Ornaments, wreaths and string lights are holiday party staples, but you can definitely have a fabulous Christmas affair without them. For a modern take, switch up the color scheme and take it up a notch. The sister duo and brilliant party planners behind designed a magical Christmas dinner party to perfection. Check out their creative genius and shop the story to get the look for your holiday soiree.
When Laurén LaRocca and Marlan Willardson set out to host a holiday sip-and-shop charity event (benefiting a local women's shelter in Downtown Los Angeles), they envisioned recreating an enchanted holiday fairytale.
"Marlan and I wanted to create a very feminine holiday wonderland table filled with decadent, bite-sized treats that our guests could indulge in, while sipping on hand-crafted cocktails and shopping for a cause," says LaRocca. The sisters hosted the event with actress Beth Riesgraf and Marissa Ribisi (wife of musician Beck).
While whispers of red, and plenty of greenery, can certainly be spotted in the spread, these classic hues were never intended to make up the main color scheme. "Instead of using traditional holiday colors, we opted for a lot of pink, white and copper," says LaRocca. "We wanted it to feel very whimsical and magical."
For a dramatic, woodsy element, created a stunning table garland of greens, amaryllis, peonies and garden roses that draped from the table to the ground in an air of effortless elegance.
An assortment of gorgeous mini desserts practically became part of the decor, with bites such as pomegranate tartlets, vanilla bean and raspberry donuts, and almond cupcakes with cranberry buttercream by .
The sweet, feminine hues of the bites were echoed in the vibrant colors of the table's garland flowers. Here, a copper lock next to a tray of sweets adds a touch of rustic charm to the spread.
Whenever possible, the designers cushioned the dessert trays with greenery for consistent hints of whimsy.
"We draped greenery wherever we could, so it really felt like a holiday fairytale," says LaRocca.
Simplistic white cake stands elevate certain desserts from the rest of the table. The variety in height creates a subtle sense of excitement, creating multiple levels of decadence.
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Copper candle holders add a touch of modern style to the whimsical, dreamy table.
As part of the table decor, Twink + Sis incorporated glittered bottle brush trees, which echoed the metallic hues also found in the table's candle holders and trays.
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Small beaded birds contribute to the table's woodsy aesthetic, proving that even your more quirky decor and heirlooms have a place in an elegant tablescape.
Space was not a concern in the design of this tablescape. In this case — the more whimsy, the better.
Guests sipped on three signature holiday-inspired cocktails by , which were garnished with sprigs of holiday goodness.
The designers' favorite drink? The St. Nick's Tonic. Take a peek at the recipe below.
Pharmacie's St. Nick's Tonic
2 oz gin
1.5 oz cinnamon syrup**
3/4 oz lime
Muddle a handful of cranberries in the cinnamon syrup. Add this mixture with the gin, lime and ice in a cocktail shaker.
Shake vigorously. Pour the entire mixture into a hi ball glass with no garnish. Let the muddled cranberries float in the gorgeous pink drink. Or, put a tiny branch of fir in it.
**Combine equal parts water and sugar (1 cup of each) in a small pot and heat until the sugar dissolves. Add 8 to 10 cinnamon sticks to the syrup while hot and let steep for 2-3 hours. Always allow to cool to room temperature before using. Refrigerating overnight is preferred.