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Up, Up & Away!

Written by: Laura Nell Burton                                                                                                                        Photography by: Christin Gish

Guten Tag (good day)…and God Bless Red, White & Blue!

If you haven’t yet experienced Fredericksburg, it’s deep in the heart of the Lone Star State. With a population of about 11,000, Fredericksburg was founded by firecracker Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach in 1846. Today, it remains richly influenced by the German pioneers who settled it over 160 years ago.

During my research for this Love Letter, I discovered some German party phrases to help socialites have a more authentic experience, should you choose to visit anytime soon. Some of the more practical ones are:
Alles hat win Ende, our die Wurst hat zwei (everything has one end, only sausages have two); and
Saufen bis zum Verlust der Muttersprache (drink until you forget your mother tongue).
By the way, all nouns are capitalized in German!

Prime times to visit are during Oktoberfest, the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest, and our new favorite is July 4th Weekend. Why? Because of the hot-air-balloon-themed Independence Day party we planned for our fabulous client, of course! We’re about to give you a taste of the scoop (visit our newest gallery if you want to see more). We think it’s going to blow you up, up & away…

Der Abend, der war wie ein Traum eigentlich. Ich konnt’s gar nicht glauben (the evening, that was like a dream, actually. I couldn’t believe it)!

But first, let’s float back in time. Part of Fredericksburg’s history is the circa 1855 Crenwelge Homestead, where our client now resides with her accomplished husband, three precious daughters, and their all-American mascot, Major.


We were #upclocheandpersonal with the Crenwelge Homestead as guests Sunday night before our client’s Monday, July 3rd party last night. And, after a long day of install, snuggled in the upstairs twin beds between freshly-pressed D. Porthault sheets (from one of the most heavenly stores on the planet, Lin Marché) and fluffy down pillows, we dug into A Guide to the Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County to learn more about this homestead’s history.

Christian Crenwelge was a carpenter and cabinetmaker and built his original dwelling with simple log construction in 1855. He married his wife Elisabeth in 1860 and, after the Civil War, they expanded the house with a two-story rock addition reminiscent of a Swiss Chalet. The Crenwelge Homestead has only ever had four owners. The second was architect Albert Keidel (our client’s cousin) who purchased the house in 1937 and remodeled it over several years. A Dallas family purchased it in 1965 and owned it for decades until our client jumped at the chance to bring it back into her family just a few years ago. Today, tucked away behind an unassuming limestone wall, lies this three-acre oasis that they now call home.

Suffice it to say, receiving a social invitation to such a special destination is a gift. Planning the party that elevates the magic is a privilege. What a blessing, therefore, that Easter Sunday 2017 at the Crenwelge Homestead was Cloche’s very first client event ever—our debut…

And so, we’ll always have a special place in our hearts for this setting, where we feel as if we’ve come back to our beginning.

Okay, are ya’ll ready for the details?
Jetzt geht’s ab (the party starts now)!

We were inspired for takeoff when we came across the perfect patriotic hot air balloon textile for buffet and dessert table custom linens. Then, we ordered American blue and white Julian Mejia linen napkins (which compliment several patterns in our client’s china collection). With these decisions made, we created a Pinterest board (check it out here, and don’t forgot to follow us while you’re there) of inspiration images and ideas. We next designed a darling invitation in-house, dressed up with oversized confetti and Zazzle postage.

Dozens of paper hot air balloon lanterns were ordered along with cocktail napkins, cups, swizzle sticks, party favors…the list goes on.

We sourced every last detail down to the wine, also in perfect keeping with our client’s hot air balloon theme.

It was magical to watch the party vision come alive. Our installation team is the most wonderful, talented combination of people—who are, each and every one, jewels. From the bottom of our hearts, we’re so grateful!

Finally, one hundred guests of all ages gathered to celebrate.

Such a magical, sparkling night…


P.S. From self-proclaimed cookie, pie and cake snobs, a special thank you to Baked Goodness, Tiny Pies and Cakes by Cathy Young for perfect sweet endings to a perfect evening!

P.P.S. Don’t miss the Love Letter by our Contributing Fashion Curator, Natalie Steen. Her @upthegetup ensembles will inspire any hostess who loves to match her party.

By the way, next time you’re in Fredericksburg, book one of the three brand new modern farmhouses on 10 pastoral acres at Outlot 201, five minutes from Main Street owned by darlings Darla and Mike Smith. It’s hard to top a night at Crenwelge Homestead, but our second night in Fredericksburg blew us away too—no pun intended! We have the hostess with the mostess (our client) to thank for our lodging with the Smiths. She never misses a detail to make her friends feel truly welcome and truly loved.

Well, I need to sign off because we’re headed to prime time 4th of July parade viewing at Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten and a full day of memory making. For lunch we won’t miss our favorite landmark, Hondo’s on Main…although they catered the party, we just can’t seem to get enough Hondo’s BBQ! After all, Hondo’s is owned by our client’s mother, Cris Crouch Graham, daughter of the “Clown Prince” of Luckenbach, Hondo Crouch!
Freibier für alle, sonst gibts Krawalle (free beer for all, or else we riot)!
Finally, we’ll dine tonight in an old Texas roadhouse and gas station called the Hilltop Café. Hope to see you there! Until then…

Aug Wiedersehen (Adiós), and
Lass uns das bald mal wiederholen (let’s do this again soon)!

Happy 4th of July!