Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

A Romantic Table Setting for Valentine’s Day

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I am what you might call a HUGE fan of ambiance.

From the right lighting for your home to the right flowers on the table to the twinkling lights on the patio for a dinner party. Ambiance is key when hosting a dinner party or a romantic get together for two for a special occasion – and it can be put together with a few easy elements. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Decorate for a Backyard Barbecue

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Summer is all about spending time outdoors in the company of close family and friends. If you’re planning to host a backyard barbecue, organizing it around a cohesive theme will help make your gathering more fun and memorable.

A theme provides a clear direction not only for your decorations, but for other details as well, such as the time of day and duration of your party. It helps you decide on who to invite, what refreshments to serve, and the type of table setting to arrange. Today, let’s look at some tips and ideas on how to dress up a backyard barbecue with a bit of country flair.

Send a Fitting Invitation

Invitations help set the tone for your party by giving guests a glimpse into the festivity that awaits them, so choose your design carefully. The design of this invitation is simple yet bold, and reflects the country style of the party.

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Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

The Perfect Giveaway to Top Off Your Winter Wedding

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Ornament Cake Toppers

I always look forward to the cake at wedding receptions! It’s a reflection of the combined aesthetic and culinary tastes of the bride and groom, and I always love seeing what they land on! For me, it’s the star of the reception. Nowadays, people are skipping over the traditional layered cake and opting for more original presentations. And with ornaments and ribbon and greenery galore, winter weddings are the perfect opportunity for dessert decor. Balsam Hill designs make whipping up one-of-a-kind cake toppers easier then saying “I do.” Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Simple & Elegant Christmas Tree

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A Christmas tree dotted with twinkling lights and delicate glass ornaments is always something that brings beauty to a room — but a Christmas tree dressed for a Christmas wedding? Even more enchanting.

In my previous post,  I shared a look at a Christmas table setting with a garland centerpiece…

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… and today I am sharing a closer look at the Christmas tree decorated for a wedding. As with the table, I wanted the tree to be simple yet elegant and dotted with shades of shimmering golds, delicate creams, and soft shabby aqua. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Inspiration: A Christmas Wedding Table

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Christmas is such a magical time of year and it is definitely one of my favorites. With all the twinkling lights & glowing trees all around, it seems as if it is the season where fairytale dreams come true. And for those brides-to-be who are planning a wedding during the holiday season, all of that beautiful Christmas magic becomes part of the fairytale setting and occasion. Read This Entry

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

Christmas Ornaments: the Ultimate Winter Wedding DIY

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Balsam Hill Ornaments as Wedding Favors

We are having a ball dreaming up all kinds of out-of-the-box ways to use Balsam Hill ornaments. You may have seen the amazing photo backdrop we created – which put a creative twist on the traditional photo booth – but there are dozens of other ways you can use these gems to add dazzling detail to your winter wedding.

One of my absolute favorites? Place settings! That double as party favors! Like magic, ornaments transform any table spread into a scene straight out of a wintry wonderland. After using the ornaments to find their seats, friends and family can take their tokens home and use them to decorate their own trees. And every year when the holidays roll around and it’s once again time to break out the ornaments, they’ll talk about all the memories made around your special day. Read This Entry

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

Transform your Winter Wedding Dress with this Simple DIY Braided Belt

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Winter Wedding Sash

Wintertime is all about the details. Christmas trees adorned with ornaments, windowsills lined with tinsel. It’s always amazing to me how a touch of sparkle can totally transform just about anything – often something that I didn’t think could get any more beautiful! Why not use the power of detail to take your winter wedding to the next level of loveliness?

My favorite kinds of detail are those that are handmade. I’ve also been loving the bridal belt trend! We decided to combine these two and to fashion our own handmade sash out of Balsam Hill’s Silver Basket Weave Ribbon. The results were nothing short of splendid. Read This Entry

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

The Perfect Ornament Backdrop for your DIY Winter Wedding

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The Perfect Ornament Backdrop for your DIY Winter Wedding
I’ve always loved silhouettes. Perhaps it’s because they remind me of the old-timey pendants my grandmother used to wear, but there’s just something so nostalgic about their shape, and they’re always a refreshing reminder of how striking minimalism can be. What better place to show off the beauty of a classic cameo than at a winter wedding? Wintertime is a season of simplicity – trees have shed their leaves and all that’s left are beautiful bare branches creating simple silhouettes across icey blue skies. Can you tell it all makes me kind of poetic?

Play on the beauty of the season by making a stunning DIY winter wedding photo backdrop with Balsam Hill ornaments. The ornaments quickly come together in one dazzling design and put an innovative twist on the traditional photobooth. It’s a creative, contemporary spin on those pendants that I hold so dear, and will create photos that you and your loved ones will cherish for years, as well.

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A Balsam Hill Wedding Series

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Over the years, wedding bells have heralded the month of June. With this joyous season in full swing, we thought we’d tap into the expertise of two of the most creative designers from across the blogosphere for ideas, tips, and tricks on how to style weddings.

In the coming weeks, Rachel of Handmade Charlotte and Courtney of French Country Cottage will be guesting on our blog to show us how to decorate a wedding venue. As a prelude, we invite you to a trip down memory lane with Dagmar’s Christmas wedding photos from last year.

A Wedding with a Touch of Christmas

Dagmar’s daughter Abbey got married in 2014, and it was a happy occasion that benefited from thoughtful planning. Dagmar decided to give the wedding a hint of Christmas to express both the excitement over Abbey’s happiness and the joy of welcoming a new family member.

Balsam Hill's Mount Washington White Christmas tree adorned with Winter Frost Ornaments

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Graduation Party Ideas

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Graduation is a significant event and a graduation party celebrates this milestone in a child’s life. It’s a time to revel in the joy of accomplishment and surround them with family, friends, and teachers who have journeyed on the path with them.

The key to having a memorable graduation party is making it personal and meaningful. I have four daughters and each of them chose completely different settings for their graduation parties. The eldest had a bouncy house, while my second simply wanted to celebrate in a French restaurant with the family. Anna, my third daughter, chose a Mexican theme.

My youngest daughter, Alaina, will graduate from high school this year and we’re currently at the planning stages for her party. I’ll be sharing with you a few tips and ideas on what we have so far.

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