This party is featured in Confetti Fair’s 2019 Special Edition Magazine United States of Party. Click here to see it or read on for the New Orleans Mardi Gras themed engagement party.
We challenged 23 talented party vendors to design a party inspired by a USA location.
Sassy Snaps Perth were inspired by the fun and revelry of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras to create this fabulous outdoor engagement party.
A New Orleans Mardi Gras themed engagement party
Why did you choose New Orleans for United States of Party?
There were so many great locations to choose from, and we had so many ideas for so many of the possible themes that we could have used. I think we chose New Orleans as we haven’t seen any modern Mardi Gras themes lately and we really wanted to breathe some life back into it. We wanted to do something a bit different, and maybe even turn a theme on its head. How can anyone not love beads, feathers, and masks at a party?
What inspired your shoot?
We wanted to keep it moody and mysterious with the use of masks and feathers as opposed to the bright colours and open styling associated with the theme. The idea to go for a kind of ‘secret supper’ vibe came from Kim (Sassy Snaps team member), with the party set up in the woods using lots of moss and greenery, and the bright pops of purple and gold to keep it modern. At first, we had an idea for a kids theme, but since Mardi Gras is also associated with LGBT love, we decided an engagement styled shoot was a better idea.
Did you incorporate any current party trends or DIYs in your shoot? If yes, what were they?
Acrylic signage, which Foote and Flame did a fantastic job on for this shoot. This included the floating cake topper, drink stirrers and menus. They also came up with the hexagon- shaped design which helped to modernise the signage.
Verlena Cakes wowed with the wafer paper feathers in emerald, purple and gold with subtle eye features which matched the masks. Lots of subtle textures were used on the cake too–a trend in the wedding cake industry now.
We are still seeing the ‘boho’ style floor set-ups with rugs and cushions so we chose this style, instead of the traditional seating set-up used for most engagement parties.
Everyone also loves personalisation these days, so we were excited to work with Paper the Ninth to create custom personalised glassware, bridesmaid boxes and decals.