If you haven’t heard, Marissa of @ambusheedwithboys and Kelsey of @kelseyklos teamed up to start a Party Styling business! Their first shoot for the Fourth of July was so fun and did so well, they dove in head first and created House of Fete! Not only are they styling parties and creating concepts, they are designing and collaborating with some amazing small shops!
When it came to back to school they wanted to create something nostalgic and beautiful. Inspired by the simplicity of school supplies; you know, the vibrant pink erasers, the old green chalkboards, and no.2 pencils?! They took the elements of back to school and translated them into large installations, place settings and even party hats. They thought about every detail and we are so excited to share them with you:
The Installations (as told by Kelsey):
This is where the first idea came into play. Tina from Ellie and Piper and I were chatting about BTS and she mentioned how the Forrest green Oh Happy Day plate looked so much like a chalkboard- I couldn't agree more. I had just completed the plate backdrop for Brennan's first birthday and I thought a chalkboard out of plates was just the thing, it snowballed from there. After working with Glamfete for Brennan's party and the Fourth we wanted to include fringe in this shoot as well. I was sitting on the couch and thought, PENCIL. I sent over a sketch to Bri immediately and the pencil fringe was born!
As the shoot was getting closer Marissa kept suggesting lockers, I was a little apprehensive because we had a lot going on, but then we we talked about it being the "cake table" I was sold. We found these vintage orange gym lockers on Facebook marketplace and they were the show stoppers of the set. We made them into a Back to school Advent, each compartment holding something different, the cake, fresh flowers, paper bag favors, you name it! The orange ties in beautifully and I am involve with every scene they appeared in!
You know this is my favorite thing in any event- and currently we are obsessed with making each setting different. I was riding my idea from last year, turning the Daydream Society Frenchie Stripe plate into paper, we did that of course, this year adding hole punches. NEXT LEVEL. We used black and white plates as composition notebooks, and of course a red plate with a leaf as an apple. We mixed in a grid plate, solid pink and yellow to work in the colors of the shoot. We did old school milk jugs, a chalkboard runner and letter napkins.
I loved the jars in the middle filled with pencils and erasers and obviously no table is complete without a garland and confetti. Each kid even had an individual lunchable by Danville Cheese, we were all snacking on them, it was amazing!
Another favorite detail in this shoot was one we were having trouble with at first, we were not quite sure what the kids should use as chairs, we didn't want anything into an afterthought. AH HA, books, stacks and stacks of old books. We were in love with the idea and it got even better when we found rainbow vintage books at Hello Penngrove. They turned out absolutely perfect.
This is where The Wishing Elephant came in and really brought the theme home. Their collegiate collection was MADE for this shoot. The color palette and school theme phrases fit right in and couldn’t have been more perfect. We layered the sweatshirts with polos and tube socks, tied them around the waist and let them bask in all the back to school confetti! Our favorite part had to be the sweet stack inside the locker!
Obviously pinnacle at any party. We had our baker decorate the cake to look the boys stripped sweater, and don't worry, we thought about the inside too! Filled with peanut butter and jelly, the best school lunch in our opinion. Then the CAKE TOPPER, this is Marissa's baby. We had to go to Katie from Fancy Free Finery and fashion something amazing, when Marissa suggested she use pencils instead of skewers- we all knew it would be AMAZING. The tiny apples and silver ABC made it a show stopper.
This was such a fun shoot to plan and execute, a HUGE thank you to all our amazing vendors who made it come to life!
Concept and Styling @house.of.fete
Party Supplies @ellieandpiperco
Confetti, balloons, word garland @shopstudiopep
Cake Topper @fancyfreefinery
Chalk Tags @chalkdesignsbyme
Pencil party hats @littleblueolive x @house.of.fete
Apple garlands @pearlandjane
Cake Stands @ohhappydaypartyshop
Vintage books @hellopenngrove