I watched the Jonas Brothers SUCKER video within the hour of it being posted and I could not stop watching it. I was mesmerized by how over-the-top and fun it was, almost a caricature of a garden tea party. I could not stop thinking about it and about how badly I wanted to recreate that party for The Rose Table. So I did!
You never know when and where party inspiration will strike. What a fabulous twist on a tea party to wear outlandish pink gowns! We had some real fun with this episode of The Rose Table, recreating every outdoor shot in the music video plus a few of the indoor scenes. The Jonas Brothers shot at a castle in England and, well, I don’t have that sort of budget, so we shot at my horse farm, Black Star Sport Horses. I thought the farm was the perfect backdrop for my own SUCKER party, since I’m Texan and all. Here’s how I did it!
“We go together
Better than birds of a feather, you and me”
This required zero work or effort on my part and therefore felt like much less work than one of my Disney Dinners. Entertain outside as much as possible, friends. It’s free decor and you can’t get more lovely than nature! It just so happened to be 70 degrees and a gorgeous day in Texas. I couldn’t have asked for better weather for this party!
“Any road you take, you know that you’ll find me”
I actually bought a brand new collapsable table for this, something I’ve wanted for a long time. I got a 6′ round table to comfortably seat six people. I added a simple white tablecloth and, true to SUCKER, let the dessert be the decor. I arranged the table exactly as they had it in the music video: a white cake on a cake stand, assorted desserts on a four-tiered stand, and cupcakes on a two-tiered stand with a teapot center stage.
The Place Settings
There weren’t really place settings to speak of at SUCKER, at least not my usual place settings. I had teacups and dessert plates at each place and white cloth napkins tied with ribbon and a giant red sucker tucked in.
I did not have flowers on the table, since they didn’t in the music video, but I recommend the most whimsical pink flowers you can find. I almost passed out when I saw these stunning bleeding, striped pink roses! I used them for my food photography. They would be perfect for any garden party you’re hosting this spring or summer.
“And you’re making the typical me break my typical rules
It’s true, I’m a sucker for you”
We really went for it with SUCKER! This isn’t usually a long section in my party articles but costuming was quite the challenge for SUCKER and I’m really proud of the results so here we go.
I couldn’t find anything nearly as fluffy or epic as Danielle Jonas’ incredible pale pink number but my outfit was at least reminiscent of hers: a pale pink ruffled body suit tucked into a romantic pale pink skirt with a bow tied at the waist complete with sparkly silver gloves. I also found a black and white feathered fascinator for my bathtub scene.
Morgan wore a striking hot pink gown with a fun bow and silver fascinator for her Priyanka look. We switched that out for a hot pink fascinator for her bathtub shot.
Alle’s costume was the hardest to find because who has anything close to Sophie’s piñata look just lying around? Alle ended up wearing my high school homecoming dress (my look in high school can only be described as Galinda with a Ga) paired with a fuzzy maroon jacket, pink boppers, big earrings, and sky high pink heels.
The guys looked super snazzy. Let’s start with Brandon. Kevin’s 70s blouse was a little tricky to replicate so we went instead with a navy blue suit, which matched the vibe of the party. I mean, could he look any more dapper?
Gabe could not have looked more dashing in his white jacket! His look is perfect for any garden party, spring/summer wedding, or even a Kentucky Derby-type event. So chic!
I am so impressed that Ryan was able to find a pink shirt and jacket for his Joe Jonas look! And the pinks actually matched. We finished the look with light blue pants – unable to find pink pants – because they were still in the blue/pink theme of SUCKER.
“And, baby, you know it’s obvious
I’m a sucker for you”
I served tea of course! This is a tea party after all. Make it extra fancy by offering an array of tea bags for guests to choose from.
This is my first Rose Table party where I served only desserts! I was going to turn it into a tea and have sandwiches but since I just served four tea sandwiches at Disney Dinners: Mary Poppins Returns last month and since the SUCKER music video only has sweets, I decided to replicate their table as best I could with a layer cake, teacakes, cupcakes, and mini cheesecakes.
I know a lot of people don’t love almond extract but I will always hold firm on this: I love it. In fact, almond is my favorite flavor of homemade ice cream! This cake tastes like a wedding cake and is adorned with raspberries, just like in the SUCKER video. Get the recipe here.
Mini Lemon Cheesecakes
These are so easy and satisfying to make! It’s especially great for when you want cheesecake but don’t want to wait 24 hours to eat it. Unlike full-sized cheesecake, these can be baked, chilled, and served in just two hours! I topped them with lemon whipped cream. They’re a light, summery way to end a meal. Get the recipe here.
This is not a new recipe for The Rose Table. I perfected Russian Teacakes many years ago and make them every year for Christmas. For SUCKER, I used food coloring to tint them the right shade for the cookies in the video. Get the recipe here.
Strawberry Orange Cupcakes
These are an absolute treat! Bursting with fresh strawberry flavor with a kiss of orange, these cupcakes use my secret ingredient: Fiori di Sicilia. The orange-vanilla extract is readily available at King Arthur Flour and is my favorite way to make baked goods taste ultra fancy. Get the recipe here.
It was definitely a sweet afternoon at The Rose Table! Watch the SUCKER episode of The Rose Table here:
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As an added bonus, here are some fun shots from filming the intro. We had way too much fun filming this!
Stay sweet (and whimsical!),