This east meets west post is long overdue because it is a party I created back in August for my little sister, Ashley! A small family gathering in my NC home celebrated both her birthday & “going away,” as she was preparing for her first college semester. Our family had just returned from a trip to LA, so I thought a California / Travel theme was perfect! Ashley loves pastels like light pink, baby blue, & pale yellow – a palette that complimented the theme & gave it a vintage vibe. This was a budget party so I used a lot of what I already had on hand & re-purposed decor from prior events.
Party games fill the suitcase (below): a birthday madlib about Ashley & a post card with space to write 1st year college advice. We had a fun time reading everything out loud!
I used a California Carnival as the inspiration for the food shelf: Pineapple & cream in the cups; Kettle corn in the embellished bags; Root beer wrapped in stenciled paper; & Waffle fries in the cones.
Love decorating with old suitcases!