Martinis and Mistletoe!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Holiday Entertaining event last night! We had such a wonderful time getting to visit with so many of you at our Martinis and Mistletoe soiree! We sipped on Godiva martinis (thanks to Georgia Crown), nibbled on delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by our own Erin Burke and Atlanta Cupcake Factory, and talked about all sorts of holiday decorating ideas.
This year, we looked at three different entertaining styles: cocktail party, children’s celebration, and holiday dinner. Each entertaining style had a featured area for the night, and they are still on display if you couldn’t make it last night!
If you are serving light snacks and cocktails or a full on dinner, there is often a cocktail hour involved. A beautifully decorated (and stocked!) bar is sure to create a fun experience for your guests! Whether you have a bar cart for this particular purpose or you create one by simply styling a sideboard or console as such, you can use these design tips! Include height, color, light, a seasonal touch, something natural, and a fragrance to make an impact! Can you find each of these in the photos of our bar from last evening? Hint: Many of these overlap! We started with a lovely vintage Moroccan tray and layered in shakers, glasses, and pitchers. We then added florals, oranges with cloves, and lovely horn candlesticks.
Entertaining children at this time of year is always a blast! Create a table that makes them feel special and gives them a fun activity to do! In our case, we began with craft paper table runners. You can make them yourself, or Cake Vintage has some wonderfully decorative options! In our case, we wanted kids to have a place to stamp out Christmas scenes with our new holiday stamps, so we went with simple craft paper. We also used these precious moose hot chocolate mugs and bright, graphic plates to add pizazz. As a centerpiece, we included low, bottom heavy floral arrangements so that the table looks pretty but won’t be covered in water and flowers before the party is over!
We finished the evening by visiting our Holiday Dining Table. This year, we focused on small details that can make a big difference! Custom napkins and placecards are wonderful ways to make a big impact.
Try creating your own place nuts or simply wrapping twine around a pomegranate for easy and natural place cards.
Introduce your guests by providing their neighbors with fun (and funny) facts about them!
Have your guests find themselves by creating silhouettes of each of them! We did ours in photoshop, but you could just as easily cut them out the traditional way. Can you guess which Nandina designer this is?
Here’s a hint.
Tie name tags on Christmas ornaments so that each guest gets a lagniappe to take home. Then, they can remember your dinner party for years to come!
We hope you find some inspiration from our Nandina tablescapes to make your holiday festivities fun and memorable. We look forward to seeing you in store and would love to help you style your table. May your holidays be merry and bright!
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