For a long time we at Smash Cake SoCal have had a desire to offer events for adults that aren’t just your typical party. Something people (even men) would want to attend besides just a regular birthday party. So as part of our 1st anniversary celebration, we are very excited to announce the launch of our new Creative Classes for adults!
The first class we offered was a Couples Cooking and Cocktails Class with two amazing ladies, Laney from Life is But a Dish and Deborah from Clever Little Madam. Our goal in hosting this class was to offer a fun and interactive date night for couples to enjoy, so in addition to obtaining quality instructors, we wanted to create an atmosphere that would really enchant our guests. We actually have another whole post on the cooking and drink mixing that transpired, so this post will focus on the decor and the lovely meal that we shared with friends.
In our opinion, one of the best parts of attending a cooking class is getting to eat what you’ve cooked. And if we’re going to have a delicious meal and good cocktails with our friends sans a bunch of kids, we want the setting to be stunning and memorable. The table looked amazing under the market lights and the warm ambiance provided by the candles (if we do say so ourselves), and we are thrilled with the way everything came together.
We’ve fallen hard for the cacti and succulent trend sweeping the design industry, so we decided run with it. Plus we were able to pull from our own resources to help keep our decor costs more affordable, like shopping our homes for anything copper or rose gold and borrowing chairs from friends instead of renting them. And our friends’ beautiful home provided the perfect setting with lush landscaping and view of the surrounding hills.
The impetus for this event was my (Angie’s) friend’s kitchen remodel. Earlier this year, she tore out her old oak cabinets and tile countertops and put in all white cabinets, white marbled porcelain countertops and a gorgeous copper hood. I have total kitchen envy. The first time I saw the completed remodel, the event planner in me got all excited and starting strategizing details for a cooking class & dinner party. Fortunately, she loved the idea and agreed to open up her kitchen and her back yard, which backs up to rugged, desert mountains. It was the ideal setting for the end-of-summer sunset dinner party I was envisioning.
After a recent visit to cactus-filled Arizona, Monika came up with idea to go with a southwestern theme for our dinner. We love the cactus trend and are always willing to purchase more “plant babies” that can later be used to decorate our homes. And we totally blame Instagram, but anything in the family of tacos and margaritas sounds good any day of the week (is it just us or are doughnuts and tacos everywhere just to tempt us?). We also wanted to use our newly acquired set of vintage goblets and a variety of chargers we’ve been collecting, and this resulted in a fun, eclectic look. For a color scheme, we started with the copper and terra cotta containers that held the cacti and found pretty shades of teal and blue that would coordinate.
We set one huge table for everyone to sit at with a random assortment that looked really cute together. Our centerpiece was a myriad of cacti and succulents, candles, and rose gold geometric shapes atop a jute table runner. Each guest’s place was set with a charger (we’re seriously dying over the copper charger shown above), plate, napkin, flatware, vintage goblet, menu (designed by Monika), and cactus tea light favor. The completed look was absolutely stunning.
In our opinion, the perfect alcoholic compliment to any southwestern meal is tequila. So when Deborah told us she was going to do a Margarita Bar for one of our cocktail options, we were thrilled! We’ve been itching to use a mint green potting bench that Monika recently obtained, and this provided a splendid opportunity. We added a few simple decorative elements like the cutest little cactus marquee you ever did see, a calavera, cactus garland, and of course, a letterboard with a clever saying (because every party needs one). To learn the secret to making the perfect margarita, head over to our cocktails class post.
The three necessary components of any good dinner party are food, drink and decor. And with the combined help of Life is But a Dish and Clever Little Madam, we were able to offer our guests just that. After an evening of class time, we all came together for a delicious meal under ambient market lighting with our date and our friends, both new and old.
To see our full drink and food menu for evening (and snag most of the yummy recipes), check out our post on the Class Time.