Going back to my earliest memories, I’ve always loved a theme, and if you’ve followed along with me for a while you know that each year I plan a theme for The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fairand bring it all to life through the promotional materials, the events leading up to Farm Chicks, and the way in which I style and decorate The Farm Chicks Fair. This year I’ve chosen a party theme and the promotional materials reflect that with a really happy and fun, glam, vintage-meets-modern party style.
For the Poster Release Party, I wanted to bring the poster to life a bit and decorate and incorporate elements from the poster. My biggest challenge was having one hour to decorate, from when Madeleine’s(the location of the party) closed for the day and the time that the partywas scheduled to get started, so I knew I had to have everything ready to simply put in place once I got there. The posters were a good start, because we could easily hang them on the walls for decoration in no time, so that is where I began.
Confetti is one of my favorite party elements and I ended up having Danielle (this year’s commissioned poster artist) add some in to her original artwork on the poster before it was completely finalized. Naturally, I wanted to add confetti to my party decorations! I added confetti into the decorations in a few ways. On the walls:
On the tables as a part of the centerpieces, and on the dessert bar as decoration. (Along with traditional confetti, I made tiny versions of the posters to act as bits of confetti on the tables and dessert bar too). I went with large confetti pieces because I thought they would be more impactful and it’s a lot easier to clean up than teeny tiny bits:
I decided to make centerpieces to add life to all of the tables and to make them more useful, they doubled as my take-away treats for everyone, with each colorful centerpiece bag filled with a bunch of bagged gumball “ice cream” cones tied off with mini poster stickers. I made all of them in advance and had them in boxes ready to place on the tables once we arrived:
Madeleine’smade treats inspired by the poster, which made the space so dreamy:
I made mini poster stir-sticks for the lemonade bar:
And lots of balloons, which along with their strings added a sort of confetti-ish effect as well:
IT'S ME, SERENA!
In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!