From crisp whites and various hues of icy blue to twinkling lights and subtle touches of snowy decor, winter is a magical season that has the potential to provide endless event inspiration. From mitzvahs and weddings to birthdays and corporate events, here are some of our favorite cool-weather events on PartySlate.
Thomas Bui designed this event with the theme of a Mid-Russian Winter Night’s Dream, draped in mink. “Since San Diego doesn’t get snow, I wanted a winter, dark ambiance that was intimate and warm, yet also sexy, hence, the incorporation of red,” explains Bui. LaVonne Crawford, floral director and owner of Adorations Botanical Artistry, understood Bui’s vision and took the decor to the next level. With seating for 45 guests, long tables were filled with white florals, vases were covered in black mink and each place setting had a custom menu with the guest’s name and individual bloom of burgundy Peonies. Varying shape and size of candles gave the warm candlelight glow. Different place settings and glasswares were incorporated in the over table design that added to the overall aesthetics of the vision. Three oversized red chandeliers were the perfect finishing touch to this winter evening.
Inspired by Alexander McQueen and the Chanel 2010 fall runway show along with the couple’s love of Narnia and Game of Thrones, unsuspecting guests were treated to this Winter-in-August wedding featuring soft whites, grays and a natural wood palette. An aisle lined with birch trees and natural wooden antler chandeliers set the tone for the earthy winter ceremony while cocktail hour and dinner showcased metallic birch linens, snowy tablescapes of phalaenopsis orchids and white succulents with crystallized tips mixed with birch, slate, quartz, cotton balls, silver antlers, glass cloches and a mix of stainless steel, pewter and silver vessels to bring a contemporary feel to the icy-inspired décor.
Event designer and florist, Greg Hall and Company, came up with an amazing winter wonderland concept. There were beautiful blue linens with mirrors and crystal candle holders on the tables, as well as white branch trees in vases for the centerpieces — and all of it was covered in snow! The chairs were covered in silver chair covers and fastened with dripping crystals. Caterer, Southern Sophistication Designs, provided square plates to mimic ice cubes and topped each child’s plate with a frozen chocolate covered heart underneath a glass dome. Each child was also provided with a Frozen snowball blue drink in a milk bottle glass with a blue and white striped straw. The entrance of the cake room was framed by large white trees dripping in snowflakes and crystals with Olaf standing watch to welcome everyone. The backdrop was huge trees cut from styrofoam and framed by white branch trees with blue and white hydrangeas at the base. Classic City Confections made a beautiful two-tired blue ombre rosette cake topped with Frozen characters. All of the catering was Frozen-themed as well: think melted Olaf yogurts, Elsa and Anna sandwiches and Elsa cheeseburgers with little cheese slices cut in the shape of snowflakes.
From ice sculptures to an actual ice rink suitable for skating, the Mandarin Oriental was truly transformed into a winter wonderland birthday bash! Other notable decor details included icy blue mood lighting; clear, “ice-like” chairs; elegant white tablescapes; snow covered pine trees and a snow and reindeer-clad sweet table. Another highlight not related to the winter theme: a performance by Nick Carter.
Held at the historic Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory, this annual holiday party left guests feeling festive and full. Executed by Kate & Company, the Caramel room was decked out with wintry decor like cascading snowflakes and white florals and twinkling lights. Partygoers enjoyed culinary cocktails and an abundance of bite-sized canapés while taking in skyline views of St. Louis.
For this winter wonderland mitzvah, Designer Event Chicago worked with HMR Designs to decorate the Lake Shore Country Club with hues of white, blue and purple. Along with bundles of white flowers in clear containers, oversized ice-like candle holders dressed each of the tables. Snowflakes were projected across the ceiling to complete the wintry effect.
The couple, both actors with a deep love of Shakespeare and storytelling, knew they wanted their nuptials to be dramatic. Since they got engaged on New Year’s Eve, the duo decided to get married exactly one year later. “I knew I wanted drama and glamour for myself, and all things light blue and North Carolina (a huge heels fan) for him,” said the bride. Held at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, the colors came through mixing their individual styles and love of all things winter. The bride loves flowers, so she wanted the florals and candlelight to be the star of the show. With deep hues of blue and gold, topped with the ethereal feathers and ivory roses, the environs felt very elegant and romantic.