A Modern ‘Alice in Wonderland’ 30th Birthday Party, Palm Springs


What happens when the whimsical Alice in Wonderland meets our modern day Rat Pack?  You get an epic party at Casa Verona estates in Palm Springs.  That is exactly what Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio did for her 30th birthday.  Mike Carreiro of Studio Eleven captured all the details.


You just gotta love the gold painted flamingos.

Sarah Sherman Samuel ↓

For my 30th birthday I knew I wanted to have a destination party to share with my closest friends, so we picked Palm Springs, rented this amazing house and went from there.


Chevron love.


This theme was shown through over-sized bow headpieces, Alice and the White Rabbit Place cards, “drink me” labels on the glasses, top hats, cat mask, rabbit ears, gold painted flamingos, giant paper flowers, and the mix of fanciful patterns.  Black bow ties served as napkin ties and double as party favors.  As the party went on some of the guests wore them on their heads, around their neck and on their wrists as boutonnieres.


I designed and had printed all of the textiles which I then made the napkins, table cloths, and table runners from.  I also made circle confetti to dot the table tops and gold geometric bunting to frame out the bar area.  The centerpieces where made of candles and drinking glasses that I bought at the 99 cent store.  I sprayed them all white, and then I painted the glass candles to look as though they were dipped in gold, and for the glasses that served as candle holders, I used a gold foil pen to pretty them up with a dot pattern.



Event Design and decor: Sarah Sherman Samuel / Invitation and Stationery Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel / Photography: Mike Carreiro of Studio Eleven / Fabrics: Sarah Sherman Samuel / Smilebooth: From the 100 Layer Cake Pop-Up Shop / Location: Casa Verona, Palm Springs, CA / Catering: Food Mechanic /  Make-up: Ximena Rolfe / DJ: Sven Barth

photo source: Smitten Studio, Studio Eleven



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