Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

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8 Home Decorating Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about love, romance, and expressing affection for your loved ones. Make your day of hearts more beautiful and memorable with these inspiring home decorating ideas from our brand ambassador, Courtney of French Country Cottage.

Romantic Outdoor Tablescape

An outdoor tablescape by Courtney, featuring Balsam Hill’s Eucalyptus Garland

From cozy nooks to refined arrangements, create inviting areas in your home perfect for the occasion.
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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Creating a Beautiful Bridal Shower Display

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

Intricate Centerpiece

One key factor to having a memorable tableau is a beautiful centerpiece. I love creating distinctive displays and the one I created for today’s post is no exception. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

A Romantic Table Setting for Valentine’s Day


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

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. Read This Entry

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

The Perfect Giveaway to Top Off Your Winter Wedding

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 decide 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


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…


… 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


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