picnic brunch studio warming party

picnic brunch // studio warming partysarahshermansamuel-2sarahshermansamuel-3A couple weeks ago I invited a few of my favorite boss lady friends over to break in the new studio. I’ve been working so much lately and all the women that came are killing it too so I used the newly finished space as an excuse to lure them all over to take a much needed midweek break for brunch and bubbles.

Dasani Sparkling supplied all the sparkling water we could drink as we tested out the new flavors (raspberry lemonade was the clear favorite of the day) while munching chicken and waffle bites, yogurt parfaits, frittatas, and breakfast tartines.

Click through to see the delish spread, some gorgeous florals, tabletop inspiration, and a sneak peek into the finished space.

sarahshermansamuel-19sarahshermansamuel-16sarahshermansamuel-18sarahshermansamuel-22I set the food up buffet style under the pergola so guests could help themselves. The mini chicken and waffle bits were my fave!

picnic brunch // studio warming partysarahshermansamuel-11sarahshermansamuel-4I ended up making these tables the weekend before the party. I had a marble dining table recently delivered to the studio and I repurposed the wooden crate it shipped in to make two 52” square tabletops. Then I went to Home Depot and bought 5, 8’ long, 2x4s and made the bases. Finally I painted the entire thing in “Equestrian Green” by Behr and attached the bases to the tops. I found these body pillows at Target which were big enough to accommodate two people and used 8 of them for the low fancy picnic style seating. I had 12 guests so we fit 6 at each table and it worked out pretty perfect (except the part where I forgot to make myself a place setting!).

sarahshermansamuel-8sarahshermansamuel-13sarahshermansamuel-10sarahshermansamuel-1sarahshermansamuel-5sarahshermansamuel-17sarahshermansamuel-6sarahshermansamuel-12A wild ethereal centerpiece of blushes and greens, made the whole tablescape. Believe it or not this was the first time I ever hired someone to do flowers for an event (including my wedding!) and I am so so happy I did. Pulling this party together in a week meant it was one last thing to do (especially since I was wallpapering the studio myself at 11:00 at night the night before) and Moon Canyon obviously did way better than I could ever have dreamed to do. It is amazing how flowers can transform a space.

I always like handmade party favors so I sent everyone home with a small wood cutting board which also served as the first layer of their place setting. I have had my eye on these marble plates for a while and used the party as an excuse to purchase them, and I finished off the setting with blush pink napkins, a black salad plate, gold flatware, and a swatch of my pink wallpaper as a place card.

sarahshermansamuel-7sss studio warming party

sss studio warming party


To see more photos from the day and more peeks into the new space check out the hashtag #sssbreakinthestudio. A full tour coming soon!

Shop the post: my top from Shopbop (old but find similar here or here) // my skirt by Acne Studios

Marble Plates from CB2 // Black Plates from CB2 // Gold Flatware from West Elm // Blush PInk Napkins from CB2 // Wood Cutting Boards by Shescorts Sherman Samuel // Pillows from Target

Florals by Moon Canyon
Photography by Mary Costa
Food by Heirloom LA

Thanks to Dasani Sparkling for sponsoring the party and giving us the excuse to #breakforbubbles

  • I just cannot wait to see the full post on your studio! It’s absolutely the most beautiful space I have seen in awhile. And your patio is a dream too. We live in SF, which is not always optimal for having a patio, but we have a pretty huge space ( wouldn’t call it garden) behind our house, but it has so much weed and a slight slope, yet I have been thinking of redoing it. Just cannot pull the trigger to start it. Any words of encouragement?

    • Hi Ana, amazing that you have such a big space in SF! Making it usable would be all the motivation I’d need. Haha so I say go for it! And just do it little by little if you want so it’s not overwhelming. Maybe terrace it so you have a couple different plateaus to hang on. Check out sfgirlbybay’s back yard bits gorgeous and so hilly. Would be great inspo!

  • Jamie Green

    What a gorgeous party and stylish group of friends!! xo

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    Hello, Shescorts! Amber here from Michigan. :) Can you please let me know the dimensions of your pergola you built? I would really appreciate it. We will be making one for our urban yard in Flint. Thanks and happy making!!!!

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