Up Up and Away was exactly what Stella envisioned her little bundle of joy’s room to look like. It was a new adventure that her husband, Matthew and she would embark on and she visualized the way her little one would one day soar and create his or her own adventure in this world. Stella and Matthew came to Kensington with visions of clouds, balloons and extreme happiness. As first time parents, they wanted to be surprised by the baby’s gender and the hot air balloon theme was perfect for such a lovely occasion.
Touring locations in the Chicago-land area, Stella’s mom, Mrs. T, felt that the Evanston Golf Club was impeccable. The Terrace room with a wall of windows overlooking the lush greens was picturesque and a backdrop that would enhance the Up Up and Away theme. Guests would arrive and at the top of the stairs on their cobble stone lined walk a 5ft tall hot air balloon filled with hundreds of flowers grabbed the attention of guests giving them a glimpse of what was to come. Custom place cards were made with 3D cutouts that were set atop blue pearl paper to emulate the sensation of floating. Cloud clumps were on the ground along with at the escort table for everyone to feel they were about to set off onto an adventure.
Through beautiful glass French doors into the rustic bar guests were enticed with spring cocktails that danced on the tasted buds but all seemed to want to round the corner to see the magic that awaited. At the entrance of the terrace room gasps were heard when each guest took in the room. Hanging clouds from beams, 3ft hot air balloons on each table and a sweet faux cloud wall with faux grass for guests to take photos and simply enjoy.
A cloud cake with animal and hot air balloon cake topper sat in one corner with wisdom cards for guest to fill and take time to decide whether they thought the baby would be a boy or girl. Thumb prints of each guest were put on a board and their names written to later determine who the winner was. Each guest received custom cookies of onesies and hot air balloons that matched the cake to perfection. The colorful linens were all various colors from the gorgeous invitations and livened up the room to dazzle everyone’s eyes.
The day was filled with joy and happiness that the couple were overwhelmed with the generosity shown to them and their unborn child. New memories were created and memories that will be shared explaining the amount of love that rose from each heart and truly showered this blessed family of soon to be three.
Planner: Kensington Events
Photographer: Anamaria Vieriu Photography
Venue: Evanston Golf Club
Floral & Decor: Kensington Events
Stationery: Flyy Design Creative
Paper Goods: Devilish DesignZ
Cake Topper: Sugar Patch Cakes
Cookies: Orland Park Bakery
Linens: Windy City Linen