Rustic + Luxurious Christmas Party

My tree is still up, my lights are still hung; I'm one of those people and I'm not ashamed. For me, it's Christmas season until we ring in the New Year and the leftovers are gone. So since I still have another day, I thought I'd squeeze in a post about a beautiful and festive corporate event that I designed and planned just before Christmas. 

Corporate events aren't always the most exciting from a design perspective, but I knew that with the gorgeous private estate setting and the great vendors involved, it would still be swoon-worthy. I am SO glad that Sasha Saldana Photography was there to capture all the gorgeous decor and fun festivities!

 The party was broken up into sections: the patio areas for activities, cocktails, and appetizers, and the main tent for dinner. When I say "activities" I don't mean ice breakers... this was the coolest company party complete with a slow motion booth, black jack and craps tables, a mechanical bull, corn hole, high-stakes pool tournament, and an intricately designed drawing game to giveaway some incredible prizes, including a weekend trip to New York and a Louis Vuitton purse! Over 60 presents were wrapped and on display to represent all the amazing prizes up for grabs as a thank you to the employees. 

The goal was to create a great flow for activities and mingling, then a beautiful and intimate dining space that was both rustic and luxurious. I worked together with House of Flowers to use birch wood boxes on custom white faux fur runners and gold dusted pine cones on the tables and then added hanging centerpieces for even more drama and Christmas cheer. Wood farm tables and vineyard chairs from Walker Lewis Rents created the perfect "dinner party" ambience and kept the space from feeling stuffy. 

Holiday Inspiration + a Giveaway

Who doesn't love a festive, girly cocktail party??    

 Exactly.

That's why I got together with my favs, Stella Bloom Designs, Anna Delores Photography, and MJB Cakes at Whispering Rose Ranch to create a super fun holiday inspiration to celebrate the season with friends. We combined sequins, faux fur, plaid, leather (in the form of place cards by Jamie Ellen Paperie) and of course Stella Bloom Designs' gorgeous florals for a serious swoon-fest. Not to mention, the classiest of tabletop decor courtesy of Borrowed Blu and a swanky lounge area decked out with furniture from Pretty Vintage Table and cozy accessories by Pottery Barn.  The really fun part?? Amy and I got to model, drink the yummy cocktail by Savour This Kitchen and get decked out in the sparkliest 31Bits goodies!

Want to get your hands on some of those baubles? Lucky for you, we're giving some away (thanks to those lovely gals at 31Bits!). Follow the instructions below to enter to win a necklace AND bracelet in Ruby Sparkle... so appropriately "Marsala," if you ask me! 

Want to see more than this little teaser below? Head over to Style Me Pretty Living for all the gorgeousness. 

homemade stick tree }{ foraged decor

Remember the tall branch tucked in the corner at the end of this post? Well, I promised I'd be back to share what I had in store for the beauty!

I wanted a special place to display our travel themed ornaments that I've collected over the past couple of years from Cost Plus World Market. They're adorable glass ornaments and come in sets of 3 in fun country themes. They're colorful and quaint and don't really go with our neutral Christmas tree. So I decided to make a tree just for them. 

We started with a branch that we found on a walk near the riverbed. Its 10 foot length was a little much so we used a chainsaw to take off about 2 feet. We went on another walk to find sticks to be the tree's branches. Daniel had the great idea to take our largest drill bit with us to ensure that we didn't get any sticks that were too large. 

With "branches" in hand, we came back to drill the holes. Keep in mind that angle is important so try to drill at an angle that will allow your branches to point upward. We used several different drill bit sizes depending on the width of the sticks.

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After Daniel drilled the holes, I placed the branches and decorated the new tree. Not only is it the perfect place for our international ornaments, but it's a great spot to display our Christmas cards from friends and family! It doesn't get any cheaper, easier, or more festive!

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wreath repurpose }{ foraged decor

Christmas is only 22 days away... yikes! As I gaze around our apartment, I'm still seeing pumpkins and leaves. Today is the day to get busy on the Christmas cheer and turn fall into winter (even if it's been about 65 degrees lately). 

On Sunday afternoon, I went for a walk around my neighborhood and, as usual, was inspired by the changing colors and foliage. As I made my way back down my street, I noticed that some magnolia trees had been trimmed, but that many of the branches hadn't been picked up. So, like a nut job, I began to forage... naturally. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with all those leaves, but I knew it was going to be good. 

When I got home, I looked at the fall wreath hanging on the front door.

Bingo.  

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The wreath was a gift from my mother-in-law and I wanted to keep it around, but in our very small apartment, I was worried about how to store it. I decided instead to give it new life for the current season. Enter those foraged magnolia leaves, a little spray adhesive and gold glitter I had in my craft box. Boom, Christmas just arrived! 

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Stay tuned for more easy and resourceful Christmas and holiday crafts that don't require a craft store credit card.