Every year we celebrate our favorite holiday, The Fourth of July, in the quintessential, all-American fashion: Patriotic Picnics in the purest hues of Red, White and Blue.
This year, however, we were inspired to celebrate America’s birthday by taking a more glamorous, jazzy approach: with sequins (along with our stripes), with mixed metallics (and dazzling sparklers), and vintage cocktails (forget buckets of beer!)
The intimate dinner and fireworks party was held on the rooftop of Katie’s charming Lincoln Park home. While we were trading in our madras plaid for floorlength gowns for this celebration, it was essential that we kept the reason for the party in the forefront of our minds and had Fourth-of-July details woven through everything. We added a slightly unexpected twist to the color palette to include mixed metallics of Rose Gold and Bright Gold, Navy Blue and Deep Cherry Red.
The dining table was dressed in a rose gold linen, grazing the rooftop grass it was set upon. Formal china settings included a deco-inspired pattern of gold and white, flanked by bright gold flatware sets. Sugar-dusted cocktails awaited guests at each setting and the few special guests were cued into their seating assignments with a hand-drawn silhouettes in gold foil.
Deep navy planters overflowed with the most magnificent red charm peonies, accented by vintage crystal pedestals mounded with fresh cherries picked up from Chicago’s Green City Farmers Market.
With the skyline as the backdrop, our barcart was stocked with the fixin’s for some vintage favorites, perhaps you fancy a Gin Rickey, or a South Side, or the Bee’s Knees? We also had plenty of blubbly brimming over in our coupes!
The menu was scribed onto a vintage mirror and let guests know that they should not expect coleslaw and potato salad this year!
The celebration continued with the lovely dinner and ended with copious sparklers and a perfect view of the fireworks show.
Happy Fourth of July!
Styled by Bliss Weddings and Events
Place Cards and Menu by Elizabeth Dixon