rustic elegance


Known as the ultimate party planner and hostess in her circle of friends, Amy had no idea what her husband had masterfully planned for her 40th birthday celebration: an intimate dinner party for 13 consisting of a tasting menu from Blonde on the Run Catering with wines paired for each course.  Amy loves blue and purple hues (as evidenced by her home decor) so I immediately knew I wanted vanda orchids to be the focal flower.

Ana Maria Cardenas Photography | Boston, MA


In the entryway, I created pomander balls made from blue thistles to hang from the sconces and a large manzanita tree to welcome the guests and create an exciting space to mingle before the birthday girl arrived.

The majority of the festivities were in the dining room where heartfelt toasts were made to the birthday girl from each guest in between courses. The orchid chandelier, napkin flowers, mix of centerpieces and candles made for a cozy, intimate setting, especially when the sun went down!

Here's a peek at the scrumptious menu planned by Blonde on the Run.