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I’ve mentioned her name plenty of times on our social media, and even a few times on this blog already, but I cannot say enough kind words about Jenni Dawson of J.Noel Photography. I truly lucked out when I became good friends with her, because not only is she a wonderful and caring person whom I enjoy spending my time with, but she’s also a talented lifestyle and boudoir photographer.
The stars aligned on the day that I asked her to shoot my inventory for our website, because she actually said yes! I’m pretty sure she’s regretted that day infinitely ever since… It’s not an easy feat to capture thousands of items.
There have been countless times she’s had to help us lift sofas in the dead heat of summer or rush to edit photos for a proposal that I needed to send out quickly. Jenni has never once complained, and she truly holds an integral role in the success of Birch & Brass. So, I knew with her upcoming birthday that I needed to put my best effort forward and surprise her with a gathering of her closest friends and family for a true southern dinner party.
Our gracious host, Celine, allowed us to take over her swoon worthy mid-century home all afternoon in preparation of the festivities. I wanted to transform her home into a peaceful, feminine, wedding-like environment with a hint of holiday tradition thrown in since it is December, after all. I, along with Ashton’s help, created small floral arrangements and decorated with sprigs of evergreen on the tabletops.

one flower arrangement

small flower arrangement in a white vase

silverware setting

floral China plates on the dessert table setting

Because Jenni’s favorite food is Southern style cooking, I got Lucy’s Fried Chicken to cater the feast. I wanted to carry this Southern theme throughout the decor, so we utilized her favorite pieces when designing the event. Pink velvet chairs, neutral linen pieces, a shabby chic bar cart, and gingham print napkins seemed to tie the affair together perfectly. It also wouldn’t be a party without a berry cobbler cake by Green Lily Bakery, homemade cupcakes, Krispy Kreme donuts (another of Jenni’s favorites), or a candy-filled piñata. The piñata was more for us to enjoy watching her try to break it open than it was to match the theme, of course.

outdoor dinner setting

lemonade romantic stand

table setting with colored glasses

Desserts on wooden serving boards

rustic dessert bar with wooden crates and crochet table runner

a wooden crate with cupcakes and a pink hydrangea arrangement

It was the most perfect December evening weather I can ever recall, and our plans went off without a hitch. All of Jenni’s friends mingled over indulgent food, imbibed rum cider, and laughter consumed the dinner tables. While I cannot ever repay Jenni for her generosity, I wanted to at least let her know how much I appreciate all that she does for Birch & Brass. Happy 28th birthday, pretty lady.

welcoming guests to a surprise birthday party

guests cheering at the dinner table

Our pieces utilized: Samson Narrow Farm Tables, Sherri Chairs, Mismatched Floral China, Vintage Silverware, Floral Servingware, Mid-Century Tumblers, Colored Goblets, Milkglass Vessels, Kirby Folding Chairs, Frances Club Chair, Tanner Chair, Marisa Tea Cart, Picnic Basket, Crochet Table Runners, Punch Bowl (not yet listed on our website), Drink Dispenser (not yet listed on our website), Darryl Double Sink, Mexican Equipale Chairs, Amelia Table, Leah Cake Stand, Wood Crate, Stetson Cheeseboard, Francesca Stand.

Special thanks to Shay of Love, The Nelsons for photographing this extra special southern dinner party.

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