This spring, I had the opportunity to experience the most gorgeous luxury picnic one evening in Calgary. Bubbles and Brews put together an Alice in Wonderland tea party with the prettiest details you’ve ever seen. Your guests would never forget a night hosted like this! Read on for a closer look and to get all of the details on how you can host this in your own backyard.
The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?” Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Theme
I say that you are never too old for anything. Now that we are starting to emerge on the other side of a global pandemic, there is definitely more of a push to start LIVING again. Hosting parties and having people over outside is the perfect way to celebrate the warm weather and each other’s renewed company. So why not start off with a bang? A themed party is a really fun and memorable way to get your guests excited to attend. This Alice in Wonderland theme was like nothing I’ve ever seen before! Absolutely no details were left out in this luxury picnic set up from Bubbles and Brews. From the giant Alice playing cards, flamingo croquet set, Mad Hatter’s hat, the little mouse in the teacup, and whimsical themed napkins, it was truly magical.
Bubbles and Brews
You may have heard of Bubbles and Brews before as the Calgary-based mobile beverage cart that serves up beer and prosecco on tap. The cute, boho cart affectionately called “BB” is the baby of the beautiful owner named Cindy. This woman truly amazes me. Her creative eye and passion for making her visions become a reality are awe-inspiring. Nothing slows her down and she is one of the loveliest people ever. Personally, it’s been a long year and a half of being stuck at home and feeling completely uninspired. When Cindy asked me if I’d like to be a part of this Alice in Wonderland shoot, I didn’t hesitate for even a second. I knew that my good friend and local photography Kaley Hayward would get along famously, so I invited her to complete our creative trio.
Luxury Picnic in Calgary
Bubbles and Brews have recently added Luxury Picnics to their lineup. I think the photos speak for themselves and it’s obvious that nothing was left out in this lavish outdoor setup. There are different options to choose from when booking your luxury picnic. One table can accommodate up to 6 guests, two tables for 10, and three tables for up to 14. This long table form of dining is such a unique summer experience and eating right on the grass, between layers of blankets and pillows takes it to a whole other level. Bubbles and Brews offers full-set up and styling with each package and you can also procure the services of the mobile beverage cart as an add-on. You do however get the picnic table, floral arrangement, complete styling theme, pillows, blankets, plates, cutlery and wine glasses, napkins and textiles for your number of guests.
If you’re thinking about hosting a luxury picnic in Calgary, this is it! My costume was provided by the Costume Shoppe in Calgary. If thinking of hosting a themed party, ask your guests to dress up in costume or in colours that match your table theme. For example: blush pink and white.
Kaley Hayward Photography
When I asked Cindy where she wanted to shoot, she told me she wanted somewhere magical. It was the perfect timing in Calgary that week as the ornamental pink blossoms were just opening. That occurrence is so fleeting and I drive around “tree stalking” to find the perfect evening to capture photos. The location in this photoshoot is one that I keep dear to my heart and refuse to reveal. There are so many blooming trees at the end of May and the first week of June and great locations like this one are easy to find on your own. Kaley Hayward photography captured this magic perfectly. Watch for her upcoming fall family mini-sessions, she’s the best in the city!
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