Alicia and Adam Rico know how to throw a good party.

Then again, they have plenty of experience. The husband and wife behind floral design company Bows and Arrows regularly devise memorable events and creative flower-related decor for tastemakers in Dallas and beyond.

When they aren’t concocting parties for others, they’re channeling their energy into fanciful backyard birthday celebrations for their 2-year-old daughter, Dotty. Recent highlights include a French-themed soiree (complete with a cheese buffet and a performance by a mime) and a soulful Native American event.

We asked Alicia and Adam to lend some of their birthday magic to D Moms, and they didn’t miss a beat, pulling together a team including Southern Fried Paper and Layered Bake Shop to design an art-inspired party we’d want to attend even if we didn’t have kids.

party_02 We held the party at 129 Leslie. The gallery-like event space lets artful accents take center stage. photography by Jill Broussard

Keep It Simple
Creating a festive event with lots of punch doesn’t have to be labor intensive. Alicia recommends keeping things simple by picking a theme and building the rest of the party around it. For her, the graphic lines and bright palette of a Frank Stella painting was the jumping-off point. “Everything just grew from there—the colors, the invitations, the activities, the food, the favors. Once we had our inspiration, all the elements felt instantly cohesive.”

party_04 photography by Jill Broussard
party_05 photography by Jill Broussard

Keep Them Busy
Well-planned activities are the hallmark of a good event (that, and a killer cake). Art party attendees indulged their creativity by customizing their own Frank Stella-inspired coloring sheets. A generous supply of Crayons selected to match the party’s palette (you can purchase custom crayons at meant everybody had his or her own. Guests worked off their sugar buzz with an impromptu dance party-cum-group painting session. The finished work of art served as a photo backdrop for Polaroid snaps.

party_06 At the end of the party, guests stopped by our Gallerie shop for a DIY Calder-inspired mobile to make at home. photography by Jill Broussard