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Swoozie's x Double Dare: Solar Eclipse Soirée

Haven't we all wanted to throw a day party surrounded by endless moon and star décor? I know I have! This month's long-awaited solar eclipse gave me the perfect excuse to call on a few of my girlfriends, string up some gorgeous garlands, fill the tables with confetti and delectably curated confections, and unashamedly toss back a few day drinks. I know the solar eclipse isn't officially until August 21st, but since the event falls on a Monday, I thought a Saturday soirée was the perfect idea to get everyone even more stoked about the occasion while offering a little inspiration to those of you who are still planning! It all begins with details...

The Location

Since the whole party revolved around the idea of the solar eclipse, I decided from the beginning that the party had to be outside. I imagined somewhere simple, natural and a location that not many people knew about in order to create some excitement among the guests for getting to visit somewhere new. With this in mind, I knew the Sans Souci Community Garden in Greenville's quaint Sans Souci neighborhood would be the ideal spot. The grass was freshly cut, the veggies, flowers and herbs were abundantly blooming and it was a truly euphoric location.

The Invitations

When I started planning the solar eclipse soirée, I knew invitations would be my first big impression on all my guests. So, with a simple idea in mind, I created the watercolor galaxy background and then added gilded gold hand-lettering to make it special. As if that wasn't enough, I shredded the sides of each invitation and hand-dipped it in 14-karat gold dust to give it a little something extra. Was it time-consuming? Sure. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

The Décor

When it comes to décor, ordering 20 different things from Amazon and waiting on them to arrive, or even worse— ordering 20 different things from 20 different places while you're trying to plan a party can be an absolute nightmare. My setup was seamless.

I dropped by Swoozie's the week before the party and got everything I needed to make the entire party look stunning. The tables were flawless, the decor made the surroundings look full and plentiful, and it added just enough delicate touches to evoke all the "oohs" and "ahhs" from my party guests. From the plates, napkins, and cutlery, to the garlands, banners, and balloons, Swoozie's helped me create the most adorable atmosphere for this outdoor escapade!