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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

Balsam Hill Frosted Fraser Fir

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…

Balsam Hill Fraser Fir Garland

… 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

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

Christmas Ornaments: the Ultimate Winter Wedding DIY

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

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. Read This Entry

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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.

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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:

Romantic Tablescape by Courtney from <a href="””">French Country Cottage</a>

Romantic Tablescape by Courtney from French Country Cottage

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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


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?



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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