Vintage botanical dinner party

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Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

We’re just crazy about this eclectic botanical wine and whiskey party photographed by Meghan Sadler. Everything Yeti & the Beast designed for this soiree circled around the femininity of wine and the masculinity of whiskey. They were inspired by vintage botanical and insect illustrations, along with wooden details that are often associated with the process of making both wine and whiskey.

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Yeti & the Beast also designed all the gorgeous paper goods you see here… We found a library of old botanical images at hi-res and picked our faves to use for our set. We mixed and matched all the envelope liners with insects and florals. We kept the typography on the inside elegant but simple so we could really let the illustrations, die-cut, and custom monogram shine.

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

The menu we created was based off of recipes we found that all involved using either whiskey or wine. We made caramel chocolate marshmallow whiskey bark, whiskey soaked cola gummies, red wine poached pears, red wine herbed butter, banana cheesecake with a whiskey glaze, and hot toddies. We served traditional sangria and a whiskey punch.

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

We loved the idea of having a garland down the center of the table but didn’t have a lot to spend, so we looked to our backyard to find a fresh and fragrant honeysuckle vine that would become the bulk of our garland.

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

The long wooden serving planks are actually tile from The Home Depot. Brilliant! And all those cute little teacups? Thrifted.

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

We made the tables out of some leftover fence wood from our good friends. We wanted this event to be a little more upscale than your average backyard party, but we also wanted it to feel cozy and welcoming so we decided to use blankets and pillows from our home to cover the ground for seating.

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage botanical dinner party idea | photo by Meghan Sadler | 100 Layer Cake

What a unique and creative event!

Photography & Calligraphy: Meghan Sadler / Event, Floral & Stationary Design & Food: Yeti & the Beast

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MacKenzie on Aug 9, 2013

Great post! What was the process for staking and hanging the cafe lights? We could certainly use some advice on that. Thanks!

Jayme Ditto on Aug 9, 2013

Hi MacKenzie! We used shepherd's hooks to string the lights. We used two on either side of the table and made a figure eight with the lights. You can find them at any gardening or hardware store and they're pretty inexpensive. Hope that helps! XOXO Y&B

Chelsey on Aug 9, 2013

This is beautiful! This is exactly (table wise) what I'm going for at my September wedding! Where did you get the plates/cutlery from? You have solved some issues for me...the tiles for serving cheese on..brilliant! Thank you!

Jayme Ditto on Aug 9, 2013

Hi Chelsey! We found them on Amazon. Search for Eco-friendly or bamboo plates and cutlery. There should be several brands to choose from. So glad that you enjoyed our event! Have fun on your wedding day! It goes fast so try and take a mental snapshot or two! Congrats! XOXO Y&B

Chelsey on Aug 10, 2013

<3 Thank you!

Taryn on Aug 10, 2013

May I ask where the bistro lights are from? I've had trouble finding any with glass bulbs and black cords (instead of plastic and green). Thanks!

Weddingband melbourne on Aug 10, 2013

Love each & every pic.

Holly {Avenue Lifestyle} on Aug 11, 2013

Oh gosh, this is soooo gorgeous! I'd also love to know where the cafe lights are from. Looking for some just like them! VerTerra Dinnerware also do the most beautiful plates of all sizes made from fallen palm leaves, which I can highly recommend! Thanks for this beautiful eye candy! Holly x

Jayme Ditto on Aug 12, 2013

Taryn & Holly, Target, believe it or not! We did have a fuse go out on us so I'd buy a couple extra fuses just in case, but after that they have been just fine. Pretty inexpensive too! XOXO Y&B

Celtem Learning on Aug 12, 2013

Woah! this is Awesome! loved it totally

Complianz World on Aug 12, 2013

nice post.. good job

Liz on Aug 20, 2013

Lovely party. So many amazing little details. Was wondering where you got the brass (?) candleholders? Thanks!

Roxanne on Aug 23, 2013

What a beautiful party! I love the casual, vintage styling.

Pam on Sep 26, 2013

Can you say a bit more about what you used to elevate the fence wood? How did you keep it stable? So pretty.

Trish on Mar 5, 2014

Absolutely stunning! I will remember this for our beach house.

Chelsea on Mar 24, 2014

Gorgeous event! I'm a little late but wondering if you'd be able to share where you found the library of old botanical images at hi-res ? I'm looking to do something similar to line our wedding stationary envelopes. Thank you!

Leslie on Jul 15, 2014

Where did you find the beautiful plates with the bugs on them. They look expensive!

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