Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Have you ever visited a tree farm before? Had the chance to see where Christmas trees are grown? When I think of what it would be like to visit a Christmas tree farm in the winter, I seem to instantly get warm flurries in my head about how magical and inviting it must be. Why not harness that magical feeling to create a rustic Christmas wedding on a fir tree farm?

With its natural rustic winter ambiance, you’re already half way there to creating a memorable wedding that no ballroom can compete with. It takes just a few more elements to complete this design and turn it into a cohesive wedding theme. For this concept, lots of natural greens with burlap accents is key. Simplicity rules in this design, with no fuss, and a focus on the natural beauty that the growing fir trees have to offer.

If the couple (or planners – this would be an unexpected but fantastic corporate themed holiday party too) felt so inclined to be more environmentally friendly, there are a number of options available. Having the paper elements printed on recycled paper, gifting guests seedlings to take and plant somewhere, even offering to have guests give donations to the tree farm instead of gifts, the list can go on.

Here’s what I had in mind for this rustic fir tree farm Christmas wedding idea board:

Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Be sure to see where each element of this wedding design board was found:

Fir Christmas Tree Wedding Altar – captured and shared by Melissa Kelsey Photography

Christmas Tree Farm Wedding Sign – featured on Town and Country Magazine

Snow Machine for a Winter Wedding Photo Opp – captured and shared by Rick + Anna Photography

Burlap Wrapped Fir Tree Christmas Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Happy Wedd

Rustic Tree Forest Wedding Invitations – created and sold by alittlemorerosie on Etsy

Green Spruce Tree Seedlings Wedding Favors – created and sold by NatureFavors on Etsy

Printable Evergreen Table Number Card – created and sold by vandersterredesign on Etsy

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What is a clever way to be more environmentally friendly at parties and weddings?

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A Wedding on a Snowy Winter Night

Imagine a cold winters night, while it’s gently snowing outside. That serene feeling of calmness, layered with the beauty of the dark night and fresh white snow. Towering branchy white trees above, and dimly light lamp posts nearby to mark your path. Twinkling stars above, and candle accents here and there. What you are envisioning is my take on a wedding on a snowy winter night. As you are imagining this, did your fantasy look develop into something with dark, deep blues and crisp whites? Mine certainly did.

The addition of lamp post accents in the escort cards, and in the area decor take this winter wedding to a more unique, one of a kind look. Having a lamp post is not the most traditional of decor choices, but certainly lends itself to this unique theme, and adds to the ambiance of the decor, especially if the event is held in a specialty tent with taller ceiling options. Here’s what I had in mind for this nighttime winter wedding:

A Wedding on a Snowy Winter Night

A Wedding on a Snowy Winter Night

Be sure to see where I found each of the elements of this week’s wedding idea board:

Nighttime Snowy Winter Wedding Altar and Ceremony Decor with Lamp Post Accents – designed by Lid’s Event House

Dark Blue Tent Ceiling with White Seating and Tables – shared in a roundup by Bodas and Weddings

Tall White Branch Winter Centerpiece with Hanging Crystals and Candles – spotted on Pinterest

Mini Lamp Post Escort Cards – shared in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Dark Blue Up Light Room with White Winter Branches and Lamp Post Decor – created and designed by GreyHare

Winter Wedding Invitation with Trees in White and Blue – created and sold by GooseCornerGreetings on Etsy

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Have you ever seen a lamp post incorporated into event decor before?

Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

There was a time I was fearful that I had run out of things to see and discover on Pinterest, but oh how wrong I was! I have found several, absolutely one of a kind images the last few days, and have had an overwhelming sense of inspiration and ideas come to mind after discovering them.

The first piece of beauty I found was a regal looking altar, draped in a dark green velvet, adorned with crisp white orchid flowers along the top. To heighten the look even further, there are gold, regal tassels and fringe accenting the drapery, creating a simple but stunning design. There was no turning back once I started down the path of devising the perfect combination of elegance and class that this wedding inspiration board demanded. I am over the moon with the elements I’ve included in this week’s wedding post. Lots of gold accents, plenty of green velvet, and of course more bright white orchids. Together, they create an almost enchanting, storybook-esque winter wedding.

While I think this would be a beautiful Christmas wedding in general, I would particularly love to see this wedding done on a day like New Year’s, or perhaps even Valentine’s Day. There is something so romantic about the textures and bold use of this luxurious dark green velvet that could really play to those holidays.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

Be sure to see where I found each element in this winter wedding idea board:

Draped Green Velvet Wedding Altar with Gold Tassels and White Orchid Border – spotted on Pinterest

Green Velvet Tablecloth Overlay with Gold Tassel Borders – available through PRI Productions

Green Velvet on a Gold Chameleon Chair – available through All Occasions Party Rental

Gold Wedding Favor Box with Gold Tassel – created and sold by UniqueDecorSUPPLIES on Etsy

Sophisticated Green Velvet and White Sofa Lounge – featured on 100 Layer Cake

Gold Candlestick Centerpiece with Bubbling White Orchids – created by Colin Cowie Weddings

Elegant Winter Wedding Scroll Invitation with Gold Print – created and sold by ArtfulBeginnings on Etsy

Pin your favorite elements:

What are your thoughts on this sophisticated winter wedding that mixes green velvet and crisp white orchids?

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

Hold on tight! The holidays are going to be in full swing in less than 12 hours. To me, it’s always Thanksgiving day that kicks off the mode of full on Christmas mixed with holiday spirit and mayhem. To help keep your holiday season fun and exciting, and maybe mix up some of your traditional parties, I’ve put together 11 Christmas party stations that your guests will love. From food to activities, each of these fun stations will offer your guests something on both an interactive and a personal level. From customizing their own unique wreath, to creating the ultimate more, you really can’t go wrong. And to those of you with little ones, not to worry! I’ve included a few ideas tailored specifically to children. Better yet, many of these stations can be adjusted slightly to fit both your adult and child demographics.

Here they are:

See where I found each of these great ideas on the links next to their name:

Holiday Wreath Making Stations – as featured on BizBash

Merry Mail Table Station – as shared by Craft Fabulous

Christmas Gift Wrap Station – as shown on The Handmade Home

Christmas Tree Play Dough Kit Station – as shared by the Mustard Seed Family blog

Cookie Decorating Table Station – as explained by Oh Meaghan

Deck the Halls Ornament Making Station – as shared by the Scrappy Geek

Hot Chocolate Bar Station – as shared on Liz Marie Blog

Holiday Gingerbread House Decorating Table Station – as shared by Stephanie Lynn

Kids Holiday Card Making Party Station – as shared by Sugar Aunts

S’mores Bar Food Station – as featured in a roundup post by Tulle and Chantilly

Children’s Ornament Making Station – as shared by Frog Prince Paperie

Need more party activity ideas? I’ve got a whole board dedicated to them on Pinterest, check it out!

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

What are you favorite Christmas and holiday party activities?

 

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Coastal Christmas Holiday Party

I don’t want to alarm you, but there’s roughly 165 days till Christmas!

I know, I know. We JUST had the Fourth of July. How could I possibly be thinking about Christmas?

And you know WHY I’m thinking of Christmas? Because I absolutely love the idea of hosting a Christmas in July party. Being a native Floridian, it’s hard to really wrap your head around the “white Christmas” where everyone is snuggled up by the fire. We’re usually happy if 85 is the high for the day. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a spectacular Christmas with beautiful decor!

This week I’ve taken on a challenge: to improve on my original tropical Christmas from ages ago. Back in 2012 when I was just starting to put together these party idea boards, I shared this Tropical Christmas Dinner Party. At the time, I of course thought it was great, and everything went together. Now, I look at it and see many ways to improve.

My 2016 take on this theme is create an elegant and beautiful coastal Christmas holiday party. Soft hues of blue with creamy whites, textures of shells, and strategically chic accents. What a clarified version of the same thought!

Here’s what I had in mind for the seaside beach Christmas party:

Coastal Christmas Holiday Party

Coastal Christmas Holiday Party

Be sure to stop by and see where I found each of this week’s ideas:

Coastal Chic Designer Christmas Tree –shared by Seahorse and Stripes

Christmas Coastal Scene – shared by Sorted with Style

Beach Inspired Christmas Stockings – shared in a round up post by Indeed Décor

Shell Christmas Trees Décor – shared in a round up post by Designer Décor

Seaside Coastal Beach Santa – spotted on Ebay

Coastal Beach Tablescape – shared by Williams Sonoma

How would you celebrate Christmas by the sea?

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Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas

Hello! And Merry Christmas! As Christmas Eve is drawing nearer to completion, and everyone is getting snuggled up in their comfiest of PJs, why not gather the family together and have a little midnight par-tay? Ok, maybe not AT midnight, but late night, when it is dark, and cold out and it’s about “that time” to get everyone to bed.

What if you had a little family PJ party, with some warm milk and a few cookies? A few cookies mind you – you’ve gotta leave some for Santa! This would be such a fun bonding opportunity for your family or just your other half, and a great new tradition. You don’t even have to open presents. Just get some cookies, your PJs and sit around the lit tree with all the other lights off. It’s a pretty magical moment. Plus, you can get some uber cute pictures of the little ones!

Here’s what I had in mind: (and yes – paper plates and small servings are PERFECT for this last minute get together!)

Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

 

I found these fabulous elements here:

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

What type of family traditions do you share with your loved ones on Christmas Eve?

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

Nom nom nom – COOKIES!

I’ve had cookies on the mind. I think it’s because a few weeks ago I shared an inspiration board for hosting a cookie decorating party. And I really think that it is a fun seasonal activity that kids (and adults!) can enjoy. Since that post I have been thinking about how fun it would be if you could host a holiday cookie exchange party. Maybe get all your neighbors together, or do this instead of a holiday office party. It would be fun, and way more interesting – ESPECIALLY if you tell people it is a competition. People get SUPER competitive…before you know it, people will be quoting the recipe from some top chef they spent hours perfecting, possibly arguing over who’s frosting is better. I can just see it now: everyone hyped up from all the sugar, possibly too many holiday cocktails, then the scoring begins…..oh what a night.

See what I’m talking about? There must be something about cookies. Here’s what I had in mind- and yes, I went on that sugar plum meets ginger bread land route. I think it’s appropriate, don’t you?

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

 

Check out where I spotted these fabulous elements:

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

See- all you really need for this party is some friends, some festive decorations, and a batch or two of cookies on a table. Easy as pie!

If you could only eat ONE Christmas cookie a year- what would you choose to have this year?