Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

Your guide to party planning, hosting, and adding unique touches that turn gatherings into memorable occasions

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3 Simple Summer Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

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Simple yet romantic picnic setup

With its clear skies and warmer weather, summer is the perfect time for outdoor festivities. From a cozy family get-together to a relaxed dinner with friends, Courtney of French Country Cottage shows you how to create enticing scenes for easy, breezy summer entertaining.
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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Creating a Beautiful Bridal Shower Display

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June has always been a popular time for couples to exchange their vows. With this momentous month just weeks away, many are busy preparing pre-wedding celebrations and bridal parties. Today, I’m sharing a few tips on how to put together an elegant tablescape for your bridal shower.

Glass cloche with garland and ribbon display
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Balsam Hill Guide: Winter Entertaining by the Fire

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There’s nothing more comforting on a chilly winter evening than spending time with loved ones by an inviting fire. Balsam Hill shows you some simple tips for hosting a warm and cheery get-together during the cold weather season.

Hot chocolate and marshmallows in burnished copper mug, displayed in front of the fire

Photo by Courtney of French Country Cottage

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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