Holiday Party Planning Tips for Fall/Winter 2013
It’s not too early to plan your holiday parties! Here are some hints from local experts.
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Weir finds that “colors that are rich and festive but aren’t traditional work very, very well,” such as purples and golds. Even with a strong color scheme, hosts are moving away from matching every piece of decor, instead finding coordinating pieces to bring the look together.
“Up until around three years ago, people would get caught up in a color theme like a black-and-white or a pink party, and then everything at the party would be that color and it would become washed out,” says Neef.
Of course, sometimes one strong color choice can still create a dazzling effect. In Covello’s snowflake fantasy themed party, “everything is all white and iridescent,” with white Christmas trees, icicles and flowers. “Taken together there’s a cold, brrrrr kind of feeling to it,” he says.
Coleen Fitzpatrick of Flourish Designs Unlimited in Wilmington says vintage decorating themes have become very popular, both “vintage glam” and “vintage rustic.” The vintage glam look uses a lot of pastel colors—silver or gold with light pinks and pale greens. Decorate with delicate mercury glass balls, a pink-striped Elf on the Shelf, vintage books, and pictures of old-time Santas. “What comes to mind for me is very ’50s glamorous—white carpet with a white sofa, very sparkly and yet soft. Audrey Hepburn-ish,” says Fitzpatrick.
For many homes, though, creating such a look is not practical, so clients opt for the vintage rustic look: think lace and mercury glass with burlap, pine cones, birch branches and other natural elements. Decorate with antique ice skates, antique sleds, rustic versions of old-time prints, lace-trimmed mason jars holding votive candles, old-time paper chains and vintage toys. The end result will include “a little bling” but will also be “kind of old and homespun,” says Fitzpatrick. “It makes for a more comfortable, homey, kind of a shabby chic look,” she says. Instead of using pastels or traditional Christmas colors, hosts will want to stick with lighter greens to create this look.
Pulling It All Together
The trick to planning the perfect holiday party is to decide who you want to invite, where and when you’d like to host it, and what type of mood you’d like to set with your food, theme and decor. Pick something you are passionate about, whether it be a fun, family-oriented party; a classic, vintage bash or a twist on the holiday theme.
“Your party should reflect who you are as a person and what type of experience you want your guests to have,” Prosser says. Once party day arrives, relax, socialize and enjoy time with your guests. Happy holidays!