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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Wedding with a Touch of Christmas

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This Christmas will be very special for my daughter because she and her husband will be celebrating their first Christmas together as husband and wife. She got married this past November and it was such a joyous life event for our family. Weddings are a blissful occasion and each one always has a unique presence of its own.

I think a wedding should reflect the personality of the bride and groom. My daughter absolutely loves Christmas. In fact, she would turn on Christmas music immediately after Thanksgiving dinner. The Christmas tree was an element that I knew is so indicative of who Abbey is to our family. She is the family girl who makes sure we get together during the best times and coordinates schedules to make getting together much easier. It was a delight to reflect all the aspects of who Abbey is by giving her wedding venue a hint of Christmas.

Pinecroft Mansion in the Crosely Estate in Cincinnati, Ohio

Pinecroft Mansion, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

ASK BALSAM HILL WITH DAGMAR OBERT: ON HOSTING AN OUTDOOR FALL PARTY

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Dear Dagmar,

We just moved into a new home, which has a really gorgeous patio and a roomy outdoor space. I was thinking of inviting my friends over to celebrate our recent move and celebrate the lovely season. Can you tell me what things I should consider if I want to host an outdoor party in autumn?

Michelle                                                                                      

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Dear Michelle,

First, I would like to congratulate you on the new home. I am sure you are both excited about setting up the space that your family will enjoy over the coming years. Trying to get everything in order is daunting. Having friends over to celebrate your new space might just be a great way to relieve stress.

Fall is a festive season on its own. I have recently been saddened by summer’s end, and since I just came from one of the busiest summers I have ever had, I began to miss those extended daylight hours.

Hosting an outdoor party is one way to make up for summer’s disappearance. This way you can extend the outdoor activities and have a sense of community before winter. It is also a great way to bring people together before the holiday rush. To throw a great autumn party, here are things you need to help accommodate your guests in the changes brought by the season.

1. Coziness of outdoor temperature

An outdoor fireplace is a great way to extend the use of your outdoor spaces throughout the year. It can also make the cold months and that cabin fever feeling seem shorter. This addition serves three purposes: it provides warmth in your patio or garden, it serves as a wonderful focal point and, finally, it adds a decorative element to the landscape.

Heirloom Copper Fire Pit by Balsam Hill

The Heirloom Copper Fire Pit from Balsam Hill is an outdoor fireplace you can set up wherever you want. When rested on its die-cast aluminum base, it doubles as an elegant accent that draws everyone’s attention. Rust-proof and light for easy setup, the fire pit is crafted to last a lifetime.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

ASK BALSAM HILL WITH DAGMAR OBERT: ON SERVING WINE AND CHEESE

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Hi Dagmar,

I want to invite my friends over for a little gathering, but don’t have the time to prepare a full meal. I was thinking of organizing a wine and cheese party instead. What are the essentials to serving wine and cheese? Can you give me suggestions on how I can pull off this party?

Nina

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Hi Nina,

It’s funny you should ask because I had the same dilemma when I hosted a jewelry party for a friend. When she suggested that I serve several bottles of wine and some light snacks for the evening, I reluctantly agreed. I didn’t know how to pair a particular type of wine with a specific type of cheese.

My husband and I had been at corporate events like brunches and special fundraisers, but picking out food for guests was different and a bit terrifying. I was so thankful that someone from the wine department of a local grocery helped me with the basics. I ended up selecting bottles of red and white wine, and something sparkling to cover everyone’s tastes.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Ask Balsam Hill With Dagmar Obert: On Lanterns

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Dear Dagmar,

A friend gave me a set of lanterns as a gift, but I can’t seem to make them match my home’s theme. Are there ways I can use such beautiful lanterns other than as light fixtures?

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