Monday, November 14, 2011

Meeting Lilly Pulitzer

Saturday, I had the unique opportunity to attend the Preppy American Brunch to celebrate Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau's 80th birthday at the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History in Boynton Beach. 
Lilly was dressed in a Murfee scarf and a cashmere sweater and gorgeous green earrings.  She was extremely gracious and warm with lots of hugs and hand holding, making time for every single person at the party.  Lilly, I believe, was almost as starstruck as the rest of us, seeing all the people and children, dressed in her clothing.  She was so charming and witty and complimented everyone in their lovely dresses.  She was so excited the several had come from so far away to celebrate with her.
Amy from Forever 29 with Lilly Pulitzer.  Notice the hand holding.  Lilly is one classy and loving lady.

The party, which was much more intimate than I expected with just over 100 people, was one of the most colorful events I've ever attended.  Of course, it's Lilly!  So what else could one expect!  The tables were all decorated in Lilly printed table cloths with Florida fruit centerpieces such as oranges and grapefruits.  The brunch was catered by a fabulous local establishment called Toojay's and rum punches with adorable flamingo stir sticks were the signature drinks.

Swag bags provided by C. Orrico were filled with goodies including a preppy bracelet from Kiel James Patrick, swag from Vineyard Vines and chocolates.  
The silent auction included Lilly vintage items including headbands crafted by Looking 4 Lilly and aprons from L. Whelan Designs.

Several bloggers were in attendance including Petunia In Paradise, Bethany from Maryland Pink and Green, Amy from Forever 29 and Wendy from Life is Better with a Twist of Lime.  Ashley from Ashley Brooke Designs also came in for the occasion. 

Kiel James Patrick also attended with his girlfriend, Sarah Vickers.  Kiel toasted Lilly, thanking her for leading us in a colorful lifestyle and then led us in singing Happy Birthday.

The museum displayed several vintage Lilly pieces and models walked the reception area showing off Lilly Pulitzer fashions,  new and old.

Barbara Malone, one of the organizers of the Preppy American Brunch event.
And of course, I can't forget little Lallie, who also celebrated Lilly's birthday in her favorite tunic.  She was thrilled to receive the cupcake I brought home and enjoyed looking at all the pictures of the party with me.

Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau's birthday party was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was wonderful gathering in her honor with my local friends, blog friends and new friends while celebrating decades of
colorful living!


23 comments:

  1. Looks like a great party. How cool that you got to meet Lilly!

    xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow! What a fun event! I would have loved that! That is a once in a lifetime event!

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  3. I still have no idea who that dude is.

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  4. I have been looking forward to your recap!! So perfect... you captured it exactly! Such a lovely memory and a great day. Thanks for bringing us all together for this fun event! :)

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  5. Such a great re-cap of the Lilly Brunch! So sorry I did not get to meet you .. it was a fabulous day!

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  6. For someome who loves Lily like you, that had to be SUCH a treat! Great swag, too!!! Glad you shared all the details + photos.

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  7. How awesome! I have that same dress that you have on!! :)

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  8. Great recap Jennifer! So sorry I was unable to attend.

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  9. What a FUN event and a memory that you will have for a lifetime!

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  10. That was a fabulous once in a lifetime opportunity! I'm a teeny bit jealous and wish I had thought more seriously about making the trip across the state to join you.

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  11. What fun! You sure are one lucky girl!! thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! Wonderful photos!

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  12. Oh how fun! It sounds like an amazing afternoon!

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  13. GOOD LAWD!!! I am so jealous!!!! What an event! You look awesome:)
    How sweet she held hands and hugged....we'd get along great! haha

    I didn't realize Kiel was so tall and Sarah is just so beautiful!

    XoXo

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  14. What a special event to be part of! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  15. Wasn't it just wonderful! Thanks so much for the great post and for making it such a special day for Lilly!
    XO Barbara

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  16. Thanks for sharing! The party looks gorgeous & you look fabulous!

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  17. what a fun party. I am glad you got a chance to go

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  18. Oh I am so pink and green with envy!!! Looks like a fab event, I am sooo sad I missed it. You even got to meet KJP and Sarah, lucky ducky! You look beautiful in your Lilly dress and Lallie is adorable in her tunic.

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  19. So glad you got to meet Lilly! Isn't she the nicest?!

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  20. WHAT FUN!!!!!!!!!! I love all these photos. You look so terrific!!!!

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