• Lindsey Bowles

Holiday Styling: Hosting a Dinner Party Like a Pro

Updated: Dec 4, 2018

featuring local creatives from #thediamondclub

We live to entertain, especially around the holidays. It is such a great time to put on a knock out outfit and decorate our house to showcase our latest inspirations. This year, our inspiration was a romantic French countryside. Join us today as we give you key insider tips and tricks so you too can style your holiday party like a pro! Add just the right touches of texture, natural elements and warm accents to welcome guests into your unique holiday home.

Styling tip #1: Define and combine your color pallets

We styled our holiday home with thoughts of sugar plums and French rolling hills dancing in our heads. We used rich hues of gold, plum and green and married them with soft, muted pinks, blues and grays. When using a space with multiple rooms and permanent furniture pieces, pick a color pallet that will go well between both of your spaces. We used a base of neutral tones and highlighted our theme colors with our accent styling pieces. We joined our dining and living spaces with pops of blush pink, rustic wood pieces and fur accents. The same garland in the dining space was also used in the entrance into the living space connecting the two spaces. Creating a style connection between spaces is key to defining the party area. This helps your guests to roam and avoid overcrowding in a single area.

Styling tip # 2: Printed Details Matter

To add that extra level of sophistication to your event look at labeling your spaces. Signs, menus and place cards prepare your guests for their experience.

Custom menu cards are a great way to highlight food and drink selections for your party. They are also a way to define your color pallet on your tablescape. We worked with Monica and Amy @blonocopyshop to create these moody menu cards. These faux watercolor menu cards create a snowy and dreamy feeling for our guests. ( Also by utilizing a faux watercolor design we saved big bucks without losing style). Menu cards will develop your place setting with layers of texture and color and elevate the overall look of the table.

You can combine your name cards with a fun take away for your guests. Our bespoke holiday ornament place cards were hung on the back of our guests chairs to add a little whimsy. You can create your own unique place card to compliment your holiday inspiration. It's these special details and touches that really take your dinner party or special event to the next level.

Styling tip #3: Add texture and layers to your design

The focus of our tablescape was layered textures along with a muted color palette. We love the natural wood element of the table draped with a soft, hand dyed muslin topped with a gorgeous garland of magnolia leaves, greenery and blue privet berries created by Meg at @verabuckfloral. Varied textures add visual interest to your tablescape. Don't feel tied down to a set style. We mixed romantic textures like gold candelabras and muslin with gold and nickle galvanized chargers and industrial chairs. Finally, the "cherry on the top" to every table is the meal itself! Consider the form and texture that a considerate food presentation provides as seen with these delicate poach pears prepared by @realitybites.

Styling tip #4: add a few statement pieces

We feel that it adds so much to a party to repeat color and texture through-out the space. Our holiday party was all about showcasing color and texture. The pop of blush and plum in our velvet armchair chair added a little fun to the overall romantic dining space. Our living space highlighted the girly fun with a large flocked tree from @caseysgardenshop adorned with pops of quirky fun ornaments that detail all the things girls love most, like cake and coffee! A large detailed tree is a perfect way to blend the themes and colors of your holiday party as well as to be a lovely background for some stellar party pics! The white fur tree skirt added just another texture and fun element to the room. Speaking of fur, we can't get enough of those adorable fur stockings!

We like to incorporate natural elements whenever possible. To add yet another visual statement piece, we decided to use a white birch log to hang the Christmas stockings behind our couch. This is a great way to hang stockings somewhere other than a mantel.

We are so in love with the style of this holiday party. We hope that we were able to give you with some inspiration and get your excited to style your next holiday party!

Unique, personalized elegance is the signature style of II Sisters-Event Design + Rental Co. The key to any good style is cohesive color palette, texture and most of all personalization. Your guests will appreciate all the special touches that are incorporated through-out your party or special event.

We want to say a big THANK YOU for all the time and talent that our friends in #thediamondclub put into this styled shoot. We love working with these lady powerhouses and highly recommend all of theme for your next event!

Photography: Stephanie Wood Photography https://stephaniewoodphotography.com

Design/Styling/Rentals: II Sisters Event Design + Rental Co. @iisisters.eventdesign


Florals: Vera & Buck Floral Studio & Farm https://www.verabuck.com/

Menu Printing and Graphic Design: The Copy Shop http://www.thecopyshoponline.com/

Catering: Reality Bites and Reality on Monroe http://realitybitesblm.com/

Guest Vendor:

Tree & Featured Ornaments: Casey's Garden Shop http://www.caseysgardenshop.com/

At II Sisters, we love to work with our clients to help make their vision a beautiful reality. We carry a vast supply of rental items and offer our full design services to event both large and quaint. Please send us an email, text or call if you would like us to help you with your next event.

Jana & Elyce

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