11/19/14

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

Now that my holiday workshop has been wrapped up, I can finally share the styled shoot that I did in collaboration with West Elm for the holidays. 

I like everything to be pretty simple when it comes to decorating, but there’s something about the holidays that just make me want to go a little overboard. Nothing wrong with that, right?

So, in collaboration with West Elm, I styled a DIY holiday dinner party to send some holiday inspiration your way, while there’s still plenty of time to plan things out…

Entertaining for the holidays

Swan Placecards

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

I used these individual paper ornaments to create some decorative elements on the table and hanging from the bar cart, in a cluster. I dip dyed each one to give it a little more color (if you count grey as a color. haha), which I’ll be showing you how to do in an upcoming post.

Little bottle brush ornaments were used as place setting decorations. I cut off the string to make them feel more like mini sculptures.

And the wood geometric wreaths were another DIY touch. I’ll be sharing the tutorial on West Elm’s Front + Main blog later this month for anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the workshop.

Bonus! Because the wreaths themselves are so neutral, you can remove the flowers and or Christmas tree trimmings and ornaments after the holidays are over and use the wreaths year round as wall art. Add a couple of air plants to those wood slat ‘pockets’ and you’re in business.

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

How to dress up a holiday bar cart

DIY Wood Wreaths for the Holidays

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

DIY Holiday Dinner Party Ideas

Photography Sarah Eddy // Model Jordan Brantley // Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

Source List: White Dumont Buffet // Mid-Century Bar Cart Painter’s Cotton + Wool Rug // Felt Garlands // Double Old Fashioned Glasses // Gold + Marble Barware Collection // Linen Textured Dinnerware // Fair Isle Decanter // Apothecary Vases // Black and White Artwork // Deco Letter Ornaments // Glass Bottles With Wood Stoppers // Morten Lamp // Gold Flatware // Mid-Century Paper Ornaments // Center Stripe Woven Napkins // Crystal Votive Holder // Bottlebrush Ornaments

What do you like most about decorating during the holidays? Do you throw a lot of dinner parties?

11/17/14

Palm Springs

I just left Palm Springs yesterday and am now in LA for a couple of days, before heading home.

We stayed at The Saguaro again, in Palm Springs, and it was really fun, as usual. Lots of colors, the most amazing breakfast at El Jeffe, and a few photos before we left. Then, we headed over to The Parker to roam around the grounds, before a late lunch at ACE and then back to LA.

Needless to say, it’s been an action-packed couple of days, since Kelly’s Wedding, which was the most amazing wedding I have EVER been to. So happy for ya, Kel.

Here are some photos from my trip so far..

Palm Springs // The Parker

Palm Springs // The Saguaro

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

What are your favorite colorful places to visit on vacation?

11/14/14

Palm Springs

It’s party time! I’m headed out to sunny Palm Springs this morning to celebrate Kelly’s wedding and hang out with a couple of good friends. I’m soooo looking forward to relaxing for a couple of days. Recharging is always a good thing, right?

If you want to follow along with my Palm Springs adventure, feel free to follow me on IG. I imagine I’ll be posting a lot of photos over the next five days.

And on another note…Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the West Elm event last night. We had an amazing turnout in ATL and based on the Insta photos, it looks like all of the other stores that created the geometric wreaths I designed looked great as well. So fun.

Hope you have a great weekend!

-Brittni

Photo credit The Veda House