Play With Cliche for an Updated Stampede Party

Not all hoedowns are created equal. Throw a Stampede party with modern flair instead of just mimicking a country affair.


To create this Stampede party, stylist and photographer Tara Whittaker took colour palette inspiration from the foothills landscape. Instead of using red gingham and hay bales, she thought more along the lines of fields of barley, wild sage and river rocks made smooth by the Bow River. While Whittaker had a bachleorette party in mind, these ideas easily work for any Stampede of country-themed affair.


photography and styling by tara whittaker

Served up in vintage-inspired glassware, creating a signature cocktail for your event is a signal to your guests that you have thought of everything.

Touches of antique crocheted lace added country charm, while pops of blush and blue denim made the look both country and feminine.

Place settings were marked with doilies wrapped around smooth river rocks, and strips of denim were used as napkin holders.

In keeping with the prairie vibe, the pastry chef at Ollia Macarons & Tea hand-painted prairie flowers and grains onto the confections.

Fleurish Flower Shop created arrangements for the tabletop using eryngium, eucalyptus and waxflower to stay within the party’s colour palette.

Doilies were also used as stamps, adding the crocheted motif to terra cotta pots.

Butcher’s twine tied around river rocks makes for quick and lovely tablecloth weights, perfect for outdoor dining.

A focus on recycled and reclaimed items in the party decor were a subtle reference to the ingenuity of pioneers.

As a sweet token for guests to take home, Modern Pulp Design Studio created custom wrappers for rolls of SweeTarts.


The Source

Event design and photography by Tara Whittaker 

Venue 7K at Panorama Ranch 

Florals by Fleurish Flower Shop 

Macarons by Ollia Macarons & Tea 

Stationery by Modern Pulp Design Studio 

Cocktail dispenser from Pottery Barn 

Crocheted doilies from A Vintage Affair 

Attire by Adorn Boutique 

Footwear by Nine West Canada 



This article appears in the July 2015 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here. 


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