons to the middle which finished the piece off beautifully. I actually had to make an announcement that my friends could not leave with them!”
“I was sent the most beautiful sweets, decorations, and supplies which enabled me to carry out my vision perfectly and seamlessly for which I am eternally and humbly grateful. Pretty My Party sent me pink paper straws and sweets bags for the candy buffet which included Princess Pearls (Sixlets), Dauphine Ducats (foil coins in pinks, blues, and gold), and Crown Jewels (pastel jelly beans). Our sweets table was filled with cake pops decorated with pearls, crystals, ribbons, and feathers from MKR Creations, cookies with gold crowns, fans, and silhouettes of Marie from She Wears the Crown, the most amazing éclairs, fruit tarts, profiteroles, and candy apples from Roni’s Sugar Creations, gold painted fondant crowns, frames and roses from Evie & Mallow, chocolate covered Oreos with a hand painted gold damask impression from Simply aMayzing Sweets, cotton candy with custom designed labels from Soiree Event Design, and chocolate fleur de lis from Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins.”
“Since it was a Favorite Things Party the focus of the backyard was the 10’ table guests put their gifts on. I created a Tree of Mirrors (instead of a Hall of Mirrors) by spray painting laser cut frames gold and gluing mirrored cardstock onto the backs of them. Ribbons were attached and hung in the tree along with crystal garlands and a gold chandelier. There was one Queen at every table and at least one Empress, Duchess, Princess, Countess, and Dame. The masks . . . denoted your royal rank. The Queen had a crown on her napkin ring instead of a crystal or pearl embellishment and also had a crown to wear which I made out of a plastic headband, lace, ruffled trim, and gold spray paint. The Queen at each table went first followed by her court. No one knew I was going to do this so wherever you sat determined your place in the royal line.”
“My friend, Mindy Cone kicked off her book tour here in San Diego and introduced her brand new book Macarons at the party while we sampled some yummy macarons and fawned over her gorgeous cookbook! My guests had a great time, the food was wonderful, there was plenty of wine and treats, and I got to spend the evening with family, some of my best friends, sorority sisters, and many of my fellow ‘party girls.'”
Event Planning & Design: Made by a Princess | Photography: Maria Healey Wedding Photography | Printables: Blush Design Boutique | Floral: Zperfect Party | Eclairs, Fruit Tarts, and Gourmet Apples: Roni’s Sugar Creations | Custom Eclair Flags: Go Against the Grain | Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Evie & Mallow | Chocolate Oreos: Simply aMayzing Sweets | Cake Pops: MKR Creations | Chocolate Fleur-de-lis: Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins | Cookies: She Wears the Crown | Sweets Bags & Paper Straws: Pretty My Party | Tissue Pom Poms & 36″ Pink Balloon: Bloom Designs Online | Jeweled Buttons: Ribbon Revelry | Versailles Garden Banner: Tania Fischer | Custom Wine Glass Embellishments: I Do Too Event + Design | “It’s Good to be Queen” Crown: Pretend, Party & Play | Custom Cotton Candy Label: Soiree Event Design | Masquerade Masks: Fizzy Party | Tulle Garland by TiTi Tutu’s | Pink Feather Wreath: JP Alexander Events