After booking our venue, our next step was to find an event designer and start brainstorming décor ideas. Much like when planning a wedding, before moving forward with specific style ideas, we first had to decide how we wanted our event to feel. Since this was going to be a sleepover (and a potentially rowdy one at that), we decided it was best to avoid anything that felt too elegant or upscale. Clearly our sleepover needed to be a lighthearted, somewhat kitschy affair with lots of playful nods to all things British. We decided to reach out to Sandra Downie Event Designs, a boutique wedding and party design firm based in Connecticut. We'd seen photos of the whimsical stylized dessert tables and adorable party concepts Sandra had put together for previous clients, and we thought her creativity and ability to walk the line between cute and stylish seemed exactly right. Sandra was totally game to be our official Royal Sleepover event designer, and quickly got to work establishing a more specific design concept: A color scheme of navy blue and antique gold, with pops of bright red + a custom-designed tablescape featuring British-themed food arranged on a variety of vessels + simple arrangements of red tulips + red, blue and Union Jack bunting as a decoration throughout the space.
Sandra and her team at the Sandra Downie Paperie Studio also designed a complete set of coordinating custom printables, including a Royal Sleepover invitation, a "Royal Sleepover in Progress" door sign, bunting, cupcake toppers, food display tent cards, drink flags, and favor labels—which you can download to use at your own sleepover here.