Most cocktails at a party are like broken records. You keep seeing the same classics over and over again – Coke & Rum, Mimosa, Manhattan. It’s time to change things up. How about adding a fun (and a bit cheeky) signature drink to your next event? Take for instance, this fabulously retro Flamingo themed backyard party. Colorfully kitschy, this shindig calls for an equally tongue-in-cheek libation. So, try out our inspired Pink Flamingo cocktail and take a gander at this addictively fun affair. Photographer Marc Edwards walks us through all the immaculate details:
- 1 ounce Organic Pink Lemonade
- 2 ounces Coconut Rum
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Water
- Shredded Coconut
- Maraschino Cherry
- Mix the lemonade, rum, and coconut water in a shaker with an ice cube. Shake vigorously.
- Pour into a tumbler. Add a maraschino cherry and a pinch of shredded coconut. Enjoy!
Flamingos are very much in fashion right now but they were all the rage originally back in the 1950’s, particularly the iconic lawn flamingos. Once the invitations were selected an engagement party was created full of fun vintage details. We envisioned big hair with victory rolls, cat eye liner and glasses, bright lips, a-line dresses with petticoats, fedoras and bow ties and of course, lawn flamingos. Our color palette inspired by old black and white movies, are bold white and black cabana stripes, with some black and white polka dots which are also very iconic. To contrast the bold black and white we added bright pops of hot pinks, after a flamingo friends, bright greens, yellow and gold! To further enhance the theme the backdrops used for both the dessert table and the custom wine bar were made of faux lawn. These pops of color were played up throughout with details such as bright hot pink gerbera daisy floral arrangements and the gorgeous pink miniature pineapple bouquets. There were dozens of lawn flamingos throughout the lawn to greet guests as well as our giant flamingo for a sweet spot to take a seat. The guests were treated to a gorgeous dessert table featuring a pink coconut layer cake, with pineapple preserves and cream cheese frosting, beautifully adorned with a glass blown pink flamingo with feathers, a dried pineapple flower and pink pineapple leaves. The dessert table included custom pina colada gold pineapple shaped cake pops, black and white striped chocolate cake pops, and even two pink feathered cake pops to represent our flamingo inspiration and our lovely couple! Further there were hand painted custom flamingo macarons, and cherry flavored cupcakes topped with pineapple flowers. The guest enjoyed other retro inspired foods such as spam and pineapple, ritz crackers with spray cheese, and some lovely pink beet pickled deviled eggs during the cocktail hour before enjoying their dinners. For this engagement party a special custom bar was created, painted with our bold black and white stripes, and marquis vintage bar sign. Two of the signature cocktails featured were a Malbec Sangria with fresh muddled fruit and a Pink flamingo cocktail featuring organic pink lemonade and coconut rum topped with a pink maraschino cherry. Both signature drinks were served on whimsical inflatable flamingo drink holders. Custom napkins in our bold pink and green color scheme with the couples names were used as well as personalized drink coasters that matched our paper suite. Photographer: Marc Edwards Photographs//Invitation Designer: Laura Morris//Etsy Designer: CCADesign//Favors and Gifts: Kate Aspen//Linens and Coverings:Kate Ryan Linens//Hair Stylist:Michelle Renee The Studio, Hair and Makeup Group//Bakery: OobAlaMode Pastries//Specialty Foods: Painted and Sprinkled//Specialty Foods: Speak Wines//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:The Bannerie//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas//Caterer:Whatever Pops//Event Designer: Two Prince Bakery Theater//Bakery: Two Prince Bakery Theater// Submitted via Two Bright Lights