Have you heard the news? Our Winter Wilderness 2020 Holiday Party made it into Mingle Magazine’s Autumn 2021 Issue!
Every year around Christmas, I throw a holiday party, usually a great big bash for all my coworkers, family and friends. This last year with COVID-19 still making a great impact, I knew my normal style of throwing parties wouldn’t feel right. So, as Christmas quickly approached, I came up with an idea to plan an unforgettable dinner party for my team. I set out to design a get-together capturing the heart of nature and echoing simpler times with wild, organic and artistic touches.
I sat down one afternoon and began making a mood board – fresh vision and inspiration came quickly! Early on I found vintage green wrapping paper I fell in love with, and it became the backdrop for all my ideas. It showcased the right amount of vintage nostalgia with ornate patterns. I used this tone of green to build my color palette and mixed it with muted rust and neutral tones. Natural beauty was found in every detail. As the team arrived, their eyes widened, smiles filled their faces, and festive laughter launched us all into a great event. They walked underneath the Christmas light and entered through my front door.
In the entry, I hung an enormous wreath tied with a rag and a mixture of fresh greens on my huge beveled mirror and placed a large vintage sink under it. Wanting this area to feel like a mantle, I hung stocking and staged a big basket of wood. I filled the sink with gifts and party favors for the guests using that show-stopping wrapping paper. I used cream satin ribbon to add a touch of elegance to the presents and placed fresh wild greens in the sink. At the base of the sink, I styled an old rust-colored tricycle with a wreath on the handlebars – this perhaps was my favorite spot of the party. Across from this, I placed three stools of different heights and sizes and more fresh greens. I displayed take-away favors, like handmade wreath cookies in Bundt pans and placed them on the stools. I liked how easy it made it for the guests to grab the treats on the way out.
To read more about the inspiration behind this event and to see more photos, pick up your copy online or at your local Barnes & Noble or Michaels.