Inside a Stylishly Colorful Fiesta in Texas
When we first saw the photos of the birthday fiesta in honor of Bradley Agather Means, the voice behind lifestyle site Luella & June, we were smitten with the colorful vibe of the party, not to mention the stylish and thoughtful details that Means pulled together for the event with help from Collins Coordination. We asked the hostess for her advice on how to throw a stress-free party at home as well as her tips for pulling together a beautiful event that looks simply effortless. From the styled bar cart that served up pre-dinner cocktails to the amazing coral peonies in cheery yellow vases that lined the dinner tables, Means's fiesta was the perfect combination of fun and sophisticated. Keep scrolling to check it out!
"I'm a firm believer in sending out a proper invitation. It sets the tone for the party and lets your guests know what to expect," says Means. To bring her neon fiesta visions to life, Means called on the talents of Ellis Hill for the event's casual yet on-theme invites.
"The Otomi table runners (an Etsy find) were a perfect place to start for the tables," says Means. "They scream fiesta and offer a heavy punch of color."
For the tablescape, Means is all about the mix of materials, but it was the florals by Jackson Durham that really set the scene."I was able to mix in blue-and-white dinner plates (you can never go wrong with blue and white!) and rattan chargers, which gave the table a classic touch," she tells us. "When it comes to florals, I prefer to go with one type but a lot of them. I think it really makes a statement. Peonies are my very favorite flower. I don't think you can ever have too many of those. Lucky for me, my birthday falls in prime peony season."
As for what makes a good party, Means appreciates the basics. "Good music, great cocktails, and well-fed guests," she tells us.
A secret to Means's hosting success is having an after-dinner activity. "The after-dinner moment at this party included a pineapple piñata," she tells us. "It was such a fun activity for everyone. I filled it with an overload of candy and gift cards to places like In-N-Out and Whataburger. It was a big hit."