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Lobster Beach Bash

I think starting a boutique rental company it was safe to assume that one day event planning would somehow make its way into our business plan. Well for us it happened instantly. My love for planning parties probably started with my first slumber birthday party; carefully laying out what movies we would watch, what games we would play and which New Kids on the Block sleeping bag I would showcase. I threw parties in high school and somehow managed to get everyone in and out and the house cleaned by the time my parents returned from their monthly Saturday night church outings (sorry Mom and Dad!). This was the extent of my party planning before this business began but one goal has always remained. Make sure everyone is talking about the party the next day.

About a month ago our good friends from Mud City Crab House who catered the event, asked us to jump on board and help plan a 60th Lobster Bake Birthday in Loveladies. Last weekend it all went down. The weather was perfect, food was out of this world and the oceanfront setting was quite the backdrop for this red & white themed lobster party.

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I was obsessed with this idea from the get go. The sunflowers, mason jars, lobster buckets, 'How to Eat a Lobster' plates and 'Lobster Dinner Survival Kit' were the perfect complements to the red and white gingham tablecloths. We used our accent table for the signature drink station featuring Mud City's Strawberry Basil Lemonade (the birthday boy's favorite). We also added our vintage lobster trap as decor. Custom chalk art signs were made for both the signature drink station and dinner menu.

DIY Lobster Dinner Survival Kit necessities: 5" galvanzied buckets, lobster crackers, lobster picks, lobster bibs, matching red and white gingham napkins, disposable silverware and wet ones.

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The bar featured a custom menu specifically made for the party featuring specialty cocktails like John Daly, Honey Palmer and Rum Punch. To keep the with the lobster theme we added a fishing net as the runner.

At 11pm the drinks were still flowing. It's was nice to take a step back and see everyone having such a wonderful time. All in all this was a wonderful event for Rustic Drift to be part of. We're so excited what the future has in store for this company.

Dream big.

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Every morning should involve blankets and pillows on a beach. More from this feature coming soon! -------------------------------------------------- Photography: @anncoenphotography | Rentals: @rusticdrift | Florals: @katydidflorals | Dress + Accessories: @freelovebridal | HMU: @beachhousespa + @nicoledemibeauty . . . #rusticdrift #groundlounge #lounge #geometricwedding #beachwedding #njwedding #newjerseybride #brideandgroom #weddinginspo #belmarwedding #modernwedding

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Absolutely loved the entire setup we put together for Laura + Kyle's beach ceremony. Photo: @delaney_dobson_photography | Florist: @thefloristlilyinthevalley | Rentals: @rusticdrift . . . #rusticdrift #lbiwedding #njwedding #newjerseybride #beachwedding #beachceremony #weddingrentals #welcomedrink #lemonade #nauticalwedding #nauticaldecor #weddingarbor #driftwoodarbor #weddingceremony

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Loving all the florals on our arbors this year especially this masterpiece by @mdsfloral at @brantbeachyc last weekend. Congrats Maureen & Karl. I knew that rain was going to pass right in time for this beautiful ceremony! πŸ“·by @jonathonpeterphotography . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftarbors #weddingarbor #driftwoodarbor #weddingarch #arbor #weddingceremony #brideandgroom #weddingflowers #flowers #yachtclubwedding #bbyc #lbiwedding #lbiregion #njwedding #newjerseybride #weddingrentals #handbuiltrentals

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Friday introductions.. this is a thing right? We are Megan + Joel, the coffee loving, cheap wine drinking, Caribbean dreaming, old school Reggae listening, ocean inspired Founders + Owners of Rustic Drift. We started this company a little over three years ago with the goal of creating a business that combines our strengths and talents, provides some flexibility for our family and leaves us with a career that is both meaningful and rewarding. Starting a family and a business simultaneously has been quite challenging as both our children and work need constant attention. The truth is we're still learning how to be the best parents for our children, the best leaders for our business and the best spouses for each other. Thanks for following along! "What we learn with pleasure we never forget." - Alfred Mercier πŸ“· by @idaliaphotography

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We added a ton of special little details to Laura + Kyle's wedding day. I love when the photographer notices them too πŸ™ŒπŸ» @delaney_dobson_photography . . . #rusticdrift #lbiwedding #njwedding #weddingdetails #weddingdaydetails #prettylittledetails #vintagebook #beachwedding #weddingrentals #weddingstyling #eventrentals #seashell

It's been quite the project for @rusticdrift_joel. 22 farm tables and one matching sweetheart table finally completed. Every single one built by him and only him....Something that makes this little business of ours pretty damn special πŸ’• ---------------------------------------------- Photography: @idaliaphotography | Rentals + Styling: @rusticdrift | Florals: @thefloristlilyinthevalley | Venue: @parkersgaragelbi . . . #rusticdrift #weddingrentals #eventrentals #farmtables #farmtable #handbuiltrentals #rusticwedding #woodworking #njwedding #lbiwedding #newjerseybride

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Spent the weekend at the dreamiest little beach cottage with a bunch of my closest friends. Feeling recharged but also very behind on emails + paperwork πŸ™„The sign on the wall couldn't be more fitting. #cestlavie #staycation #beachcottage #beachhouse #vacationhouse

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