Creating A Winter Wonderland Dinner Party Without the Chill or Snow
Themed parties are always so much fun if your not the one throwing it. I love going over people’s homes and seeing how creative they are when the invitation reads “A Night in Tuscany.” It sounds so romantic, Italian and delicious. Most of the time, my friends, who I love and respect, would turn on some great Italian music, break open the Prosecco, light some candles and bring out the baked ziti and lasagna, calling it a night. While that is great, it doesn’t take to much time or creativity to do that. I know, I know, no one has time these days to put together a truly inspired dinner without hiring an event designer and their assistants. Well, I am here to tell you that you can throw an event to remember. A party that your friends and family will be talking about for years and not about the bad food or cheap wine, but about the décor.
I know it is daunting to throw a party for more than five people, especially if you don’t know them. What will people say? Will I be made to look foolish? I am not a cook? Nor am I a designer… Well, deep breath! You are a designer. You know what you look like and don’t like. You know instinctively what looks good and what doesn’t. You can walk into a room and within a split second decide if it is someplace that you would want to spend some time. Are the smells pleasing? Does the décor match the theme for the event. Since you can tell all this in a blink of an eye, there is no reason as to why you can’t create an event that doesn’t take a lot of money, but may in all honesty keep you busy putting it together for a while.
Tips for a Winter Wonderland Party
▪ Place a light blue almost silver table cloth over your dining room table. If it has some sheen or texture to it all the better.
▪ Try to get matching or complimentary napkins
▪ Wrap the napkin in a twigs, vines or in a sachet filled with cedar or something reminiscent of the winter.
▪ Place Autumnal branches with leaves length wise on the table. This will be a big long centerpiece, but it will make a centerpiece. You can buy seasonal branches at your florist or if you live in a city with a weekend flower mart, they will have it there.
▪ Amongst and between the branches place glass or crystal ornaments in the shape of stars, trees, icicles, etc…as well as cotton balls and to simulate snow
▪ Have place settings that are Artic white and glassware that are clear with a hint of blue to them.
▪ On each plate place a fun fact sheet about the holidays or the season. Each one can be different so people can exchange them and start a conversation over them.
▪ Around the house, from the entry foyer to the dining or buffet table, place lightly scented candles that remind one of winter. The crackling of a fireplace, watching movies under a thick blanket. It is all about trying to rekindle fond memories for people and bringing a smile to their face.
▪ If you want to be really creative, in the entry hall or foyer or just inside your front door and continued for a few feet, create a walkway in which you place the plastic material that makes that snapping noise when you squeeze it. On top the plastic material place a rug (runner) and on top of that, put cotton balls or something white and fluffy, made to look like snow. So when people walk on the “snow” path, they will have the sensation of walking on snow that it is crunching beneath their feet. It is almost as much fun to watch the people’s faces when they come in.
I won’t write about which music or food to use… I have no doubt you have loads of recipes and ideas!
MOST OF ALL — ENJOY YOURSELF.