Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

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

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

Transform your Winter Wedding Dress with this Simple DIY Braided Belt

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

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

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

How to Decorate for an Easter Brunch

Easter is a celebration of life and rebirth. Many use this time of year to celebrate this new life and the promise and hope of renewal. Often after a church service, you can honor this significant time of the year by hosting an Easter brunch for family and friends. Here are some wonderful ideas to inspire your event decorations.

Front Door and Entryway

The entrance to your home should signal immediately that a different time is upon us. Start by adorning your porch or front entry with wreaths or signage on the front door. Use topiaries that can last throughout the summer on either side of your door, almost like soldiers standing guard. You can even use garden statues or other animal embellishments like rabbits, lambs, or chicks to indicate that spring’s signs of new life are here.

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Candlelight Dinner Table Setting Ideas

Valentine’s Day happens only once a year, and so it’s important to make it special every time. There are different ways to celebrate this day, but you can always start with a classic candlelit dinner with your loved one. Dress up the dining table for a romantic dinner for two with these elegant table setting ideas:

Candles and Red Roses

Candles and red roses are a classic recipe for romance. Nothing sets the perfect ambience for Valentine’s Day better than the flickering light of candles and the intense red hue of roses.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Wedding with a Touch of Christmas

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. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

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

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

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

The Great Gatsby Style: How to Host a 1920s New Year’s Eve Party

End the year in style with a show-stopping New Year’s Eve party inspired by the Roaring Twenties.

Balsam Hill shows readers how to throw a stylish New Year's Eve party inspired by The Great Gatsby

The 1920s was a great time in America. Free markets were working overtime. Research and development that led to technological advancements kept things progressing. There was a boom in the car industry. Working people were well paid and everybody seemed to have great buying power. The working man had more money in his pocket to spend. The country easily became the strongest and richest nation in the world, thanks to its vast economic power.

But the 1920s became the Roaring Twenties not only because of America’s prosperity during this decade but also because of the dynamic culture of its bustling society. It was from this period that the iconic Great Gatsby emerged.

The Great Gatsby

Balsam Hill takes inspiration from the opulent lifestyle of Jay Gatsby, an icon of the Roaring Twenties
Leonardo Di Caprio in the title role of The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby is primarily known for the lavish parties he throws. Think along the same lines as this young, mysterious millionaire from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel if you are looking to create a decadent party that exudes the opulence of the era. Step back into this wonderful decade of style and sophistication with these tips on hosting a 1920s Great Gatsby party of extravagance.

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How to Wrap a Gift with Your Own Personal Touch

Christmas is the season of giving. It is a time when we get together with family and friends over a hearty holiday dinner, share stories, and present gifts to each other. It is our simple way of showing appreciation for their company throughout the previous year. While the value of the present may vary from each person, what matters most is the thought of giving.

This week, Balsam Hill shares our four favorite ways to creating a unique and personalized holiday gift for loved ones. With these simple ideas, you can make your presents more timeless and memorable.

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