Entertaining: Berry bash

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May 1, 2022

photographs by Amy Kolo

Like many babies born during the pandemic, Vivienne Mae Knaus came into the world during a time of muted celebrations. As Covid restrictions began easing ahead of Vivienne’s first birthday, her parents, Brooke and Chad Knaus, decided to go big with a strawberry-themed celebration at their Myers Park home to mark the occasion. 

“It was one of the best afternoons,” Brooke says. “Andrew [Thomas with John Lupton Events], our planner, gave us a party that embodied the magic and sweetness of childhood.” The vanilla-and-strawberry mousse cake from Edible Art Cake Shop inspired the theme: “The cake plates were strawberry leaves, the flowers pink zinnias, and the punch (for adults) was a concoction of sparkling wine, grapefruit juice, edible flowers and, of course, strawberries,” Brooke says. 

Even Chad’s vintage convertible coordinated with the theme: The Chevy Impala became an impromptu gift table as guests left presents on the hood. “A happy surprise,” Brooke says, to sweeten a picture-perfect backyard celebration.  SP

Event planning and decor:
Andrew Thomas with John Lupton Events | Flowers: John Lupton Events | Cake: Edible Art Cake Shop | Marquee number: Alpha-Lit Charlotte | Balloon installation: Pop Charlotte Balloons | Entertainment: Corky the Magic Clown | Caricature artist: Caricatures by Jeff | Yard sign: Sassy Grass Charlotte | Charcuterie: Copain Gatherings

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