GUEST BLOG: The Scribble Studio - Solar Eclipse Soirée

Haven't we all wanted to throw a day party surrounded by endless moon and star décor? I know I have! This month's long-awaited solar eclipse gave me the perfect excuse to call on a few of my girlfriends, string up some gorgeous garlands, fill the tables with confetti and delectably curated confections, and unashamedly toss back a few day drinks. I know the solar eclipse isn't officially until August 21st, but since the event falls on a Monday, I thought a Saturday soirée was the perfect idea to get everyone even more stoked about the occasion while offering a little inspiration to those of you who are still planning! It all begins with details...

The Location

Since the whole party revolved around the idea of the solar eclipse, I decided from the beginning that the party had to be outside. I imagined somewhere simple, natural and a location that not many people knew about in order to create some excitement among the guests for getting to visit somewhere new. With this in mind, I knew the Sans Souci Community Garden in Greenville's quaint Sans Souci neighborhood would be the ideal spot. The grass was freshly cut, the veggies, flowers and herbs were abundantly blooming and it was a truly euphoric location.

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The Invitation

When I started planning the solar eclipse soirée, I knew invitations would be my first big impression on all my guests. So, with a simple idea in mind, I created the watercolor galaxy background and then added gilded gold hand-lettering to make it special. As if that wasn't enough, I shredded the sides of each invitation and hand-dipped it in 14-karat gold dust to give it a little something extra. Was it time-consuming? Sure. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

The Decor

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The Party Cocktail

One of my favorite summer bevs is a Moscow Mule, so I decided to give it a twist to make it fit into the party theme. When creating this delicious concoction, I made a list of the ingredients that I thought would be delicious in the drink and what would make it somewhat different than your average mule. While ginger beer and bitters were still in the cards, I added a blueberry and lavender simple syrupinstead of lime or lime juice. I opted vodka over rum for the sake of everything blending together in a more graceful way. However, these weren't just any old brands of these products chosen to create this crazy drink. I hand-picked each component of this drink and they are all hand-crafted, small batch and small businesses that have an amazing product. Here's the recipe...

Moon + Stars Mule

Place 2-3 Lavender Infused Ice Cubes in Glass

Combine in a Shaker :

2 oz. Small Batch Vodka from St. Augustine Distillery

1 oz. Belvoir Fruit Farms Ginger Beer

1 oz. Sallie's Greatest Blueberry + Lavender Simple Syrup

2-3 drops of Fee Brothers Bitters

Shake accordingly

Pour over Lavender Ice Cubes

Garnish with a Lavender Sprig

The Table Accompaniments

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Finding food and beverages to accentuate the theme came as a super easy task because everyone I found had such great products. I knew I wanted a beverage nook with the featured party cocktail as an option, but I also wanted to have a few additional options available as well to accommodate the guests who wanted to indulge in a non-alcoholic beverage. This beverage nook sported everything from white wine to Belvoir's Ginger Beer to Sallie's Greatest Blueberry + Lavender simple syrup infused water and our featured Moon + Stars Mule. Amidst the gorgeous star plates, gilded napkins, pretty drink cups and confetti on the tables, we had overflowing buckets of Poppy Cotton Candy Hand-crafted Popcorncookies and cake pops from The Chocolate Moose and endless tiers of Malvi Mallows in dozens of different flavors. 

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Photos: Joanne Nguyen

Styling Right-Hand: Alex Finley

Nail Art: Raechel Ferguson

Cookies + Cake Pops: The Chocolate Moose

Popcorn: Poppy Hand-crafted Popcorn

Blueberry + Lavender Simple Syrup: Sallie's Greatest

Ginger Beer: Belvoir Fruit Farms

Mallows: Malvi Mallows

Invitations: The Scribble Studio

Event Location: Sans Souci Community Garden