Last weekend my next door neighbor Fe and I co-hosted a White Rooftop Party to usher in warm weather here in Hong Kong–summer really does come early here! We kept the flowers simple (white hydrangeas) and did lots of candles, lanterns, and torches. Above you can see the Peak Tower in the background.
Our inspiration was a rooftop lounge here in Hong Kong called Sevva–we copied their high, round bar tables along the view. We got white runner by the yard at Ikea and simply cut it to fit.
If you haven’t ever co-hosted a party with a (competent) friend, I highly recommend it! It was so nice to split the work, the budget and the fun with Fe! Instead of party planning being a mostly solitary activity, it was so social! We found that it was cheaper to buy torches and lamps at Ikea than it was to rent them so we did that. The only hang-up was that the plugs on the roof are totally out-of-date and we had to buy special adaptors for the bizarre three round prong outlets. Thank heavens we got the most perfect, warm, clear night so the view was outstanding!
In addition to the usual punch, wine, a Kilkenny key (for its white head), and White Russians, we also served coconuts. It was so nice to actually have something exciting to offer non-drinkers.
We kept the food light and summery and as white as possible… delicious burrata from Stable Trading Co., crudites, quiches, and crabcakes.
Our neighbors are French so naturally they put together an incredible cheeseboard and we also served two types of Pate Negra, as well as baguettes from Joel Robuchon.
Of course, I couldn’t help but make cupcakes (Magnolia’s vanilla cupcakes) with cream cheese frosting. Fe made delicious dragon fruit tarts (at left). I also made white chocolate bark for favors.
I also made cake batter birthday bark favors (at left). I found the recipe here on Birthday Girl. It was super easy and super delicious — just make sure to use high quality chocolate.
The best part was that everyone dressed the part!