Let the good times roll! Heavily inspired by Harry Styles’ “Music for a Sushi Restaurant,” I threw my husband, Hugh, a surprise sushi party this year for his birthday. I had a vision of black and red, all of our closest friends, and our favorite local sushi chef. In this blog post, I will share the secrets that brought my vision to life!
Welcoming your guests with a statement is the best way to begin an event - I refreshed my front console with some of Hugh’s artwork that he had held onto for years for a personal touch as well as some of my favorite candlestick holders from the Megan Molten Shop.
You can see above I sourced a live betta fish, black rocks, and faux greenery to style in our Glass Cylinder Vase. These details were just a preview of the theme, alluding to the food and decor that will be seen throughout my home.
Offering your guests a drink is a must after welcoming them in. I transformed my study into a fun bar room!
I incorporated the classic Antique Brass Wine Coolers to chill the wine and beer. As well as created a signature cocktail on the menu - the “Huey Luey,” named after the one and only.
Huey Luey Recipe
2 oz. of Gin
Muddled Cucumber and Basil
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
Shake with ice
Top off with Soda water – Stir and Serve!
Next to the red and gold Dragon Cocktail Napkins displayed in our classic Acrylic Cocktail Napkin Tray. I love to incorporate a cocktail menu for guests to see so they can easily select their drink of choice. Our Gold Acrylic Frame is always perfect for this.
Placed just above the bar, I hung Red Lanterns; I continued the lanterns throughout the house overflowing to the tablescape. To create a statement on my Kitchen island I styled the Darla Vase with some of our faux Cream White Cherry Blossoms and Faux Orchid Stems.
You will notice another betta fish in the vase- on the Antique Brass Etched Tray! The cake was a moment on its own, with gorgeous fish and bamboo details. I had it on display in the center of my dining table, made by one of my favorite local bakers Baked to a T. Hugh’s favorite cake - carrot cake!
Step outside on the porch to see a fun, punchy table for 17. We invited close friends and family!
I staggered 40 red lanterns of various sizes above the tablescape. The centerpiece included Pincushion flowers and fresh greenery in our Cruz vases scattered throughout the tabletop- atop a fun Red Glitter Table Runner. The tall vases converted to aquariums with betta fish and greenery were a showstopper.
My favorite, the Smoke Wine Glass, was set at each place setting paired with a stemless water glass. For the place setting, I chose a ruby red charger and black dinner plate, topped with a Floral Red Fan and black napkin. Finally, I designed custom place cards, each tucked into the napkins. The place cards featured an orange fish graphic and a quote, “Let the good times roll!”
Our guests had such a fun time gathering and celebrating Hugh - I hope you find this guide helpful so you can plan your sushi party at home!