9 Christmas Party Ideas to Steal from Winter Weddings
Winter weddings exude cold weather elegance and offer holiday party hostesses lots of Christmas party ideas. With standout, seasonally appropriate color palettes, flowers, table settings, menus, and drink ideas, winter weddings are an inventive and beautiful source of inspiration for your holiday party. With the right mindset, these sometimes over-the-top ideas can be translated and simplified for your own Christmas party this season. To gather the best Christmas party ideas, we sat down with famous Charleston-based wedding designer to the stars, Calder Clark. Here, she highlights her best Christmas party ideas inspired by some of her all-time favorite winter weddings.By Calder Clark / Photos courtesy of A Bryan Photo
Hot toddies make the best signature cocktail for winter, conjuring up childhood memories for many and warming the hands and the heart. Our favorite is simple and slightly sweet: a great aged bourbon, fresh lemon, and cider spices mulled and served piping hot with a cinnamon rock candy swizzler. Serve in thick stemware rather than mugs for a delicate festive flair.
Set Out Throws
Whether you’re having an intimate seated dinner al fresco or a giant holiday cocktail party, baskets of rolled pashminas or throws are the perfect way to keep your guests warm throughout the evening.
Brighten Up Christmas Green
Turn up the winter wedding style quotient by playing with the traditional palettes and creating your own. Take forest green and make it a crisp apple green – then use it everywhere as your signature color – from linens to napkins to glassware to food.
The holidays are the perfect time for a rousing toast or ten. Get their attention with handheld jingle bells, which make for a very merry environment and also double as parting favors.
Create a Pretty Menu Display
Tap a calligrapher to pen a beautiful menu – whether individually at your place settings or on a giant chalkboard for your big fête. Guests love to see what will be served up next.
Serve a Hearty Meal
It’s cold at Christmas food so serve accordingly. But remember that comfort food can be gorgeous, too. Think easy and hearty – like short rib beef ravioli in a morel cabernet reduction.
Set up a Crafty Kids Table
Don’t forget the kiddos – they’re part of what makes the season so joyful! Whether you designate a little table and festoon it with crafts and candy, or simply pull together paper gable boxes chock full of loot, they’re sure to be thankful for the for the entertainment at an indoors-only winter wedding.
Tap into your inner Emily Post with escort cards. If you’re seating more than 20 people at your gathering, consider a fun display of guest names; it’s always a great ice breaker. Here we used vintage flower frogs to secure calligraphy cards in tiny sleeves.
It’s always a great idea to send guests home with a seasonal surcee or sweet treat. These ornament parting favors can be etched with names or a lovely quote – even a mention of a donation made in their honor.