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Holiday wedding, party themes

Sunday, December 22, 2013

At this time of year, most of us will be celebrating with loved ones and friends. It’s also a bumper time of year for proposals! So I know we’ll have more than a few readers who will be planning for a Christmas wedding in 2014.


This is why today’s column features four themes for “glamming” up your Christmas wedding or holiday party:

1. Woodland Christmas—This theme is for brides/hostesses who love a more earthy, casual and even homey feel to their décor. 


Think about colours like brown, rust, cranberry red, ivory, forest green, and dark blue. Create the rustic mood by using décor elements and accessories in your reception/party area that fit this theme such as: pinecones, berries, twigs, sprigs of evergreen, fruit, burlap, raffia, chalkboard place settings or menu listing, baskets or tin buckets for favours, branches, lanterns, grapevine wreaths, chicken wire, arbors, and bird houses. To add a more “Trini” touch, try gold-sprayed coconuts and palm fronds. 

2. Glam and sparkle—This sophisticated theme can be portrayed with the use of metallics in the decor and invitations. Imagine a tablescape that includes garlands of crystals, glass beads, or pearls strung onto candelabras, or white washed branches, or a table strewn with clear glass ornaments that have been filled with iridescent glitter,or dusted with gold foil!


White and ivory feathers, sequins, and mirrors can also be incorporated into this theme. Colours that suit this theme well are: gold, silver, pewter, bronze, ivory, white, pale pink, ice blue, and black. 

3. Modern magic—Need a more chic and minimalistic approach? Try this theme with perhaps a cool, colour palette, with your choice of: mint green, apple green, ice blue, white, and silver. Think of angular, mirrored vases, pillar or taper candles, a glass ornament wreath for the centerpiece, crisp table runners, and tall glass cylinders filled with twigs or baubles. 

4. Whimsical Christmas—If “matchy matchy” is not your style and your taste is eclectic, this theme is for you! This theme can be colourful and bold, or be a showcase of pastel or muted colours.

You can incorporate many personal touches with this theme—such as handmade decorations and heirloom pieces. Quilted and hand-sewn items work well in this tablescape, as well as vintage books, figurines, mason jars, vintage suitcases, mismatched china and bunting. You can even hang chandeliers and lanterns from the tree if you’re having an outdoor wedding/ event.


I’d like to wish all my readers every blessing for the season, and I hope you’ll enjoy your entertaining this year. 


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